Category Archives: Environmental Scan

The case for business succession immigration program in Canada

Think about this for a minute: small business is the backbone of the Canadian economy, yet fewer than half of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Canada currently have a succession plan in place. So, to someone such as myself who has concerns about the future of the Canadian economy, this is a little frightening.… Read More


New Business Loan Program for New Canadians

More than any other barrier to starting and maintaining a business, immigrant entrepreneurs identify access to capital as a challenge. Small business bank loans are difficult to obtain at the best of times, even for well-established businesses owned by Canadians with a credit history. For newcomers, the possibility of securing a bank loan may seem… Read More


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


SMART Green: Funds for Ontario Manufacturers to reduce Greenhouse Gas

In partnership with Government of Ontario, this fall the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters launched the SMART Green fund. This $25 million fund will assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) and improving their energy efficiency. As stated on the official web page for the fund: The program will improve the competitiveness of… Read More


CRRF Day #1 Opening Plenary – Climate Change is The Focus

“What can one do to draw attention to climate change, a phenomenon that may affect all of our lives but which to many of us seems overwhelming and unstoppable?” If your name is Erlend Moster Knudsen, you undertake a very long run to draw attention to this problem. A science communicator and climate researcher, in… Read More


CRRF has organized Canada’s only annual national rural policy conference for the past 28 years!

The annual conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation starts tomorrow (October 12, 2016) in Guelph. Tomorrow I will be attending the Annual Rural Policy Conference of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF). CRRF has organized Canada’s only annual national rural policy conference for the past 28 years. CRRF brings together researchers, policy analysts and… Read More


One Meal at a Time, Generous Kitchen Opens Hearts and Minds in Hamilton

When Brittani Farrington and her husband moved to Canada from Michigan a few years ago so that he could pursue a PhD, little did she know that some volunteer interests would develop into a new business adventure with other newcomers, specifically three women who had fled violence and arrived in Hamilton with their families, and… Read More


Immigrant Entrepreneurs – ‘Good News’ stories from USA

In this blog space, I have reported on numerous studies, introduced immigrant entrepreneurs based in Ontario, and described data of interest to those in agri-food. Today’s post features some interesting, “good news” stories from the United States, all of which were found on the website of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture or NIFA… 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