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Economic Development
December 2018

Economic Development News

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Season's Greetings

Season's greetings from the very merry team at the Town of Halton Hills Economic Development, Innovation and Culture Division! We wish you a very happy holiday season and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.


CIP Grants for Property Improvements

The Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a program that supports the revitalization, redevelopment and renewal of key areas of Halton Hills with financial incentives which encourage positive community change in the built environment. 2019 funding is available now for projects such as fa├žade improvements, industrial landscaping, conversion of underutilized spaces, environmental site assessments and more. Contact edo@haltonhills.ca to discuss your project's eligibility and the grant application process.
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10 Reasons for Partnering with Wenjiang

There are so many compelling reasons why Halton Hills has formed a sister-city relationship with Wenjiang, China. Reason #1: The sister-city action plan is multi-faceted, focused on arts, culture and economic development; sustainability and energy conservation; business and economic investment; education and health care; and tourism.
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Partners in Project Green

Partners in Project Green (PPG) is committed to helping businesses turn sustainable practices into bottom-line results. Learn more about PPG and join a community of businesses, government bodies, institutions and utilities working together to build the largest eco-business zone in the world. PPG's Material Exchange program is one of their most popular initiatives.

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Safe Food for Canadians Regulations

Canada has one of the strongest food safety systems in the world. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is revising the Preventative Control Plan, a food-related risk-mitigation plan required for most food producers doing $100,000 or more in annual gross sales. CFIA will reduce unnecessary administrative burden on businesses by replacing 14 sets of regulations with one, and will help maintain and grow market access for Canada's agri-food and agricultural sector. New regulations go into effect January 15, 2019.
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Clean Growth Hub

The global transition to a low-carbon, low-pollution and resource-efficient economy is an economic opportunity for Canada. For those in the early stages of research, conducting technology demonstration or growing their businesses and exporting, the Clean Growth Hub provides the necessary support. Services provided by Industry Canada are available to firms of all sizes in the clean technology space and across all sectors of the economy.
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Halton Global Business Centre

The Halton Global Business Centre (HGBC) is presenting a FREE workshop series about doing business in the United States. Topics include:
Jan 10 - U.S. Tax & Legal Considerations
Feb 6 - Intellectual Property
March 6 - e-Commerce
The small group format will allow for customized presentations.
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Free Business Consultations at Halton Hills Public Library

Halton's Small Business Consultant Program offers small businesses help with start-up or growth, business research, writing marketing plans and understanding government regulations. Free consultations take place at the Georgetown Branch Library from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on January 17 & 31 and February 14 & 28, 2019.
Call 905-825-6000 ext. 7900 to schedule your complimentary one-hour consultation.
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Where You Do Business

Whether a business is relocating or expanding, from the other side of the GTA or the other side of the world, an important initial marketing tool is a video which demonstrates regional attributes for business success. The Region's new 'Where You Do Business' video (featuring some Halton Hills' businesses) highlights why doing business in Halton drives innovation, fosters collaboration and opens doors of opportunity.
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Innovation Superclusters - Advanced Manufacturing in Ontario

The Government of Canada is committed to growing the economy, creating good jobs and keeping Canada competitive. That is why the Government is bringing together small, medium-sized and large companies, academic institutions and not-for-profit organizations to generate bold ideas under the Innovation Superclusters Initiative (ISI).
On November 13, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced the signing of an agreement to invest $230 million, matched dollar for dollar by the private sector, in the Ontario-based Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster (NGen).
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Global Food Innovation Awards

Nominations are open for the 2019 Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards. Two prizes of at least $100,000 each will be awarded. The first award recognizes a researcher (or group) who has advanced understanding of food production, distribution, consumption or safety/nutrition. The second recognizes contributions to improved nutritional health and/or food security, particularly those supporting disadvantaged communities.
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Yves Landry Foundation

The Yves Landry Foundation has established the Achieving Innovation and Manufacturing Excellence (AIME) global initiative, offering manufacturers in south, central and eastern Ontario up to $100,000 to offset the costs of training expenses related to supporting innovation and achieving a competitive advantage. Program concludes on or before August 31, 2019.
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Celebrate Ontario Grant Accepting Applications

The Celebrate Ontario 2019 program is accepting applications for funding until Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 5 p.m. Celebrate Ontario supports programming improvements at new and existing festivals and events that attract tourists for longer stays, create great experiences for visitors and support communities across Ontario.
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Robert Half Canada Job Fair

Accounting and administrative professionals could find exciting employment opportunities in their local area. A job fair will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. at the TPO room, Mold Masters Sportsplex. Resumes are required - interviews on the spot.
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Impressive Summer for Canada's Tourism Industry

Tourism is Canada's top service export and responsible for one in 10 jobs in Canada. From June to August 2018, Canada welcomed 8.9 million visitors - an increase of almost 2% over summer 2017.
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Are you a Bike-Friendly Business?

The Ontario By Bike™ Network is a FREE program that certifies and promotes bicycle-friendly businesses across Ontario. The Network is open to all cycling-related businesses and organizations interested in cycle tourism. It inspires visitors and residents to explore more by bike and offers links to useful cycling maps and day trip or multi-day cycling itineraries with stops at certified bicycle-friendly businesses along the way. Bike-friendly businesses located in Halton Hills can register their locations and add a map listing.
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Provincial and Federal Accolades for Culture Days

With over 1,900 participants and 62 free activities (a 170% increase from 2017), Culture Days 2018 was a huge success in the community. Culture Days in Halton Hills was recognized both provincially and nationally for awards, such as inclusion in the 'National Top 10' list.
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The Current is a monthly e-newsletter featuring upcoming standing committee reports as well as events, tourism and community information.
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