EcoSynthetix Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2015 Results

EcoSynthetix Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2015 Results

EcoSynthetix Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2015 Results:

EcoSynthetixBURLINGTON, ON, March 9, 2016 /CNW/ – EcoSynthetix Inc. (TSX: ECO) ("EcoSynthetix" or the "Company"), a renewable chemicals company that produces a portfolio of commercially proven bio-based products, today announced its financial and operational results for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2015. Financial references are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise indicated.

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FedDev Ontario Productivity Training Incentive

FedDev Ontario Productivity Training Incentive

FedDev Ontario Productivity Training Incentive has dedicated funding to established Ontario manufacturers looking to carry out in-house or third-party training projects that will lead to improved productivity and export sales performance.

FedDev Ontario

FedDev Ontario Productivity Training Incentive delivers programming to help create, retain and grow businesses, cultivate partnerships and build strong communities. This will support a strong southern Ontario economy and position the region to compete globally.

Up to $50,000 in non-repayable funding, with conditions, is available based on the business’s training topics, timelines, and budget. When the program is open, intake is typically continuous. When there are no funds available, applications will be placed on a waiting list.

Registered Disability Savings Plan

Registered Disability Savings Plan


 Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is a long-term savings plan to help Canadians with disabilities and their families save for the future. With written permission from the person who manages the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) , anyone may contribute any amount to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) each year, up to the lifetime contribution limit of $200,000.

Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP)

The person with a disability for whom the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is opened (the beneficiary) may also be eligible for grants and bonds to help with long-term savings.

The Canada Disability Savings Bond is money the Government deposits into the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) of modest-income Canadians. Beneficiaries who qualify for the Bond can receive up to $1,000 a year, depending on their family income. There is a limit of $20,000 over the beneficiary's lifetime. Bonds are paid into the RDSP until the end of the calendar year in which the beneficiary turns 49 years of age. Beneficiaries are eligible for the Bond even if no contributions are made to the RDSP.

The Canada Disability Savings Grant is money the Government deposits into Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) to help people with disabilities save. The Government provides grants of up to 300 percent of contributions, depending on the amount contributed and the beneficiary's family income. The maximum grant is $3,500 each year, with a limit of $70,000 over the beneficiary's lifetime. Grants are paid on contributions made to the RDSP until the end of the calendar year in which the beneficiary turns 49 years of age.

Since launching the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) in 2008, over 100,000 plans have been opened across Canada, and the Government has contributed over $1 billion in bonds and grants into those RDSPs.

Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities

Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPDs) are the single largest federal government investment in helping Canadians with disabilities get jobs. Currently, there are about 300,000 interventions each year through over 100 programs, which are designed and delivered by provinces and territories. Examples of supported programs could include employment counselling, career planning, pre-employment preparation, skills training, wage subsidies, technical aids and other supports.

Economic Action Plan 2014 reaffirmed the Government's commitment to introduce a new generation of LMAPDs with an investment of $222 million per year beginning in 2014–15. The reformed Agreements are designed to better meet the employment needs of Canadian businesses and improve the employment prospects for people with disabilities.


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Get schooled, get money, avoid debt

Get schooled, get money, avoid debt

February 10, 2015 If post-secondary education weren’t important, there wouldn’t be students here at SAIT. Whether it be a diploma, degree, technical training or upgrading, we are here to acquire knowledge and skills so that we can secure a job, as well as our future. Obtaining this education can be costly, but there are options available to help connect students with money to pay for school.


Money You Don’t Need To Pay Back

Financial assistance can come in the form of scholarships, grants, and bursaries. The only catch? You need to apply for them. Take the time to make quality applications– yes, this could mean spending a couple of hours– but these hours would be in exchange for a possibly a couple of hundred, or maybe even a couple of thousand dollars.

SAIT offers millions of dollars in student awards each year. These awards can recognize criteria including but not limited to: financial need, academic achievement, community involvement, leadership, or special abilities. Information on awards available can be found at

SAITSA also offers financial awards for students, recognizing involvement with SAITSA, extra-curricular/academic achievements, or financial need. To see the full list of awards and submit your application, visit

Various businesses, organizations and groups offer scholarships and grants for which you will have to apply directly. Check out and to access a searchable database of financial awards.

A number of Canada Student Grants are available through the government. Grants can benefit students who come from low-income families, students with dependent children, students with disabilities, apprentice students, and more. A list of grants available can be found at
Funding Advising is a service available for students through the Learner Success Centre (MC221)– get information about funding options or assistance with applications.


Money You Do (Eventually) Need To Pay Back

Loans and lines of credit are another way to pay for education, but borrowing money and financial awareness should go hand in hand. Borrowing money and me are not the best of friends. Several years ago, I took out a student loan for university. What ended up happening was I did not make any payments for over a year and a half. In the end, my credit was a disaster and it was a difficult lesson learned. The good news is I have recovered financially, but I don’t want to see a student peer go through what I did.

