October 3, 2019 E-Newsletter
Ontario East Events
Visit the Ontario East  Events Calendar  and stay up-to-date on what's happening
in East ern Ontario.
If you have any events that you would like us to share, we would love to hear about them. Please forward to  info@ontarioeast.ca
Ontario East Quarterly Meeting and Networking Event
Firehall Theatre, Gananoque
Friday, November 8th


Be sure to join your Ontario East colleagues for this excellent networking opportunity and to learn more about what is happening their communities.

Agenda Highlights:

  • Ontario East Organizational Review Update
  • Gananoque Augumented Reality App Presentation
  • SN Technologies Presentation
  • Gananoque Brewing Company Tour and Tasting
  • 1000 Islands Helicopter Tour!


Tri-Association Manufacturing Conference
Cobourg Community Centre
Thursday, October 24th

A conference schedule like no other!
Tour around the Cobourg Northam Industrial Park, with home base at the Cobourg Community Centre.

Choose a plant tour, or visit V13 TechZone for some awesome demonstrations or learn about the impacts of Cyber Security - enjoy a full day of interaction, innovation and building your network!


Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference
NAV Centre, Cornwall
November 13th and 14th


The 2019 Eastern Ontario Local Food Conference is coming to Cornwall and you are invited! The City of Cornwall, the United Counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry, and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs are pleased to be partnering to bring this unique regional local food event to the NAV Centre in Cornwall on November 13-14.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Growing Communities Together”


Leeds Grenville Economic Development Summit
North Grenville Municipal Centre, Kemptville
Friday, November 22nd


The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office, in partnership with Steve Clark, M.P.P., the Eastern Workforce Development Board and the 1000 Islands, Grenville and Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporations would like to invite you to a day focused on Economic Development and Leadership.


Ontario East News
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Smiths Falls on track to becoming a leader in Cannabis Tourism 
News Release: September 24, 2019

New Cannabis Tourism Strategy lays framework to attract more entrepreneurs and visitors

Smiths Falls – The legalization of cannabis, combined with Canopy Growth Corporation’s headquarters in Smiths Falls, has presented the town with an unparalleled opportunity to become a leader in the cannabis tourism industry.

On September 23, the Town presented a Cannabis Tourism Strategy to Council that lays out a path forward to establish Smiths Falls as the premiere cannabis tourism destination in Canada.

“In other parts of the world where legalization has been introduced, cannabis tourism has injected hundreds of millions of dollars in direct and indirect revenue”, said Shawn Pankow, Mayor of Smiths Falls. “We believe Smiths Falls is the first community in Canada to develop a Cannabis Tourism Strategy. This is an important step in solidifying our role as a leader.” 

Canopy Growth is already welcoming tourists through their world-class Visitor Centre, which provides information on the history of cannabis, and views of production rooms, and the Town intends to build on this success.

Strengthening and Supporting Ontario's Craft Producers
News Release: September 27, 2019

Government Investing in the Success of Small Wineries, Cideries, Breweries and Distillers

Prince Edward County - The Ontario Government is investing in the province's small wineries, cideries and distilleries to strengthen the province's beverage alcohol sector, and ensuring it can continue to grow and meet consumer demand.

Today, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Ernie Hardeman, was joined by Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and MPP for Bay of Quinte Todd Smith, to announce a one-year transition funding of over $15 million dollars. This investment will help small wineries, cideries and distilleries with key business decisions and planning while the government continues to conduct its review of the beverage alcohol sector.

EOLC launches 2019 Refresh of Regional Economic Strategy

Release of Refreshed Strategy Kicks off Implementation of Priority Projects

Cornwall, September 30, 2019 – The Eastern Ontario Leadership Council (EOLC) officially launched the “refreshed” version and the implementation plans for the Eastern Ontario Economic Development Strategy earlier this month as part of the Ontario East Municipal Conference (OEMC) in Cornwall.

The EOLC’s unique regional governance model was first developed in 2015 with the goal of advancing economic development opportunities in Eastern Ontario and pursuing opportunities to maintain and enhance its economic prosperity. Its five partners are the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus, the Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus, the Eastern Ontario Regional Network, the Ontario East Economic Development Commission, and Community Futures Ontario East.

“Through the EOLC, Eastern Ontario became the first region in Ontario to undertake the development – and now, the refresh and forthcoming implementation – of a regional strategy,” stated EOLC Co-Chair Ron Higgins, Warden of the County of Frontenac. “The EOLC was also able to accomplish this in accordance with the Province’s regional economic development planning process, thereby becoming a model for the rest of Ontario.”

The implementation plans unveiled at the OEMC Conference represent the three foundational pillars and priorities of the Strategy – Workforce Development and Deployment; Technology Integration and Innovation; and Integrated, Intelligent Transportation Systems – as well as a new, fourth priority, Digital Infrastructure. These implementations plans will guide the EOLC’s work through 2024 and allow for project development funding to the three working groups.

Ontario East Success Story
Wilton Cheese Factory
With many families showing greater interest in where their food comes from, how it’s produced and what ingredients are used, the simple, homespun, all-natural cheese making techniques that the folks at Wilton Cheese have been using for decades are as important as they have ever been.

It’s that constant and consistent dedication to quality, to natural methods and ingredients that has made the company a staple on local dinner tables, lunch boxes, retailers and restaurants for years, and has also made the factory itself a kind of food tourism destination for three or four generations of families...

...Around the time that Canada was being created through Confederation in 1867, a group of farmers in the area created a co-operative enterprise that became the Wilton Cheese Factory. When the co-operative was looking to sell in the 1970s, long-time cheese distributor A.M. Jensen Ltd. out of Simcoe, Ontario, purchased the factory, but left the business and the brand as it was.

Ontario East Economic Development Commission
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