OMAFRA April Food Bulletin 2019

OMAFRA April Food Bulletin 2019

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April Food and Beverage Industry Information 

As we move into April, this month’s industry information e-news offers various industry updates, opportunities and resources for those in the food and beverage industry. Read on to learn more. 

1. Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Funding Intake for Food Processors
2. OMAFRA’s Business Development Branch Client Satisfaction Survey – Now open until April 17, 2019
3. Public Consultation on Discussion Paper on Reducing Litter and Waste in our Communities
4. Food Processing Skills Canada is Looking for Manufacturing Industry Employers with Open Job Positions

5. Canadian Export Challenge Application
6. Farm Credit Canada Women Entrepreneur Program
7. FedDev Ontario Announces $1 Billion in Funding for a Stronger Southern Ontario
8. Canada-UK Call for Proposals on Enhanced Industrial Productivity

9. Ontario Independent Meat Processors Industry Day
10. New Bets and Old Favourites: Creating a Recipe for Success in the Innovation Economy 
11. EMC Food & Beverage Sector Event: Talent Attraction and Retention
12. 2020 Vision – The Independent Packaging Association
13. Ontario Craft Wine Conference & Trade Show 2019 
14. HACCP Training
15. AGRI Tech Venture Forum
16. Food Processing Skills Canada 10th Annual Speaking Food Conference
17. Natural Products Canada & Nutrition Capital Network September Investor Meeting
18. Halal Expo Canada 2019
19. 2019 Meat Industry Expo

20. Work with University of Guelph Students to Solve Product Development Challenges

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Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Funding Intake for Food Processors

Ontario and the federal government announced funding support for food processors and other businesses under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) for projects to boost innovation, economic development, environmental stewardship and food safety.

The intake will take place between March 22, 2019 and May 6, 2019. More information such as the program guidelines can be found here. 

OMAFRA’s Business Development Branch Client Satisfaction Survey – Now open until April 24, 2019

This is a client satisfaction survey relating to the services offered by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ (OMAFRA’s), Business Development Branch (BDB). Your opinion is important and will provide valuable insights in improving the services provided by the branch. Responses are anonymous and will be aggregated. When completing this survey, please base your responses on your interactions with staff in the Business Investment and Development Unit (BID) and the Ontario Food Export Unit (OFEX).

This survey is NOW open until April 17, 2019 and will only take a few minutes to complete.

Public Consultation on Discussion Paper on Reducing Litter and Waste in our Communities

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) is seeking public feedback on the Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities: Discussion Paper, which expands upon commitments in Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The paper poses questions that will help guide future decision-making to divert more waste from landfill.

This consultation period closes April 20, 2019. 

Food Processing Skills Canada is Looking for Manufacturing Industry Employers With Open Job Positions

The Food Processing Human Resources Council (FPHRC) is looking for industry employers in provinces BC, AB, MB, ON, NB, & NS that have open job positions, and are willing to participate in a training program to help provide feedback on the skills and attributes that create employee retention in the manufacturing industry. There is no cost to employers. More information can be found on the FPHRC website. 

The 4.5 week FREE training program includes:

  • Nationally Recognized Technical & Food Safety Certification Courses
  • Employability Training
  • Soft Skills – Personal Management
  • Workplace Essential & Literacy Skills

List of Courses


Canadian Export Challenge Application

Startup Canada, UPS, Export Development Canada, and the Trade Commissioner Service are coming together to support a cohort of 1,500 Canadian businesses to scale and succeed globally in 2019 as part of the Canadian Global Entrepreneur Cohort.

Accepted entrepreneurs will:

  • Have a chance to pitch to win $2,500 and a trip to Toronto for a chance to win $25,000 and up to an additional $100,000 in in-kind scaling support;
  • Graduate from one of eight 1-day Global Accelerators across Canada in May and June;
  • Connect with Canada’s entire trade ecosystem in one place, on one day;
  • Get the latest information on Canada’s trade agreements and how to leverage them to scale faster;
  • Gain privileged access to all partner programs/ offers and early access to global trade missions, accelerators and supplier diversity opportunities; and,
  • Receive the official graduate pin and certificate signed by Minister Ng, Minister Carr, Canada’s Chief Trade Commissioner and the President’s of Export Development Canada, UPS and Startup Canada.

Accelerators will take place in Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg in mid May 2019 and in Mississauga, Ottawa, Montreal, and Fredericton in June 2019.

