Category Archives: Work Force

Community Futures: A Model Investment

  In this article, we return to an interesting Canadian model for lending to small businesses in rural areas called Community Futures (CF). I report on a Conference Board of Canada report that measures the economic impact of CF in Ontario. What we don’t know is how many immigrant entrepreneurs ever use CF… anecdotally, it… Read More


Latin Flavours a success in southern Ontario

Tried and true recipes with fresh flavours. Locally-sourced, all natural ingredients. Made by hand in small batches. Hard working family members devoted to the business. Today, the above combination seems like an obvious recipe for success and is being played out in local farmers markets and innovative food products across the land. Back in 1998,… 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


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


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


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


Healthy and Tasty Cuisine found at Laza Catering

Introducing Melku Gebrekristos From an early age, Melku Gebrekristos wanted to run a business. As a young woman in her home country of Eritrea, she built and ran floral and nursery operations but she always had a food business in the back of her mind. Today Melku is the proud owner of Laza Catering, selling… Read More


Multiculturalism in Canada – Part I

Surprised! Issues of national identity and vision sometimes attract more attention than the economy During this lengthy federal election period, pundits have been surprised to see issues of national identity and vision sometimes attracting more attention than the economy. These potentially abstract notions have been concretized in specific issues, including Canada’s reception of refugees and… Read More