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2010 CDTF Funding Now Available in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan communities that have been adversely affected by the economic downturn are now able to apply for funding from the federal Community Development Trust Fund (CDTF) program for economic revitalization projects, including economic plans, feasibility studies, and infrastructure upgrades or construction. Enterprise Saskatchewan will be administering the program in Saskatchewan and disbursing the $36.4 million allocated to the province over three years.  To be considered for project approval in the 2010-11 fiscal year, applications must be received by Enterprise Saskatchewan (or postmarked) before 5:00 p.m. CST on May 14, 2010. The application form and guide are available on the Enterprise Saskatchewan website

Digital Gaming Industry on the Rise in Canada


A new survey of the North American video game development industry suggests that growth has been flat in the United States since 2008, but that it continues to grow rapidly in Canada.  In December, Game Developer Research, a San Francisco-based industry observer, released its annual Industry Census. The full report can be purchased for about $2,500 – but industry journal ITBusiness.ca has a summary. In Canada, industry employment rose from 9,500 people in 2008 to more than 12,500 in 2009, an increase of about 32%.

13 New Tourism Regions Announced in Ontario

The Province of Ontario has announced the establishment of 13 new tourism regions to better serve the industry by working with partners to enhance and grow these region’s tourism products and marketing efforts. This announcement follows the release of Discovering Ontario, a report on the competitiveness of Ontario’s tourism industry. With these new tourism regions and Regional Tourism Organizations, Ontario’s tourism industry will be better able to coordinate tourism marketing and management across the province, leading to more visitors and more tourism related economic activity in each region.

The Ministry of Tourism has issued a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to help identify one Regional Tourism Organization in each region to lead and grow the industry and ensure it remains strong and competitive well into the future.

The province will help the industry transition to the new tourism regions by providing $25 million in each of the next two years. This funding is in addition to the $40 million in ongoing annual funding announced in the 2009 Ontario Budget.  More information can be obtained on the 13 regions here.

Measuring the Effects of R&D Spending

Economic developers have long proclaimed the value of high-end R&D activity to local economies, but this value has always been hard to quantify or define. A recent draft research paper for the US National Bureau of Economic Research (available here as a download for $5) makes important strides in getting us closer to real measures. In the paper, Bronwyn Hall, Jacques Mairesse and Pierre Mohnen survey a wide range of existing academic and government research form the past 50 years, and provide detailed tables comparing different approaches. The study concludes that R&D spending has strong positive economic benefits, and that public R&D spending also has strong social benefits.

Graph Synergie Finds Innovative Way to Showcase Technology Parks Online

Graph Synergie has developed a new virtual way of presenting technology parks using Google Earth and municipal GIS.  With this innovation, both the Montreal Technoparc and Quebec Metro High Tech Park/Levis Innoparc have raised the bar when it comes to a compelling online presentation of their existing businesses and property that is available for development.

The 3D interactive application allow interested visitors to navigate a website with privileged access to their environment while offering a vast amount of important information relating to occupied areas, available and future sites, transportation and already established businesses. 

To take a peek at a few screen shots, click here, here, here, here and here.

Powering Up Aboriginal Energy Conference

The fourth Annual National Powering Up Aboriginal Energy Conference is an opportunity to learn about current projects as well as tools and strategies for the success of Aboriginal efforts in the renewable energy industry. More than $350 billion in major resource and energy developments have been identified in or near Canadian Aboriginal communities and significant increases in funding are now available to help Aboriginal communities develop renewable energy projects and promote Aboriginal economic development. The conference takes place in Toronto from April 26-27, 2010. Registration information is available here on the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) website.

Employment Development Index December 2009

Our Employment Development Index is a visual representation of changes in regional employment figures over time. For a Statistics Canada map of the economic regions highlighted in the Employment Development Index, click here.

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