Supporting Jobs and Growth in Eastern Ontario
Province Investing in Local Economic Development
Ontario is helping communities in eastern Ontario boost tourism, attract investment and create jobs.
The province is providing $125,826 through the Rural Economic Development Program to:
- Develop a revitalization plan for Brighton's downtown that will improve sidewalks and parking, identify new business opportunities and attract new customers.
- Help Carleton Place develop engineering plans to expand Bates Avenue, located near the North Industrial Park, to attract more high-tech companies.
- Help Greater Napanee and the County of Lennox and Addington develop a business and property investment plan that will revitalize the downtown, attract investment and strengthen the local retail sector.
- Help the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley host a business fair that will promote local businesses, provide networking opportunities and attract new customers.
- Develop an economic development plan to help Loyalist Township boost local tourism by targeting new markets, promoting branding opportunities and attracting investment.
- Implement an investment attraction strategy that will help North Grenville attract entrepreneurs, grow local businesses and create jobs.
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.”