McGuinty Government Invests In Northumberland County

Archived Release

McGuinty Government Invests In Northumberland County

Business Retention and Expansion Initiative to Support Local Agriculture BRIGHTON, ON, Sept. 4 - The McGuinty government is investing in an initiative that will enhance and diversify the agri-food sector in Northumberland County, Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland announced today on behalf of Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "Our government recognizes the importance of the agri-food sector in Northumberland County and across Ontario," said Rinaldi. "This important initiative will bolster the economic potential of our local communities and help encourage new investment in the agri-food industry. I am very pleased that the ideas brought forward to me by my Northumberland-Quinte West Agricultural Advisory Committee are becoming a reality." The province will contribute $45,000 to help the County of Northumberland and the Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation create an agricultural strategy including a database that will strengthen the agri-food sector by building relationships with international companies and identify local supply opportunities within existing and emerging markets. In addition, an inventory and assessment of Northumberland County's production capabilities for agri-food and bio-alternative products will be produced and the Northumberland County Economics of Agriculture Study will be expanded and updated to reflect current capabilities. "The support the provincial government has shown for Northumberland will allow us to enhance our understanding of our agri-food sector and give us the tools we need to pursue private sector investment," said Hector MacMillan, warden for the County of Northumberland. "This funding will further strengthen the economic potential of our agriculture and agri-food sectors and our local communities." This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in rural Ontario. Other examples include: - Providing an additional $70 million for the Rural Infrastructure Investment Initiative. This means a total of $140 million will be available for improvements to water systems, roads, bridge and other priorities - Providing $472 million in 2007 to rural municipalities through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund - Recognizing innovation in the province's agriculture sector by creating the five-year, $2.5-million Premier's Awards for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence. In 2007, 55 awards totaling $425,000 were presented at events across the province. Today's investment was made through the Rural Economic Development (RED) Program, which invests in community-based projects that support sustainable rural economies in three priority areas: improved access to health care services, revitalized communities and downtowns, and enhanced skills training. Through the RED Program, the province has invested $45.1 million in 139 projects, representing a total investment of $477.4 million in rural Ontario, since 2003. The Ontario government and its partners are building strong rural communities that work better for the people who live in them. Disponible en français www.ontario.ca/omafra Contact Info For further information: Kelly Synnott, Minister's Office, (416) 326-6439; Brent Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 326-9342 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Kelly Synnott, Minister's Office, (416) 326-6439; Brent Ross, Communications Branch, (416) 326-9342