Rural Economic Development Program
Supporting Our Rural Communities

Guidelines - V.21 - July 2017

Applicants are required to read these guidelines before completing an application form. Applications are subject to these guidelines.

The Rural Economic Development Program is a discretionary, non-entitlement program (OIC 201/2011).

These guidelines are subject to change from time to time without notice. Consult our website at ontario.ca/REDprogram for the most up-to-date information on the Rural Economic Development Program, or contact us by phone, toll free, at 1-877-424-1300 or by email at RED@ontario.ca.

Table of Contents

  1. The Rural Economic Development Program
  2. Before You Start - Important Information
  3. Who Can Apply
  4. Project Types
  5. Cost-Share Funding
  6. Project Activity Costs
  7. Submitting An Application
  8. Assessment Process
  9. Requirements Of Successful Applicants
  10. Confidentiality
  11. Appendix A: Detailed Information on Application Assessment
  12. Contact Information

The Rural Economic Development Program - Supporting our Rural Communities

Ontario's Rural Economic Development (RED) program helps rural communities remove barriers to community economic development.

The RED program supports the government's plan to create jobs, grow the economy, and help people in their everyday lives by:

  • Helping remove barriers to economic development for rural communities, Indigenous communities and organizations, and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Helping rural communities identify their economic strengths and develop strategies to attract business and investment which will help to retain and create jobs.
  • Helping rural communities and partners to be in a more competitive economic position so that they can diversify and grow their local economies - making economic growth more inclusive so that Ontario's growing economy delivers real benefits to rural Ontario.

Additional information on the RED program and application are available on our website at ontario.ca/REDprogram.

Before You Start - Important Information

The Ontario government supports rural communities by delivering on its commitment to create jobs, make economic growth more inclusive and ensure Ontario's growing economy delivers real benefits in the lives of workers and families.

The RED program is results-oriented

The RED program provides cost-share funding for projects that help rural communities, Indigenous communities and organizations, regions and not-for-profit organizations work towards achieving one or more of the following program outcomes:

  • increased ability to undertake evidence-based planning to identify priorities and measure economic performance
  • collaboration for economic growth
  • increased economic competitiveness and diversity (i.e., attraction, retention and expansion of businesses)
  • innovative communities
  • expansion of markets
  • creation and/or retention of jobs
  • attraction, development or retention of a highly skilled workforce

1 Government priorities as established in the Speech from the Throne and/or through mandate letters to individual ministers.

It's a competitive process

Additional support documentation should be included, where relevant or required, in order to strengthen the application. For example, research, studies, reports and previous planning or consultation exercises supporting the need for the project should accompany the application.

Please note Government of Ontario employees will not provide letters of support for any application.

RED strengthens rural Ontario

The project must take place in rural Ontario or demonstrate benefits to rural Ontario.


For the purposes of the RED program, rural Ontario means all Statistics Canada's census subdivisions (including lower-tier and single-tier municipalities) that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • have a population of less than 100,000 people
  • have a population density of 100 people/km2 or less

View the Rural Economic Development (RED) program Rural and Urban Areas map.


Who Can Apply

In order to be eligible to apply applicant(s) must:
  • be one of:
    • a legal entity that is a Not-for-Profit*
    • a Municipality**
    • a Local Services Board***; or
    • an Ontario Indigenous community or organization****
  • have the authority to enter into a legal agreement; and
  • be in compliance with all requirements of law and agree to remain in compliance for the term of the Contribution Agreement (if the project is approved)

*A Not-for-profit is an entity that is a:

  • registered charity as defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada) and is in good standing with the Canada Revenue Agency; or
  • corporation incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation or similar entity under an act of Canada or a province or territory of Canada and is in good standing under the act.

**A Municipality is a geographic area whose inhabitants are incorporated as described in the Municipal Act, 2001.

***A Local Services Board means a Local Services Board established under the Northern Services Boards Act, 1990.

**** An Ontario Indigenous community or organization is a First Nation community in Ontario; Métis community in Ontario; Political Territorial Organizations in Ontario; Tribal Councils in Ontario; or Métis organizations in Ontario that apply on behalf of and with the support of the communities they represent, and that have a substantiated record of representing those communities.

Under the RED program, all successful applicants that enter into a Contribution Agreement with the Province of Ontario will have joint and several liability for any project that is funded.

