Ontario is helping two municipalities in York Region strengthen
their business and agricultural sectors and grow their local economies.
Strong local economies are part of the McGuinty government's plan
to create jobs and opportunities that will boost the province's
"Through investments like this, the McGuinty government
is helping to strengthen the agricultural sector and provide new
business opportunities for our families in Ontario. This project
is encouraging growth and stability in the York Region and will
help boost the local economy."
- Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
"This project will assist our communities in developing
the tools necessary to strengthen the relationship between our
farmers, food producers and businesses. Our support will help
grow existing businesses as well as attract new ventures and opportunities."
- Helena Jaczek, Member of Provincial Parliament for Oak Ridges
"This is great news for our community. If you live, work
or travel through Whitchurch-Stouffville you see our farms and
rural businesses that provide jobs, produce commodities and grow
food. They are a vital part of our local economy. The Business
Retention and Expansion (BR+E) project is a natural follow up
to our original 2007 BR+E to focus on these important sectors.
This project will give us the opportunity to better understand
and strengthen our local businesses."
- Wayne Emmerson, Mayor, Whitchurch Stouffville
"The Township of King is excited to be part of this project
that will strengthen our economic prosperity while preserving
our natural environment. By undertaking this initiative, conversations
with, and actions developed and implemented on behalf of our rural
business stakeholders will contribute to a balanced, sustainable
King for generations to come."
- Steve Pellegrini, Mayor, Township of King
- Ontario has invested more than $167 million in 418 projects
through the Rural Economic Development Program and generated
more than $1.2 billion in new economic activity.
- The agri-food industry contributes more than $33 billion
to the Ontario economy and employs about 700,000 people.