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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.

Projects in eastern Ontario that have recently been approved for funding from the Rural Economic Development program include:

  • The Village of Casselman will receive up to $25,000 to create and implement a marketing and promotion strategy to develop, attract, expand, and retain businesses and investment as well as up to $12,000 to undertake a study leading to a rural economic development plan.  
  • The Nation Municipality will receive up to $43,800 to develop a strategic plan to encourage economic development.
  • Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry County will receive up to $58,500 to build a new interactive website that supports the implementation of their regional marketing plan.
  • The Township of North Glengarry will receive up to $30,000 to design a Community Improvement Plan to strengthen its downtown cores.
  • The Village d'antan franco-ontarien will receive up to $31,100 to update their business and strategic plans.
  • The Glengarry Memorial Hospital will receive up to $49,500 to complete an information communications technology business impact analysis and service availability strategy.
  • The Société de dévelopment communautaire de Prescott et Russell will receive up to $217,500 to stimulate entrepreneurship through education and training.
  • Prescott Business Improvement Area Board of Management will receive up to $10,104 to improve streetscaping and signage for its historic downtown.
  • The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands will receive up to $25,000 to create a comprehensive regional marketing plan for Seeley's Bay.
  • The Town of Laurentian Hills will receive up to $32,640 to conduct an environmental assessment for the Chalk River Business Park.
  • Topsy Farms will receive up to $13,250 to take advantage of expanding market opportunities.
  • Mariposa Dairy Ltd. will receive up to $500,000 for business expansion which, as part of a larger scale expansion, will expand their gross revenue from $10 million per year to $50 million per year. The associated increase in demand for goat's milk is expected to create approximately 150 full-time jobs.
  • The Ottawa Valley's Wesley Clover Foundation will receive up to $149,978 to expand and improve an existing equestrian competition site to meet national and international standards.
  • Fire X Protections (FXP) of Amherstview, Ontario, will receive up to $59,920 to support the commercialization of their unique advanced coating systems.
  • The amalgamated municipalities of Prince Edward County will receive up to $102,550 to create a regional plan for its five distinct commercial downtown cores.
  • The Town of Greater Napanee will receive up to $72,675 to prepare a business plan to implement games mentoring programs with Games Mentoring Institute International (GAMEII). This initiative will grow a diversified and skilled workforce, create jobs and attract investment in the area.   
  • The City of Brockville will receive up to $47,500 to develop a marketing and outreach strategy for the Aquatarium, a 25,000 square foot interactive, learning and discovery centre located on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. The strategy will support the long-term sustainability of the facility, create jobs and support regional economic growth.
  • The Town of Renfrew will receive up to $14,496 to prepare a Community Improvement Plan focused on increasing economic development, tourism, commercial and residential development.
  • Algonquin Gateway Tourist and Business Association will receive up to $5,750 to create a GeoTour and cement their claim as the "Geocoaching Capital of Canada."
  • The Township of Greater Madawaska will receive up to $27,500 to create a community development strategy and plan with a view to future economic growth.
  • The County of Haliburton will receive up to $32,000 to develop a marketing and branding plan to boost tourism and economic development in the area.
  • The Balmoral Hotel will receive up to $105,920 to make improvements to this historic hotel in rural Barry's Bay and increase the area's tourism infrastructure.

For a full list of projects supported by Rural Economic Development program, click here.

Supporting rural communities is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is strengthening Ontario by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $178 million in 549 Rural Economic Development -related projects, generating more than $1.2 billion in local economic activity and creating more than 36,000 jobs.
  • Since the program re-launch in 2013, 150 Rural Economic Development projects were approved with a provincial investment of over $21.8 million, generating over $120 million in new economic activity.
  • Ontario has increased its annual commitment to the Rural Economic Development program by $10 million to $14.5 million to help rural Ontario generate investment and create 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.

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“A strong, prosperous Ontario includes vibrant, economically diverse rural communities. Our commitment to rural Ontario is unwavering. By providing economic development support at both the local and regional level, the Rural Economic Development program will help rural Ontario’s economy, and its communities, grow stronger.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

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