Remembering Our Colleague and Friend
Honourary Life Member and founding EDCO member Joseph A. Montgomery passed away at the age of 99 on April 20, 2022. 

Joe was an active member of EDCO for many years post retirement and often a fixture at EDCO members. 

Funeral arrangements are pending.

EDCO Member Updates
DEI Blog "A Place to Call Home " Link
In last weeks DEI Blog article there was a missing link. The missing is now here! Click here for a copy of A Place to Call Home: An exploration of how to 
attract, accommodate, and retain BIPOC investments and residents. 
Bright Ideas Competition
This is your last week to register!
This annual idea competition 'Bright Ideas Competition' is back for economic development practitioners of all experience levels. It is designed to give economic developers from across Ontario the opportunity to develop a modern response to proposed topics, have the work evaluated and receive 5 professional certification points towards your designation.

Join your fellow colleagues and team up to take on one of today’s prominent economic development challenges. Propose a modern solution in a risk-free working environment and help create a resource that will better improve our economic development community.

Economic Development Week is the week of May 9-13. This is a week to celebrate economic development in your community, along with with your colleagues across the province. As has been proven over the past two years it is evident now more than ever how vital economic development is to municipalities. We have marketing materials you can use on our website. Click here to download.
Don't forget to answer the #EDCO2022 conference survey, your feedback is how we can improve your experience, and what topics you are most interested in. Please follow the links below to complete the in-person or virtual survey. By completing the survey, you will be entered into a draw for a $250 credit to any EDCO educational offering in 2022.

This is your last week to complete your survey for a chance to win!
Draw will take place on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 4:30 PM
EDCO Insider allows individual communities to easily and cost-effectively create their own customized apps and build incentives for people to visit places of interest or make purchases locally.

Take advantage of this service powered by 468 Communications, and drive economic development by rewarding people for exploring your community!
Member Requests
As companies rely more heavily on digital tools and resources to secure information and communication, safety and security are increasingly paramount. Cyber-attacks can have a direct impact on your organization and customers, potentially resulting in financial loss and reputational damage.
The Government of Canada has created CyberSecure Canada, a voluntary certification program designed to help small and medium-sized organizations protect themselves against cyber threats, improving their cybersecurity knowledge through a free eLearning series.
Join us for a webinar on April 27th at 1pm to learn more about the CyberSecure program and how it can benefit your organization. Click here to register.
Check out to learn more about the certification program and access the new eLearning series.
June 7, 2022: Navigating India’s E-commerce Market - Webinar
The Ontario government is holding a webinar on India’s e-commerce market to assist companies to formulate a market-entry approach for their products and services in this growing global sales channel. The webinar will cover topics such as: India’s e-commerce growth forecast; most promising category potential in India; market-entry strategies for international sellers; and government policies driving online sales in India. The Indian e-commerce sector is expected to jump by 21.5 percent and reach U.S. $74.8 billion in 2022. Rising Internet and smartphone penetration, an increase in digital literacy and the Indian government’s digital ambitions have propelled online sales in the country. Covid-19 has also accelerated the shift toward online shopping. E-commerce payments in India are expected to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 18.2% between 2021 and 2025, to reach U.S.$120 billion. The most popular segments in India include electronics; apparel; home and furnishings; baby, beauty, personal care and wellness products; and books. Register Now
June 14, 2022: Business Opportunities in Bangladesh’s ICT Sector - Webinar
The Ontario government, in association with the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, is organizing a webinar about the ICT industry in Bangladesh and the opportunities for Ontario technology companies to participate in this “frontier” market. With low levels of IT adoption by households and firms, there exists a large untapped pool of potential first-time technology buyers and a youthful population. Bangladesh has about 117 million Internet subscribers; only 9.8 million people use broadband connections, while the rest are mobile users. The ICT sector is estimated to be worth $1.1 billion and expected to grow to $4.8 billion by 2025. Bangladesh offers opportunities for companies with a background in ICT infrastructure and equipment; telecommunications towers and related infrastructure; data centers and associated equipment and services; mobile applications; data and content development; online healthcare and government services solutions; and e-commerce applications and technologies. The program will be of interest to Ontario companies keen to learn about the ICT landscape and key players in Bangladesh; in-demand technologies and expertise; market-penetration strategies for Bangladesh; and government policies and programs shaping the industry. Register Now
September 20-23, 2022: Ontario Edtech Export Business Mission to DIDAC India
Now in its 12th edition, DIDAC India ( is India’s only, and Asia’s largest, exhibition and conference for education resources and solutions.
DIDAC India has a 75% to 80% focus on educational products, software and solutions. The India Didactics Association organizes the trade show, which is supported by the British Education Suppliers Association, DIDACTA (Germany), Worlddidac Association, the United Nations, Government of the United Kingdom, Government of Victoria-Australia, Education Finland, British Education Suppliers Association and Edugrowth (National Edtech Association of Australia). DIDAC India sees 250 exhibitors from 19 countries and 15,000 education leaders. The trade show attracts international visitors from 34 countries and domestic visitors from all 28 Indian states and 4 union territories. This mission to India will support Ontario technology companies and service providers to gain access to the Indian edtech market, the #2 e-learning market after the U.S., which is poised to reach $30 billion in size in the next 10 years. The mission program will include: 1:1 export advice and consultation; turn-key exhibit space within the Ontario pavilion; a company listing on the SourceFromOntario website and in the DIDAC India trade show directory; access to conference sessions with more than 150 speakers; 30+ theme-oriented workshops; and curated B2B matchmaking program, site visits and networking opportunities in Bengaluru and a second Indian city. DIDAC India Application Form
My Main Street
Spread the word, the My Main Street Mastermind & Webinar series are available to all businesses! If you have businesses in your network who want to make 2022 the best year yet, they should join My Main Street for an interactive online webinar that’ll teach the steps to take to grow! Register at the link below. Feel free to share this information with your network of businesses in your community.
How to Turn Your Brick-and-Mortar Store into a Brand

May 10, 2022 at 2:00 PM

In this webinar, you'll learn the difference between a business and a brand, the benefits of having a brand, and how to grow your social media through brand building.

News Releases
Connecting Ontario’s Manufacturing Might with Critical Minerals in the North
The Northern Ontario Regional Technology Development Site (RTDS) will connect Ontario’s manufacturing might with Northern Ontario’s mining and mineral expertise, talent and leadership. It will provide Northern and electric vehicle (EV) businesses with the support they need to help build the next generation of low-carbon, autonomous, electric and connected vehicles.

Masking Requirements Continue in Select Indoor Settings
As Ontario continues to effectively manage the sixth wave of COVID-19, the Chief Medical Officer of Health is maintaining existing provincial masking requirements in select higher-risk indoor settings until June 11, 2022.

Ontario Cutting Red Tape to Increase Access to Clean, Affordable Energy
As part of its plan to keep costs down for Ontario families and businesses, and give them more control over their energy bills, the Ontario government is making it easier for homeowners, farms, and businesses to use renewable generation systems, like rooftop solar, to help lower the cost of their electricity bills.

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