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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!
Click here 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.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

Quick Facts

  • The 75 cent increase reflects the annual change in Ontario’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last increase on March 31, 2010.
  • The province’s Minimum Wage Advisory Panel recommends that the province perform a full review of its minimum wage rates and revision process every five years.
  • The panel held 10 public consultations across the province and received more than 400 submissions from organizations, businesses, and individual Ontarians.
  • Increasing the minimum wage supports Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. In the first three years of the strategy, approximately 47,000 children and their families were lifted out of poverty.
  • The current minimum wage is $10.25 per hour. It has increased nearly 50 per cent since 2003.



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



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

December 18, 2013

November 22, 2013            
Township of Schreiber Continuing to Phase 2 of NWMO Preliminary Assessment 
Also recognized for leadership in advancing Canada's plan for used nuclear fuel management

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) has completed the first phase of preliminary assessment in collaboration with the Township of Schreiber and seven others of the 21 communities engaged in learning about Canada’s plan for the safe, long-term care of used nuclear fuel. Schreiber is one of four communities identified for further study in the process for identifying a preferred site for a deep geological repository.

“Schreiber is looking forward to further exploring how this important national infrastructure project could potentially impact our community and region,” said Don McArthur, Mayor of Schreiber. “We have a great deal of work and many studies ahead of us before we will be in a position to decide whether a deep geological repository is a good fit for our community and area. All Schreiber residents can be proud of the contribution our community has already made to the NWMO site selection process, regardless of the eventual outcome.”

Recognizing Community Leadership

At this milestone in the process, the NWMO is recognizing the contribution all eight communities have made to advancing Canada’s plan for safely managing used nuclear fuel over the long term. In acknowledging these significant contributions, the NWMO will provide $400,000 to each community upon its establishment of a Community Well-Being Reserve Fund.

Next Steps

The next phase of work involves more intensive community learning and engagement. Work will take on a broader focus to include surrounding communities and First Nations and Métis peoples. This ongoing engagement will be important to understanding the potential to foster well-being of the broader area and the ability to work together to implement the project. Preliminary fieldwork will begin, including aerial surveys, and at later date, limited borehole drilling, to further assess geology and site suitability against technical safety requirements.

Click here to read the press release

November 15, 2013             Small Business Week - Contest Winner!

Superior North CFDC and CFNO Radio are pleased to announce the recent winner of the $500 CFNO Promotional Package – Cathy MacKenzie, owner of Back Forty Outdoor Essentials, located in Terrace Bay. The contest was held in celebration of Small Business Week 2013, which is a national program created by BDC to celebrate the contributions made by small business in Canada. During the week of October 21st – 26, Superior North CFDC, in partnership with CFNO Radio ran a campaign recognizing small business in the region, presented small business profiles and the small business promotional contest.

Winner, Cathy MacKenzie is the proud owner Back Forty Outdoor Essentials located at 10 Overpass Road in Terrace Bay. Cathy’s business offers eight cold storage units and is the authorized empty bottle dealer for the Beer Store. For more information about Back Forty Outdoor Essential, visit their Facebook page or their Superior North Spotlight listing.

Superior North CFDC (supported by FedNor) and CFNO Radio wish to thank all the local business owners in the Superior North region for their participation in celebrating Small Business Week – 2013.

October 28, 2013                 FedNor Funding for Manufacturers

Through FedNor's Targeted Manufacturing Initiative (TMI), Northern Ontario companies can apply for financing to assess the need for productivity improvements, and to modernize their operations by upgrading and improving equipment used in the manufacturing process. The goal is to help manufacturers boost their productivity, leading to sales growth, increased exports and job creation.

By helping manufacturers increase their productivity, FedNor is helping Northern Ontario become more competitive in the global economy.

Learn how you can access support for:

Operational Assessments

October 28, 2013                Clients can now reach Canada Business Ontario directly!

Clients can now reach Canada Business Ontario (CBO) directly by calling 1-888-576-4444.

Say goodbye to wait-times and avoid navigating through automated options!
As always, I encourage clients to contact CBO to speak with a qualified Information Officer. Our staff is well-equipped to provide information on government programs and services, regulations and general business information such as “how to start a business.” As you know, CBO Information Officers can also provide you with Secondary Market Research.

