What’s New from Ontario
Innovation in Food & Beverage Manufacturing
Training and Resources
Canadian Food Innovators Cluster – An invitation to participate in federal research and innovation funding.
The program funding is available for science-based research that will accelerate the pace of innovation to:
The following documents are available for download:
Act now to apply for this funding. Applications are due on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time.
Grocery Innovations Canada (GIC) 2017 Trade Show
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is partnering with the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) to recruit NEW Ontario food and beverage processor exhibitors. This opportunity to showcase unique, top quality products will be at the Grocery Innovations Canada (GIC) 2017 trade show from October 17 – 18, 2017 at the Toronto Congress Centre.
For the first time ever, the Choose Ontario pavilion will be welcoming all local beer, cider and wine manufacturers from Ontario.
Register NOW at an exclusive rate of only $1,800 (includes décor) to be an exhibitor in the “Choose Ontario” pavilion and take advantage of this “turnkey” special offer. This package is valued at more than $5,000.
Financial Support – Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP)
The Investing in Business Growth and Productivity (IBGP) initiative focuses on established southern Ontario businesses that have the potential to be global players with innovative and unique opportunities to accelerate growth and support job creation. This initiative supports economic growth and job creation by helping businesses to expand their markets and facilities, adopt new technologies and processes to improve productivity, and increase business capacity to participate in global markets and integrate into global value chains.
Funding will be available over the next five years and multi-year projects will be considered. All project activities must be completed prior to December 31, 2018.
For more information and detailed initiative guidelines, please refer to http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/h_01867.html or call the toll-free telephone number at 1-866-593-5505.
Strategic Innovation Fund
The federal government has launched its $1.26 billion five-year funding program called the Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF), whose goal is to create well-paying jobs and grow the middle-class.
Applications are considered in one of the four project Streams: (1) R&D and commercialization, (2) firm expansion and growth, (3) investment attraction and reinvestment and (4) collaborative technology development and demonstration.
Eligibility: Applicants under Streams 1, 2 and 3 must be a business (any size) incorporated pursuant to Canadian laws, who propose carrying on operations in Canada, and are undertaking eligible activities. Applicants under Stream 4 must constitute a consortium, which may include universities, colleges, research institutes, for-profit corporations (including SMEs) and/or not-profit entities.
For more information on this funding program, click on the below links :
What’s New from Ontario
SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, October 19th 2017
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, in partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, are preparing an information seminar on the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union. Please save Thursday, October 19th from 9am – 12pm in a Toronto area location for a seminar covering tariffs, labelling, Rules of Origin and more, as you prepare to export your agri-food products to the EU. For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Jennifer Hannam at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secure lucrative business opportunities in the European Union
Canadian companies are invited to join Trade Commissioners from across the European Union (EU) for a series offree webinars to:
Mark your calendars. Market-specific webinars are scheduled for the following dates, starting at 9:00 A.M. EST:
Register online today to take advantage of business opportunities in the European Union.
Excellence in Manufacturing Growing Forward 2 (GF2), Talent Attraction and Retention – September 13th, 2017
Talent attraction and retention is one of the key challenges facing Manufacturers across Canada. Regardless of size or sector, businesses in today’s competitive landscape require skilled, committed and engaged workforces to meet customer demands. Understanding where opportunities to enhance your talent management strategies may lie could truly benefit an organization’s growth.
This networking event is open to all Food and Beverage sector companies, including those directly supplying manufactured product to the industry. This event is provided at no cost to sector manufacturers!
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Food Handler Training Workshop – September 20th – 21st
OIMP will be hosting a Food Handler Training workshop on September 20th – 21st in Markham! Attending this workshop will provide you with an interactive learning experience focusing on five key areas: Food Safety Responsibilities, Food Safety Hazards, Controlling Hazards, Food Safety Management Systems, and Management’s Responsibilities for Food Safety.
Excellence in Manufacturing Growing Forward 2 (GF2), Fall Productivity Workshops
Monday, September 25, 2017
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Friday, September 29, 2017
Who should attend: Senior Managers, Continuous Improvement and Plant Managers, Human Resources
All Events are half-day and include Workshop, Manual & Materials. All events are provided at NO COST to sector manufacturers!
This initiative is supported by Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
Webinar: Grow Your Business Without the Growing Pains: A Survival Guide for Food and Beverage Manufacturers – September 27th
On Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET Food in Canada will host Grow your business without the growing pains: A survival guide for food and beverage manufacturers, a live complimentary webinar with Syspro and Grant Thornton LLP.
