Supporting Jobs and Growth in Bruce and Grey Counties
Province Investing in Local Economic Development
Ontario is helping communities in Bruce and Grey Counties boost tourism, attract investment and create jobs.
The province is providing $800,900 through the Rural Economic Development Program to:
- Help Bluewater Wood Alliance better target high-growth export markets by developing a strategic plan to improve operations, develop environmentally-friendly products and incorporate cutting-edge production practices.
- Help Bruce County develop a community revitalization strategy that will attract new business and incorporate leading-edge workforce recruitment practices.
- Develop a marketing campaign to highlight Bruce County and its neighbouring communities as business-friendly premier tourist destinations.
- Help Grey County develop a strategic plan that will identify potential high-growth industries, improve skills training and promote long-term local and regional economic development.
- Create a comprehensive food safety regulation training curriculum for Grey County to make it easier for small- and medium-sized agri-food companies to do business and contribute to the Ontario government's objective to double the sector's growth rate and create 120,000 new jobs by 2020.
- Help the Municipality of South Bruce develop an economic development plan that will assess its business climate, address current challenges, and set goals and priorities to help bolster the local economy.
- Develop guidelines that will boost tourism, attract investment and better market Southampton's downtown heritage sites.
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 $167 million in 468 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.”