In other news, the Canada Business Network's YouTube channel is now live and features CBO's video "What CBO Can Do For You!" Continue to watch in the weeks ahead for more videos.
October 22, 2013                 Funding Renewal!

October 5, 2013                    New Municipal Infrastructure Fund for Ontario

Government Investing in Small, Rural and Northern Communities to Create Jobs

Premier Kathleen Wynne was in Simcoe today as part of the government's ongoing investments in infrastructure across Ontario.

Joined by Minister of Rural Affairs, Jeff Leal, the Premier announced that the new Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund is now accepting applications. The program, part of the 2013 Budget, will help address critical infrastructure needs for these communities, including roads, bridges, water and wastewater projects, and will support local jobs.

Twenty-one communities were approved based on their application to the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative earlier this year.

The Premier and the Honourable Dave Levac, MPP for Brant, also attended a jobs roundtable at Laurier Brantford today, where they called on local business and community leaders to work with the government to help grow the economy and create jobs, especially for young people.

Improving highways, roads and bridges and working with local businesses is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, invest in infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

October 4, 2013                    Invitation To A Webinar
The Canada Revenue Agency is hosting a webinar for new small business titled New Small Businesses and Taxes: Getting it right from the start! Mark your calendars!

English session dates:

  • Tuesday, October 22, 2013 – 1:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time
  • Thursday, October 24, 2013 – 1:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time

French session dates:

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013 – 1:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time
  • Thursday, October 24, 2013 – 11:00 a.m., Eastern Standard Time

Duration: Approximately 60 minutes

This webinar will be of interest to you if you are starting a new small business and want information on topics such as:

  • Registering your business
  • Understanding GST/HST and payroll
  • Keeping records
  • Understanding business income and expenses and much more

To register for this webinar, go to:

Sign up early. Space is limited!

September 24, 2013             Ontario Helping Small Businesses Grow

 Province Increases Exemption for Employer Health Tax - Ministry of Finance

Ontario is helping 60,000 small businesses save money and grow by introducing legislation to increase the exemption for the Employer Health Tax starting Jan. 1. 2014.
If passed, the Supporting Small Businesses Act would increase the exemption for private-sector employers, including small businesses, charities and not-for-profit organizations, with an annual payroll of $450,000 or less. The previous limit was $400,000. This means that more than 60,000 employers would pay less Employer Health Tax, including over 12,000 that would no longer pay the tax. Those organizations would also save the cost of filing an Employer health Tax return. Businesses would be able to use their savings to re-invest in their company or hire more staff.

September 23, 2013            Tourism Performance Bulletin

Current Performance Indicators for Ontario's Tourism Industry

The Current Performance Interactive Tool enables users to quickly and easily access current tourism statistics.

September 23, 2013 Superior North CFDC celebrates Franco-Ontarian Day!


September 20, 2013 TODS Program Review Request for Input
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Ministry of Transportation have initiated a review of the Tourism-Oriented Directional Signing (TODS) program.
We are seeking your feedback on the TODS program in order to continually improve the effectiveness of our highway signing programs. We are also interested in gathering information on the broader topic of way-finding.
The ministry is interested in receiving feedback from all tourism stakeholders, including current participants as well as stakeholders who are not currently participating in the TODS program.
Please take a few minutes to complete the TODS Program Review Survey by October 31, 2013.

September 9, 2013
Harper Government Supports Job Creation with 3 year Freeze of Employment Insurance Premium Rates

The Harper Government announced today that it will freeze the Employment Insurance (EI) premium rate for employees at the 2013 level of $1.88 per $100 of insurable earnings for 2014, and additionally that the rate will be set no higher than $1.88 for 2015 and 2016.

“While Canada has seen steady job creation since the end of the global recession with over one million net new jobs, significant challenges remain in the global economy. Our Government is freezing EI rates and leaving $660 million in the pockets of job creators and Canadian workers in 2014 alone which will help provide the certainty and flexibility employers, especially small businesses, need to keep growing,” said the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, at an event hosted by Ottawa Camping Trailers Ltd. “This tax relief will help support Canada’s continued economic recovery and sustained, business-led, long-term growth.”

