Creating Jobs and Growth in Southwestern Ontario
Province Investing in Local Economic Development
Ontario is helping communities in southwestern Ontario boost tourism, attract investment and create jobs.
The province is providing $438,864 through the Rural Economic Development Program to help:
- The Municipality of Bayham create an economic development plan to retain young talent, transition towards a knowledge-based economy and attract investment
- Caledonia better target tourist markets by developing a smartphone app that will strengthen its web presence and better market the community and its local businesses through a comprehensive, consumer-focused business directory
- The Elgin Military Museum attract more visitors by incorporating an online booking system to reduce wait times and providing self-guided audio tours
- The Town of Minto develop a creative industry incubator that will provide mentorship and training opportunities for local artists and entrepreneurs, create innovative small businesses and attract investment
- Hensall District Cooperative transition from manual-based production to a fully automated, modernized production system to meet the global market's growing demand for beans, soybeans and other plant-based proteins
- Warner Transport convert a lumber storage facility in Lambton County into a first-of-its-kind bio-secure livestock truck wash facility that will improve livestock disease prevention and control and promote the sharing of best practices in southwestern Ontario
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.
- Since 2003, the province has invested more than $168 million in 482 Rural Economic Development Program projects, generating more than $1.2 billion in local economic activity and creating more than 35,000 jobs.
- The government is also supporting regional economic development through programs such as the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.
“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.”