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).
The following video presents Ontario Business Mission to India:
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.
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.”
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.
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
“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
“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.”
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.
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.”
Premier’s China Trade Mission Helps Ontario Businesses Grow
Ontario Secures Almost $1 Billion in New Investments to Create More Than 1,800 Jobs
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.
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.
Ontario Secures More Investments in China
Projects Valued at About $442 Million Will Create up to 340 Jobs in Ontario
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.