The Canadian government provides funding through the Canada Student Loans Program. If a student graduate experiences trouble paying it back, the student can apply for loan repayment assistance. Apprentice students can also now apply for a loan via the Canada Apprentice Loan. More information about government issued student loans can be found at

If you’re thinking about borrowing, make sure you’re familiar with money management. The SAITSA Student Support Centre (NJ105) can connect you with information and resources on financial understanding.


Work While You Study

With a regular paycheck, you will reduce your needs for loans and debt. As a student, you can take advantage of working on campus. You will benefit by saving time from having to commute after class, and being better acquainted with students and faculty. Jobs with SAITSA can be found on our website or on our job board outside of the Resource Centre (MC107). If you’re a sports fan, the SAIT Trojans are another great on-campus employer for students. They offer a variety of positions to work at SAIT Trojans athletic games and intramural sports. Learn about available job opportunities by visiting

You can also choose a job to help you gain practical experience in your field. It may seem early in the year, but now is the time to start looking for and applying for summer jobs– a friend of mine who works in the field of human resources once told me they will typically prepare postings for summer positions around February. Part time, summer, co-op, internship or full time positions– you can find postings from industry by signing up through SAIT’s Career Connector:

Government grants boost Gold Seal training

Government grants boost Gold Seal training

ONSLOW Feb 10th,2015 — School days are long behind Hal Fowler.

Fowler has been running his own construction company for more than three decades, but he welcomes an opportunity to gain Gold Seal Certification, a sort of a voucher to prove to others that he knows his stuff.

“I’ve always wanted to do some training with the guys and myself,” Fowler said Tuesday morning at the Onslow site of a new Nissan dealership, a construction project managed by his small company, Fowler Construction Services of Bible Hill.

“I’ve been doing this for years. When I apply for stuff like Gold Seal, the first thing they tell me is I don’t have educational credits. Well, I’m 60 years old and I’m not going back to school. I have a business to run.”

That’s where the Canada-Nova Scotia job grant comes into play.

“The grant helped me and two of my employees,” Fowler said. “It’s a lot more affordable, and we all come out with Gold Seal.”

The Gold Seal Certification program confirms that construction tradespeople demonstrate expertise and commitment and ensures that practitioners are qualified to meet project demands across the country.

A $16,000 Canada Job Grant, one of 24 such investments from the federal government that are delivered through the province’s Workplace Innovation and Productivity Skills Incentive Program, spurred Fowler’s decision to take further training.

“The grant was a big deal,” he said. “It’s very expensive. When they are going to cost-share the way they do, it makes it much more affordable. It was worth doing.”

Fowler, company site superintendent Jeffrey Fowler and project manager Sterling Mingo are in the middle of six months of online training in the office, augmented by some on-site tutelage at the Construction Association of Nova Scotia site in Dartmouth.

“The training for the three of us was about $32,000, and they (government) contributed 50 per cent.”

The trainees work on things that are relevant to their jobs.

“For me, a lot of it is confirming what I thought I already knew,” Fowler said. “To get other people to think that, we know it is another thing.”

He said his site superintendent is taking courses that include direction on how to run job sites and how to deal with employees. His project manager is taking courses geared to that side of the construction-management work and all three are taking a constructional law course that helps them deal with “liens and holdbacks, and all those nice things.”

The Canada Job Grant uses federal dollars to provide up to $15,000 per person for training costs.

“In Canada today, there is a huge deficit in trained employees to apply for jobs which are being offered,” said Conservative MP Scott Armstrong, parliamentary secretary to the federal employment minister.

“We want to make sure that the training opportunities are there, that we can attract new young people to do these jobs and get the training they need.”

Armstrong said the job grant program involves both levels of government and private industry in a plan intended to level the playing field between public investment in training and private investment, which is lacking.

“The role of the province is to administer all this. They have the infrastructure on the ground to disperse the funds. The federal government is transferring the money, the province is administering it and the employer is actually directing it. This is a new way to do training in Canada.”

Armstrong said the Fowler grant is the first one in Nova Scotia, but the province is almost fully booked for the year. Once the program is fully implemented, more than $7.9 million per year will be invested through the grant program in Nova Scotia, part of about $300 million per year that will be doled out across the country.

Armstrong said he couldn’t give a specific number of how many Nova Scotians will benefit from the grant program.

“We put a lot of flexibility in this to meet the needs on the ground.”

He said the province needs a whole generation of workers to upgrade their training while bringing a new generation of apprentices into the construction, mining and manufacturing industries.

Government of Canada Provides Funding for Children of the Street Society

Government of Canada Provides Funding for Children of the Street Society

Funding to help organization provide support to families of youth victimized by sexual exploitation and human trafficking

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA– Feb. 11, 2015 – Department of Justice Canada Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced $106,595 in funding for the Children of the Street Society for its project "Working Together to Support Victims and Families of Sexual Exploitation." Minister MacKay was joined by Minister of National Revenue and MP for Delta-Richmond-East Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay.

The funding will be used by the Children of the Street Society to develop a resource toolkit specifically designed to assist the parents and caregivers of youth who have been victimized by sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

The toolkit will further advance the organization's efforts in increasing the knowledge among parents/caregivers about the impacts of these crimes, and about the services, assistance and laws in place to respond to the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of youth. The organization will also use the funding to continue their ongoing work of providing information, resources and referrals to families and service providers.

