April 15th, 2021 eNewsletter
Ontario East Events
Visit the Ontario East Events Calendar and stay up-to-date on what's happening
in Eastern Ontario. If you have any on-line events that you would like us to share,
please forward to info@ontarioeast.ca
Ontario East Virtual Quarterly Networking Meeting
10:00am to 11:30am, Friday, April 30th

Registration Open!

Please join us for the first Ontario East Quarterly Meeting in over a year!

We've all had a long year with many challenges and successes dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and it's time to get together again to share experiences and learn from our members and partners as we gather virtually on Friday, April 30.

Presenters will include Bruce Takefman, Founder & CEO of ResearchFDI, a Canadian marketing firm specialising in investment attraction services for economic developers, with over 75 full-time multilingual consultants and partners in key market hubs across the globe that have helped secure over $5 billion USD in new capital investment, Ryan Lipcsei, Executive Director, Community Futures Eastern Ontario with an update on services and programs along with several Ontario East communities sharing best practices updates and success stories… and more.

And of course we will have an update on all Ontario East programs including regional investment promotion activities including our new Investment Attraction Marketing and Supply Chain Analysis, and highlights from our Ontario Urban Business Relocation Survey along with the latest on our workforce Talent Identification Support Project and Women’s Entrepreneurship Program.

This event is free for members, with a nominal fee for non-members.

All are welcome. Register today!
Ontario East Municipal Conference 2021 Virtual
Wednesday, October 20th Thursday October 21st

Call for Speakers Now Open!

Please click HERE for details and information regarding the Call for Speakers for OEMC 2021. The deadline for session submissions is May 31, 2021.

We invite you to forward the Call for Speakers to any other individuals or organizations you feel would make a contribution to this great event.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Support OEMC and take advantage of the many opportunities to access OEEDC Members and OEMC attendees, including the opportunity to be featured in a Virtual Exhibit Showcase to highlight products and services, and the opportunity to present a session at the conference and afterwards. Please click HERE for information and details.

Check out the OEMC website for the most up-to-date details regarding this year's event.
The New Virtual Investment Pitch
10:00am to 1:00pm, Wednesday, April 28th

Round out your business development knowledge by distinguishing Investment Readiness (IR) from Investment Attraction (IA), a step-by-step of how to implement and market investment attraction in a digital environment, reviewing how KPIs are involved and the technologies used throughout the process. Case studies and examples throughout illustrate how this can be done effectively. Facilitated by MDB Insight and in partnership with the Government of Ontario.
Startup Grind Free Webinar
10:00am to 12:00pm, Thursday, April 29th

An Intimate Look at Female Entrepreneurship in Patriarchal Industries

Join us April 29th as Startup Grind presents An Intimate Look at Female Entrepreneurship in Patriarchal Industries. The event will be hosted by renowned CTV reporter Dana Levenson, interviewing a diverse panel of female powerhouses — Judith Pineault, Peng-Sang Cau and Brooke Woboditsch will discuss their entrepreneurial journeys in patriarchal sectors, challenges faced by female entrepreneurs (then and now) and how we can do better moving forward.
Ontario East News
If you have any news that you would like us to share, please forward to info@ontarioeast.ca
Ontario East Membership Invoices Coming Soon

Thank you for your ongoing support of Ontario East. During the past year, despite the ongoing global challenges caused by the pandemic, we have grown our membership base and are implementing new programs and strategies as we continue to deal with a changing economic landscape.

Your investment in Ontario East will ensure we continue to support your efforts to support the economy in your community through a variety of regional economic development initiatives.
In the coming weeks, we will be distributing our annual membership invoices and we are pleased to confirm that there will be no increases to our membership fees this year. We have transitioned to, and prefer Electronic Fund Transfer payments (please contact
Lucy Medeiros to set up if you haven't already), but can accommodate other methods
if required.
We look forward to working with you in 2021!
Ontario East Talent Identification Support Project Update

OE-TISP's Next Steps

Ontario East's Ontario Labour Market Partnership (OLMP) has received positive reactions from project stakeholders, and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and the project has been approved to continue through this year and next.

Our two active advisory committees are having a wonderfully productive time each month problem-solving workforce challenges and sharing resources and will continue this practice going forward. We generated a lot of interest from employers and job seekers with this project over the past year, so we're making many plans to ramp up efforts and to organize the blog and search engine optimization (SEO) strategy to better serve these end-users.

We want the world to know Ontario East is proactive in our workforce-ready project, so please pass it on! The Ontario East - Talent Identification Support Project (OE-TISP) supports attraction and development of a qualified workforce to support efforts to retain existing and attract new business to the region.
In an effort to continue to assist the women currently enrolled in the Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (WEP), Ontario East has commissioned
Spark St. Lawrence College Kingston Campus, to conduct an online digital
assessment of our participants’ websites and social media platforms.
Spark SLC is a multidisciplinary team, comprised of both students and young professionals, who deliver industry standard, quality marketing solutions. Just another great tool to help these women build successful businesses.

