Rural Economic Development (RED) Program
For Immediate Release
December 29, 2005
Ontario Government Supports Prosperity in Northern Communities
Invests In Business Retention And Expansion Project
Queen's Park -- The Ontario government is building stronger communities
by investing in a plan to help businesses thrive, Leona Dombrowsky,
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced today.
"The McGuinty government is committed to investing in prosperity for our
people," said Dombrowsky. "Today's announcement is part
of Ontario's rural plan to build stronger northern communities that
offer their residents a better quality of life."
The government will invest $17,500 to help the Blind River Chamber of Commerce
and its partners create an economic development plan. The plan will
identify and address issues faced by local businesses, and improve
local training opportunities for youth.
"This announcement is good news for Blind River, and good news for Northern
Ontario," said David Ramsay, Minister of Natural Resources. "Helping
businesses succeed is a crucial part of the McGuinty government's
commitment to Northern Ontario, and today's announcement reflects
"We are pleased that the Ontario government has chosen to support this project,"
said Wilma Bissiallon, co-president, Blind River Chamber of Commerce.
"The economic development plan will help our community to participate
alongside larger northern cities in building a stronger economy for
Today's investment was made through the Rural Economic Development (RED) program,
which invests in projects that support sustainable rural economies
and community partnerships, and is a key part of the government's
plan for rural Ontario. The rural plan provides a coordinated framework
across government to build on rural Ontario's strengths -- committed
people, diverse economic opportunities, unrivalled resources and a
solid sense of community.
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