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York Region creates new plan to boost business, economy, workforce

York Region business and research leaders are welcoming a new strategy to help develop the regional economy and businesses.
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Government of Canada supports expansion of services at ventureLAB

$4.5 million for the next phase of the Hardware Catalyst Initiative, supporting 30 technology companies while creating and maintaining over 170 jobs in southern Ontario.
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York Region giving $1.08M boost to international, women-led businesses

The funding proposed would be over three years and would come from the region’s Innovation Investment Fund, which the region includes in its budget to support innovative projects on an application basis.
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OVIN to launch demonstration sites for automotive and mobility technologies in Markham and Vaughan

The OVIN Demonstration Zone will give Ontario small and medium-sized businesses real-world environments to pilot and demonstrate innovative automotive and mobility solutions, including electric vehicle technologies, shared and integrated mobility solutions, robotics, and connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.
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Ontario launches free job training for newcomers

The program will prepare jobseekers for well-paying careers in manufacturing, finance, administration, communications, hospitality and the arts. Participants will have the chance to explore a range of employment and training options through paid internships, job placements, language training and digital literacy courses.
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Ontario Supporting More Innovation in Growing Tech Sector

The province’s $107 million Critical Technology Initiatives funding supports programs led by not-for-profit organizations that will accelerate the use of critical technology by Ontario companies and enable the development of innovative made-in-Ontario solutions. Full news release: news.ontario.ca
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Federal government invests in Vaughan-based auto parts manufacturer, AMTB to bolster EV supply chain

“Canadian manufacturers are reaching their potential as they support Canada’s transition to a net-zero economy. Today, our government is investing in ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Americas Limited as it transitions its Concord facility to support a cleaner, more fuel-efficient future for the automotive sector while creating 65 good, skilled jobs.
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Celebrating the future of women in tech at ventureLAB

On March 29, women entrepreneurs, founders from ventureLAB’s Tech Undivided initiative and senior leaders in the hardware and semiconductor industry came together from across the province to celebrate and recognize women in the tech sector.
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2021 Year In Review // York Region Economic Development

On behalf of York Region Economic Strategy, I am pleased to present the 2021 Economic
Development Year in Review. This is an overview of economic development activities undertaken this past year, highlights of business news from across the Region, and important economic indicators showing the strength and resilience of our business community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Oat Canada and Roquette Receive $4.1M as Part of a Project to Improve Oat-Processing Capacity

Oat Canada received scale-up support through the York Region Food and Beverage Accelerator Program through York University’s YSpace. This investment will see the development of novel oat ingredients and nutritionally superior oat-based food and beverage products.
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York Region Invests $1.5M Into Canada’s Only Hardware-Focused Lab and Incubator, Aims to Attract Global Tech Firms

ventureLAB and the Regional Municipality of York have partnered to expand the Hardware Catalyst Initiative, Canada’s only lab and incubator for hardware and semiconductor companies.
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Federal Government Announces New Targeted COVID-19 Business Support

The Government of Canada has confirmed that certain existing income and business support programs will end on October 23, 2021, as previously announced. This includes the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy.
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Digital Technology Supercluster Announces $20 Million Digital Wellness Project Featuring Tech From Richmond Hill Headquartered Wysdom AI

The platform is being developed in partnership with Lululemon, Wysdom.AI, Microsoft, Mitacs, and Queen’s University. Wellbeing.ai aims to leverage artificial intelligence-powered virtual agents or chatbots.
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York University’s YSpace Releases 2020-2021 Annual Report

It was a year unlike any other for Innovation York, the innovation office for York University with a mandate to facilitate and maximize the commercial, economic, and social impacts of research and innovation. Their 2020-2021 Annual Report has just been released and it outlines impressive successes, including supporting new ventures, launching new programs and more.