Ontario’s Training Program Vouchers for Canadian Social Enterprises & Entrepreneurs Who May Apply August 29, 2016 – July 3, 2017; Delivery Organizations Apply before June 13, 2016

The following video presents Social Enterprise in Ontario:

“Social Enterprise makes up a sector of the economy that focusses on a triple bottom line: profits, people, and the environment.

Meet some of the social entrepreneurs in and around Ontario, and learn what it means to be a social entrepreneur.”

"Making an Impact: Ontario’s Social Enterprise Progress Report 2015": page 6
“Making an Impact: Ontario’s Social Enterprise Progress Report 2015”: page 6

Social enterprises use business strategies to achieve a social or environmental impact.

Ontario recently announced the successful Ontario Social Impact Voucher program will return for the second year.

  • In partnership with the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the Ontario Social Impact Voucher (OSIV) program will provide 200 vouchers worth up to $3,000 each to eligible social entrepreneurs across Ontario to access relevant training programs such as business planning or marketing to help scale up their business.

OCE will select delivery organizations as service providers for eligible social entrepreneurs and enterprises awarded a Social Impact Voucher through an open call.

  • The application process for delivery organizations is open from May 9, 2016 to June 13, 2016.

Social entrepreneurs and enterprises will apply to the OSIV Program once delivery organizations are selected.

  • A maximum of one voucher will be allocated per eligible social enterprise.
  • The application process for social entrepreneurs and enterprises will open from August 29, 2016 to July 31, 2017.
  • Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure (MEDEI).

Timelines

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Ontario (Canada) + India: Trade Agreements Worth Over $240 Million and More Than 150 High-Value Jobs to Be Created in Ontario

The following video presents Ontario Business Mission to India:

Image Courtesy of Ontario Government
Image Courtesy of Ontario Government

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne recently concluded her trade mission (February 1 – 5, 2016) in India.

  • Premier Wynne signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with five Indian states during the mission. These agreements will make it easier for the regions to work together in areas of mutual interest.
  • Ontario has International Trade and Investment Offices in Mumbai and New Delhi that can help Indian companies do business in Ontario and provide information to Ontario businesses about opportunities in India.
Image Courtesy of Ontario Government
Image Courtesy of Ontario Government

Some Key Highlights of the Trade Mission

February 1

$98 Million in Agreements Announced on Day 1 of India Trade Mission

Ontario-based Novo Plastics announced it will start the production and sale of the world’s first plastic exhaust system in India.

  • This ground-breaking technology was made with support from the Ontario Innovation Demonstration Fund.

Ontario businesses and educational institutions announced several new partnerships in New Delhi, including: Continue reading “Ontario (Canada) + India: Trade Agreements Worth Over $240 Million and More Than 150 High-Value Jobs to Be Created in Ontario”

BioAmber Opens World’s Largest Bio-succinic Acid Manufacturing Facility in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada: Renewable & Greener Alternatives to Petrochemicals That are Derived from Oil, Which Can Be Used in Everyday Products Including Plastics, Food Additives & Personal Care Products

The following video presents BioAmber Corporate Video:

“BioAmber is a sustainable chemicals company producing commercial quantities of bio-based succinic acid. As global markets increasingly demand sustainable, viable and performance solutions, BioAmber is pioneering the development of a global, 100% low-carbon integrated supply chain.”

bioamber-logo

Recently, Deputy Premier Deb Matthews and BioAmber (a Montreal-based chemicals company) celebrated the official opening of the world’s largest bio-succinic acid manufacturing facility in the heart of the Sarnia-Lambton chemistry cluster.

    How bio-succinic acid is made: "We use renewable feedstocks (sugars) instead of fossil fuels and apply industrial biotechnology (fermentation) using our proprietary yeast, which consumes sugar and CO2 to produce succinic acid. We then recover and purify the succinic acid and use conventional chemistry to convert the succinic acid into 1,4 Butanediol and disodium succinate." Image Courtesy of BioAmber
How bio-succinic acid is made: “We use renewable feedstocks (sugars) instead of fossil fuels and apply industrial biotechnology (fermentation) using our proprietary yeast, which consumes sugar and CO2 to produce succinic acid. We then recover and purify the succinic acid and use conventional chemistry to convert the succinic acid into 1,4 Butanediol and disodium succinate.” Image Courtesy of BioAmber
  • The $141.5 million plant will produce sustainable chemicals which are renewable, greener alternatives to petrochemicals that are derived from oil.
Sustainability Life Cycle Analysis: A Carbon Neutral Footprint. Image Courtesy of BioAmber
Sustainability Life Cycle Analysis: A Carbon Neutral Footprint. Image Courtesy of BioAmber