Quick Facts

– The mission of Children of the Street Society is to take a proactive approach through public awareness, education and early intervention strategies to prevent the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and youth, while offering support to families.
– The funding is being provided as follows:

2014-15: $56,437
2015-16: $50,158
Total: $106,595

Ontario grant helps Capacity Canada advance evaluation in charitable sector

Ontario grant helps Capacity Canada advance evaluation in charitable sector

WATERLOO REGION – Feb 17th,2015 Capacity Canada has received a $405,000 grant from the Ontario government to provide charitable non-profits in the province with tools for continuous improvement.

Awarded over three years under the Partnership Grant Program of the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, the money will help non-profits keep track of the performance of their policies and programs — a process known as evaluation.


“It is good practice to have evaluation running continuously in the background of a community organization,’’ says Cathy Brothers, Capacity’s chief executive officer. “It provides the flexibility to seize an opportunity, or adjust to changes that can come on quite suddenly.”

The greater the excellence in evaluation, the more impact non-profits have on their communities, Brothers added.

The grant allows Capacity to develop an online evaluation kit, create mentoring groups around evaluation and expand existing workshops and events that promote continuous evaluation.

“The Government of Ontario is pleased to support Capacity Canada’s commitment to building stronger communities by investing in community groups,” said Daiene Vernile, Liberal MPP for Kitchener Centre. “Evaluation helps these front-line organizations innovate to provide even better service.’’

The grant from the provincial government is the third major funding announcement Capacity has made in the last 12 weeks.

Grants from Manulife and the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation also enable Capacity to broaden its expertise in such areas as governance, mentoring and evaluation in the charitable non-profit sector.


Ontario provides $4M in funding for ‘social enterprise’ organizations

Ontario provides $4M in funding for ‘social enterprise’ organizations

TORONTO – Feb 19th, 2015  Eleven organizations in Ontario will divvy up $4 million in funding from the province to help start “social enterprises.

The government says social enterprises are ventures that use business strategies to drive social, environmental and economic change.

The successful applicants for a share of the $4-million fund include Ryerson University, the Ottawa Community Loan Fund and the Centre for Social Innovation.

Those intermediary organizations will then in turn provide money through grants, loans, equity investments, royalties or other financial tools to early-stage social enterprises.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says the money will help more social entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses and it’s hoped the government funding will leverage another $6 million from other sources, including the private sector.

Wynne says she sees the government’s role as being a catalyst and a facilitator.

BioLargo’s AOS Filter Receives Financial Support From the Government of Canada and Alberta Innovates

BioLargo's AOS Filter Receives Financial Support From the Government of Canada and Alberta Innovates

Toronto- Feb 26, 2015 – BioLargo, Inc. (OTCQB: BLGO) announced today that its Canadian subsidiary BioLargo Water, Inc. has received financial contributions from two additional government agencies to support the work around its AOS Filter. The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) has provided BioLargo with financial support through its "Youth Employment Program" (YEP) to further its fundamental mission to "stimulate wealth creation through innovation," and dedicated to support the work of Simmon Hofstetter, PhD, exclusively for BioLargo Water, Inc. and its AOS Filter technology.

"NRC-IRAP's support ensures our company continued scientific expertise to help us in our journey to develop and commercialize the AOS Filter Technology," commented Dennis Calvert, President & CEO of BioLargo. "NRC-IRAP's YEP is specifically designed to support highly trained post-secondary graduates like Dr. Hofstetter in his work with BioLargo Water."

Simmon Hofstetter holds a PhD in Food Science & Technology from the University of Alberta, with a background rooted in microbiology, and experience with industrial research and development in the food safety industry, as well as in novel technologies geared towards eliminating microbial pathogens. Dr. Hofstetter has also worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta to assist with biodegradation and reclamation research pertaining to the Athabasca Oil Sands. Overall, Dr. Hofstetter brings a suite of expertise in microbiology and toxic compounds relevant to precious water resources. Dr. Hofstetter is working to enhance and expand current applications of the AOS Filter technology.

In addition to the support from NRC-IRAP, Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF) contributed $62,500 under its program to help support the work of Petr Miller, PhD. AITF Industry Associates Program grants are awarded to help accelerate business ideas with research expertise, transform Alberta industry through practical application of research, and to support highly trained personnel in research and industry settings. The grant value is for one year's support with the intent to extend for an additional $62,000 for year two. This funding will enable BioLargo Water to support Dr. Miller's ongoing work to scale up and refine the BioLargo AOS system.

Petr Miller, Ph.D. is a Post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. He received his PhD in Food Chemistry and Technology at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague in the Czech Republic. He has more than eight years of research experience in the field of Food microbiology, Food Science and Technology. He is an author of several research articles published in leading scientific journals. His past work includes research of fundamentals of novel antimicrobials and their application in food, and novel processing food technologies and their application. Dr. Miller currently works in collaboration with BioLargo Water to optimize the AOS Filter.