Since July 2009 employment has increased by more than one million jobs, the strongest job growth among Group of Seven (G-7) countries over the recovery. Close to 90 per cent of all jobs created since that time have been full-time positions, with more than 80 per cent in the private sector and two-thirds in high-wage industries. The OECD recently projected Canada to lead the G-7 in economic growth for 2013 and the World Economic Form ranked Canada’s financial system as the safest and soundest in the world for a sixth year in a row.

Falling unemployment over the recovery means the EI Operating Account is on track to return to balance, and the premium rate increases previously projected are no longer necessary.

“As payroll taxes like Employment Insurance are particularly challenging for small business, today’s announcement of an EI rate freeze is fantastic news for Canada’s entrepreneurs. This move will keep hundreds of millions of dollars in the pockets of employers and employees which can only be a positive for the Canadian economy. As employers pay 60 per cent of the cost of the EI system, small firms can use these savings to hire, improve wages or help grow their businesses,” said Dan Kelly, President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

Starting in 2017, as announced in Economic Action Plan 2012, the EI premium rate will be set annually at a seven-year break-even rate. This will ensure that EI premiums are no higher than needed to pay for the EI program over that seven-year period, and will result in sustainable funding, affordable rates, and ongoing predictability and stability.

August 30,2013 What is Crowdfunding?

Welcome to Canada, Kickstarter! Kickstarter is an online pledge system that allows for funding of different innovative and creative projects, such as, films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Until recently, the New York-based crowdfunding platform allowed Canadians to give money to their American neighbors, but not to run their own campaigns. As of September 9th though, Canadians can create and support campaigns in Canada.

Kickstarter has announced that they will be running work shops across Canada to help familiarize entrepreneurs with tips on how to run a successful campaign. The purpose of crowdfunding is to help entrepreneurs start and maintain their own successful business with funding that will keep them afloat.

The definition of 'Crowdfunding' is: The use of small amounts of capital from a large number of individuals to finance a new business venture. Crowdfunding makes use of the easy accessibility of vast networks of friends, family and colleagues through social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to get the word out about a new business and attract investors. Crowdfunding has the potential to increase entrepreneurship by expanding the pool of investors from whom funds can be raised beyond the traditional circle of owners, relatives and venture capitalists.

There is even a National Crowdfunding Association of Canada. This organization is Canada’s Crowdfunding Advocate. Newly formed, dynamic and inclusive, the NCFA Canada works closely with industry groups, government, academia, other business associations and affiliates to create a strong and vibrant crowdfunding industry and voice across Canada.

Membership is comprised of a network of professional individuals, companies and non-profit associations (students are most welcome) interested in crowdfunding markets in Canada and beyond. The National Crowdfunding Association of Canada is a networking and solutions-based organization to provide advocacy, education, support and leadership to Canadian crowdfunding communities. While membership has a Canadian focus, the NCFA Canada remains open and inclusive to International members.

Crowdfunding is both a recent and quickly changing phenomenon, so it's important for both entrepreneurs and those working in business support roles to understand its significance, new developments, and potential to make a difference on a local level.

August 29, 2013 Innoweave offers a Social Enterprise Webinar

This webinar, hosted by Innoweave and presented by Enterprising Non-profits (enp) will provide an introduction to Social Enterprise featuring examples of social enterprises that support a range of outcomes (e.g. social inclusion, environmental sustainability, child development, employment and others).

This webinar is a requirement to participate in a Innoweave Social Enterprise workshop on developing your social enterprise idea.

Participants will receive login information via email one week prior to the webinar.

Date: Friday, September 13, 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT

August 20, 2013 Canada Business Ontario - Check out our new look!

The Canada Business Ontario website has been re-designed and is now live! We have a fresh new look, a new site layout and some new features.

We are a proud member of the Canada Business Network. Information on, the national Canada Business website, is not affected by this re-design.

Here are some of the changes to

New look
We’ve refreshed our overall look, to comply with the new Web Standards for the Government of Canada, and have also added a few new features including a carousel on our homepage that displays topics of interest, an online form to request free secondary market research, links to the Canada Business social media feeds and more!

New structure
In order to improve the client experience, you can now explore our information by subject.