Co-applicants

Co-applicants are not required but are encouraged. They must meet the same criteria and assume the same responsibility for the project.


Organizations wishing to contract with the applicants to provide goods and services or donations to support the project should not apply as applicants or co-applicants.


Ineligible applicants

  • Businesses
  • Research institutions or organizations whose core business or primary activity is in the area of research and development

Project Types

A project is defined as one set of activities undertaken to achieve a specific outcome.

The RED program supports planning and implementation projects. While a project may fit into more than one of the categories listed below, the applicant must choose one category that best suits the project.

Planning
  1. Plans and strategies
  2. Applied research and analysis to support planning and priority setting
Implementation
  1. Sector development and economic diversification
  2. Marketing, promotional and branding activities
  3. Workforce attraction, retention and development

Planning

Planning projects help rural communities, Indigenous communities and organizations, regions and not-for-profit organizations build a foundation for economic growth. They also encourage and engage local leadership, increase collaboration and build capacity for evidence-based economic development. Planning projects may include research and analysis to identify gaps, opportunities and priorities related to economic development.

See below for examples of eligible projects under planning.

1. Plans and strategies
  • Economic development strategic plan
  • Business retention and expansion plan
  • Downtown revitalization plan
  • Workforce plan
  • Community improvement plan
  • Performance measurement plan
2. Applied research and analysis to support planning and priority setting
  • Sector or economic analysis
  • Collaborative research studies or evaluations
  • Feasibility studies
  • Market research
  • Marketing strategies

Implementation

Implementation projects help rural communities, Indigenous communities and organizations, regions and not-for-profit organizations contribute to economic competitiveness. Projects should be identified as a priority as a result of a planning process, and have a detailed implementation plan.

See below for examples of eligible projects under implementation.

3. Sector Development and Economic Diversification
  • Business mentoring or training
  • Regional business database
  • Sharing best practices
  • Incubator or business accelerators
  • Building collaboration and integration along the value chain or cluster
  • Rehabilitation of cultural, heritage or tourism attractions
4. Marketing, Promotional or Branding Activities
  • Website development or enhancements
  • Branding strategies
  • Promotion, marketing and outreach
5. Workforce Attraction, Retention and Development
  • Targeted workforce development
  • Leadership development
  • Mentorship
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Industry or sector training

Ineligible projects

  • Projects that directly influence or lobby any level of government
  • Projects where the expected benefits primarily accrue to a business
  • Academic research
  • Infrastructure or capital projects (e.g., new building construction,water/wastewater treatment facilities)
  • Retail or commercial developments
  • Projects designed to improve community aesthetics and functionality
  • Projects whose sole purpose is compliance with current Requirements of Law that pertain to the current operations of the applicant
  • Projects receiving other provincial funding

Cost-Share Funding

RED program projects are cost-shared. The Province of Ontario may provide up to 50 per cent of the eligible project cost, up to $100,000 in provincial funding. However, if an applicant clearly demonstrates exceptional circumstances, the province may consider a higher cost-share or amount of funding. Please see below for details.

All applicants are required to demonstrate capacity to successfully deliver the project

Cost-share funding for all projects will be based on the eligible costs outlined in the application. Funding may be provided at the amount or percentage requested, at a reduced amount or percentage depending on funding availability and project assessment, or not at all. If approved, the project's maximum eligible costs cannot be increased. The timeframe of the project cannot be extended without written Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) approval, and such approval may not be forthcoming.

In instances where the applicant can demonstrate significant economic development benefits of the project (i.e. exceptional circumstances), the province may provide:

  1. Provincial funding greater than $100,000, to a maximum of 50 per cent of the total eligible project costs; or
  2. Up to 90 per cent of the total eligible project cost, to a maximum of $100,000 in provincial funding.

Note that requesting both a higher cost share and amount of funding is not an option.

The applicant must clearly demonstrate exceptional circumstances and economic development benefit, which will be considered within the overall context of the business case described within the application.

The following will be considered:

  • strong alignment to program outcomes (i.e., alignment with more than three program outcomes)
  • long-term sustainability of the project (i.e., outcomes will continue beyond the life of project)
  • collaboration
  • reach of projects (i.e., regional in nature, span more than one community)
  • multi-year initiative
  • demonstrated linkages to other provincial priorities
  • project demonstrates innovation (i.e., not widely adopted or new to the province)

Funding sources for the project

Funding from federal government programs can be used toward project costs, assuming it is permitted under applicable federal programs. Combined federal and provincial funding cannot exceed 90 per cent of the project's eligible cost. The applicant(s) must declare all sources of funds at the time of the application. Failure to disclose all funding or possible funding sources may result in the termination of the application or Contribution Agreement.

