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Industry Report - June 2024

A background of mixed fruit and vegetables. Text in foreground reads Enabling Agriculture-Related and On-Farm Diversified Uses in North Durham. Logos of Durham Region Invest Durham Agriculture and Rural Township of Brock Scugog and Uxbridge.

Enabling Agriculture-Related and On-Farm Diversified Uses in North Durham

Durham Region is undertaking a study to update policies for agriculture-related and on-farm diversified activities, and the application and approval processes for these activities within the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge. The overall objective is to support a thriving agricultural system and rural economic opportunity, while balancing farmland protection. There are many opportunities for the agriculture community, rural businesses and residents, and other interested parties to participate in the study, including:

Learn more about this project

Bike Month in Durham Region

The Region of Durham, in partnership with area municipalities and community partners, invites you to celebrate Bike Month this June. Bike Month is an annual month-long celebration of cycling that brings families, employers, commuters and community organizations together at hundreds of events across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA). Durham Region residents are invited to participate in fun and educational cycling activities throughout the region, including the Bike Month Pledge, Region-wide Cycling Challenge and Bike Month Bingo!

Visit durham.ca/BikeMonth to learn how you can win great prizes by getting outside on your bicycle in June!

Learn more about Bike Month

The Business Count Returns to Durham Region

The Region of Durham is conducting its annual Business Count to gather statistics from local businesses. From now until August, the Region’s Business Count team is scheduled to visit businesses in Durham Region to gather basic information about the type and nature of the company, the number of employees, plans for growth, floor space and location. Due to the risk of spreading avian flu between poultry operations in Ontario, surveyors will not be visiting farms in-person. Farm owners will be contacted via phone and email to complete the survey.

Data collected through the Business Count will be used for municipal planning and analysis purposes, to update regional/municipal business directories, and to plan for better business supports. In addition to in-person visits, businesses—including home-based businesses and non-profit organizations—have the option to complete the 2024 Business Count online.

Count your business in

Become a Rainbow Registered Business

Rainbow Registered is an accreditation program for businesses that are committed to providing a safe, inclusive space for 2SLGBTQI+ people to visit, work and feast. Businesses will be assessed based on their policies and practices, training, commitment to inclusive leadership, and culture of inclusivity, with those meeting the program standards being accredited and receiving access to a wide range of program benefits.

Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), alongside Tourism HR Canada, have collaborated to launch the Rainbow Registered Accreditation Program for 2SLGBTQI+ friendly businesses and organizations.

Become a Rainbow Registered business

Smart Serve Cares Program

Smart Serve Ontario recently launched Smart Serve Cares, demonstrating its commitment to a more supportive and empathetic industry environment, and the well-being of hospitality workers. The campaign also brings awareness to the mental health challenges of the sector; and provides the support and resources necessary to those who would otherwise not have access to mental health services through their employers.

Smart Serve Cares is a free mental health support program with resources for hospitality staff in Ontario who possess a Valid Smart Serve Certificate.

Learn more about the Smart Serve Cares Program

Local Business Highlights

Congratulations to the Trail Hub on being named one of the 2024 Best Bicycle Friendly Businesses in Ontario! A winner was selected from each of the 13 tourism regions in Ontario, and Trail Hub topped the list for all of York Durham Headwaters! Located trailside to Durham Forest’s biking and hiking trails, the Trail Hub provides outdoor enthusiasts and cyclists with all the amenities they need, including food and beverages, a bike and outdoors shop, parking, and—new for 2024—e-bike rentals. Learn more about this award

Welcome to the neighbourhood, M & L Motors Café! This boutique coffee house, located at 928 Brock Street North in Whitby at the Esso station, is open Wednesdays to Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy delicious scones and madeleines baked fresh daily! Learn more about M & L Motors Café

Congratulations to Applewood Farm and Winery on their All Canadian Wine Championships (ACWC) Award! The winery’s MacMeade was recently awarded [another!] Gold Medal. Made of freshly picked apples and Applewood wildflower honey, it's the perfect sparkling drink for the patio. View the 2024 ACWC Award results

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Current News & Trends

A series of updates to Google Search amount to a dramatic upheaval to the Internet's most powerful tool, complete with an unprecedented AI feature.  According to BBC, the recent Google changes will be a benefit to the web, and changes to the search algorithm are just the start. Learn how you can improve your Google business ranking.

Wanting your brand to be successful online starts with a multi-channel strategy. In today's digital landscape, it's key to have a robust content strategy with actionable steps to reach and engage with your target audience. With the ever-expanding list of platforms available, it's crucial to understand your audience on each platform. View Planoly’s guide to expand your content strategy across different platforms effectively.

According to City Nation Place, Destination Management Organizations (DMOs) can drive the social and community well-being of a destination through a common challenge, social connections, maximizing opportunities, and partnership. Tourism has the power to change the world, for the better. Read more or download a copy of Redefining Success: How DMOs can Drive Social & Community Well-Being.

Tourism Economics released its 2023 Economic Impact of Visitors in Toronto Report. This report was prepared for Destination Ontario, in partnership with Destination Toronto, Greater Toronto Hotel Association, Toronto Global, City of Toronto and Toronto Region Board of Trade. The report provides useful information to explain the impact of tourism and the visitor economy, and an analysis of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area visitor economy, which includes Durham Region. View the 2023 Economic Impact of Visitors in Toronto Report.

🚲 Durham Shredders Mountain Bike Club was recently awarded a Resilient Communities Fund grant of $72,200 from the provincial government’s Ontario Trillium Foundation. As the result of the two-year-long grant, the Durham Shredders will continue to align its programs with the needs of the community to grow the sport; and will be formulating and executing a comprehensive strategy for enhancing its programs and attracting more participants. Read more about this announcement in Metroland.

⚽ Early bird discount tickets are now available for purchase for 2024 U SPORTS Men's Soccer Championship, taking place this November 7 to 10 at Vaso’s Field in Oshawa. Don't miss out on the early bird pricing, ending October 31. Kids 12 and under and DC/Ontario Tech students are free of charge. Get your tickets to the U SPORTS Championship.

🏐 The Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) has announced that Durham College will host the 2025 CCAA Women's Volleyball National Championship—gathering Canada's best collegiate volleyball teams in Durham Region from March 5 to 8, 2025. Read more about this announcement by Durham Lords

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