Supporting Jobs and Growth in Lanark and Renfrew Counties
Province Investing in Local Economic Development
Ontario is helping communities in Lanark and Renfrew Counties boost tourism, attract investment and create jobs.
The province is providing $105,896 through the Rural Economic Development Program to:
- Help Arnprior study local residents' shopping habits and create an inventory of retail and service-related activities to boost the local retail sector.
- Install new signage in Arnprior that will better promote the municipality and help attract tourists.
- Help Mississippi Mills conduct a heritage study that will help restore historical buildings in downtown Almonte, create new business and employment opportunities, and boost local tourism.
- Hire an entrepreneurship development coordinator to help the Township of Whitewater Region develop new businesses, better co-ordinate local and regional outreach and promote a culture of innovation focused on youth engagement and job creation.
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.”