Ontario Newsroom

Supporting Jobs and Growth in Central Ontario

Archived Bulletin

Supporting 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 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.

Quick Facts

Additional Resources


“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



Business and Economy Jobs and Employment Rural and North