Latest Policy Bytes

Tourism: Looking forward to seeing fellow Ontarians this summer

June 16, 2020 - Tourism is a very significant industry in Northern Ontario and the travel restrictions necessary to control the spread of Covid-19 are having real impacts on both tourism operators and the local businesses that rely on the people those operators attract. The tourism industry brings business to restaurants, hotels/motels, mom & pop shops, fishing/hunting lodges, museums, provincial/national parks and the list goes on. Without tourists, many of the businesses that rely on them will suffer a great deal during this pandemic. Many may not exist post-pandemic if measures aren’t taken to bridge the economic gap while we address the health crisis and the constraints it necessitates. 

Social vs. Physical Distancing

June 9, 2020 - In combating COVID-19 citizens across the globe are being asked to socially and/or physically distance themselves in order to flatten the curve. But what exactly do the two terms mean for individuals?

Zaher's Small Batch

June 3, 2020 - When you think of a small food business many people think of restaurants, food trucks or coffee shops. One food that does not come to mind is hummus. A family recipe, Zaher’s Small Batch exceeds expectations with their growing local hummus business. Part of their success comes from the many partnerships that Zaher’s has created along the way.

North Star Air

May 6, 2020 - Getting from point A to point B can be a struggle for some communities in Ontario’s Far North. With limited or no road access, receiving supplies and visiting neighbouring communities is almost impossible. Aside from winter roads, the one thing keeping these communities connected are airplanes. With organizations such as North Star Air, accessing the Far North is made easier.

Success of LIPs and RIFs: How do we measure it?

April 14, 2020 - Northern Ontario communities are increasingly turning to international immigrants to fill labour gaps. However, in order to attract, integrate, and retain people, a lot of work must be done - especially at the community-level.