News & Updates
July 22, 2014 Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure
Accessibility Directorate of Ontario
We are pleased to announce the release of new policy guideline on the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces. These guidelines explain the intent behind each of the requirements in plain language. they are now available on our website.
July 15, 2014 Property Purchase by the Township of Terrace Bay
TERRACE BAY, Ontario, July 15, 2014 - Mayor and Council of the Township of Terrace Bay are proud to announce the purchase of a substantial amount of land in our community by the Municipality. Over the past two years Council, administration and legal counsel have been working hard to secure key pieces of land that we believe are vital to the continued success of our Township. We learned earlier this year that our offer had been accepted through the court monitored process and today the purchase has been officially completed. We have secured approximately 1,085 acres of property formerly owned by Terrace Bay Pulp Inc. that includes the Aguasabon Golf Course, Terrace Bay Airport, as well as a portion of vacant land that includes a significant amount of waterfront.
Jody Davis, Mayor for the Township of Terrace Bay
"We are very excited about the completion of the purchase of this land. The golf course, airport, beaches and other property is crucial to the community’s success and ability to grow in the future. We feel this purchase enables the Township to explore future development opportunities including waterfront development. We look forward to working with Parks Canada (Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area), Ontario Parks (the Slate Islands Provincial Park) and the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists (Terrace Bay Nature Reserve) in the development of partnership opportunities.
r. Jon Hall, Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of Terrace Bay
"This process began under the former CAO and I think his efforts combined with those of the current management team over the past year should be celebrated. Township administration has worked a very long time on this property purchase and the announcement today is definitely good news for the community.”
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Acres in total was purchased. This includes the Aguasabon Golf Course, five white sand beaches, and the Terrace Bay Airport.
For more information on this press release, please contact: Jon Hall, Chief Administrative Officer
June 2, 2014 Service Excellence for Northern Ontario
June 2, 2014 Annual General Meeting
May 9, 2014 North Shore Network Celebrates 5th Anniversary
In May 2009, an inaugural meeting of regional economic development officers was held at the Superior North CFDC office in Terrace Bay. This was a very significant and first-time-ever meeting of every Community and Economic Development Officer in the region. The dynamic group gathered together to focus on “Thinking Regionally”. Common threats to growth in the Superior North region were discussed and the group worked to identify a list of potential regional projects. This was an exciting demonstration to all of the communities in the Superior North of the collaboration that was achieved in this land mark session.
Today marks five years of consecutive quarterly meetings of this dynamic group. Although the North Shore Network is facilitated by Superior North CFDC, it is the dedication and determination shown by every community’s Community Economic Development officer that drives this project. Over the past five years the group has grown to include new partners such as FedNor, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Northwestern Ontario Development Network, Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area representatives, Tourism Northern Ontario, North Superior Workforce Planning Board and Lakehead University.
During the last five years the North Shore Network has collaborated on numerous professional development activities, heard presentations from regional initiatives, collaborated on specific community projects, aligned community social media strategies, advantaged several new funding opportunities, and shared information on their individual communities.
Dean Main, Community Development Supervisor with the Township of Terrace Bay, comments “The North Shore Network is an opportunity to work with other communities for the betterment of Terrace Bay. By working with these regional partners, you can access more services, training and knowledge about regional initiatives.”
Michael Beno, Chair of the Superior North CFDC, comments “The North Shore Network has been instrumental in seeing various regional projects being developed through the partnerships between Federal and Provincial governments, communities, agencies and consultants. The current project being implemented is a Regional Tourism Initiative - a joint project between Superior North CFDC and the twelve communities that make up the Superior North Region from Dorion to Manitouwadge.”
For more information, please contact Anne-Marie Bourgeault at 807-825-4505.
May 9, 2014 North of Superior Workforce Planning Board
North Superior Workforce Planning Board launches its community Videos Project.
These resource tools were designed in response to community consultations in the region and are a part of the municipalities’ Workforce Attraction and Retention strategies.
The videos respond to needs identified by elected officials from rural municipalities indicating their on-going efforts to attract and retain skilled workers in their communities. Executive Director, Madge Richardson says
"it is important to
highlight the unique workforce needs and economic development opportunities within each community
in our region“. “
Elaine Kerr, NSWPB Labour Co-Chair, states that
The communities of
Terrace Bay, Nipigon and Marathon
will be able to utilize the video on their websites, social media, job postings, and other communication avenues in order to attract skilled workers into their communities which will be a tremendous asset to these communities”.
Frank Pullia, NSWPB Business Co-Chair, comments
“this resource tool will provide additional avenues to these municipalities in their marketing initiatives and will assist in their capacity and ability to sustain their economy. We’re very pleased to play this instrumental role in bringing these videos to our regional partners and assisting them in their strategic priorities and actions.”
Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North said
“By providing municipalities with the tools they need to attract and retain a strong workforce, they will be better positioned to capitalize on new and exciting opportunities for growth. I strongly support this effort being undertaken by the North Superior Workforce Planning Board.”
For additional information, the videos can be found on NSWPB website at:
or by calling M. Richardson at (807) 346-2940.
This project was conducted in partnership with and funded in part by contributions from the North Superior Workforce Planning Board; Townships of Marathon, Terrace Bay and Nipigon; and Employment Ontario.
This project was made possible by a Superior North CFDC Local Initiatives Contribution – which is funded by FedNor.
The views expressed in this document do not necessarily reflect those of Employment Ontario.
May 8, 2014 Franco-Festival Thunder Bay
May 7, 2014 Spin Master Innovation Fund - a CYBF Program
For the fourth consecutive year, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) and Spin Master Ltd., Canada's most innovative toy company, are teaming up to offer financing, mentoring, access to specially designed workshops and more to innovative entrepreneurs through the Spin Master Innovation Fund.
May 5, 2014 Celebrating Regional Collaboration in the
Superior North Region
March 30, 2014 Health and Safety Awareness Training
A new regulation will require health and safety awareness training for every worker and supervisor under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). The regulation comes into force July 1, 2014, allowing workplace parties time to prepare.
Learn more about the regulation, training requirements here
March 15, 2014 Strengthening Francophone Communities
Did you know FedNor can provide funding for projects that encourage economic growth in Northern Ontario's Francophone communities and that create economic opportunities through the use of both official languages?
Over five years, FedNor will administer $4.45 million as part of the Economic Development Initiative (EDI) for Official Language Minority Communities, supporting eligible activities tied to innovation, economic diversification, business growth and more.
Learn more about about EDI eligibility requirements today!
February 14, 2014 Assisting You to Develop for the World
Tbaytel and the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre are pleased to announce the mobile handset library to assist Thunder Bay and region startups. The library is aiming to assist companies in four ways:
1) Entrepreneurs looking to enter the mobile space need to be aware of their competitors. We have access to every platform and app store where you can demo a competitor’s product and allow you to think how you want to carve out your own unique niche in the mobile space and on which platform will be most suitable. Obtaining an understanding of the competitive landscape and competitor gaps or short comings will greatly increase your attractiveness and ability to get listed on the App store of choice.
2) The mobile handset library helps developers conduct critical testing and eliminate the high cost of purchasing unlocked phones or committing to multiple mobile operator contracts. According to a recent study only 16% of users will use a buggy app more than twice, the mobile handset library helps mitigate the risk to ensure it works properly across various platforms.
3) For non-software related companies who are producing smartphone and tablet accessories to ensure a proper fit of their manufactured product with the device(s) of choice.
4) We are moving to a mobile world where the look and feel of your mobile web presence is important and operating your business from a mobile device anywhere in the world with 24/7 support is crucial. With this handset library we are seeking to increase business awareness of mobile opportunities and educate on various mobile productivity applications for our regional companies to become more competitive.
The initial library will have 12 devices available for rental or on a subscription basis to interested parties, including tablets. If you would like more information, click on the link below. Handsets are currently available to rent or subscribe to at the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre.
February 10, 2014 Language Rights Support Program
The Language Rights Support Program (LRSP) is pleased to send you its second newsletter. Discover the newly published judicial and legislative section of the Information Hub on Constitutional Language Rights!
to view the latest Information Hub Newsletter.
February 3, 2014
Terrace Bay welcomes Jon Hall as the Chief Administrative Officer / Clerk
The Mayor and Council of the Township of Terrace Bay are pleased to announce Mr. Jon Hall has accepted the position of Chief Administrative Officer / Clerk. The Township began the job search in mid-December and was pleased with the interest from applicants and the selection of Jon Hall. Jon has six years of experience in Municipal government with the past four years at his most recent position as the Clerk for the Township of Schreiber. He has significant experience with the economies of Northwestern Ontario and understands the issues facing the Township of Terrace Bay. Jon is expected to take over as the new Chief Administrative Officer / Clerk in March 2014.
Jody Davis, Mayor for the Township of Terrace Bay:
"We have a solid team in Terrace Bay and were looking for someone that would work well with our staff and moving our Community forward. Our interviews showed Jon Hall as a detail oriented, professional administrator with a vision for the future that complemented our own. We believe Jon Hall will be a fine addition to the Municipality and look forward to him guiding our organization through its challenges and taking advantage of the numerous opportunities we see coming up for Terrace Bay."
