Invest in STEM Top Talent and Offset Payroll Costs with Hiring Grants
Business Strategy

Invest in STEM Top Talent and Offset Payroll Costs with Hiring Grants

Across Canada, companies face various hiring needs throughout the year. In recent years, businesses have expressed a strong demand for technical talent, specifically for STEM-related (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) positions. In the past year alone, over 39,500 positions have been created to support STEM jobs and by 2020, it’s expected that at least tech…

Build in Canada Innovation Program Supports Mail Security Solutions
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Build in Canada Innovation Program Supports Mail Security Solutions

The Government of Canada has awarded a $526,003 contract to support a new, innovative security solution. RaySecur International Inc. has developed a new device that can detect suspicious substances, powders, and liquids sent through packages in the mail. This groundbreaking technology will help ensure the safety of anyone receiving mail across the globe. The contract…

Top 3 Job Boards to Attract Youth Talent to Your Workforce
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Top 3 Job Boards to Attract Youth Talent to Your Workforce

Across Canada, talent and skill shortages remain a concern for many businesses and industries. Recent studies suggest that 82% of employers struggle to find properly trained and/or educated candidates to fill vacancies within their organization. Traditional recruitment methods are not enough; employers must leverage emerging technologies to effectively connect with youth talent, such as social…

Western Innovation Initiative (WINN) Awards $3.5M in Small Business Loans
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Western Innovation Initiative (WINN) Awards $3.5M in Small Business Loans

The Government of Canada has announced it will invest $3.5 million in funding to support an Alberta-based cleantech expansion project. The project will be carried out by Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, Rho Canada Ventures, and the Waste Management of Canada Corporation. Federal small business loans will help the partners to complete the final phase of a…

Mitacs Accelerate Supports Green Technology Research and Development
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Mitacs Accelerate Supports Green Technology Research and Development

In November 2017, Mitacs Canada announced it will support a research and development partnership between the University of Northern British Columbia and Canadian Zeolite Corporation. Canadian government funding will allow the partners to develop a value-added product that eliminates bacteriological contamination in water. Research grants have been provided through the Mitacs Accelerate program, which supports…

OCE REACH Awards Over $4M in Grants for MedTech Procurement Projects
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OCE REACH Awards Over $4M in Grants for MedTech Procurement Projects

The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) recently announced its support for six technology adoption projects through its OCE REACH program. REACH stands for “Resources for Evaluating, Adopting and Capitalizing on Innovative Healthcare Technology”. OCE has awarded a total of $4.3 million in Ontario government grants to support these innovation procurement projects. Each project is expected…

IBM Innovation Incubator Opens Its Doors to Ontario Businesses
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IBM Innovation Incubator Opens Its Doors to Ontario Businesses

In recent years, federal and provincial governments have place a strong focus on business innovation in Canada. The Government of Canada’s Budget 2017 announced the realignment of resources to improve innovation programs and strengthen the economy. Investing in business innovation allows small and medium-sized companies to flourish and increase their market competitiveness. In October 2017,…

Why You Should Consider Hiring People with Disabilities
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Why You Should Consider Hiring People with Disabilities

Across Canada, individuals with disabilities experience lower employment rates and earnings than the rest of the population. Despite being well-educated and eager to work, these individuals are often turned away by employers. There’s a misconception among employers that hiring workers with a disability involves expensive accommodation costs and a lower return-on-investment. This could not be…

Addressing Food and Commercial Waste Practices in Ontario
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Addressing Food and Commercial Waste Practices in Ontario

Waste has been a growing concern across Ontario for over 40 years. Despite the desire to reduce our garbage output, Ontarian’s generate over 12 million tonnes of food and commercial waste per year. To mitigate this issue, the government has focused its efforts on “waste diversion”, which helps prevent waste from ending up in landfills…

Canadian Small Business Loans Aid Food Manufacturer in New Brunswick
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Canadian Small Business Loans Aid Food Manufacturer in New Brunswick

The Government of Canada recently announced it would provide Covered Bridge Potato Chip Company up to $437,500 in small business loans to expand production and offer new products. The investment will help offset the cost of installing a new production line to produce kettle cooked popcorn. The repayable contribution will be provided through the Atlantic…