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Creating Jobs and Growth in Central Ontario

Province Investing in Local Economic Development

Ministry of Rural Affairs

Ontario is helping communities in central Ontario boost tourism, attract investment and create jobs.

The province is providing $69,695 through the Rural Economic Development Program to:

  • Help Simcoe County undertake a business retention and expansion project that will bolster the local economy, create jobs and address current challenges in South Simcoe
  • Help the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation expand its professional development program to include an online library of training videos, an enhanced event calendar and a mentorship program to promote peer-to-peer networking and business development opportunities

Supporting rural communities is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.

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“To help grow and diversify rural Ontario’s economy, we must continue to provide local communities with business-friendly tools, resources and supports. Through the Rural Economic Development Program, these rural communities will be better positioned to attract investment, create jobs and grow their economies.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Rural Affairs



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