Category Archives: Reap Ontario Research

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


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


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


Series: Self-Employment in Ontario’s Agriculture and Food-related Sectors, 2001 to 2014. Part 2: Self-Employment in Farm Support Services and Food Manufacturing

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 2: Self-Employment in Farm Support… Read More


Series: Self-Employment in Ontario’s Agriculture & Food-related Sectors, 2001 to 2014. Part 1: Self-Employment Overview

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 1: Self-Employment Overview Key Findings… Read More


REAPontario meets Community Futures

It was an exciting week for REAPontario as the research team and some of our immigrant entrepreneurs made a one-day road trip to Orillia to put on a workshop entitled “Building Our Yellow Brick Road: Immigrant Entrepreneurs Share Options for Accessing Capital.” The workshop was part of the Ontario Association of Community Futures Development Corporations… Read More


Sharing Our “Foundational Data” #1

In our work at REAPontario, we are collecting and analyzing Foundational Data to provide context for the Living Data collected from immigrant entrepreneurs, service providers, and other project stakeholders. To this end, we have purchased data from the 2006 Census and 2011 National Household Survey for the Province of Ontario.   “The data is broken… Read More