As a result of such a major re-organization, many of our links have changed. Please update your links to ensure that you’re getting our latest content.

For questions or comments, or if you are looking for a specific replacement link, please contact us directly.

Canada Business Ontario
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
151 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M5C 2W7
Telephone 416.775.3462
Facsimile 416.954.8597

August 19, 2013 Helping Communities Attract Investment and Create Jobs
Ontario moving forward with Investment Ready Program.
Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke at the annual conference of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario today, where she unveiled new details about Ontario's Investment Ready: Certified Site Program.

The new program gives investors a greater degree of certainty when looking for development opportunities in Ontario municipalities. It will help companies looking to locate or expand their businesses in Ontario make quick, informed decisions and get projects underway sooner.

Designed to appeal to global investors, the program will give municipalities a chance to showcase their communities, attract new investment and help create jobs. This new initiative is part of the government's strategy to foster a competitive business climate in communities across Ontario.


  • Ontario’s Investment Ready: Certified Site Program is Canada’s first province-wide certified site program.
  • The program will provide detailed information on locations within a community that are ready to be developed, including availability, utilities servicing, access and environmental concerns.
  • To be eligible for the program, sites will need to meet mandatory requirements in relation to site ownership, availability for sale/lease, minimum property size, public road access, municipal planning and zoning, and servicing and utilities.
  • Applications will need to be submitted jointly by either municipalities or economic development organizations and the owner(s) of the site.
  • Financial assistance will be available to help cover some of the costs incurred during the certification process. The application process is set to open later this year.


August 7, 2013 PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise Announcement



August 1, 2013
Ontario's Accessibility Standards. What you need to know: Summer 2013

Ontario has five accessibility standards in place under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Putting these standards into practice will help make our province more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities. To learn more, visit Click on the AODA Compliance Wizard to find out what you need to do, by when. You'll also find tools to help you comply.


July 24, 2013 FedNor's Youth Internship Initiative

Need a youth intern?

Is your business looking to undertake a project related to innovation, digital economy or trade? FedNor may be able to help you hire a youth intern.

Through its Youth Internship Initiative, FedNor helps post-secondary graduates obtain crucial professional experience and, in turn, provides Northern Ontario businesses with access to educated and motivated young people to help support their goals.

What are the funding conditions?

Businesses in Northern Ontario (fewer than 500 employees)
FedNor will contribute up to 50 percent (to a maximum of $31,500) for eligible costs of salary and employee benefits, professional/businesses skills development and related travel for up to 12 months for a full-time position.

July 8, 2013 Township of Terrace Bay Temporarily Halts Waterfront Study

TERRACE BAY, Ontario, June 28, 2013 - The Mayor and Council of the Township of Terrace Bay have decided to temporarily halt the Waterfront Development Study due to unexpected circumstances. The Township would like to take more time to update the Municipalities Official Plan prior to the finalization of the study as recommended by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs which they believe is in the best interest of planning. Additionally, the extended process of the land sales by Terrace Bay Pulp Inc. under the CCAA proceedings, have had a significant impact on the status of waterfront property in the Community.

Carmelo Notarbartolo, the CAO and Clerk of the Township
"These issues are important and must be taken into consideration when completing our Waterfront Development Study so the finished product can most accurately reflect the current state of the Township. We have discussed the situation with our government partners and they agree that this is the most prudent course of action. We are still optimistic that the recently extended sales process of nearly 4,500 acres of property in Terrace Bay will result in a positive outcome. Terrace Bay is seeing incredible growth and has real opportunities that we will work with developers to realize."

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For more information on this press release, please contact:
Carmelo Notarbartolo, Chief Administrative Officer / Clerk
1 (807) 825-3315, x 232,

June 26, 2013

June 26, 2013 Ontario Organizations and Collaborations Can Benefit from Growing Forward 2

The Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) is accepting applications from Ontario organizations and collaborations that want to put innovative ideas into action by growing profits, expanding markets and managing risk under Growing Forward 2 (GF2).

GF2 offers funding assistance for:

  • Capacity building through strategic planning, training, audits or assessments, and,
  • Project implementation that focuses on the environment and climate change, animal and plant health, market development, labour productivity enhancement, assurance systems, and business and leadership development.