Projects receiving other provincial funding are not eligible to apply for or receive funding under the RED program. Provincial funding includes but is not limited to funds administered by:

  • provincial ministries
  • Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
  • The Greenbelt Fund
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation

The lead applicant will be responsible for working with OMAFRA and will receive all payments.

Multi-year projects

Multi-year funding of projects is possible. The project budget must clearly forecast the eligible cost and activities in the application for each year of the project. If approved, annual allocations are to be claimed for completed work. This information will become the basis for the respective expenditure schedule of the Contribution Agreement. The application for a multi-year project must be made no more than one year before the project outcomes can be demonstrated.

Final project completion dates

All approved RED program projects must be completed within the timelines identified in the Contribution Agreement.

Project Activity Costs

The project budget should be organized by phase or major components, which should also be identified in the project description.

Activity costs should be broken down into eligible, ineligible and in-kind cost categories. It is important to indicate when the costs are expected to be incurred. Total eligible costs must be broken down by quarter, and should align with the timelines outlined in the project budget.

Eligible costs

Eligible costs are costs directly attributable to the approved project, incurred in the province of Ontario and paid by the applicant to an arm's-length third party2.

Costs are only eligible if they are incurred by the applicant after the project has been approved by OMAFRA and prior to the project completion date, as identified in the Contribution Agreement.

When incurring costs, applicants must follow a process that is transparent, fair and promotes the best value for money expended. When purchasing goods and services for the project, prices must be competitive and no greater than the fair market value. All businesses from which goods or services are purchased must be an arm's-length third party to the applicant.

Eligible costs include:

  • project management, including:
    • consultant's fees
    • project-related professional fees (e.g. legal, architectural and accounting fees)
    • project evaluation
  • minor capital, including:
    • subcontractor's fees
    • equipment (e.g., plumbing, electrical) and structural modifications to accommodate the installation of equipment within an existing building
    • renovations and retrofits to existing structures (e.g., materials or supplies and labour to renovate an existing space)
  • training
  • marketing or promotion-related costs
  • travel costs in Canada and the continental United States associated with a specific public-facing event or series of events, public-facing hospitality costs directly related to the project, subject to provincial directives (including but not limited to the current Ontario Public Sector Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive).
  • studies
  • administrative costs directly related to project implementation (e.g., third-party expenses for printing or other administration)
  • wages for new hires to work 100 percent on project-related activities.

2An entity is considered arm's-length third party if they are not related, as set out in section 251 of the Income Tax Act.

Ineligible costs

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:

  • any cost not specifically required for the execution of a project
  • costs incurred prior to the approved project start date or after the project completion date set out in the Contribution Agreement
  • costs incurred in preparing an application
  • normal operating costs such as salaries and benefits for non-contract staff (i.e., full-time and part-time staff), office space, equipment and machinery, utilities, phone, materials, labour, board, committee and annual meetings
  • deposits (prepayments), on their own, are not eligible for reimbursement as they are not an expense in the applicant's financial records as the goods/services have yet to be fully received
  • direct wage subsidies for existing staff or any other staff who is not 100 per cent dedicated to the activities required to complete the project
  • costs to achieve compliance with current Requirements of Law where the current operations of the applicant are not in compliance
  • financing charges, loan interest payments, bank fees, and charges as well as debt restructuring or fundraising
  • major capital costs, including:
    • new construction of buildings, structures (moveable and non-moveable) and other major infrastructure
    • additions to buildings, teardowns or rebuilds
    • purchase or lease of land, buildings and facilities
    • power lines, plumbing, telecommunications/broadband lines or equipment, water lines outside of the building
    • community aesthetics and functionality (e.g. streetscaping, green space development, murals, street lights, paved surfaces, tree islands)
  • in-kind contributions (see below for more details)

  • costs of vehicles, transportation equipment, material handling equipment (powered and unpowered), and agriculture, construction, mining machinery (e.g. farm equipment)
  • taxes, including Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)
  • any refund or rebate received, or which the applicant is eligible to receive
  • cost of alcohol, international travel (outside of Canada and the continental United States), per diems, gifts or incentives
  • costs of permits and approvals
  • costs of academic research
  • costs related to activities that directly influence or lobby any level of government
  • sponsorship of conferences and events
  • honorariums, membership costs

In-kind contributions

An in-kind contribution is identified as goods and services that are contributed to a project by the applicant and co-applicants (e.g., staff time, use of space or equipment).