We continue to encourage women entrepreneurs looking to start a business to apply to the Women’s Entrepreneurship Program, a free virtual business training program.
OMAFRA Resources Available

As you may know, The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) has a vast amount of resources available to help Economic Development Offices, municipalities, organizations and businesses to help support rural economic development, investment attraction and business retention and expansion.

Sign up to the OMAFRA Food Bulletin to receive the latest program updates and announcements in the food processing sector. Some of these resources include:
·      Rural Economic Development (RED) Program currently reviewing applications.
·      CAP (Canadian Agricultural Partnership) for producers and processors opening soon
·      Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) A new version that focuses on COVID economic recovery is available.
·      First Impressions Community Exchange (FICE). If you have a community interested, particularly downtown retail for this summer or fall. There is a new, Local Food focussed FICE program available.
·      Selling Food to Ontario virtual workshops and resources soon to be announced
·      Analyst : economic analysis software available on request to support economic development planning and to evaluate the impact of investments and closures in your community.
·      Community Immigrant Retention in Rural Ontario (CIRRO) is a program to help evaluate your community’s appeal to newcomers and youth
·      Ec Dev manuals and organizational guidebooks (Strategic Planning, Performance Measures, Agriculture as an Economic Development Opportunity, etc)

Meet your OMAFRA Advisor

OMAFRA’s regional Rural Economic Development Advisors are available to support you in any of these areas. Advisors are available to support economic development, food and the food processing sectors. If you have food-based businesses in your area that are looking to expand or are experiencing disruptions due to COVID-19, please connect. Please click on the regional map below for your local Advisor contact information. 
EOBJ Power Book is now Live!

The new business opportunities in Eastern Ontario

Introducing the Eastern Ontario Business Journal Powerbook: Your guide to growth, business expansion and investment opportunities across the region

Building on the successful launch of OBJ Regional last year, Great River Media/OBJ is excited to debut the inaugural edition of the Eastern Ontario Business Journal Powerbook. This 56-page issue explores business trends and market opportunities from across the region and takes a closer look at more than a dozen key communities, identifying major employers, competitive advantages and key contacts. Click this link to access the digital edition.

As OBJ continues to grow its Eastern Ontario coverage, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Please take a moment to fill out this short survey so we can provide the business news and information that's most relevant to you. 
Made-in-Ontario N95 Respirators begin Rolling off the
Production Line at the 3M Brockville Plant

News Release, April 7, 2021

Provincial and federal investment helps secure domestic supply chain for vital PPE

BROCKVILLE — Made-in-Ontario N95 respirators have started rolling off the production line at 3M's Brockville plant. About 700,000 N95 respirators are being shipped from the plant this week, with the first wave of this vital PPE set to arrive at health care, education and other public-sector institutions. These new masks will provide frontline workers with the protection they need in the continued fight against COVID-19, and ensure Ontario and Canada has a reliable supply in the event of any future outbreaks.

Details were provided today by Vic Fedeli, Ontario's Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade; Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes; Lisa Thompson, Ontario's Minister of Government and Consumer Services; François-Philippe Champagne, Canada's Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry; and Anita Anand, Canada's Minister of Public Services and Procurement.
Future Skills Centre announces $32 million for projects to help Canadian workers gain skills as part of shock-proofing
the workforce of the future

News Release, April 7, 2021

TORONTO — Future Skills Centre (FSC) today announces the funding of 64 innovation projects as part of a $32 million investment to provide practical solutions for thousands of workers and employers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic across Canada and to prepare the workforce for the opportunities and jobs of the future.

Many of the projects will explore new technologies and processes for whole industry sectors that are evolving or emerging, while others are designed to reskill or upskill workers displaced by the economic damage of the pandemic. The projects strive to navigate change, imagine the future, and help all Canadians – especially those facing multiple barriers to full employment – in acquiring the skills and resilience to thrive in the workforce of today and tomorrow.
Town of Smiths Falls Employment Opportunity

Position: Manager of Economic Development and Tourism

Application Deadline: Before May 10, 2021, at 12:00 p.m.

The Town of Smiths Falls is a vibrant, progressive single tier municipality with a population of 9,000 and growing. One of Eastern Ontario’s most scenic communities, we are centrally located within an hour of Ottawa, Kingston, Brockville and the US border...

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, this key leadership position is responsible for developing and implementing programs and services that will expand the economy of the community, further enhance the Town from a creative economy perspective, develop the community from a lifestyle standpoint to encourage residential growth, provide local employment opportunities, and strengthen the tax base of the Town.
Ontario East's New Mailing Address
Ontario East Economic Development Commission
623 Fortune Crescent
Suite 100
Kingston ON K7P 0L5
Ontario East Economic Development Commission
613-634-8569| info@ontarioeast.ca| ontarioeast.ca