"Created with a 'client-first' approach, the GF2 program is suited to meet the individual needs of a very broad industry," said John Kikkert, AAC Chair. "Applicants have the flexibility to propose projects based on their own priorities within the GF2 focus areas. This is ideal for an industry that faces many challenges, and has many diverse opportunities."

AAC is delivering GF2 programming to Ontario organizations and collaborations on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Pre-proposals, applications and program guides can be found on the AAC website at

Enrollment and online applications are available through the GF2 Client Portal.

The AAC is based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and is a leader in program delivery. The AAC is a not-for-profit organization that is made up of 67 Ontario agricultural, agri-food and rural organizations. The AAC board of directors will review all applications from organizations and collaborations and make the final funding decisions.

This programming is supported by GF2 a comprehensive federal-provincial-territorial agreement aimed at encouraging innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada's agri-food and agri-products sector.

For more information please contact:
Nadine Armstrong
Communications and Industry Relations Manager
Agricultural Adaptation Council
Phone: (519) 822-7554

June 26, 2013 Services in French: call to the communities, businesses and artists for the new directory
L A ss ociation des francophones du Nord-Ouest de l’Ontario is gathering data to create a new directory of businesses and organizations offering French services in northwestern Ontario.
The last Repertory was issued in 1998 and it was time to update this wonderful tool. The present one has been thought to include touristic and general information to attract investors, workers, families in Northwestern Ontario and to develop and grow businesses offering French services” said Martin Douville, Economic Development and Tourism Officer.
AFNOO is the opening door to French businesses who want to develop their company and offer services in French; and to other businesses who want to gain a French market. Offering French services is an important asset in Northwestern Ontario. Being published in the directory is FREE and provides a great visibility for businesses that want to appear in it.
AFNOO is looking for any business or entrepreneur who would like to be part of this directory, and is calling for anyone able to answer YES to at least one of the following:
- Do you have documentation in French like brochures, reports, and/or menus?
- Do you have a web site? And does it have French pages?
- Is there someone in your business, in your office able to speak French?
- If not, is it possible to have French services upon request?
To be part of the next directory or if you know French services around you in northwestern Ontario, contact Martin
Douville, mailto:tourisme@afnoo.org807 684-1952.

A r t istic contest! Local French speaking artists wanted to illustrate the directory (cartoon, drawing, painting, photography, collage); submit us your talent: numerical or printed 8,5”x11” format with a short biography. The winner will receive a $150 and the art will be displayed on marketing directory development.

AFNOO ensures ensure the development and the prosperity of the Francophone community in Northwestern Ontario at the political, educational, economic, linguistic, social and cultural levels.

M edia Contact: Audrey Debruyne, Innovation and Communication Officer, 807 684-1952

June 21, 2013 Engaging Youth to Become Entrepreneurs
Superior North CFDC is excited to bring the Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative (NOYEI) to the Superior North region. Our new Youth Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Travis McArthur, will be delivering NOYEI programming to youth in communities from Dorion to Manitouwadge.

The NOYEI is funded by FedNor and the Ontario Trillium Foundation. They offer a continuum of bilingual programming designed to encourage young people between the ages of 8 and 34 to explore and develop entrepreneurial qualities, characteristics, and attitudes. The programs are designed to engage youth and get them thinking about business opportunities within their communities, while having fun and promoting teamwork, self-confidence, and creativity. The mandate of the program is to encourage young people to envision entrepreneurship as a viable career option while remaining in Northern Ontario. In the last six years, more than 12,000 children have been introduced to entrepreneurship through the program.

Cindy Reasbeck, the Youth Entrepreneurship Advisor for Northern Ontario CFDCs, says “There is a gap between thinking about starting a business and those who actually do it. By starting with young children, we can plant the seed to develop an entrepreneurial culture that over time will bridge the gap between thinking and doing.”

Michael J Beno, Board Chair, says “We are very excited for this new opportunity to engage youth in entrepreneurship. Youth entrepreneurship and mentorship has been one of my core business beliefs as well as one of Superior North CFDC's core deliverables. Travis will add great value to this program. He is a bright young man, full of positive expectations for the future of the entrepreneur. Along with his experience and education, Travis comes from a multi-generational, successful business family and that alone is a tremendous resource for this program.”

