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On August 22, 2019, the CanExport funding program undertook two significant updates that impacted how the program operated and the value it provided to Canadian exporters. The first and most notable update was to the program’s contribution amount, while the second focused on company eligibility. Previously, agriculture and agri-food companies were unable to apply; these types of applicants are now encouraged to submit funding applications.

Applicants are now able to access up to 75% of eligible expenses to a maximum $75,000. These had previously been set for 50%/$50,000.


What Are CanExport and AgriMarketing Grants?

CanExport is a Canadian government grant that offsets the cost of export marketing projects, such as participation in trade shows or missions. Provided federally, businesses and organizations across Canada can apply for this funding to expand export marketing budgets and get more value out of export expansion projects.

AgriMarketing is a now-closed Canadian government funding program that provided funding for many of the same projects and activities supported through CanExport. The biggest difference between the two programs was that AgriMarketing only supported agricultural producers and agri-food processors whereas CanExport supported all other applicant types.

How Did these Export Marketing Grants Change?

Changes rolled-out to both the CanExport and AgriMarketing funding programs had a direct impact on the way funds are administered:

  1. Contribution Increase: CanExport and AgriMarketing grants have historically provided up to 50% of eligible project expenses to a maximum $50,000 per application. As of August 22, 2019, CanExport’s new funding contribution amount increased to 75% of eligible project expenses to a maximum $75,000 per application. This is a significant increase that greatly reduces a business’ export marketing costs.
  2. Program Realignment: Now closed, AgriMarketing will no longer process new applications. All applicants, even agricultural producers and processors, are encouraged to use the CanExport program for all new applications. CanExport’s expanded eligibility criteria supports previously ineligible companies, so long as your marketing activities and target market are eligible for funding.

How Can Businesses Apply for CanExport Funding?

To apply for CanExport marketing grants, businesses must complete a comprehensive application that includes a detailed plan for expanding sales in global markets. Applicants need to show the value of the project (new leads or revenue), a detailed breakdown of project expenses, and explain why the new market is of strategic importance. Businesses must receive application approval prior to incurring funding-eligible expenses.

To discuss your upcoming project and discuss if it’s a good fit for Canadian export marketing grants, please contact Mentor Works.

The Ontario Plowmen’s Association launched the first International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) in 1913. This annual outdoor agricultural & rural living festival continues to positively influence the province in the areas of agriculture, food, tourism and regional economic development.

IPM 2019 will take place in Verner, an agricultural community in the municipality of West Nipissing, Ontario from September 17 to 21, 2019. The IPM provides a unique tourist experience as it is hosted in a different part of Ontario each year on prime agricultural land. The IPM showcases the host region and builds on the specific features of the region where the event is taking place.

For the IPM, more than 800 acres of farmers’ fields are transformed into a Tented City, Competition Plowing Fields, an RV Park and many free parking fields. On average, over 80,000 people attend the event each year over the course of five days. The event welcomes people of all ages from both rural and urban communities.

The IPM is jam-packed with things to do: daily entertainment from live bands to a rodeo, plowing competitions, over 500 exhibitors, food vendors, an interactive education area and animals, lifestyles and quilting exhibits, and much more. Come join us to have fun, shop, learn, cheer on plowing competitors and tour the community. You can’t experience it all in one day!

IION clients were successful with their NOHFC applications!

Article from The North Bay Nugget

Four local mining supply and service companies will receive more than $2.1 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund.

The investment will create 46 full-time and two part-time jobs.

Foraco Canada Ltd. will receive the lion’s share of the funding, with $1.4 million to purchase mining tools and equipment that will allow them to expand the business by opening new underground core and percussive drilling divisions.

Paige Engineering Ltd. will receive $337,164 to design and develop remove explosive loading technology for mining and construction.

The company is also working on modifying the main ingredients in explosives to a more cost-effective product.

Drillco Mining and Exploration will receive $250,000 to design, engineer and manufacture a modular mast system that can be broken down for shipping and used in either surface or underground operations, allowing them to market their modular drilling system.

SafeSight Exploration will receive $200,000 to purchase unmanned aerial vehicles or drones and modify them for use in underground mines.

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Congratulations to Thornloe Cheese!
Thornloe Grass Fed Butter has received the Grand Champion Award in the butter division at the 2018 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Dairy Products competition. The farmer-owned Thornloe Cheese near New Liskeard said the award was an “incredible achievement.
Read the full article from the North Bay Nugget here.

Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Anthony Rota (left) presented IION’s 2018 Innovation Award of Excellence to Dillon Guido (centre) and Joe Guido on Oct. 26. (Supplied photo)
NORTHERN ONTARIO BUSINESS JOURNAL

A father-and-son entrepreneurial team has been recognized by Innovation Initiatives Ontario North (IION) for their contributions to the North Bay economy.

Joe and Dillon Guido received IION’s 2018 Innovation Award of Excellence on Oct. 26. The award is given to an outstanding company, individual(s) or organization that has notably fostered economic prosperity in their region, through initiative and collaborative efforts to support science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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North Bay medical company in major merger...more jobs coming

‘Our clients have told us for a long time that our two companies should operate as one and we agree’

North Bay company MetricAid and Richmond Hill Ont., Medevision, after many years of working together to provide industry-leading physician schedules, have merged and are now operating as MetricAid, and that’s good news for the city.

Founded by Les Blackwell and Dr. Scott Daley in 2012, MetricAid serves emergency departments in Canada, the US, and the UK.

It started as a performance-based scheduling company focused on wait times, but quickly transformed into a full-service scheduling company.

Lora Webb, CAO, told BayToday that the merger means more well-paying jobs for the city.

“We expect in the next six months to onboard between three to five employees. We still have to get our bearings and make sure, as we undertake the running of the other company as well. Everything is going to be done from our North Bay office under the MetricAid name.”

Webb says the merger has created a buzz in the building.

“I think everybody is very excited. The growth potential from this is huge!”

MetricAid delivers work-life balanced schedules for emergency physicians in three countries while using metrics to lower wait times and improve care for patients.” says a company news release.

Medevision, founded and operated by Dr. Rob Horvath, provides best-in-class electronic scheduling tools for physician day-to-day schedule management. Medevisionservices hospital departments throughout Canada and is a household name in physician scheduling.”

Since 2015, MetricAid and Medevision have worked together to serve shared clients, delivering MetricAid’s preference- and performance-based service through the Medevision portal and mobile app.

“Our clients have told us for a long time that our two companies should operate as one and we agree!” MetricAid CEO, Les Blackwell explains. “Combining our software and service will create a seamless, superior experience and we are excited about how these changes will improve emergency department scheduling and the lives of our physicians, as well as the care they give to their patients”.

Dr. Rob Horvath, former president of Medevision, and now a director of MetricAid, says that MetricAid and Medevision, as one, will offer a full spectrum of scheduling services to its clients.

Clients of the merged company will have the freedom to choose from a suite of solutions that suit their workforce and better support their strategic planning.

MetricAid continues to operate out of its North Bay, 123 McIntyre St. office. To learn more visit: https://www.metricaid.com/