Sustainability Life Cycle Analysis

A Carbon Neutral Footprint

“BioAmber is committed to producing chemicals in a more environmentally responsible manner. By using renewable feedstock, eliminating green house gas emissions and substantially reducing energy consumption, we are practicing greener chemistry that is sustainable. When our Sarnia plant begins production in 2015, it will have an impressive carbon footprint relative to the existing method of producing succinic acid from petroleum. Our bio-based process for making succinic acid will result in a 100% reduction in green house gas emissions and a 60% reduction in energy consumption.”

The sustainable chemicals can be used in a variety of everyday products including plastics, food additives and personal care products.

  • Currently, the plant has created 60 high value jobs.

Sustainability feedstock development

Feedstock Flexibility

“BioAmber is focused on using the most abundant, low cost sugar available, but we are also conscious of the need to be as sustainable as possible. Today, North American corn offers the most competitively priced sugar, making our succinic acid even more cost competitive. We can also use sugar from cane, beets, sorghum, wheat and tapioca to produce succinic acid. Our longer-term goal is to move to agricultural, forestry and eventually industrial waste as alternatives to traditional sugars.”

Sustainability Feedstock Development: Feedstock Flexibility. "While these second and third generation sugars are not commercially available today, BioAmber is working to ensure it has the flexibility to move to these alternative feedstocks when they become economical and available in commercial quantities. Our proprietary yeast developed with Cargill has the ability to efficiently consume xylose, the principal sugar that is obtained from hemi-cellulose, a major component of agricultural and forestry waste. We are actively screening sugars produced by various new technologies in an effort to determine those that will offer legitimate alternatives to first generation sugars. We are also engaged in a research program with Canada’s National Research Counsel that is developing a new organism that can consume methane or methanol instead of sugar and produce succinic acid. Methane and methanol are expected to be widely available and inexpensive byproducts of the shale gas boom." Image Courtesy of BioAmber
Sustainability Feedstock Development: Feedstock Flexibility. “While these second and third generation sugars are not commercially available today, BioAmber is working to ensure it has the flexibility to move to these alternative feedstocks when they become economical and available in commercial quantities. Our proprietary yeast developed with Cargill has the ability to efficiently consume xylose, the principal sugar that is obtained from hemi-cellulose, a major component of agricultural and forestry waste. We are actively screening sugars produced by various new technologies in an effort to determine those that will offer legitimate alternatives to first generation sugars. We are also engaged in a research program with Canada’s National Research Counsel that is developing a new organism that can consume methane or methanol instead of sugar and produce succinic acid. Methane and methanol are expected to be widely available and inexpensive byproducts of the shale gas boom.” Image Courtesy of BioAmber

For more info about BioAmber’s greener, sustainable products and biotechnology, please visit http://www.bio-amber.com/ .

The plant will be in full commercial operation in Q3 2015, and will have a capacity to annually produce 30,000 metric tons of bio-succinic acid.

NEWS RELEASE

BioAmber Opens New Plant in Sarnia

Ontario Supporting Next Generation Manufacturers

August 6, 2015 11:00 A.M.
Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Today Deputy Premier Deb Matthews celebrated the official opening of Ontario’s newest next generation manufacturing facility in Sarnia. Continue reading “BioAmber Opens World’s Largest Bio-succinic Acid Manufacturing Facility in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada: Renewable & Greener Alternatives to Petrochemicals That are Derived from Oil, Which Can Be Used in Everyday Products Including Plastics, Food Additives & Personal Care Products”

Ontario Summer Company Program to Start a Business: Students Aged 15-29 Apply Before May 8, 2015

This video presents Ready. Set. Work. “Hire Jim” (30s commercial).

“You’ve got ambition. Let’s get you working. Visit http://www.ontario.ca/readysetwork for new ways to build skills, find a job, or start a business.

If you are under the age of 30, there are more than 35 Ontario government job funds, programs and online tools available to help you get working.”