In-kind contributions are not eligible for cost-share funding or reimbursement; however, they can be documented to demonstrate a commitment to the project on the part of applicants and project supporters.

Submitting an Application

Complete applications, including letters of support and all corresponding documentation, can be submitted via one of the following options:

  • Email: RED@ontario.ca
    • Do not send files greater than 10 MB
    • Do not include live links within PDFs
  • Fax: 519-826-3398, addressed to the Rural Economic Development Program
  • Mail:
    Rural Economic Development Program
    Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
    1 Stone Road West, 4th Floor NW
    Guelph, Ontario N1G 4Y2

Only applications with full and complete information will be assessed.

Applicants will receive confirmation with an application number within five business days of the receipt of application. If you do not receive confirmation, please call the Agriculture Information Contact Centre at 1-877-424-1300.

Application intakes:

Intake dates and times can be found on our website at ontario.ca/REDprogram.

Notification of applicants

Applicants will be notified as funding decisions are reached, usually within four months from the posted intake closure date; however, timing may vary.

Successful applicants must enter into a Contribution Agreement with the Province of Ontario prior to receiving funds. No funding commitment is final until a Contribution Agreement has been fully executed. Refer to "Requirements of Successful Applicants" section.

Assessment Process

Once the application is submitted and the intake period closes, eligible applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • basic eligibility criteria
  • completed project application
  • demonstrated benefit to rural Ontario
  • demonstrated alignment with one of the RED program's project categories
  • demonstrated alignment with the RED program's outcomes
  • applicant's financial contribution to the project
  • reasonable and eligible project costs
  • demonstrated financial capacity to cash flow project expenses
  • demonstrated project management experience, resources and skills necessary to carry out the project
  • sustainability beyond the project timelines
  • demonstrated need, issue or opportunity
  • use of leading practices or innovation
  • degree of collaboration

The Rural Economic Development Advisory Panel will review applications on an individual basis and recommend projects to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for approval. The panel has wide representation and its members have expertise in rural economic development and agri-food sectors.

Projects requesting more than $100,000 in provincial funding or greater than 50 per cent provincial cost share (both instances of exceptional circumstances) will be subject to additional review. These projects will be pre-reviewed by a committee of senior ministry officials who will provide recommendations to the Rural Economic Development Advisory Panel.

Requirements of Successful Applicants

Applicants and co-applicants (if applicable) for approved projects are required to sign a Contribution Agreement with the Province of Ontario. In the event of conflict between the guidelines, the application and the Contribution Agreement, the Contribution Agreement will supersede and prevail.

All parties signing agreements with the Province of Ontario are required to have comprehensive general liability insurance with coverage for at least $2 million per occurrence for the term of the Contribution Agreement. This insurance must show the Province (Her Majesty the Queen in right of Ontario) as an additional insured party on the policy, provide a right of "first call" over other persons and contain the endorsements specified by the Contribution Agreement. This is required throughout the term of the Contribution Agreement. A Certificate of Insurance must be submitted to OMAFRA prior to signing the Contribution Agreement.

The legal entity or entities signing the Contribution Agreement must also provide the appropriate documents indicating they have the authority to be bound. For example, municipalities and Indigenous communities can submit a municipal by-law or Band Council Resolution authorizing the municipality or the band to enter into the Contribution Agreement with the Province of Ontario. Moreover, incorporated entities must provide proof of current status and constituting documents which state the full and proper name of the organization as well as the authorized signatories.

The ministry will monitor the progress of the project as outlined in the Contribution Agreement. Progress reports are due with each claim submission.

The ministry may contact the applicant during or after the term of the Contribution Agreement to request further information about the outcomes of the project for the purposes of evaluation.

OMAFRA reserves the right to publish information about successful projects. The ministry must be given notice (10 business days) of any communications activities related to an approved project undertaken by the successful applicant.