Mr. Jon Hall:
"I am looking forward to this opportunity and working with the great staff at the Municipality. Terrace Bay has a great plan for the future and I welcome all of the challenges the position has to offer. I would like to thank Mayor and Council for giving me this opportunity. I will work hard to achieve the goals of Council and meet the expectations of the residents of Terrace Bay.
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February 3, 2014 Helping Young Entrepreneurs Make Their Pitch
Ontario is investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs by providing an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to experts and the public as part of the province's Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch contest.
The contest, part of Ontario's Youth Jobs Strategy, returns for a second year to challenge high school students in grades 9 through 12 to promote their business idea in a two-minute video. The videos will be evaluated by judges from the business community while the public will be able to vote online for the best pitch.
Eighteen finalists will present their ideas to a judging panel at the Ontario Centres of Excellence's Discovery Conference in Toronto May 12-13 and will also receive business coaching and mentoring. Six winners will get reserved entry into the Summer Company program, which includes a grant of up to $3,000 to help launch their business.
Helping young entrepreneurs succeed is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
- The Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch contest is part of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy.
- Ontario is investing $295 million over two years in the Youth Jobs Strategy.
Youth employment in Ontario rose by 17,100 jobs in 2013 (youth aged 15-24).
Ontario's Summer Company program helped student launch more than 661 businesses in 2013
January 31, 2014 Ontario Increasing Minimum Wage
Ontario is increasing the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014. This new rate reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last minimum wage increase in 2010 and is part of the provincial government's commitment to fairness.
The government will also introduce legislation that would tie future minimum wage increases to the CPI. This will ensure the minimum wage keeps up with the cost of living, and that increases are predictable for businesses and families. Under the proposed legislation, increases would be announced by April 1 and come into effect on Oct. 1.
The proposed legislation would act on the recommendations of Ontario's Minimum Wage Advisory Panel, which included business, labour, youth and anti-poverty representatives.
Ensuring the minimum wage is fair and predictable for both workers and business is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
January 31, 2014 BDC Young Entrepreneur Award - $100,000 Grand Prize
January 30, 2014 Start a Summer Company: Students!
January 20, 2014
Retail Council of Canada: 2014 Retail as a Career Scholarship Program
SUPPORTING THE RETAILERS OF TOMORROW
REWARDING THE RETAILERS OF TOMORROW
Retail Council of Canada, in partnership with industry sponsors, will award more than $85,000 in scholarships and benefits to students entering or currently enrolled in a business, marketing or retail-related program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.
A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded by Interac Association to the top Retail as a Career Scholarship applicant.
Is someone on your retail team currently studying in a business, marketing or retail-related program?
There are 26 scholarships available this year– one $5000 Interac Scholarship in addition to twenty-five $1000 Industry-Sponsored Scholarships.
Retail Council of Canada must receive applications on or before Monday March 31, 2014 . Late applications will not be considered.
For more information, please visit our web site or call 1-888-373-8245 x 320.
January 10, 2014 (FCC) Farm Credit Canada Expression Fund
Supporting Canada's official languages
Communities where both official languages thrive are important features of our Canadian landscape. They're strengthened by the people who choose to express themselves in French in communities where English is much more common, and vice versa.
The Expression Fund was developed to support Canada's official languages and honour those communities where both languages thrive. It's $50,000 in funding for projects that contribute to the vitality of official language minority communities and help residents express the cultural and linguistic diversity of their area.
Successful projects will receive between $2,000 and $10,000 for community improvements, such as community centres and daycares, theatrical productions, art galleries or concerts, to name just a few.
Applications will be accepted from January 7, 2014 to February 4, 2014.
For more information, visit
January 8, 2014 Tourism Performance Bulletin
|Current Performance Indicators for Ontario's Tourism Industry
January 7, 2014 2014 Local Initiatives Contributions
Superior North CFDC is inviting not-for-profit community organizations, municipalities and First Nations to apply for the 2014 Local Initiatives Contributions program. This program awards grants of up to $5000 for eligible community capacity building activities. The first deadline for applications is January 31, 2014. For more information, please call 1-888-445-9999.
Superior North CFDC – “your partner in success”. Proudly supported by FedNor.
January 3, 2014 Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration
Volunteering is the most fundamental act of citizenship in our society. Every day thousands of Ontarians of all ages voluntarily give their time and talent to thousands of community organizations. By caring and contributing their time, volunteers help hold our communities together.
The VSA program recognizes volunteers from all sectors for their continuous years of service in a community organization. It provides a way for your organization and the Ontario government to thank them in a meaningful way.
Please take this opportunity to nominate your volunteers. Nomination forms and program information are available on the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration website at www.ontario.ca/honoursandawards