May Food Bulletin
This May, stay updated in the world of agri-food. Read on to note changes to the Strategic Innovation Fund, and apply for potential funding from BLOOM. Register for upcoming events such as Raise the Barcode in Niagara to learn how to get your product on grocery store shelves, and attend the CIFST National Conference to see expert industry speakers and take advantage of networking opportunities.
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Companies applying to the highly popular Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) must now have a requested contribution of more than $10M.
This change in project eligibility was announced in the federal budget in late February, 2018. All applications received prior to the Budget 2018 announcement remain valid and will be assessed. A new Statement of Interest (SOI) form is currently available for submitting your application.
The SIF is a five-year, $1.26B fund that provides grants and repayable contributions to support innovative projects across all sectors of the Canadian economy.
For more information, see the Strategic Innovation Fund.
Health Canada is revising Canada's Food Guide to reflect new evidence and meet the needs of various audiences who use its healthy eating recommendations. In the summer of 2017, over 6,700 stakeholders and Canadians provided input on these revisions.
View and share the "What We Heard Report", find out more about Health Canada's Healthy Eating Strategy and sign up to be part of upcoming health consultations (for the "areas of interest" page, be sure to include "Canada's Food Guide/Nutrition").
Ontario agri-food sector companies who participate in the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) pay global adjustment (GA) based on their contribution to Ontario's top five peak demand hours in a year. In April 2017, the Government of Ontario reduced the threshold, to opt-in to the ICI, to 500 kW.
Eligible companies will be informed by their local distribution company before May 31 each year. In order to qualify for the GA benefit, customers must opt in by June 15 of each year to participate in the ICI program for the adjustment period starting on July 1.
For more information, see the Industrial Conservation Initiative Backgrounder.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) now provides online access to a growing number of services. Sign up My CFIA to:
Sign up and get started at the CFIA website.
The craft beer industry is thriving in Ontario whether new to the industry and starting a business, or expanding an existing operation, find information to help succeed in the new Starting a Craft Brewery in Ontario guide. It includes expert advice and links to programs, services, industry contacts and resources in Ontario.
Get the Guide online.
Health Canada is seeking industry comment on the amendment of front-of-packaging labelling regulations for nutrition symbols, other labelling provisions, partially hydrogenated oils and vitamin D. Consultation will support measures to provide clear and consistent information and updated nutrients content claims. Consultation ends Apr. 26, 2018; email input to LRM_MLR_consultations@hc-sc.gc.ca.
For more information, visit Canada Gazette.
The Food Processing Human Resources Council is undertaking a Labour Market Information Study on Meat Processing to accurately measure the supply of available labour at the regional level. Employers are invited to participate and provide data on current labour challenges that will inform the government's policy decisions on immigration, foreign workers, LMIAs, employment insurance, training programs and more.
Access a survey link by completing the required form.
Using less energy is better for the environment and saves you money on utility costs. There are a lot of ways that Ontario food and beverage manufacturers can ensure an energy-wise operation watch our videos on operational efficiency, utility cost planning and measurement, and tackling invisible energy waste.
Contact OMAFRA at 1-877-424-1300 or email@example.com for more information about smart energy decisions.
Ontario Food Exports
Did you know that Ontario Food Exports (OFEX) provides end-to-end export marketing services for Ontario suppliers who are new to exporting or already experienced exporters? As part of OMAFRA, OFEX can help suppliers identify export opportunities for their products and develop strategies that address the unique challenges of exporting food, beverage and agriculture products internationally. Interested in learning more?
Resources and Opportunities
Registration is now open! This is your invitation to participate in OFEX's 2-day PROFIT New-to-Exporting Seminar taking place June 12-13 in Niagara Falls, ON and Buffalo, NY. This long-standing and highly-regarded seminar will provide Ontario food and beverage manufacturers with practical, hands-on knowledge about how to export to the U.S. Discussion topics include U.S. tax laws, export financing, product labelling, FSMA FSVP, risk management, market research, U.S. customs brokerage and more! Cost is $350 (+HST) and includes a PROFIT guide book, round-trip motor coach transportation to Buffalo, accommodations in Buffalo and all meals.
Don't miss this once-annual opportunity! Space is limited: register today!
Contact Cheryl Chlebus, OFEX Client Information Coordinator at 519-826-3767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Held in Toronto, Ontario, Street Smart is an excellent opportunity for Ontario agri-food manufacturers and processors to showcase their products and company in a table-top setting in front of up to 35 U.S. and international buyers. Previous Street Smart events have led to millions of dollars in sales for Ontario companies. This year, Ontario suppliers will be featuring a broad range of private label and branded products from the bakery, deli, frozen prepared, beverage, snack food, specialty, confectionery, and grocery sectors.
For more information on these events, contact Cheryl Chlebus, OFEX Client Information Coordinator at email@example.com or 519-826-3767.
Ontario producers and processors will be able to apply to six new federally-funded programs under the federal-provincial-territorial Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP). These programs will directly benefit producers and processors, and address priorities identified by the agricultural sector:
Funding will begin Apr. 1, 2018: access the program guides and application forms.
BLOOM is issuing a call for funding applications to support the completion of low carbon, clean technology demonstration Projects in Ontario. As a requirement, applications must be submitted by 2 co-applicants: a cleantech solution provider and a customer host that is representative of a broader sector.
BLOOM will be providing grant funding on a 50:50 cost-share basis, up to a maximum of $150,000 per Project.
Applications are due by May 31, 2018. Successful co-applicants will be notified by June 30, 2018. Demonstration projects must be completed by March 15, 2019.
For additional information, see BLOOM Clean Technology Demonstration Program.
