Rural Economic Development Program

New: As announced in the Ontario Budget 2016, the Rural Economic Development Program will be better integrated with the Jobs and Prosperity Fund in order to improve coordination of regional support programs.

Consequently, the current intake of applications to RED (which opened January 16, 2016) has been suspended and the program will not be accepting any applications until the restructured program is re-launched.

Applicants who made submissions between October 2, 2015 and January 15, 2016 will be notified of decisions when they are finalized.

Q. Why is RED being suspended?

The Ontario government is looking to improve service delivery and coordination of all its regional support programs. The ministry will work with the Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure to ensure that support programs are delivered in the most efficient manner possible to support the agri-food sector and economic growth in rural communities.

Applicants who submitted applications between October 2, 2015 and January 15, 2016 will be notified of decisions when they are finalized.

Q. Will you consider applications that were submitted under the current intake now that it has been suspended?

Any applications submitted under the current intake (which opened January 16, 2016) will not move forward for consideration at this time.

Q. What does the change to regional programs mean?

As announced in the Ontario Budget 2016, the Rural Economic Development Program will be better integrated with the Jobs and Prosperity Fund in order to improve service delivery and coordination of regional support programs.

Rural economic development is a priority for this government and OMAFRA will continue to support rural communities in their development needs. Rural communities and businesses will continue to have access to funds as we move forward with the restructured program.

Q. Is there another program I can apply to?

As announced in the Ontario Budget 2016, the Rural Economic Development Program will be better integrated with the Jobs and Prosperity Fund in order to improve service delivery and coordination of regional support programs.

The Jobs and Prosperity Fund provides grant and loan funding for projects in advanced industries (e.g. information technology, life sciences, advanced manufacturing) and food industries (e.g. food, beverage, and bioproduct processing). For more information on incentives and programs that support Ontario communities and businesses, visit Invest in Ontario.

If you have questions about your application please contact OMAFRA's Agricultural Information Contact Centre by phone 1-877-424-1300 or email us at ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca.

For more information on government programs that support Ontario businesses, visit: Invest in Ontario.


For more information:
Telephone : 1-877-424-1300
Fax: 1-519-826-3398
Email : red@ontario.ca


Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 14 May 2008
Last Reviewed: 11 March 2016