Should you have any questions, please email

Farm Credit Canada Women Entrepreneur Program

On March 12, 2019, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announcedFarm Credit Canada’s (FCC) new Women Entrepreneur Program to support women entrepreneurs involved in the agriculture and agri-food sector by providing the capital they need to grow their business, along with the meaningful skill development opportunities they are seeking. The program includes access to capital through the Women Entrepreneur Loan, enhanced learning events, partnerships with other groups, and delivery of online content to support their needs.

FCC has committed $500 million over three years for the Women Entrepreneur Loan. As part of the loan, borrowers can have a portion of their fees waived and are encouraged to reinvest these savings into both personal and professional development that best suits their individual and business needs.

FCC’s Women Entrepreneur Program is part of a commitment made under the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned and women-led businesses by 2025. 

Connect with an FCC Relationship Manager by calling 1-888-332-3301 to learn more.

FedDev Ontario Announces $1 Billion in Funding for a Stronger Southern Ontario

On February 27, 2019, the Government of Canada announced over $1 billion in funding for FedDev Ontario to continue to foster growth in southern Ontario. Recognizing the vital role rural communities play in the region’s economy, it was announced that FedDev Ontario is dedicating an initial sum of $100 million to projects that drive innovation and growth in rural communities. 

Projects can now be submitted using a single application, through three simplified funding streams, which have been designed to meet the needs of our businesses, job-creating entrepreneurs, innovation partners and communities both now and into the future. Application information can be found here.

Canada-United Kingdom Call for Proposals on Enhanced Industrial Productivity

A call for proposals is now open to Canadian small or medium sized enterprises who wish to perform joint Research and Development (R&D) projects with enterprises in the UK. 

The goal of the Canada-UK Call for Proposals on Enhanced Industrial Productivity is to foster and support eligible UK and Canadian organizations in pursuing collaborative projects that will deliver enhanced competitiveness via the development and application of novel technologies, including artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, and food production. 

The full application deadline is May 9, 2019. For more information, contact Gordon Jolly


Ontario Independent Meat Processors Industry Day

April 11, 2019
Hilton Hotel Toronto Airport West
5444 Dixie Road 
Mississauga, ON, L4W 2L2

OIMP is hosting their industry day on April 11th. The event will bring together members from all aspects of the meat industry including processors, retailers, producers, suppliers and government to share in a day of making connections and exchanging ideas. Topics will include innovation, workforce development, research, and animal welfare; helping you take your business to the next level. 

New Bets and Old Favourites: Creating a Recipe for Success in the Innovation Economy

April 16-17, 2019 
National Arts Centre
1 Elgin Street
Ottawa, ON, K1P 5W1

Does Canada have the right policy ingredients to build a prosperous future based on innovation in the knowledge economy? Smart and generous investments in research have built a strong talent base that is attracting international attention from multinational firms. Yet efforts to diversify our economy to include more globally competitive firms in knowledge-based and R&D-intensive industry sectors have yielded disappointing results for decades. The challenge is to determine how to maintain research and talent strength while adding new policies and programs to accelerate firm growth and increase the number of large Canadian-owned multinationals.

EMC Food & Beverage Sector Event: Talent Attraction and Retention

April 17, 2019
Burnbrae Farms Ltd.
3356 County Road 27
Lyn, ON, K0E 1M0

Talent attraction and retention is one of the key challenges facing manufacturers in all sectors across Canada. Regardless of size or location, 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. If you would like to join in, simply RSVP to

2020 Vision – The Independent Packaging Association

April 24-25, 2019
Pearson Convention Centre
2638 Steeles Ave E
Brampton, ON, L6T 4L7

2020 Vision is a table top trade show and conference organized by the Canadian Corrugated and Containerboard Association and AICC Canada. The Independent Packaging Association at the Pearson Convention Center in Brampton features key industry members and suppliers from across North America. 

Ontario Craft Wine Conference & Trade Show 2019

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
Beanfield Centre
100 Princes’ Blvd
Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3
Tickets for members: $200, Non-members: $225, Students: $175

The second annual Ontario Craft Wine Conference & Trade Show, “Changing Landscapes in the Wine Industry” brings together Ontario’s VQA and craft VQA wine industry leaders and professionals for a day of education, networking, and an industry trade show featuring 60+ exhibitors, 12+ educational sessions (and a keynote address), networking, lunch and craft wine. Education topic streams include regulatory, sales & marketing, finance, operations, and technical. See conference website for detailed updates.

