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Supporting Jobs and Growth in Western Ontario

Province Investing in Local Economic Development

Ontario is helping communities in western Ontario boost tourism, attract investment and create jobs.

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

  • Schep's Bakeries Ltd. will receive up to $225,795 to diversify their business by creating unique versions of their corn syrup waffle product, increase production capacity, and improve packaging capabilities to better respond to specific customer requirements.
  • The Municipality of Chatham-Kent will receive up to $49,000 for a new Industrial Community Improvement Plan to address job creation and training.
  • Jaylor Fabricating Inc. will receive up to $10,100 to improve the accuracy and functionality of their Enterprise Resource Planning System, which will support a planned expansion and ongoing staff training. 
  • The Salford Group will receive up to $25,000 to develop a business feasibility study for a proposed expansion of its manufacturing facility in Salford, Ontario. If implemented, the expansion would retain the current 150 production and office positions and add approximately 100 new jobs.
  • Oxford Cattle Company Ltd will receive up to $500,000 to implement a pilot fueling hub that combines selected blends of farm-sourced biomethane with pipeline natural gas. The development of this hub is the critical first step in bringing cleaner, environment friendly, cost effective fuels to rural Ontario businesses.
  • Zantingh Direct Inc. will receive up to $387,112 to create a more biosecure pig assembly site (transfer station) for Canadian pork producers and meat packers.
  • The Town of Hanover will receive up to $200,000 to develop a Youth Activity and Technology Centre to aid its efforts to retain youth and attract new families to rural areas. The Centre will bring together recreation, leisure, technology, arts, leadership, youth engagement including volunteerism, and skills development under one roof. The Town of Hanover will also receive up to $15,000 to develop a Downtown Revitalization Streetscape Plan, laying the foundation for further investment in the town's downtown and increasing its accessibility and functionality.
  • Saugeen First Nation #29 will receive up to $300,000 to repair the unique and historically important Saugeen First Nation Ampitheater. The repair and upgrade work is being done by 10 Saugeen First Nation Members trained in stone masonry for this and other projects.
  • The Paisley Events Association will receive up to $19,600 to support a festival in the summer of 2015 as part of an ongoing long-term strategy to increase tourist attractions for the town of Paisley and boost the local economy. 
  • Scenic Holsteins Ltd. will receive up to $146,260 to support the development of Ontario's first on-farm, artisanal raw milk cheese processing facility. Located on Scenic Farms in the Township of Perth South, this facility will include the integration of state-of-the-art equipment and integrate the transfer of knowledge of Swiss cheese making from a qualified Swiss cheese maker to a local apprentice.
  • Watford Roof Truss Limited, the largest employer in Watford, will receive up to $172,455 to automate one of its existing roof truss lines and increase production capacity. 
  • Ontario Drive & Gear Ltd. will receive up to $229,561 to adopt new technologies will which enable it to take on a 10-year contract with Ford Canada. As a result, the company will hire an additional 8-10 employees.
  • Ferguson-Neudorf Glass Inc. will receive up to $604,451 to expand their manufacturing capacity and develop new markets in the northeastern United States.
  • The Township of Puslinch will receive up to $16,250 to redevelop and enhance its website to encourage economic development.
  • The City of Stratford will receive up to $20,000 to develop a strategic plan to grow its digital media industry.
  • The Town of Aylmer and Township of Malahide will receive up to $25,000 to create a business plan for the East Elgin Community Complex, a jointly owned facility. The business plan will help guide decisions on how to sustain this community hub and reduce municipal subsidies.
  • The Municipality of Central Huron will receive up to $12,500 to create a strategic plan for REACH Huron, a premier equine event and education facility in Southwestern Ontario.
  • The City of Port Colborne will receive up to $30,500 to determine the economic feasibility of expanding the area's rail infrastructure to enhance the port's multi-modal cargo handling capacity.

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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