Business Incubation & Small Business Support
Mary Fragedakis is a strong advocate for small businesses and business incubation programs. As a small business owner before being elected to City Council, Mary has firsthand knowledge into the challenges small businesses and entrepreneurs face. She also knows their importance to our city’s economic prosperity, and Toronto’s social and cultural fabric.
Mary Fragedakis is the City's representative to the Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance. In that role, she realized the need for a new food and beverage business incubation centre in Toronto. She advocated for this and other important food industry initiatives both at City Hall and Queen's Park. She moved a successful motion calling for a new food incubator operation to Toronto, which led to Food Starter.
Food Starter is a non-profit funded by the City and the province with a 20,000 sq. ft. production facility, full-size commercial bakery and a multi-option packaging line. It’s both an incubator and an accelerator, providing consulting services, training and certification.
Employment Support Services
As a member of City's Economic Development Committee, Mary has worked to expand the City's employment support services, especially programs for youth like the Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) and Youth Employment Partnerships (YEP).
Childcare is important for many families and allows many parents, primarily mothers, to pursue employment, education or training opportunities. Mary has consistently supported investing more to improve the supply and affordability of quality childcare in Toronto.