For more information, visit

June 21, 2013 Launch of a New Regional Innovative Online Directory
Superior North CFDC is pleased to announce the re-launch of our online business directory, Superior North Spotlight! With the assistance of Forest Marketing and TBayIT, we’ve developed a fresh new name and look and some exciting new functions!

Superior North Spotlight is the most comprehensive online directory for Ontario’s North of Superior Region. The key benefit of Superior North Spotlight is its convenience – it’s a ‘one stop shop’, a single location on-line for the whole region, and the world, to get up-to-date information. With over 1100 listings that cover the entire Superior North CFDC region, from Dorion to Manitouwadge, this online directory gives a much needed web presence to businesses, municipalities, community organizations, events, things to do, attractions, and much more!

The online directory is a simple to use and each listing is linked to “Google Maps” which gives the user the ability to map their way to the specific listing’s location.

Common features of each listing are the business or listing’s name, the business owner or contact person, contact information, address, e-mail, telephone number, and comprehensive information about the business’ product or service and it’s all available in both official languages. Photos, graphics or brand logos are also included. Another great feature is that viewers can “like” “tweet” or “pin” the listing to their own social media to share with their friends and followers.

Coming in late July 2013, Superior North Spotlight will be available as an “app” for Apple products like the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Superior North Spotlight is truly innovative and it provides our regional businesses an advantage in smart phone marketing at no cost! Superior North CFDC is the first organization in the region to develop and offer such an innovative tool.

To use and explore Superior North Spotlight, visit our website!!

June 21, 2013 Let's Celebrate Saint-Jean Baptiste!

June 21, 2013 Superior North CFDC Annual General Meeting 2013!

Superior North CFDC held its Annual General Meeting in Terrace Bay on June 12, 2013. The event was a review of 2012, two new program announcements and a review of the past 25 years as Superior North CFDC celebrates its Silver Anniversary.

Anne-Marie Bourgeault, General Manager along with Board Chair Michael Beno, welcomed guests and members to the event. M. Beno presented a message from the Board, followed by a report from the General Manager outlining accomplishments in 2012 at Superior North CFDC. Ms. Bourgeault also presented a brief retrospective on the last 25 years of history at Superior North CFDC as the organization celebrates its Silver Anniversary. Tiffany Carlin, Community Economic Development Officer, read a message from Minister Tony Clement, Industry Canada and FedNor. Ms. Carlin also presented Michael Beno, Board Chair, with a plaque from FedNor recognizing the 25 Years of Service in the Community Futures Program.

The staff of Superior North CFDC also presented information on two new programs at Superior North CFDC. Superior North Spotlight was introduced which is re-launch of the former directory with a new look and new name. Superior North Spotlight is an online directory of businesses, events, organizations, municipalities, things to do and so much more with features like Google maps, email contact, detailed listing information and contact information. This online directory encompasses listings from the communities of Dorion through to Manitouwadge.

The launch of Superior North Spotlight as an Apple App for Iphone, Ipod and Ipad was also highlighted. The formal launch is set for July 2013, with more information to follow.

Another exciting new initiative was also launched by Superior North CFDC, the Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative. Cindy Reasbeck, Program Coordinator for the Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Program, was on hand to introduce the newest member of the Superior North staff, Travis McArthur. Mr. McArthur was recently hired to fill the role of Youth Entrepreneurship Coordinator for the Superior North Region. His presentation explained the program highlighting the various components that will be available to the region’s youth, starting as early as the grade three level with programing for various ages through to the high school grades. This program will be delivered throughout the entire Superior North region.

The formal Annual General Meeting followed with a review of the financial statements, election of officers and a question and answer session. The evening was also an opportunity for networking with guests and members some of whom traveled from as far as Manitouwadge and Dorion.

For more information on the Youth Entrepreneurship Program and Superior North Spotlight, log on to for details.

June 5, 2013 Ontario Receives Annual Report on French-Language Services

Ontario Government Supports Francophone Communities

A report that will help Ontario build on its commitment to improving French-language services was received today from the province's French Language Services Commissioner.

