Supporting Jobs and Growth in Central Ontario
Province Investing in Local Economic Development
Ontario is helping communities in central Ontario boost tourism, attract investment and create jobs.
The Ontario government is providing $230,018 through the Rural Economic Development Program to:
- Help the Town of Caledon conduct a study that will identify new tourism opportunities, improve tourism marketing activities and promote regional partnerships to attract more visitors.
- Support a downtown revitalization project in the Town of Gravenhurst that will attract new businesses, promote a more culturally diverse experience and create jobs.
- Help the Town of Midland develop a downtown master plan that will improve downtown sidewalks, parking and other public infrastructure to help grow local businesses and boost tourism.
- Help the Town of Penetanguishene conduct a hotel feasibility study that will identify ways to boost local tourism, attract investment and grow the local economy.
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.”