Claim information

Each eligible cost must be claimed by May 31 following the end of the fiscal year in which it was incurred and paid. If funds are not spent within the corresponding fiscal year set out in the expenditure forecast of the respective schedule of the Contribution Agreement, funding may not be available in the following years. Failure to complete the project as contracted (i.e., approved budget, expenditure forecast and timeline) may jeopardize funding and/or result in the applicant repaying any and all funds received plus interest as well as any and all costs incurred by the province in recovering such funds.

Successful applicants must submit claim(s) and progress reports with supporting documentation, including paid invoices. Submissions can be made as often as the applicant wishes to, a minimum of once per fiscal year. Payment will not be made for less than $200 unless it is the final payment to close a completed project. In the case of a project with co-applicants, all payments will be made to the lead applicant.

To be deemed eligible for reimbursement, the eligible expenses must be incurred and recorded within the period specified by program rules/guidelines or in the applicant's Contribution Agreement.

There will be a 10 per cent holdback of reimbursement until a final report for the project is received and accepted by OMAFRA. The final report must include certification that the project has been completed within the project timelines stated in the Contribution Agreement between the applicant and Province of Ontario, and fulfill all other requirements stated in the Contribution Agreement.

Confidentiality

Application forms and supporting material, claims and reports submitted to the Province of Ontario are subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1990. Any information intended to be submitted in confidence should be clearly marked "confidential" by the applicant.

Appendix - Detailed Information on Application Assessment

Stage 1: Initial Screening

Projects must meet the following criteria to move on to Stage 2.

Eligibility Criteria Meets program criteria Does not meet
program criteria

Application meets the following basic requirements:

  • Each applicant meets the eligibility requirements of the program
  • Each applicant has the authority to enter into the Contribution Agreement
  • Each applicant is in compliance with all Requirements of Law
  • Project has no other provincial government funding

Meets all of the application eligibility criteria

Does not meet one or more of the application eligibility criteria

Benefits Accrue to Rural Areas

Provides evidence that the project benefits accrue to rural Ontario as defined below:

  • Project takes place in rural Ontario

or

  • Project benefits rural Ontario

Note: For the purposes of the RED program, rural Ontario means all Statistics Canada's census subdivisions (including lower tier and single tier municipalities) that meet at least one of the following criteria, as per the latest Census of Population:

  • Have a population of less than 100,000 people
  • Have a population density of 100 people/km2 or less

Project takes place in rural Ontario

or

Project demonstrates benefits to rural Ontario

Project does not take place in rural Ontario

or

Project does not demonstrate benefits to rural Ontario

Stage 2: Assessment of Project Benefits and Outcomes

These assessment criteria apply to all projects.

Assessment Criteria High Assessment Ranking Medium Assessment Ranking Low Assessment Ranking

Benefits to Rural Areas

Provides evidence that the project benefits accrue to rural Ontario

Project takes place in rural Ontario and provides qualified benefits to rural Ontario

Project does not take place in rural Ontario but provides qualified benefits to rural Ontario

Minimal benefits to rural Ontario

Project Management (including resources, skills, and timelines)

Applicant(s) demonstrate relevant experience and skills to successfully implement the project (e.g., two or more projects of at least a similar scope or scale)

Implementation projects only - applicant(s) have a detailed plan for the implementation of their project (e.g., activities, timeline and costs)

Applicant(s) demonstrate some relevant experience and skills to successfully implement the project (e.g., one project of similar scope or scale or two or more projects of smaller scope or scale)

Implementation projects only - applicant(s) have a high-level plan for the implementation of their project (e.g., activities, timeline and costs)

Applicant(s) demonstrate limited experience and skills with project implementation and management

Implementation projects only - applicant(s) do not have a clear plan for the implementation of their project (e.g., activities, timeline and costs)

RED Program Outcomes

Provides evidence of the alignment with the RED program outcomes:

  • Increased ability to undertake evidence- based planning to identify priorities and measure economic performance
  • Collaboration for economic growth
  • Increased economic competitiveness and diversity (e.g., attraction, retention and expansion of businesses)
  • Innovative communities
  • Expansion of markets
  • Creation and/or retention of jobs
  • Attraction, development or retention of highly skilled and knowledgeable workforce
  • Support for provincial government priorities

Application demonstrates project alignment with three or more RED program outcomes

Application demonstrates project alignment with at least two of the RED program outcomes

