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Marketing Plan To Boost Huntsville Economy

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Marketing Plan To Boost Huntsville Economy

McGuinty Government Helps Make Huntsville a Year-Round Destination

Ontario is helping the Town of Huntsville, the Township of Lake of Bays and the surrounding region develop a marketing strategy to increase tourism and business year-round.

The province is investing $330,000 to help the area find ways to expand the seasonal tourism industry and stimulate economic growth in the off-season. The project will also look at how the area can host new sports and cultural events in the future. There are also plans to create new jobs and provide local youth with work and volunteer opportunities.

The funding is part of the Rural Economic Development Program which invests in community-based projects in three priority areas:

  • Improved access to health care services
  • Revitalized communities and downtowns
  • Enhanced skills training.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested $50 million in 158 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program.

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“I would like to congratulate the Town of Huntsville and the Township of Lake of Bays on receiving this funding. Supporting communities that want to do more for their citizens helps the McGuinty government build a strong rural Ontario.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“The Town of Huntsville welcomes the province as a partner in Marketing Our Communities. This exciting new program brings together all regional partners to focus on promoting Huntsville and Lake of Bays as a destination for sport events and tourism.”

Claude Doughty

Mayor, Town of Huntsville

“We are pleased that partnerships like this one between the Town of Huntsville, the Township of Lake of Bays, and the provincial government, can provide our communities with a chance for revitalization and growth.”

Janet Peake

Mayor, Township of Lake of Bays



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