Category Archives: Direct Foreign Investment (DFI)

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


Connecting Rural Ontario to the World: Internet Access

Our Digital Age With the Internet, people in certain professions – for example, writers, communications professionals, computer programmers – can live pretty much anywhere in the world as long as they have a good Internet connection. One can certainly see the attraction of small town or rural living in terms of pace of life, cost… Read More


Local immigration practices showcased at UN Meeting

The world has 1 billion internal and international migrants today, most living in larger cities. Cities generally have no jurisdiction on immigration but are on front lines in terms of impact. Given this context, what role can intergovernmental organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank play in helping promote positive outcomes of migration?… Read More


Guide To Service Providers 101: EcDev Offices

Economic Development Offices Today’s post focuses on a type of organization that is often not thought of as a “service provider” but which in fact provides many services to business owners and potential investors in a given community.  Just about every municipality or regional government has an Economic Development Office that is either part of… Read More