Category Archives: Local

Ontario Farmers’ Markets Trends include the Growth of Immigrant Farming

This time of year is a great time to focus on one of my favourite topics, farmers’ markets. As we reach peak summer harvest, markets across the province are booming! As noted on the official website of the Ontario farmers’ markets, these markets are loved by shoppers, communities and farmers alike. Increasingly discerning shoppers appreciate… 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


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


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


A New Model of Rural Services

Recognizing change, recognizing rural Part 2 of a write-up on Sullivan, L., Ryser, L., & Halseth, G. (2014). Recognizing change, recognizing rural: The new rural economy and towards a new model of rural service, The Journal of Rural and Community Development, 9(4), 219-245. In this second piece profiling the recent article by Sullivan, Ryser, and Halseth,… Read More


Rural Communities Fighting Back: The Example of Tumbler Ridge

Recognizing change, recognizing rural Part 1 of a 2-part review of Sullivan, L., Ryser, L., & Halseth, G. (2014). Recognizing change, recognizing rural: The new rural economy and towards a new model of rural service. The Journal of Rural and Community Development, 9(4), 219-245. In their 2014 article “Recognizing change, recognizing rural: The new rural… 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