Ontario Summer Company program helps students :

  • start their own business and gain the skills they need to succeed.
  • turn their ideas into a business while continuing their education, and
  • get mentorships, training and grants of up to $3,000 for students aged 15 to 29.

Students can apply online.

  • The application deadline for Summer Company is May 8, 2015.
Image extracted from video above
Image extracted from video above

NEWS RELEASE

Accepting Applications for Ontario Summer Company Program

Province Providing Opportunities for Young Entrepreneurs

March 6, 2015 9:10 A.M.
Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Ontario is now accepting applications for the Summer Company program, which helps youth start their own business and gain the skills they need to succeed. Continue reading “Ontario Summer Company Program to Start a Business: Students Aged 15-29 Apply Before May 8, 2015”

Ontario’s Total New Investments from China: Almost $1 Billion Will Create 1,800 Canadian Jobs

This is an update to the previous blog, Ontario Secured About $572 Million Investment Projects from China to Create up to 570 Canadian Jobs.

The following new agreements signed on October 31, 2014, as part of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s mission to China will bring 850 new jobs to Ontario communities:

  • Yiwu North America Corporation announced a $100-million investment to establish a new trading centre in Whitchurch-Stouffville.
    • The centre will serve as a hub for international manufacturers and distributors to market their products in North America.
    • The first phase of the project is expected to create 800 jobs.
  • Respon International, in a joint venture with Love & Health Venture Capital, will develop the Respon Financial Plaza and offer financial management and services in Canada.
    • The company will invest $9 million and create 50 new jobs.
  • Tourism Toronto signed an agreement with Perfect China to hold its annual convention in the city in 2016.
    • Perfect China markets health food, household and beauty products internationally.
    • The value of this opportunity is $25 million and will bring 5,000 Chinese visitors to Toronto.
Premier Kathleen Wynne successfully concludes her trade mission to China after telecom giant Huawei announced it will invest $210 million to create 325 jobs in Ontario over the next five years. Image extracted from video below.
Premier Kathleen Wynne successfully concludes her trade mission to China after telecom giant Huawei announced it will invest $210 million to create 325 jobs in Ontario over the next five years. Image extracted from video below.

New deals announced on November 1, the final day of the mission, included:

  • Huawei, one of the world’s leading telecommunications technology companies. Huawei’s Canadian headquarters is in Markham.
    • The company is planning a major expansion in Ontario valued at up to $210 million over the next five years.
    • The investment will create up to 325 new jobs in Ontario, including approximately 250 positions for engineers and researchers and at least 75 new marketing, sales and support positions.

Ontario delegates signed 26 agreements during the week-long mission.

  • This mission builds on Minister of Research and Innovation Reza Moridi’s science and technology mission to China in March 2014, which resulted in 12 new collaboration projects between Ontario and Chinese research institutions and industry partners.

Ontario attracted a total of $966 million in new investment by Chinese companies during Premier Kathleen Wynne’s mission to China. These projects will create 1,800 jobs in communities across the province.

This video presents Chinese telecom giant to invest $210M in Ontario, creating 325 jobs.

Nov 1, 2014

“BEIJING—Premier Kathleen Wynne is concluding her trade mission to China with a bang after telecom giant Huawei announced it will invest $210 million to create 325 jobs in Ontario over the next five years.”

NEWS RELEASE

Premier’s China Trade Mission Helps Ontario Businesses Grow

Ontario Secures Almost $1 Billion in New Investments to Create More Than 1,800 Jobs

Office of the Premier

Ontario attracted $966 million in new investment by Chinese companies during Premier Kathleen Wynne’s mission to China. These projects will create 1,800 jobs in communities across the province.

