APRIL 2018  

In The Hills magazine invites readers to "Reimagine Tourism"
The Spring edition of In The Hills magazine features an in-depth article by Liz Beatty, entitled Reimagining Tourism: can sharing our way of life help sustain it?  Beatty talks about the importance of tourism in place building and honouring the way of life in rural communities, both in Headwaters and around the world. Her article begins by featuring some of our Headwaters local champions, and their role in showcasing the best of Headwaters in everything they do.  
Headwaters Tourism is honoured to be part of this important discussion in the 25th anniversary year of In the Hills magazine. Thank you to Signe Ball, Liz Beatty and the entire In the Hills team who share our passion and commitment for building community across Headwaters. 
Winning streak continues for Headwaters Four-Season Visitors' Guide

On Wednesday, February 7th, 2018, at the Economic Developers' Council of Ontario Awards of Excellence in Toronto, Headwaters Tourism was once again recognized for exceptional work in marketing. For the third consecutive year, the Headwaters Four-Season Visitors' Guide has been recognized as the best publication in the province.

Read the full story-->> 
Employment opportunities with Headwaters Tourism

Headwaters Tourism is seeking dynamic, enterprising and committed students to join our team this summer and help us spread the word about the Headwaters region.  
Deadline for applications:  April 12, 2018

Apply now-->>  
Central Counties Tourism is currently seeking a Regional Field Consultant for the Headwaters region. Deadline for applications: April 16, 2018. 
The Dufferin Board of Trade is looking for a Junior Graphic Designer - Summer Student.    

Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival announces 2018 Festival lineup

On March 29, 2018, The Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival announced details about the 16th annual Festival taking place this year from June 1st to June 3rd in downtown Orangeville.
Nominate someone for the Caledon Walk of Fame
Launched in 1999 to honour distinguished Caledon residents, past and present, in the categories of arts & culture; sports & leisure; philanthropic & humanitarian causes & the environment.
Deadline for submissions:  May 4, 2018 

Town of Orangeville releases new economic development strategy 
Orangeville Council adopted a new Economic Development Strategy in March. The plan provides an overview of Orangeville based on the updated 2016 Census Canada data and sets out key economic development roles and actions to help move economic development forward over the next several years.   
2018 Caledon Mayor's Business Breakfast 
On April 27th, Join Mayor Allan Thompson and Council at Caledon's premier business networking event. The event will feature best-selling author and global leadership coach Dr. Lance Secretan, who will share insights and tips from his new book, The Bellweather Effect. 
The Mayor's Business Breakfast offers the local business community an opportunity to network with like-minded business professionals.
Register to attend-->>
Erin Fall Fair and Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival named as a Top 100 Festival & Event for 2017 
Festival & Events Ontario recently named the  Top 100 recipients of this prestigious recognition, representing Ontario's festivals and events that excel within the industry. Included in the Top 100 are Erin's Fall Fair and the Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival. 
Check out the full list-->>  

Call for artists for Utility Box Art Display Program  
The Town of Orangeville has announced the Call for Artists for the 2018 Utility Box Art Display program.  The program is open to all artists who reside in Dufferin County and the submission deadline is May 11.      
Village of Bolton Heritage Conservation District now approved  
Caledon's first heritage conservation district, the Village of Bolton Heritage Conservation District (Bolton HCD), is now designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. This allows for new construction or alterations on properties in the District provided the neighbourhood's cultural heritage is conserved.
Find out more-->>
Town of Shelburne 2018 Economic Development Breakfast 
The Economic Development Committee will be hosting their annual Breakfast this year on Wednesday April 18th, 2018. This year's guest speaker is Pierre ClĂ©roux, Vice President, Research and Chief Economist BDC. Pierre will be providing an economic outlook for Canada and Ontario. During his presentation he will also touch on trends that all entrepreneurs should watch for in 2018; interest rate, NAFTA, technology, and the changes in the labour force. 
Input required: Town of Erin internet usage survey

On behalf of the County of Wellington, the Town of Erin invites you to participate in a brief web survey to help build "broadband for everyone" in Southwestern Ontario, Caledon and the Niagara Region.
Town of Caledon profiles Pommies Cider
Crafting cider in Caledon. Lindsay and Nick Sutcliffe talk about Pommies Cider Co., living in Caledon and much more!

Central Counties Tourism seeking nominations for Board of Directors

Central Counties Tourism is seeking nominations for two (2) Director-at-Large positions to be filled for three year terms running from June 2018 to June 2021.Central Counties Tourism was established and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.  Central Counties is mandated to promote tourism assets and support product development on behalf of the Regional Municipality of York, Durham Region and Headwaters.