HACCP Training

May 15, 2019
Community Hall
170 Macdonald Blvd. 
Alexandria, ON, K0C 1A0

HACCP is an internationally recognized system used to enhance food safety throughout the food chain. More and more companies around the world are using HACCP to prevent, reduce or eliminate potential food safety hazards, including those caused by cross-contamination.

The development of a HACCP system involves:

  • identifying potential hazards
  • implementing control measures at specific points in the process
  • monitoring and verifying that the control measures are working as intended

AGRI Tech Venture Forum

May 15, 2019
Marriott Downtown at CF Eaton Centre
525 Bay St.
Toronto, ON M5G 2L2

The AGRI Tech Venture Forum is an annual event that serves as a converging point for the global agriculture-technology elite. Industry giants, investors, accelerators, and innovators provide insight on the latest sector headwinds, technology milestones, and key challenges facing the future of agriculture-technology.

Food Processing Skills Canada 10th Annual Speaking Food Conference

Friday, May 24th, 2019
Toronto Reference Library
789 Yonge St., 2nd floor
Toronto, ON, M4W 2G8
Tickets for members: $235, Non-members: $185, Students: $35

This year’s Speaking Food Conference will focus on the skills, technology, and training that will propel the food industry into the future. Network with key industry leaders, listen to invigorating speakers, and engage in various workshops.

Natural Products Canada & Nutrition Capital Network September Investor Meeting

September 18-19, 2019
Berkeley Church
315 Queen St E. 
Toronto, ON, M5A 1S7

Natural Products Canada is proud to partner with the Nutrition Capital Network for the 3rd annual investor meeting! Like the previous events, this will showcase up and coming companies with products, ingredients and technologies in the natural health product, functional food, and better-for-you food and beverage industry. 
Apply to present

Halal Expo Canada 2019

October 8-9, 2019
International Centre
6900 Airport Rd.
Mississauga, ON, L4V 1E8

Halal Expo Canada 2019 is expected to attract more than 250 exhibitors and 4,000 attendees from over 13 countries including Malaysia, Canada, USA, Turkey, Indonesia, Pakistan, Spain, Qatar, UAE, Egypt, Jordan, India, UK and Morocco. Halal Expo Canada will ensure access to the professionals and decision makers in the business of various industries. It will also grant the opportunity for exhibitors and buyers to identify various opportunities of business trade. 

2019 Meat Industry Expo

October 25-26, 2019
Scotiabank Convention Centre 
6815 Stanley Ave
Niagara Falls, ON, L2G 3Y9

The Ontario Independent Meat Processors is proud to host the 2019 Meat Industry Expo October 25 and 26th, showcasing exhibits featuring the latest in processing and packaging equipment, seasonings and ingredients, food safety/HACCP services, financial and funding programs, computer hardware and software, sanitation, material handling, water treatment, laboratory services, and much more.

The Meat Industry Expo provides one location for companies to showcase their innovative products, make new connections and build on current ones, and provide solutions to the processors and suppliers of the meat processing industry. This 2-day event is a must see for people in the industry, with exhibitors showcasing their products and services to delegates from within Ontario, across Canada and internationally. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, create business relationships and find solutions to challenges facing your business.


Work with University of Guelph Students to Solve Product Development Challenges

Is your business grappling with a food product / food ingredient challenge? The University of Guelph offers a two-semester course that allows students to examine the research and development process related to new food products including idea generation, consumer exploration, competitive space analysis, prototype development, sensory evaluation and product marketing. Students are presented with a real-world challenge and work to develop a solution over the course of the year.

  1. Challenges should meet at least one of the following criteria:
  1. Innovation: Does not exist in Canada/North America on a commercial scale
  2. Application: Leverage an ingredient which is new or underutilized or a food safe waste-stream product
  3. Consumer Focused: Address a significant and growing trend in consumer demand that is currently unaddressed
  4. Technical: Create a new product or translate an existing product to a new format involving significant technical challenges
  1. Challenges should have at least one specific target/goal in addition to the main challenge (e.g.: Shelf life, Product Parameters, Annual amounts, Nutritional goals, etc.)
  2. Must be feasible from a cost and capability perspective without significant capital investment
  3. Must be challenging and interesting from a marketing and/or food science perspective.

If you are interested in the program, please email Derek Vella at with the subject “Fall 2019 Concept”.

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