Rural Economic Development (RED) Program
For Immediate Release September 7, 2007
McGuinty Government Supports Economic Development Study
Film and Television Production Studio Would Create
Jobs, Investment In Eastern Ontario
LOYALIST TOWNSHIP - The McGuinty government is supporting economic growth in
eastern Ontario by providing funds to develop a master plan for a state-of-the-art
film and television studio, Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture,
Food and Rural Affairs announced today.
"This project would expand tourism in this area and boost the local
economy," said Dombrowsky. "In the long term new jobs could
be created for the community."
The province will contribute $123,000 to help assess the requirements
for Island View Development. This film and television production facility
would include several large free standing stages and a premium resort
with condominiums and a hotel. When completed, the development would create
jobs and boost local tourism.
"We are pleased with the support of the provincial government,"
said Clayton McEwen, reeve of Loyalist Township. "This project will
help us build a major new economic resource in our community."
This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have
achieved results in rural Ontario. Other examples include:
- Recognizing the unique needs of rural schools by increasing funding
by $2,329 per student as of 2007-08
- Providing $472 million in 2007 to rural municipalities through the
Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund
- Launching Employment Ontario, a new integrated training and employment
system that will ensure people in rural areas have better access to
skills training and labour market services tailored to the needs of
rural communities. Employment Ontario provides seamless coordinated
training, apprenticeship and labour market services, bringing together
almost 1200 service providers in all regions of the province.
Today's investment was made through the Rural Economic Development Program,
which invests in community-based projects that support sustainable rural
economies in three priority areas: improved access to health care services,
revitalized communities and downtowns, and enhanced skills training.
Through the RED Program, the province has invested $45.2 million in 140
projects, representing a total investment of $478 million in rural Ontario,
since 2003. The Ontario government and its partners are building strong
rural communities that work better for the people who live in them.
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