The Higher ED Blog: Who are commercial counterurbanites, and what brought them to your community?

About REAPontario’s guest authors for this week……. Michelle Madden is the editor of Higher ED. She is also the Outreach Manager for the Economic Development Program and a graduate of the LED master’s program.  She has authored a number of the articles in this series on behalf of the students, and has published several of her own… Read More


Growing Forward 2 Ontario Business Expansion Grants: Application Guide for 2016

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


Immigrant Entrepreneur Profile: Praveen Udagani of Flaxy Inc.

 As a boy in India, Praveen Udagani was regularly served flax seed by his mother, and especially enjoyed eating it mixed into yogurt and rice dishes.   Many decades later, Praveen is living in Canada and working to showcase this idea of flax seed as a tasty and nutritious topping. With financial support provided by his… Read More


Hiring Grants and Wage Subsidies for Agricultural Businesses in 2016

Today’s guest blog post comes from Mentor Works, a business support enterprise specializing in accessing government funding. Author Jeff Shepherd describes hiring 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


In Hamilton, big things sprouting from a little seed

The REAPontario research team has been visiting immigrant entrepreneurs and some of the places where they sell their products to the public. We would like to share what we are learning in a series of articles profiling some of these people and places. Up first, the Mustard Seed Co-operative, a full service grocery store located… Read More


Research: Immigrant Business Owners in Canada

On March 21, Statistics Canada released its research paper Immigration, Business Ownership and Employment in Canada. A synopsis of the report can be found in its publication The Daily. This study marks the first time that Statistics Canada has released data providing an overview of immigrant business ownership and the associated job creation in Canada.… Read More


Investment Intentions of Ontario’s SME Owners

Earlier this year the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) released its study Investment Intentions of Canadian Entrepreneurs: An Outlook for 2016 (PDF).   Today’s blog post presents highlights of the study that may be of interest to business owners in Ontario. There is no focus on agri-business specifically, but it provides a baseline for… Read More


Foreign ownership of Canadian food manufacturing

Foreign ownership is a tangible sign of the globalized world in which we live. It has been a controversial political issue in Canada, but today trade and investment across national boundaries is not only the norm but also binds together national economies so that fluctuations in one have repercussions far away. Research recently released by… 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


The Winkler Initiative: Lessons in Immigrant Attraction to Rural Areas, Part 2

Why does it work …. and can it be replicated in other communities? The previous blog post described the “Winkler Initiative” and its origins. Today’s post focuses on why it worked, and whether it could be replicated in other communities. In a 2005 Working Paper on the Winkler Initiative [pdf] the authors state: “Winkler serves… Read More