All posts by REAP Ontario

Shortage of Canadians working in agriculture to double by 2025

The Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council has just published the results of a major investigation into labour shortages in agriculture in Canada. The full report is Agriculture 2025: How the Sector’s Labour Challenges Will Shape its Future. At present, the supply of Canadians willing to work on farms is 59,000 less than the demand. Most… Read More


Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Annual Conference – Day #2

This article features some highlights from the second day of the 28th Annual Rural Policy Conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) held from October 12 to 15, 2016 in Guelph.   Lessons from a First Nation Community The program started with a plenary presentation by Andrée Cazabon and Angelica Mckay on “Lessons learned… Read More


Access Funding for Tradeshows and Export Marketing Projects

Today’s guest blog post comes from Mentor Works, a business support enterprise specializing in accessing government funding. Author Jeff Shepherd describes agri-marketing grants that may be of interest to your business. Research by REAPontario and others indicates that many immigrant entrepreneurs work long hours, have little time to explore potential business supports, and often struggle… Read More


Government Funding to Promote the Consumption of Locally Grown Food

Today’s guest blog post comes from Mentor Works, a business support enterprise specializing in accessing government funding. Author Jeff Shepherd describes business expansion grants that may be of interest to your business. Research by REAPontario and others indicates that many immigrant entrepreneurs work long hours, have little time to explore potential business supports, and often… Read More


Food Venture Program Pilot Project to Support GTA Food Sector Entrepreneurs

This article was authored by Josie DiFelice and originally appeared on the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance (GHFFA) website http://www.foodandfarming.ca.  It has been reprinted with permission from the GHFFA. Food Starter and CaterToronto are working with the City of Toronto to launch a Pilot Project, titled Food Venture Program, in an effort to help… Read More


Retaining Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Promising Practices from Rural Areas

Today’s guest blog post comes from The Rural Immigration Project directed by Dr. Wayne Caldwell, a 3-year project housed at the University of Guelph that is exploring different approaches rural communities are using to attract and retain immigrants. Author Brianne Labute and colleague Bakhtawar Khan spoke to immigrants, policy-makers, and service providers in four Ontario case… Read More


Attracting Immigrants: Promising Practices from Rural Areas (PART THREE)

 Today’s post is a guest blog post comes from The Rural Immigration Project directed by Dr. Wayne Caldwell, a 3-year project housed at the University of Guelph that is exploring different approaches rural communities are using to attract and retain immigrants. Author Brianne Labute and colleague Bakhtawar Khan spoke to immigrants, policy-makers, and service providers in… Read More


Attracting Immigrants: Promising Practices from Rural Areas (PART TWO)

Today’s guest blog post comes from The Rural Immigration Project directed by Dr. Wayne Caldwell, a 3-year project housed at the University of Guelph that is exploring different approaches rural communities are using to attract and retain immigrants. Author Brianne Labute and colleague Bakhtawar Khan spoke to immigrants, policy-makers, and service providers in four Ontario case… Read More


Attracting Immigrants: Promising Practices from Rural Areas (PART ONE)

Today’s guest blog post comes from The Rural Immigration Project directed by Dr. Wayne Caldwell, a 3-year project housed at the University of Guelph that is exploring different approaches rural communities are using to attract and retain immigrants. Author Brianne Labute and colleague Bakhtawar Khan spoke to immigrants, policy-makers, and service providers in four Ontario case… Read More


Series: Self-Employment in Ontario’s Agriculture and Food-related Sectors, 2001 to 2014. Part 3: Self-Employment in Food Manufacturing, including Bakeries

This series of five blog posts is focused on self-employment in agriculture and food-related sectors in Ontario from 2001 to 2014. The data has been collected from OMAFRA’s Analyst (EMSI) database. The blog posts are excerpts from longer reports written by Ray Bollman and available from REAPontario upon request. Part 3: Self-Employment in Food Manufacturing,… Read More