Rural Economic Development (RED) Program

Program Update

Supporting jobs and economic growth in rural Ontario is a key government priority. With the support of the RED program, rural communities are better positioned to create jobs and attract investment. Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $185 million in 598 RED projects, generating more than $1.2 billion in economic activity and creating more than 37,000 jobs.

Earlier this year, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs led a review of the program to ensure that RED was meeting the expectations of businesses, community organizations and rural municipalities. The province will soon be accepting applications under a renewed RED program. The new intake will begin in October 2015.

Rural Economic Development Program Recipients

For more information:
Telephone : 1-877-424-1300
Fax: 1-519-826-4336
Email :

Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 14 May 2008
Last Reviewed: 14 August 2015