Strong rural communities need up-to-date, well-maintained roads, bridges and water
systems. They need hospitals and schools. They need to be able to offer a range
of well-paying jobs. And, they need a skilled labour force to fill those jobs.
The Ontario Government works with federal and municipal governments, rural
residents, businesses, and organizations to share the costs of building stronger
Rural communities in Ontario can take advantage of four
Economic Development Program (RED) helps communities find new ways
to grow stronger and diversify their economies.
Small Town and Rural Development Infrastructure Initiative (OSTAR) helps
to improve infrastructure, such as roads and water systems, in small towns and
agricultural areas. It also helps make the local economy more active. OSTAR is
part of the
Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program (COIP).
Partnerships Program helps larger rural municipalities find new ways
to solve problems and pay for improvements. This initiative is also part of the
Infrastructure Program (COIP).
Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF) helps small towns and
rural communities fix local roads, repair bridges, and upgrade water and sewage
It takes more than money
is important. So is finding new and better ways for businesses and municipal governments
to work together. It's also important for local youth to gain meaningful work
experience where they live. The key is to make the most of what your community
has to offer residents, businesses and visitors.
For more information:
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