Apply By: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 11:59 pm EST
Competition Status: Application Screening

Fewer than thirty individuals applied for this opportunity.

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Economic and Business Advisor - Bilingual (English / French)

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Economic Development Division
Brighton, Kemptville, Lindsay
Job Term:
1 Permanent
Job Code:
12124 - Industrial Development Officer 3
$1,511.78 - $1,929.62 Per Week*
*Indicates the salary listed as per the OPSEU Collective Agreement.
Posting Status:
Job ID:
Are you interested in working in a stimulating, client-oriented environment? Do you enjoy supporting your teammates and working together towards a common goal? If so, this is your opportunity to showcase your existing experience in providing expertise in economic development that fosters economic growth and supports community and economic development in Ontario.

As anEconomic and Business Advisor you will be responsible to facilitate the development of economic strategies by conducting economic analysis through consultation with rural communities, Indigenous groups and agri-food companies, groups and other key stakeholders.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

We are committed to build a workforce that reflects the communities we serve and to promote a diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, accessible, merit-based, respectful and equitable workplace.

We invite all interested individuals to apply and encourage applications from people with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, and racialized individuals, as well as people from a diversity of ethnic and cultural origins, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions.

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We offer employment accommodation across the recruitment process and all aspects of employment consistent with the requirements of Ontario's Human Rights Code. Refer to the "How to apply" section if you require a disability-related accommodation.

What can I expect to do in this role?

You will:

• Conduct research, environmental scans, and trends analysis to identify and conceptualize key issues affecting communities and the agri-food sectors and to support Ontario's economy;
• Implement reporting tools that allow for measurement and monitoring of branch initiatives and community economic development outcomes using an evidence-based approach that drives program effectiveness;
• Analyzes and interprets results for the development of recommendations for program and service enhancement;.
• Collaborate with the team to develop recommendations that minimize or alleviate impacts and maximize positive outcomes;
• Prepare or drafts a range of materials;
• Maintain strong internal and external networks to promote information sharing and develop proactive, coordinated approaches to the development of community economic development services and programs.

Note: This position requires frequent travel to remote locations

How do I qualify?


- You must possess oral and written French language skills at the advanced level. Your proficiency level will be confirmed before hire.
- Valid driver's license is required to frequently travel to remote locations

Economic and Business Knowledge:

• You demonstrate knowledge of economic development theories, principles, and methodologies;
• You have knowledge of economic, cost-benefit and financial analysis methods and techniques;
• You can assess the effectiveness of new/changed policies and programs, and to provide recommendations on policy/program proposals.

Planning, Organizational and Project Management Skills:

• You have planning, organization and project management skills to effectively track, monitor and manage project activities, resources and deliverables to meet deadlines and budget requirements.

Technical Knowledge:

• You are familiar with government policy, legislation, and programs to provide information, advice, and consultation to stakeholders;
• You have an understanding of economic development and its impact on international and domestic agri-food sectors, regions, technology and rural communities;
• You understand Indigenous groups development and governance principles.

Research and Analytical Skills

• You have knowledge of performance measurement methods and techniques;
• You demonstrate experience in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and data/information analysis to conduct research and environmental scans;
• You can interpret data/information to identify and evaluate issues and trends impacting the sector;
• You have strong evaluative skills to assess business and community economic development opportunities, interpret economic, geographic, and marketing data/findings.

Communication and Relationship Management Skills:

• You can be clear, concise and use simple language when communicating information verbally and in writing to a wide variety of audiences individually and in groups;
• You can foster and manage relationships with internal staff and external stakeholders;
• You demonstrate political acuity to anticipate and recognize sensitive political situations ensuring that activities do not impact negatively on the ministry or the government;
• You demonstrate teamwork skills to work cooperatively and collaboratively;
• You have effective written skills to prepare analysis and recommendations, briefing and presentation material.

Additional Information:

  • 1 Bilingual Permanent, 59 Ministry Rd, Kemptville, East Region or 95 Dundas St E, Brighton, East Region or 322 Kent St W, Lindsay, East Region
Compensation Group:
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Consulting and Planning
Posted on:
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
  • This ad is also available in French.
  • Less qualified applicants may be considered on an underfill basis.
  • The information that you provide for the purpose of this competition and the results from this competition may be used to fill other positions. These positions may be of various tenures including short-term assignments. Your information and the results from this competition will be retained for the purpose of filling vacancies in accordance with the applicable collective agreement or policy provisions.
  • C-AF-193436/23
Please be advised that the results of this competition may be used to form an eligibility list of qualified candidates to potentially fill future vacancies represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). In accordance with the Collective Agreement, eligibility lists are shared with OPSEU representatives. By applying to this competition, you are providing consent that your name may be shared with OPSEU representatives.
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 15, 2023 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

We thank you for your interest. Only those selected for further screening or an interview will be contacted.

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