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January 2020

2020 Summer Experience Program Launch


I am pleased to provide you with information about the 2020 Summer Experience Program (SEP).

The Summer Experience Program provides funding to not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, Indigenous organizations and First Nation communities to create career-related summer employment opportunities for students.

The summer employment positions must focus on activities supporting key sectors within the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries and the Citizenship and Immigration Division of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

SEP employment opportunities must offer training, work experience and skills transferable to the general workforce and to future careers. The positions must focus on activities that support the key sectors of citizenship and immigration, tourism, culture, heritage and sport and recreation.

Please review the Summer Experience Program Guidelines and Terms and Conditions for information on the various Ministry priorities, to assess your organization’s eligibility and to familiarize yourself with the specific program criteria for hiring a summer student. 


FYI: Tourism priorities for SEP positions:

  • Work in the tourism sector to attract new tourism investment and provide support to tourism regions, sector associations and Indigenous tourism organizations.
  • Support product development, marketing, workforce development and investment attraction programs and services.
  • Provide tourists with educational, cultural, recreational, and entertainment experiences and opportunities.
  • Establish policies and programs that support tourism development throughout the province, 365 days a year.


All applications must be submitted online, in either English or French through Transfer Payment Ontario.


The deadline to apply for the 2020 Summer Experience Program is Thursday, February 27 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or e-mail if you have any questions or require clarification.


Technical support related to the Transfer Payment Ontario please contact Transfer Payment Ontario (TPON) Client Care:

  • Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • Toronto: (416) 325-6691
  • Toll Free: 1-855-216-3090
  • TTY/Teletypewriter (for the hearing impaired): 416-325-3408 / Toll free: 1-800-268-7095
  • Email: TPONCC@ontario.ca


Best regards,



Blair Harris

Regional Development Advisor I Regional and Corporate Services Division

Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries I Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility

51 Heakes Lane, Kingston, ON K7M 9B1

Phone: (613)-531-1184 Email: Blair.Harris@ontario.ca


Please contact me if you require this email or any of the attached materials in an alternate format.


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Canada Summer Jobs 2020 – Call for Applications

Employment and Social Development Canada opened its annual call for applications for Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) 2020 today. We will be accepting applications between January 30 and February 24. 

CSJ 2020 – Are You Ready?

Are you ready to:

  • create quality work experiences for youth?
  • provide youth with opportunities to develop and improve their skills?
  • respond to national and local priorities to improve access to the labour market for youth who face unique barriers?

If yes, then read the Applicant Guide and submit an application!


Remember: The Applicant Guide has detailed information on how you can demonstrate the quality of your proposed job placement. It will help you to:


  • include your supervision and mentoring plans,
  • demonstrate your safe, inclusive and healthy work environment
  • show how you’re ready to provide youth with opportunities to develop the job skills they need.


Apply Now

For more information:

Click: www.canada.ca/canada-summer-jobs

Call: 1-800-935-5555 (ATS: 1-800-926-9105)

Visit: a Service Canada Centre

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce - Moving Beyond Compliance as a Privacy Policy Motivator




Moving Beyond Compliance as a Privacy Policy Motivator




Over the next 18 months, Canadian businesses can expect to see changes in Canada’s privacy laws. In particular, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada will likely be granted more enforcement powers. The government sees compliance enforcement as incentive to business to build trust in the digital economy, but there are more compelling business reasons to consider a robust approach to privacy. Building trust to protect brand value, securing assets from theft or exploitation, using trust as a differentiator and to encourage investment are important elements of a privacy strategy.

The digital economy has enabled companies to exploit value from and monetize behavioral data. These products and processes combined with the growth of brand value are seemingly created from nothing – capital without capital. They are the basis of the intangible economy, where sweat equity and ingenuity are the asset. In some industries, intangible assets account for as much as 85% of the company’s value and brand value accounts for as much as 30% of a company’s overall value. An emphasis on protecting privacy helps to foster trust which ultimately protects a brand’s value. The two pillars of building and maintaining trust are taking an ethical approach to the use of personal information and having a robust digital security regime that actively engages the most up to date tools and processes to avoid the perils of a cyber-breach. Recognizing the value of privacy and security as a core component of a growth strategy will also help compliance take care of itself.

This Data Privacy Day, we encourage you to learn how to protect your business by being privacy aware. Learn more here.

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Invitation to attend “High Water Talk”, Brockville Ontario DATE: Monday, February 3rd, 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Invitation to attend “High Water Talk”, Brockville Ontario

DATE: Monday, February 3rd, 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Location: Brockville Arts Centre

Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River reached unprecedented levels in 2017 and 2019, causing severe flooding and erosion along the shores and wetlands. While we are all hoping for the best, the 2020 flood forecasts for Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River demand our attention.

United Shoreline Ontario will be hosting an education event regarding water levels, Lake Ontario Water Management Policy (Plan 2014), and Emergency Flood Preparedness on February 3rd, 2020 at the Brockville Arts Centre. This event will feature formal presentations from invited speakers, as well as an open forum for the public to ask questions, speak about their experiences and share their thoughts.





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On behalf of the Brockville Country Club (BCC) and its Board of Directors, we are very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jason Walmark to the position of General Manager effective February 10, 2020. Reporting to the BCC Board of Directors, Jason will have complete responsibility and accountability for the execution of operations and member services with a view to continue to grow the Club’s member value while enhancing the viability of the BCC as the premier recreational facility in Brockville and area.


Currently a resident of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Jason will be returning to Eastern Ontario where he had held various management positions at the Rideau View Golf Club in Manotick, Ontario – Food & Beverage Manager, Clubhouse Manager, and Assistant General Manager. He also gained invaluable experience in the food and beverage industry at Fairwinds Resort & Golf Club, Nicklaus North Golf Course, and Best Western 108 Resort & Golf – all of which are located in British Columbia.


Jason brings a strong passion for the golf club management industry to his new position as the BCC General Manager. His experience, leadership skills, industry knowledge and invitational personality will be instrumental in moving the Brockville Country Club forward in this new decade. The Board of Directors and members of the Brockville Country Club are pleased to be welcoming Jason, and his wife Stephanie, back to Eastern Ontario.


Ted Broome, BCC President remarked, “After an extensive executive search, we were fortunate to discover that Jason Walmark’s skills, experience, personality and enthusiasm were a perfect fit for the role of General Manager at our Club. We look forward to entrusting the leadership of our staff to Jason as we open this next decade with a passion for improving an already successful product.”


Special thanks to Chris Puddicombe for his hard work and dedication as the Brockville Country Club General Manager for the past year.  The BCC membership wish Mr. Puddicombe all the best as he returns to the retirement lifestyle that he only briefly knew before becoming the GM at the Brockville Country Club.




David P. Dargie - Vice President: Brockville Country Club

(M) 613.803.5260 (Email) david.dargie@bell.net

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MPP Steve Clark's Annual Update from Queens Park - Jan 6, 2020

MPP Steve Clark delivered his annual update from Queen's Park on Jan 6, 2020 to the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce membership. Thank you to Tony Hicks - The Camera Guy for videoing the update. 


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