Ontario food and beverage companies can apply for grant funding through George Brown College's Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt). Located in downtown Toronto, FIRSt supports product development by providing access to technical resources, state-of-the-art facilities and networking opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses within the GTA.
The GreenON Food Manufacturing program helps Ontario food and beverage processors to accelerate their greenhouse gas reductions by expanding the use of innovative technologies and practices to reduce this pollution. Two funding streams are available:
For more information, visit the Ontario Centres of Excellence website.
May 16, 2018
The 9th annual "Speaking Food" AGM and Conference is the Food Processing Human Resources Council's (FPHRC) trade show and seminar, bringing together industry professionals from across Canada. Hosting a speaking series, workshops and networking opportunities, this event will showcase the latest in industry trends and how to gain a competitive edge.
Visit www.fphrc.com/speakingfood to register.
May 22 - 24, 2018
The Arrell Food Summit is an opportunity to celebrate innovation in agriculture and food through dynamic speakers and deserving laureates of the Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards. This event will take place at the University of Guelph on May 22nd and 23rd, and the final day, May 24th, will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto.
Register here today.
May 23, 2018
If you've ever dreamed of getting your food/beverage product on grocery store shelves, this session is for you.
Join Hamilton's Economic Development Office and Niagara College Canadian Food and Wine Institute Innovation Centre breakfast event called "Raise the Barcode - Get Your Product on Grocery Store Shelves", to learn how to craft a competitive market pitch to grocers through the guidance from Whole Foods Market and Jon Luca Enterprise Ltd.
They will cover the steps needed for your business to be prepared to stock a product on grocery store shelves. The event is on May 23rd at Niagara College - Niagara-on-the-lake campus, and is free of charge to food and beverage manufacturers and producers.
Visit raisethebarcode.eventbrite.ca to register.
May 27 - 29, 2018
Healthy Food Revolution: Join the "revolution" at a four-diamond, five-star resort in the heart of wine country for the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology's (CIFST) National Conference. This must-attend food and beverage sector event features expert industry speakers, table-top exhibits and networking opportunities.
For more information, visit www.cifst.ca.
May 30, 2018
Is Canada ready to feed the world? Attend FBO's 4th Annual Conference - "The Future of Food" - for lunch and great speakers followed by an opportunity to network. This event features delicious food, Steam Whistle Pilsner and great Ontario VQA wines.
For more information or to register, visit foodandbeverageontario.ca.
May 30 - 31, 2018
Energy management is crucial to maximize profitability and combat climate change: Energy Summit 2018 will bring together Canadian energy efficiency experts to help businesses grow momentum. Presented by the Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation, Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium and Natural Resources Canada present this industry-government partnership event will feature inspiring keynote speakers, solutions-based technical sessions, facility tours to showcase leading-edge technologies, professional development workshops and the CIPEC Leadership Awards to recognize energy leaders.
For more information, visit their website.
June 5, 2018
Next Generation Digitalization and Automation Solutions is the focus of the next EMC Food and Beverage Sector Networking Seminar. Hosted by Siemens Canada, it provides a learning forum and the opportunity to gain insight from companies and technology leaders who have successfully embraced next-gen concepts.
June 6 - 7, 2018
The Ontario Independent Meat Processors will host a Food Handler Training workshop, June 6th - 7th, 2018, in Cambridge. Attendees will benefit from an interactive learning experience focusing on five key areas: Food Safety Responsibilities, Food Safety Hazards, Controlling Hazards, Food Safety Management Systems and Management's Responsibilities for Food Safety.
Registration information coming soon visit the OIMP website for more information.
June 19, 2018
Save the date! OMAFRA - in conjunction with Restaurant Canada - will be holding a lunch and learn session that you will NOT want to miss. This session will include industry speakers, discussions and lunch. More details and registration information will be coming soon, so make sure you SAVE THE DATE: June 19th, 2018.
For more information, please contact Mark Jonker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 12, 2018
Enjoy the outdoors, a round of golf, networking opportunities and dinner at CIFST's golf tournament. Register for the day or attend just the dinner.
For more information, visit www.cifst.ca.
September 20 - 22, 2018
CSFA's 62nd Annual Conference will take place at Hockley Valley from Thursday, September 20th thru to Saturday, September 22nd, 2018. Hockley Valley is located in the Hills of Headwaters, in the heart of some of Ontario's most picturesque countryside.
The theme of the conference, "Times Are Changing", reflects the current business, economical and natural environment we are facing as a company and as individuals.
The program will give you the most up-to-date tools and information to enhance your personal and organizational performance. They have also incorporated many networking opportunities.
October 23 - 24, 2018
The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) is hosting Grocery Innovations Canada from October 23rd 24th, a must-attend showcase of groceries and specialty foods. Feature your products by booking an exhibit space, and explore the newest innovations of the grocery trade.
To see highlights from last year, browse the exhibitor list, and book an exhibit space, visit groceryinnovations.cfig.ca.
November 6, 2018
Explore new products and services, network with industry professionals; learn about new technologies and network at CIFST's flagship event, the Suppliers' Night Tabletop Exhibition. Attendance is free for attendees who pre-register.
For more information, visit www.cifst.ca.
The Agriculture and Food Education Online Learning System provides free online courses for producers, processors and agri-food businesses wanting to gain skills and knowledge in the areas of food safety, traceability and farm business practices. More than 10 courses provide foundational information on:
The International Society of Beverage Technologists (ISBT) has launched an online Beverage Institute that supports training in the fundamentals, best practices, technical standards and current technology in the beverage industry. Lesson content is developed by ISBT experts and delivered in short, 5-minute segments, covering a range of topics: ingredients, sweeteners, processing, sanitation, quality, packaging, distribution and beverage fountain.
Visit the Beverage Institute online.
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