What is OEDS?

We’re an incorporated not-for-profit advocacy and economic development organization founded 1 July 2012. The first policy we advocated was the legalization of equity crowdfunding. On 1 June 2015, our advocacy has focused on getting Canadian youth to vote in the 2015 federal election. At our core, we continue a multi-year project of creating immaculate economic development scorecards for Ontario’s census divisions. The scorecards will be input into our GIS and coupled with policy analysis notes from our team. When complete, our GIS will serve as a tool for policymakers to better understand why some Ontario regions are failing on particular economic metrics (i.e. unemployment) and how these regions might improve.LEARN MORE

Media

Our team is hard at work to bring you pertinent issues affecting economic development in Ontario. We provide a wide variety of media including policy reports, blog posts, links and white papers. Take a look at our works thus far!LEARN MORE

Events

We host a variety of events in Ottawa to both serve as socials for our members as well as bring attention to any economic development policy issues that we’re working on.LEARN MORE

Partnerships & Resources

Check out some of the great economic development organizations who’ve we’ve worked with in the past: the Dufferin Chamber of Commerce, Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce, Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and more! Other resources you may be interested in include:

Employment and Social Development Canada – Ontario Labour Market Trends; Ontario Ministry Of Finance Weekly Economic Update; Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Recent Blogs

We produce fresh content regularly, giving you access to meaningful insights on current issues affecting local business.

A Message from the Chairman – Our Story & Update – Part 1

Dear valued members and readers, The Ontario Economic Development Society is a not-for-profit project that I started in 2012 during my second year at university while volunteering at the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce and completing my Bachelor’s in Business

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A Consultation on the Employment Standards Act, 2000 – Reform Guidance – Submitted 18 September 2015

Click here to view “A Consultation on the Employment Standards Act, 2000 – Reform Guidance – Submitted 18 September 2015.” The hyperlinked document attached above is one of many policy pieces privately submitted to the Ontario government in

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A Consultation on Preventing the Electronic Suppression of Sales in Ontario – Submitted 16 December 2015

Click here to view “OEDS – Preventing the Electronic Suppression of Sales in Ontario – Submission on 16 December 2015.” The hyperlinked document attached above is one of many policy pieces privately submitted to the Ontario government

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China-Canada Foreign Investor Promotion And Protection Agreement (FIPA): OEDS General Analysis

Canada-China Foreign Investor Promotion and Protection AgreementClick here for our publication on the China-Canada Foreign Investor Promotion And Protection Agreement (FIPA): OEDS General Analysis

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Ottawa Economic Scorecard

Click here to see how Ottawa’s economy has been performing over the past few years in OEDS’s Ottawa Economic Scorecard. Click here to see a breakdown of the Cost of Living in Ottawa along with some other interesting metrics on Ottawa’s

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Creating Young Entrepreneurs: Ontario Summer Company Program – The Hidden Gem

Have you heard of the Ontario Summer Company program – the big initiative by the Ontario government to encourage youth entrepreneurship? The one where you are given $3000 just for participating? Unfortunately for most members of the 15-29 year old target

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