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York Region’s auto parts and autotech sector revs up with the APMA Conference and OVIN Demonstration Zones

York Region Economic Development was out in full force at the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) 71st Annual Conference on September 26th as title sponsor, alongside the City of Vaughan to promote our thriving auto sector.
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Is Your Business Protected From Cyber Threats? Simple Tips From ESET During Cybersecurity Month

Earlier this year, Telus conducted a study on ransomware attacks with a staggering finding that 83% of Canadian businesses surveyed reported attempted attacks and 64% indicated they had experienced one. Read these useful digital security tips from ESET’s Chief Security Evangelist, Tony Anscombe in our latest #YRtech Blog in support of Canada’s Cybersecurity Month.
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Building Out Spokes: Selecting the Right Space for Your Company’s Return-to-Office Plan

The hub-and-spoke office model pushes companies to reconsider a single central location and instead have a primary head office with smaller ‘spoke’ locations placed closer to where employees live. Giving staff the option to come into the office with more accessibility and comfort.
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Major New Business Investments in York Region: Discover Who They Are Now!

These new business investments and expansions in the Region’s tech, life science, and distribution sectors are a clear indicator that York Region is a location of choice to launch, scale, and tap into the talent pool and business opportunities available in the GTA.
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Key Ingredients to the Success of York Region’s Autotech Ecosystem: Industry Leaders, Infrastructure, and Talent

With a combination of an industry-leading auto parts manufacturing base, a high concentration of automotive head offices and an Autotech ecosystem building for the future of transportation. York Region’s automotive sector is well-positioned to continue to innovate and make substantial contributions to Canada’s and North America’s automotive industry of the future.
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Tech Investments, Jobs, and Tech Experts Collide in York Region’s #YRtech Pavilion at Collision

With the announcement of over $250 million in business investments and expansions, along with the creation of 800 jobs, new partnerships, and multiple startup pitch competitions, York Region’s #YRtech Pavilion was a big draw for those that came to check out the ‘Olympics of Tech’ in North America.
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The Future of Autotech is in York Region

The technological capabilities of York Region’s Autotech ecosystem are unmatched when compared to other leading Autotech jurisdictions across North America (Trillium Network for Advanced Manufacturing, Western University), making it an ideal location for current and future automotive sector players.
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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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York Region Economic Development Team Spotlight Series: Elya Djaffar

In this edition of our team spotlight series, we connect with Elya Djaffar, Project Assistant to our Agri-Food lead, Meena Hassanali. Fresh off a successful 2021 Agri-Food Forum, we caught up with Elya to give us the rundown on what she’s been doing with the York Region Economic Development team. 
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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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York Region Economic Development Team Spotlight Series: Charles Banfield

With significant assistance and input from my exemplary team, I oversee a broad portfolio that includes agriculture & agri-food, innovation, tourism, broadband, post-secondary attraction and support, smart city/intelligent community initiatives and the York Small Business Enterprise Centre.
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York Region Economic Development Team Spotlight Series: Tony Corkovic

As a public sector organization, our success is measured in how much we help the people and businesses that we serve. Hearing first-hand from small business owners that we’ve helped them grow or launch their business is incredibly satisfying, knowing that we made a positive difference; that’s my favourite part of the job.
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Building Electric Vehicles for the Future, Using Apps to Track Carbon Footprints, and Enhancing Race Car Components: York Region’s Autotech Sector Continues its Rise

In the latest #YRtech blog, we roundup some of the most notable news coming out of York Region’s auto tech and auto parts sector. See what’s in store for the future of automotive innovation!
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New Accelerator in Northern York Region Brings Increased Opportunity for Startups as First Cohort Graduates

A new business accelerator in Newmarket recently graduated its first cohort. Read more about this group of companies and how the new accelerator is looking to support businesses in Northern York Region and beyond.
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The Best Built Robot in the World, Siemens Enhances the HCI, and New Career Opportunities: York Region Tech Makes a Big Impact

Major tech announcements coming from York Region-based companies this spring are no surprise as tech companies here continue to thrive in Canada’s second largest tech hub!
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3 Big York Region Health Tech Announcements: Protecting Olympic Athletes, Canada’s Only ‘Smart Hospital’ Opens for All Services, and Mackenzie Health Achieves Prestigious Digital Recognition!

There have been some big announcements coming from York Region health tech companies and its world-class hospitals recently. Check them out now!
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The Top 5 Announcements Driving York Region’s Innovation Ecosystem Ahead in May

Last month, York Region’s innovation ecosystem thrived with big announcements on exciting new projects and programs to support startups, the development of new technology, and help businesses expand! Here are the top 5!
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The Top Quotes from York Region’s Tech Masterclass at Collision 2021

The Region’s masterclass session took centre stage on the first day and ended up being one of the most viewed sessions promoting a city, region, or country during the entire conference. All our guests were incredible, but there were some truly memorable quotes, which we’ve pulled out for you below!
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Looking For A Place To Grow As A Young Professional?

From the dynamic core of Markham, the vibrancy of Newmarket, the greenspaces of Richmond Hill, to the commuter ease of Vaughan, these communities are perfect for developing roots for your future.

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program | COVID-19 Funding Spotlight

Qualified small to medium-sized Canadian businesses can receive from $25,000 to $1 million in HASCAP loans, and larger organizations with multiple locations such as a chain of restaurants or hotels can receive up to $6.25 million in funding support.

Ontario Small Business Support Grant | COVID-19 Funding Spotlight

The Ontario Small Business Support Grant will grant small businesses between $10,000-$20,000 to help cover decreased revenue expected as a result of the provincewide lockdown.
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The Hardware Catalyst Initiative in York Region: Powering the Future of Canadian Hardware

The HCI, which launched in February 2020, is designed for start-ups that are building solutions for artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, wearable computing, 5G, and other transformative technologies.
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2020 Look Back: Our Top 15 York Region Business Community News Stories

2020 was a challenging year for the business community, but there were still moments worth celebrating. Check out our Top 15 list.