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Revitalizing the Historic Wellesley Mill

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Revitalizing the Historic Wellesley Mill

McGuinty Government Helping Promote Local Foods and Renewable Energy

The Village of Wellesley is taking the first steps towards determining if the Wellesley Mill can be turned into a local organic foods hub, a centre for renewable energy innovations, and a training facility for green energy skills development.

Through the Rural Economic Development Program, Ontario is helping the Village of Wellesley to:

  • plan for renovations of the historic mill in the centre of the village to become a zero  emissions demonstration facility
  • create opportunities for local growers and consumers to do business
  • offer tours to showcase sustainable developments
  • establish a training facility in the rapidly growing renewable energy sector
  • strengthen the local economy
  • create opportunities for new jobs.

Quick Facts

  • Shanco Holdings, the Local Organic Fair Trade Market Co-operative (LOFTmarket) and the Local Initiative for Future Energy Co-operative (LIFE Co-op) are receiving up to $9,500 through the Rural Economic Development Program.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested $81.5 million in 248 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program.

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“Today, the Village of Wellesley is moving forward with its plan to turn the historic Wellesley Mill into a centre of innovation in green energy and organic foods. The McGuinty government is proud to support initiatives towards a stronger, greener economy.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“Support from the province is essential to the success of this feasibility study, moving us even closer to our goal of renovating this historic building.”

Dennis Shantz

Director, Shanco Holdings

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