Application demonstrates project alignment with at least one of the RED program outcomes

Collaboration

Entities that span more than one municipality or sector (value chain) are committed to support the project financially or in-kind

or

Multiple community or sector-based entities who are committed to support the project financially or in-kind

Support of entities beyond the applicant(s) is demonstrated but support is limited to the intent of the project only

Limited or no support for the project beyond the applicant(s)

Improving Regional or Sector Economic Competitiveness

  • Addressing barriers within the sector (value chain) or regional economy
  • Providing a competitive advantage to the sector or regional economy
  • Anchoring additional activities within the region
  • Supporting economic priorities for the region

Project will have a significant impact on the sector or regional economy

Project will have a moderate impact on the sector or regional economy

Project will have minimal impact on the sector or regional economy

Sustainability

Application clearly demonstrates how project outcomes will continue to contribute to longer-term economic development outcomes after RED program funding ends

Project outcomes have the potential to continue to contribute to longer-term economic development outcomes after RED program funding ends. However, the application does not clearly demonstrate how this will be achieved

Project is a one-time activity or event having no contribution to longer-term economic development outcomes

Leading Practices and Innovation

Leading practices refers to processes established in OMAFRA's economic development program processes (e.g. BR+E, downtown revitalization). Projects should align with the overall strategic process outlined in an OMAFRA program

Innovation is defined as the application of new ideas, leading-edge process, services or methods of delivery to solve problems, address challenges and take advantage of new opportunities.

Leading Practices (planning only)

Project has clear alignment with OMAFRA economic development program processes

or

Innovation

Project is new to the province or sector (value chain); the innovation is not generally available or widely adopted

Leading Practices (planning only)

Project has some alignment with OMAFRA economic development program processes

or

Innovation

Project is new for the region but may be used in another sector or area

Leading Practices (planning only)

Project has no alignment with OMAFRA economic development program processes

or

Innovation

Project is new to community but currently in use in other parts of the province or by many others

Financial Capacity

All applicants, except for a Municipality3 are required to provide financial information that demonstrates capacity to implement the project. Information which may be accepted to demonstrate financial capacity includes:

  • Three years of financial records supplied that indicate each applicant has the financial ability to cash flow the project without difficulty or has a secure source of funding

or

  • A letter from applicant's financial institution confirming financial capacity to cash flow the project in its entirety
Analysis indicates that financial capacity to implement the project is high Analysis indicates that financial capacity to implement the project is sufficient Analysis indicates that financial capacity to implement the project is low
Project Costs Costs are eligible, appear reasonable, well documented, and supported (e.g., with quotes or proposals) Costs are eligible and appear reasonable; supported by some documentation Some or all costs do not appear reasonable; no support documentation provided
Financial Contribution Financial commitment of applicant(s) to the project is equal to or greater than 50 per cent Financial commitment of applicant(s) to the project is equal to or greater than 30 percent, but less than 50 per cent Financial commitment of applicant(s) to the project is less than 30 per cent

3 A Municipality is a geographic area whose inhabitants are incorporated as defined described in the Municipal Act, 2001.

Final check before submitting an application

Only applications with full and complete information will be assessed.

A full and complete submission includes the following:

  • A completed RED program application
  • All applicants, except for a Municipality (a Municipality is a geographic area whose inhabitants are incorporated as defined/described in the Municipal Act, 2001), are required to provide financial information that demonstrates capacity to implement the project. Information which may be acceptable to demonstrate capacity includes:
    • Three years of financial records supplies that indicate each applicant has the financial ability to cash flow the project without difficulty or have a secure source of funding, or
    • A letter from the applicant's financial institution confirming financial capacity to cash flow the project in its entirety.
  • All applicants, except for a Municipality, are required to provide constituting documents (e.g., articles of incorporation) or other similar evidence of legal status.
  • Letters from stakeholders indicating their support for the project, including any contributions to the project if applicable, dated no earlier than six months prior to the close of intake
  • Quotes obtained to support the project budget, such as an estimate provided by a vendor for the cost of services
  • Any other documentation that supports the project (e.g., plans, feasibility studies)

Contact Information

Agricultural Information Contact Centre: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: RED@ontario.ca
Fax: 519-826-3398
www.ontario.ca/REDprogram



Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 23 January 2017
Last Reviewed: 31 July 2017