The webinar is specifically designed for food and beverage manufacturers, and will focus on key strategies for transforming operations by ensuring you have the infrastructure – the people, processes and technology – in place to successfully meet growing demand. By being prepared for growth companies can avoid some of the associated pains, while effectively handling the gains that come with rapid growth.
To learn more about how to grow your business successfully register online.
Meat Industry Expo 2017 – Niagara Falls, ON – October 20 – 21, 2017
The Meat Industry Expo 2017 will be held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in beautiful Niagara Falls this October. Over 70 exhibitors will showcase the latest and greatest innovations, technologies, equipment and service solutions for meat processing, wholesale and retail operations. The flavours section will showcase Ontario Independent Meat Processors (OIMP) members sampling some of the best meat and poultry products found in Ontario complemented by samples of Ontario craft beer and wine. On the tradeshow floor Saturday afternoon there will be three finalists that will dazzle the crowd, demonstrating the art of butchery while adding value to their mystery proteins as they compete head-to-head for the title of Ontario’s Finest Butcher 2017!
When: Friday, October 20, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls
For more information and to register online please refer to www.meatindustryexpo.ca.
Ontario Independent Meat Processors Awards (OIMP) Gala – October 21, 2017
Get ready to walk the red carpet at the OIMP Awards Gala!
When: Saturday October 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Marriott on the Falls
Be in the Ontario Pavilion at the Restaurant Canada (RC) Show 2018 presented by OMAFRA and INNOVATION UNLEASHED, February 25 – 27, 2018 Toronto
The Ontario Pavilion at the RC Show is the foodservice and hospitality hub that brings together the industry to shop, taste, learn, connect and grow your business. Restaurants Canada marks the 72nd edition of Canada’s Largest Foodservice Event taking place at Enercare Centre, Toronto on February 25-27, 2018.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), along with Restaurants Canada are pleased to provide Ontario food and beverage manufacturers the opportunity to showcase their unique, Ontario-made products in the Ontario Pavilion. This featured pavilion highlights innovative products with the prospect to connect with international industry buyers as well as chefs, caterers, restaurateurs and foodservice operators.
Exhibit in the Ontario Pavilion and SAVE! We are pleased to offer a 10’x10’ turnkey package at a discount pavilion rate of $2,299 (valued at over $10,000). Option of 5’x10’ booth for half the cost at $1,149.50. Corner booths are available on first come first serve basis. Limited space available.
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity. Here is what you need to do:
Training and Resources
IFPT/Conestoga College Preparing Skilled Employees for the Food and Beverage Manufacturing Industry
The Institute of Food Processing Technology (IFPT) at Conestoga College is training the next generation of industry leaders in food safety and in plant operations, expecting more than 120 new students to enroll in its programs in September 2017. These students will be highly qualified individuals trained in:
Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC)
CIPEC and Natural Resources Canada can help your organization cut costs, improve energy efficiency and reduce industrial greenhouse gases. It is a unique partnership between industry and government that offers a number of services to help each of Canada’s industrial sectors develop energy efficiency goals and action plans. Its mission is to promote effective voluntary action in Canadian industry to reduce energy intensity (use per unit of production), thereby improving economic performance and helping Canada meet its climate change objectives through reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Leaders share information and identify common needs and best practices.
CIPEC Leaders have access to:
It’s quick, easy and free – join CIPEC today and be recognized as an industry leader!
New Food Safety and Traceability online courses!
Access the new Food Safety and Traceability eLearning courses online on the Agriculture and Food Education in Ontario learning system through the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus.
The new Traceability eLearning courses show how good practices can:
The new Food Safety eLearning courses will help you to:
Visit the University of Guelph website to register for a FREE account. Then simply log in and begin learning – wherever and whenever is convenient for you! Accessible versions of the courses are available.
Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association – Food Safety and Traceability
Do you prefer classroom-based learning? Food Safety and Traceability courses and workshops are still offered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). Visit their website for the dates and locations of upcoming in-person opportunities.
Online course development was funded through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative that encourages innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada’s agri-food and agri-products sector.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Launches Newsletter – The Chronicle
Check out The CFIA Chronicle online.
IFPT/Conestoga College Offers a New Program Targeted to Food Manufacturing Leaders
Upon completion, graduates will be able to design systems, lead teams of people, and manage projects that drive successful business results across all sectors of food processing. Courses in the program cover Food Safety Management Systems and Traceability, Quality Assurance, Manufacturing Operations, Comprehensive Maintenance, Team Dynamics and Employee Engagement, Performance and Competency Management, Project Management, Supply Chain Functionality, Lean Six Sigma and Continuous Improvement.
For more information contact Luis Garcia at email@example.com or visit https://www.conestogac.on.ca/fulltime/operations-leadership-in-food-manufacturing.
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