APRIL 2017 

Summer job opportunities with Headwaters Tourism
Headwaters Tourism is seeking applications for the following student positions available during the summer of 2017:
  • Marketing intern
  • Multimedia production assistant
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, April 19th at 2pm.

Caledon Mayor's Breakfast - April 19th, 2017

Join Mayor Allan Thompson in conversation with Caledon's own Kirk Brannon, President of Brannon Steel and incoming Chair of the Headwaters Health Care Foundation. 

Town of Shelburne Economic Development Committee Breakfast - April 19th, 2017 

Shelburne has experienced exceptional growth over the last 5 years. Our annual  breakfast will focus on the Town's continuing growth, future needs, and the effects on the community with sizable growth pressures.  


Headwaters Trails Summit - May 10th, 2017 

Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA) is hosting the Headwaters Trails Summit  at Monora Park in Mono, in partnership with the Ontario Trails Council , and with the support of Dufferin County and the Town of Mono.

Input requested: Dufferin County economic development survey 

The County of Dufferin is in the process of developing a Strategy to provide a road map on how to best focus its efforts in Economic Development.  This process will result in a contemporary and relevant economic development strategy with a 10-year outlook, and an implementing action plan with a 3-5 year timeframe.

Input is being solicited from businesses, residents and stakeholders. 
Nominations open for Orangeville Environmental Sustainability Awards   

On March The Town of Orangeville has opened nominations for the 2017 Environmental Sustainability Awards, sponsored for the ninth year by the Orangeville Sustainability Action Team (OSAT). The Environmental Sustainability Awards are presented by Orangeville Council on an annual basis to recognize those who have made a positive contribution to the environmental health of the community.  
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Provide your feedback on the Town of Caledon experience 

The Lazaridis School of Business and Economics is researching what kind of "experience" people have when they interact with the Town. 

Ontario BIA Association releases return on investment report

On April 3rd, 2017, the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association (OBIAA) and the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA), who together represent over 300 of Ontario's Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), today announced the release of the Return ON Investment of BIAs Report.  

Labour market workshop

The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin is offering an introductory labour market information workshop. This hands-on session will let you use the data in meaningful exercises and understand how the data can provide more than one answer with the guidance of an LMI expert.

Horse Day 2017 to expand across the province

The Ontario Equestrian Federation is putting all it's energy into supporting our accredited riding facilities in running their own Horse Day events across the Province on Saturday, June 3, 2017! With over 150 OEF accredited riding facilities across Ontario, our goal is to ensure that there is a Horse Day venue accessible to anyone wishing to attend this fantastic, family event.  
Tourism marketing gets big nod in recent federal budget    
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) applauds the March 22nd federal budget pledge to provide significant support to help bolster marketing efforts for the Canadian tourism industry.
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Ontario appoints first Chief Investment Officer    

Ontario has appointed Allan O'Dette, a seasoned business executive and entrepreneur, and most recently CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce as the province's first Chief Investment Officer. Mr. O'Dette brings years of private sector experience to the role and will lead the recently established Ontario Investment Office (OIO). 
Find out how to grow your business through food tourism 
The Culinary Tourism Alliance is launching a new quarterly newsletter to share great information about Growing Food Tourism. If you're interested in building your businesses' "taste of place" offering be sure to sign up - the inaugural issue is coming out later this month.


Applied research and innovation workshop 
Taking place on May 2nd, this informative session will feature innovation experts, industry representatives, and government funders. Hosted by the Orangeville & Area Small Business Enterprise Centre, Humber College and the Dufferin Board of Trade.

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National recognition for Plant Paradise Country Gardens™

Plant Paradise Country Gardens™ has recently won two national awards at the North American Garden Tourism Conference in Toronto. Along with being named a Canada 150 Garden Experience in celebration of Canada's 15th anniversary, Plant Paradise Country Gardens™ was also presented with the 2017 Destination Garden Centre of the Year Award.

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Headwaters Tourism appointed to Board of Directors of the Culinary Tourism Alliance

On April 3rd, 2017, Headwaters Tourism's Executive Director, Michele Harris, was appointed as a Board member of the Culinary Tourism Alliance. As experts in food tourism development, the Culinary Tourism Alliance seeks to ensure that authentic food experiences become a significant economic driver for communities across Ontario, and a primary way for travelers to enrich their experience. 
OMAFRA RED funding program - intake #2            
The province, through the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, will be accepting applications for the second intake of the renewed RED program from July 31st to September 29th, 2017. The program is designed to bolsters economic growth in rural and Indigenous communities across Ontario by providing support for projects that allow rural municipalities and partners to diversify and grow their local economies.

Submission deadline (intake #2):  September 29, 2017 
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Greenbelt Fund - accepting letters of inquiry

Ontario's Greenbelt Fund is currently accepting letters of inquiry for their Local Food Investment Fund in three grant streams: market access, local food literacy, and broader public sector.

Deadline for submissions:  April 26th, 2017
Brampton & Caledon Community Foundation - 2017 grant cycle now open

The Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation is celebrating Canada's 150th birthday by participating in the Canada 150 granting program through Community Foundations of Canada. This program will enable the Brampton and Caledon Community Foundation to provide additional funding to worthy charities in the community during 2017.   
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Apply now - Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation   
The Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence Program supports and recognizes the dedication, hard work and innovation of local agri-food businesses and individuals who are adding value to existing products, helping create jobs and contributing to economic growth.

Deadline for submissions:  April 28th, 2017
Expressions of interest are now being accepted for new partners in Parade of Horses program

A number of groups and businesses have requested information on how they can acquire a horse as part of the multi-award winning Headwaters Parade of Horses

Submissions of interest are currently being accepted for those groups, individuals or businesses within the Headwaters area who are interested in purchasing a horse.   
Spring has finally arrived and that signals the start of horse season in Headwaters.  Noww is the time to ensure that your equestrian related business and events are listed on the Headwaters Horse Country website. 

Event and business listings are free of charge, so be sure to register now, and profile your equine business on Headwaters Horse Country. 
Thank you to all our Leading with the Best partners who work in partnership with us to help promote Headwaters as Ontario's premier rural tourism destination. 

We are pleased to welcome our newest tourism partners into our Leading With the Best program:
If you are actively engaged in the tourism industry in Headwaters and are looking to expand your marketing reach, we encourage you to consider our  Leading with the Best program. Businesses that take part in our program are promoted as leading tourism experiences to consumers and become part of our targeted and featured promotions in Headwaters through our digital and social media platforms. 
Call or email our Leading With the Best Program Manager, Stephany St. Louis, to get more information on how Headwaters Tourism can market your business to tourists.


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