Commissioner François Boileau congratulated the government on actions that have helped improve the delivery of French-language services in the past year, including:

  • Creating a strategy to increase the number of francophone immigrants to Ontario.
  • Promoting equal access to justice in French.
  • Funding for 13 new French-language school initiatives to better meet local needs.
  • Committing to provide better access to postsecondary French-language education.
  • Committing to enhance French-language services for regulatory bodies such as the College of Nurses of Ontario.
  • Recognizing diversity within the francophone community.


" We are very proud to have established the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner. The government welcomes the Commissioner's annual report and thanks him for his hard work and leadership. We will carefully consider the report’s recommendations in our ongoing efforts to enhance the overall delivery of French-language services."
- Madeleine Meilleur
Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs


  • The Office of the French Language Services Commissioner was created in 2007. Its mandate includes monitoring the progress made by government ministries and agencies in the delivery of French-language services in Ontario.


June 5, 2013 Ontario Government Making it Easier for Not-For-Profits to Do Business

Amendments Pave the Way for Proclamation of Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act.

Ontario is one step closer to proclaiming the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (ONCA) - legislation that will increase accountability and transparency for not-for-profit corporations and that will make it easier for them to operate and do business in today's marketplace.

The Ontario government is introducing amendments, as part of the Companies Statute Law Amendment Act, 2013, that must be in place before ONCA can be proclaimed. Many of the amendments, if passed, would update references to the 60-year-old Corporations Act that currently governs most not-for-profit corporations in the province.

Making it easier for the province's not-for-profit organizations to do business is part of the new Ontario government's plan to strengthen the economy and build a fair society for all.

" This is an essential step we need to take to complete the important journey we began three years ago. A thriving, modern not-for-profit sector is depending on us to fulfill the commitment we made with ONCA to unleash the creativity and energy of this sector."
- Tracy MacCharles
Minister of Consumer Services

" The Ontario Nonprofit Network has been an active participant in the development of ONCA, and is eager to see this important legislation proclaimed. The amendments introduced today are a crucial step. Our network is actively preparing to make the transition to ONCA, and to continue to build vibrant, resilient communities in Ontario."
- Cathy Taylor
Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network


  • Over 50,000 not-for-profit corporations contribute more than $50 billion annually to Ontario’s economy, and about 16 per cent of the Ontario workforce is employed in the not-for-profit sector.
  • More than half of Ontarians do some form of volunteering in the not-for-profit sector.
  • ONCA is targeted to come into effect six months after passage of this legislation.


June 3, 2013 Celebrate Aboriginal Culture This Summer

Experience Ontario Aboriginal Tourism Destinations

Ontario offers dozens of tourism destinations for families to immerse themselves in Aboriginal culture, customs and traditions.

There are locations in every corner of the province for families to visit on a day trip or vacation road trip. For example, you can:

Supporting local tourism is part of the Ontario government's efforts to build a strong economy and vibrant communities.


" Ontario is proud to promote a culturally rich Aboriginal tourism industry. See it. Experience it. Join in. Steep yourself in time-honoured traditions this summer."
- David Zimmer
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs

" I encourage residents and visitors alike to explore and experience the rich culture of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in Ontario. Historic sites such as Sainte-Marie among the Hurons allow visitors to travel back to the 17th century and learn about the Huron-Wendat people, while Fort William Historical Park brings the fur trade back to life. The long legacy, vibrant culture and honoured traditions of Aboriginal Peoples provide Ontarians with an opportunity to learn, engage and celebrate."
- Michael Chan
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

" As Ontario's and Canada’s original tour guides, Aboriginal tourism operators continue to share our unique culture with visitors from around the world. We invite Ontario visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of Aboriginal culture this summer."
- Kevin Eshkawkogan
CEO of Great Spirit Circle Trail Inc.


  • "Ontario" stems from a Huron word " Onatari:io," meaning beautiful lake.
  • The top five Aboriginal languages spoken in Ontario are Ojibway, Oji-Cree, Cree, Inuktitut and Mohawk.
  • Tourism is an important part of Ontario's economy. In 2011, Ontario tourism brought in over $23 billion and supported more than 300,000 direct and indirect jobs.

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