This includes a new deal announced today, the final day of the mission, at the Beijing research and development centre of Huawei. One of the world’s leading telecommunications technology companies, Huawei’s Canadian headquarters is in Markham. The company is planning a major expansion in Ontario valued at up to $210 million over the next five years. The investment will create up to 325 new jobs in Ontario, including approximately 250 positions for engineers and researchers and at least 75 new marketing, sales and support positions. Continue reading “Ontario’s Total New Investments from China: Almost $1 Billion Will Create 1,800 Canadian Jobs”

Ontario Secured About $572 Million Investment Projects from China to Create up to 570 Canadian Jobs

Premier Kathleen Wynne: Trade Mission to China Attracts New Investments. Image by Ontario Office of the Premier.
Premier Kathleen Wynne: Trade Mission to China Attracts New Investments. Image by Ontario Office of the Premier.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, during her first trade mission to China, announced on October 27 and 28, 2014, that Ontario secured the following significant new investments from Chinese partners:

  • October 27
    • Suzhou Xingya Investment Company announced it will invest about $20 million in a new steel nail manufacturing plant in Kitchener, which will create up to 80 new jobs for Ontarians.
    • Jiangsu Huayi Technology Co. announced an investment in Ontario’s medical sector valued at $40 million that will create 50 jobs.
    • And Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. announced an investment of $70 million to build solar-powered technology, which will lead to 100 new manufacturing jobs in Ontario.
    • Delegates travelling with the Ontario mission signed 13 agreements that will strengthen Ontario’s collaborative relationship with China. They are focused on environmental and medical technologies.
    • Jiangsu province recently announced it has selected Toronto to be the home of its Agricultural Talents Training Centre, which is set to open in 2015.
Delegates travelling with the Ontario mission signed 13 agreements that will strengthen Ontario’s collaborative relationship with China. Image by Ontario Office of the Premier.
Delegates travelling with the Ontario mission signed 13 agreements that will strengthen Ontario’s collaborative relationship with China. Image by Ontario Office of the Premier.
  • October 28
    • Greenland Group, a global property development company based in Shanghai, will build a pair of residential towers in downtown Toronto. Construction on the $400-million project is scheduled to begin within six months and will create up to 200 jobs.
    • Shanghai Yuyuan Tourist Mart and Mennie Canada Ltd. will set up a joint venture in Toronto, investing $5 million in four Chinese restaurants over the next three years. This investment will create 80 jobs in several locations in Ontario, including Toronto, Markham and Niagara Falls.
    • ZTE Canada, a global telecommunications equipment company, plans to invest $17 million over the next three years in an Ottawa research and development centre. This is expected to create 40 new jobs.
    • EHC Global and Shanghai Wei Long Enterprise will partner in the design, manufacture, sales and service of components for the global lift industry, which includes elevators and escalators. The value of the contract could reach $20 million over the next three years, and will create up to 20 new jobs.
    • Ontario and the Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote increased R&D and commercialization partnerships.

In total, Ontario secured about $572 million investment projects from China to create up to 570 Canadian jobs.

Premier Kathleen Wynne: Trade Mission to China Attracts New Investments. Image by Ontario Office of the Premier.
Premier Kathleen Wynne: Trade Mission to China Attracts New Investments. Image by Ontario Office of the Premier.

NEWS RELEASE

Ontario Secures More Investments in China

Projects Valued at About $442 Million Will Create up to 340 Jobs in Ontario

October 28, 2014 2:35 P.M. Office of the Premier

Ontario secured significant new investments from Chinese partners today, as part of Premier Kathleen Wynne’s first trade mission to China. These investments will create jobs in several communities, including Toronto, Ottawa, Markham and Niagara Falls. Continue reading “Ontario Secured About $572 Million Investment Projects from China to Create up to 570 Canadian Jobs”

Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy: Four Programs Help Canadians Aged 15-29 Get Training & Experience

This video presents “Young Entrepreneurs can get up to $3,000 with Summer Company.”

You too, can turn your idea into a business with SUMMER COMPANY and you could get up to $3,000 to start it! If you are between the age of 15-29, APPLY TODAY.

Our most recent video featuring some participants from Summer Company program discussing how the program works, how they found success and what they have taken away from the experience.

The Youth Jobs Strategy involves four programs that are focused on helping youth aged 15-29 get the support they need to gain valuable workplace training and experience.

  1. The Youth Employment Fund
    • If you are unemployed, not in school full-time and between 15 and 29, Ontario will do more to help you connect with employers and get a job placement of four to six months.
    • Ontario will provide incentives to employers to help cover the cost of wages and training for new hires and help youth cover costs like transportation or tools required for the job.
    • Youth and employers can apply online now to Employment Ontario’s Employment Service.
  2. The Youth Entrepreneurship Fund
    Continue reading “Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy: Four Programs Help Canadians Aged 15-29 Get Training & Experience”