Deadline for submissions:  April 18, 2018.
Destination Canada releases 2018-2022 corporate plan
Guided by a shared North Star, Destination Canada is bringing together industry partners as "Team Canada" to increase visitation, spending and investment. Canada now has the great opportunity to inspire nearly 1.5M additional travellers spending $1.9B by 2022.   
Destination Canada's 2018-2022 Corporate Plan Summary: Finding Our North Star is aligned with the Government of Canada's New Tourism Vision and lays out a Team Canada approach with our industry partners at the provincial, territorial and city levels to chart a path toward increased growth.
Destination Ontario 2018 spring/summer online packages opportunity 
For the 2018 spring/summer season, Destination Ontario will showcase unexpected hidden gems and surprising experiences to encourage families and friends to unearth their passions and go beyond the known. This is the perfect time to raise the awareness and profile of your experiential packages.
Deadline for package submission & consideration:  April 12, 2018 
SWIFT releases provincial broadband position paper 
The SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT) recently published a position paper that gives prominence to Ontario's increasing digital divide and provides an evidence-based case for continued investment in equitable access to ultra-high-speed broadband networks. The perspectives and recommendations outlined in this paper highlight broadband as a catalyst for innovation, economic prosperity, and global competitiveness.
Read the full position paper and recommendations-->> 
Local Food Investment Fund open now and accepting new grant applications
The Greenbelt Fund is now accepting applications for the Local Food Investment Fund.   
Find out more-->>  
Farmers' Market Matchmaker 
Greenbelt Farmers' Market Network has launched a great new tool to connect potential vendors with farmers' markets making it easier than ever to connect and sell Greenbelt grown food.  
Prosperous Greenbelt and Resilient Greenbelt funding streams now open 
Priorities for funding include the promotion of sustainable rural and agricultural economies; the maintenance, restoration and enhancement of Greenbelt systems; and the protection of vulnerable water resources for residents, agriculture and business.  
Letters of Intent are due April 10th.
Find out more-->> 
Agriculture Economic Development and Planning, Community of Practice
On April 12 th, 2018 OMAFRA program staff  will provide details about the Economic Development stream of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Program.
Learn how you can support your clients in accessing funding and in delivering agriculture economic development, about new program areas and opportunities within the CAP program for your agri-food producers, processors, and agricultural organizations.  
New public holiday pay calculation

Under the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (Bill 148), employees now receive public holiday pay based on an average day, not a pro-rated amount.
Find out more about the Public Holiday Pay Calculator-->>     

Apply now for 2018 Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

The Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program recognizes outstanding agriculture and agri-food related innovators including producers, processors, and agri-food organizations.
Deadline for submissions:  May 25th, 2018
Ontario boosting tourism through festivals and events  

Ontario is investing in a record number of festivals and events to boost the growing tourism sector, create jobs and offer residents and tourists more reasons to discover and explore the province. This year, the province is supporting 328 festivals and events through the Celebrate Ontario program, the highest in the history of the program, 
2018 Youth Employment Opportunity Fair 
A youth job fair connecting students completing grade 12 with employers offering seasonal and permanent positions across the region.
Thursday, May 24th, 2018 | 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
TIAO releases tourism industry messaging for upcoming 2018 provincial election 

Revealed at the Tourism Issues Forum in February 2018, TIAO is proud to share messaging for Ontario's tourism industry ahead of the 2018 Provincial Election.  Including specific asks pertainint to strengthening tourism in Ontario, TIAO's summary of recommendations surrounds three critical areas:  PEOPLE, PRODUCT and PROMOTION.  
It's an exciting time for Canada's tourism industry, as we have matched - and even surpassed - our record for international visitors to Canada. The previous record set in 2002 of 20 million visitors has reached new heights, with 2017 welcoming 20.85million international visitors to Canada.
Find out more >   

EQUUS Canada Film Festival - exclusive Canadian tour stop!
For 2018 Headwaters Tourism is proud to announce that the Headwaters region of Ontario will be the first and only Canadian stop of the highly acclaimed EQUUS Film Festival. For three days in July 2018, the historic Town Hall Opera House in downtown Orangeville will serve as the mainstage venue for 19 films from across the world, celebrating the horse and the art of film-making.
This is a tremendous opportunity for businesses to partner with Headwaters Tourism on this exclusive Canadian event.
Limited partnership opportunities are now available.   
Headwaters Inspired: arts & culture project
Understanding the impact of arts and culture on our community, Dufferin County, the Town of Caledon and the Town of Erin are funding a project to develop an arts and culture framework in Headwaters.  The project will be managed and executed by Headwaters Tourism.

Call for participation:  We encourage all artisans, arts and culture businesses and organizations, and all heritage groups to help us build a robust database, by adding your information for inclusion in the database. This database of arts and culture assets will give exposure to each individual artist, group and business in our region and, when viewed as collective, will serve to raise the profile of the entire region as a destination for arts, culture and heritage. 
In memoriam

The region has recently lost two incredible and passionate community champions. On behalf of Headwaters Tourism, we extend our deepest sympathies to their family and friends. 
James Robert (Jim) Baufeldt passed away on the morning of April 4th, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family, just as he wished. He will be fondly remembered as the man who built Violet Hill. Recognized by many from both Mrs. Mitchell's and Granny Taught us How, Jim was a beloved father, respected entrepreneur, master millworker and dear friend.

Memorial tribute-->>    
Caledon Citizen Editor, Bill Rea
The Town of Caledon is mourning the death of longtime newspaper man, Bill Rea.
"It is with great sadness to learn of the passing of Bill Rea, Editor of the Caledon Citizen, a journalistic pillar of this community," Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson stated in a release Sunday evening (April 8). "For close to four decades Bill diligently and doggedly reported the news in King Township and Caledon. We extend condolences to his family and friends tonight."
Memorial tribute-->> 

Terroirnomics: the powerful economics of local | April 23, 2018
The 12th annual Terroir Symposium (hosted at the Art Gallery of Ontario) promises to be a unique program of thought-leaders, visionaries and influencers sharing their insights, ideas and experiences on how to leverage what comes from our lands, lakes and oceans. 

Call for participation:  2018 Headwaters Horse Country Stable Tour
Based on participant feedback, and to better serve the needs of visitors, we will be modifying the format of our Headwaters Horse Country Stable Tour in 2018.
Rather than hosting the Stable Tour on just one weekend each year, we are inviting stables and equine businesses to open their doors to the public on the dates of their choice between April and December 2018. This will give businesses a better opportunity to tailor the visitor experience and showcase their equine operations when it makes most sense for them.
Open for a day, or multiple days throughout the year, and we'll promote the entire calendar of events throughout the year. 
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. 
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 and become part of our targeted and featured promotions in Headwaters through our digital and social media platforms.
Learn more about how Headwaters Tourism can market your business to tourists.


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