Rural Economic Development Program Recipients

Ontario's Rural Economic Development (RED) program is helping rural Ontario generate investment and create jobs. Supporting rural communities is part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

The following projects are being supported through the RED program:

| East | Central | West | Northeast | Northwest |

East

Haliburton County

The Township of Minden Hills will receive up to $21,975 to undertake a plan for developing and marketing trails and parks in the area. Minden Hills will collaborate with neighbouring communities and Haliburton County to brand and market Haliburton Highlands as a destination for nature-based experiences. The project aims to promote economic growth through the attraction of tourists and new residents with interests in the natural environment.

Haliburton County

Algonquin Gateway Tourist and Business Association will receive up to $5,750 to create a GeoTour and cement their claim as the "Geocoaching Capital of Canada."

Haliburton County

The County of Haliburton will receive up to $32,000 to develop a marketing and branding plan to boost tourism and economic development in the area.

Hastings County

The Municipality of Hastings Highlands will receive up to $30,000 to write a business retention and expansion plan. This plan will inform an economic development plan that will respond to the major infrastructure changes experienced in the past several years. This evidence-based planning will support future communication and economic development activities. The project is expected to create one part-time job.

Hastings County

The North Hastings Economic Development Committee will receive up to $24,500 to hire a part-time project coordinator and a part-time project oversight and training supervisor to increase the use of their branding and review existing studies to identify gaps and opportunities to develop a targeted marketing campaign for the region. This project is aimed at creating a stronger local economy to attract new residents, particularly young families, and new investment to generate jobs and provide opportunities for entrepreneurship. The project expects to create three temporary jobs.

Hastings County

The City of Belleville will receive up to $40,000 for their Belleville Downtown Improvement Association to complete a Business Retention and Expansion project to identify business opportunities and action plans for the future health and growth of downtown Belleville.

Hastings County

The Quinte Economic Development Commission will receive up to $414,000 to sustain and grow the local manufacturing sector.

City of Kawartha Lakes

The City of Kawartha Lakes will receive up to $145,000 to develop the Water Innovation Center in the City of Kawartha Lakes, positioning the city as a water innovation leader and promoting regional business growth.

City of Kawartha Lakes

The City of Kawartha Lakes will receive up to $245,000 to hire a Downtown Revitalization Coordinator for a 20-year project to build economic development capacity in the communities of Fenelon Falls, Omemee, Lindsay and Coboconk/Norland.

Kawartha Lakes County

The Kawartha Region Conservation Authority will receive up to $25,000 to develop a social marketing program on best practices for maintaining a healthy lake environment. The program is targeted to landowners in the City of Kawartha Lakes. The lakes are a key economic driver for the region as a destination of choice for recreational activities such as fishing, swimming and boating. Maintaining property values and attracting tourists are important factors in sustaining the local economy that relies heavily on the surrounding natural environment. The project aims to create three temporary jobs.

Kawartha Lakes County

Mariposa Dairy Ltd. will receive up to $500,000 for business expansion which, as part of a larger scale expansion, will expand their gross revenue from $10 million per year to $50 million per year. The associated increase in demand for goat's milk is expected to create approximately 150 full-time jobs.

Lanark County

The Town of Mississippi Mills will receive up to $22,079 for a Heritage Conservation District Study and Plan to develop the Alomonte downtown district.

Lanark County

The Town of Carleton Place will receive up to $27,500 for a two-phase project to design and develop infrastructure and servicing to extend its business park area.

Leeds & Grenville County

The Township of Rideau Lakes will receive up to $12,500 to begin a comprehensive servicing options study to lay the groundwork for long-term diversification and growth in the area. The community now has private on-site water and septic services that create difficulties for economic development and long-term viability. The study will investigate the economic, technical and regulatory landscape related to servicing in rural areas.

Leeds & Grenville County

The City of Brockville will receive up to $47,500 to develop a marketing and outreach strategy for the Aquatarium, a 25,000 square foot interactive, learning and discovery centre located on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. The strategy will support the long-term sustainability of the facility, create jobs and support regional economic growth.

Leeds & Grenville County

The Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley will receive up to $2,100 to host a Business Fair to promote local businesses, attract new customers and enhance networking opportunities.

Leeds & Grenville County

The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands will receive up to $25,000 to create a comprehensive regional marketing plan for Seeley's Bay.

Leeds & Grenville County

The Municipality of North Grenville will receive up to $32,301 for a project to attract new investment and entrepreneurs to the region.

Leeds & Grenville County

Prescott Business Improvement Area Board of Management will receive up to $10,104 to improve streetscaping and signage for its historic downtown.

Lennox & Addington County

Fire X Protections (FXP) of Amherstview, Ontario, will receive up to $59,920 to support the commercialization of their unique advanced coating systems.

Lennox & Addington County

 

The Town of Greater Napanee will receive up to $72,675 to prepare a business plan to implement games mentoring programs with Games Mentoring Institute International (GAMEII). This initiative will grow a diversified and skilled workforce, create jobs and attract investment in the area.

Lennox & Addington County

Loyalist Township will receive up to $10,000 to establish an economic development vision.

Lennox & Addington County

The Town of Greater Napanee and the County of Lennox and Addington will receive up to $29,000 to develop a business and property investment plan to revitalize its downtown district's infrastructure, attract investment and diversify its workforce.

Lennox & Addington County

Topsy Farms will receive up to $13,250 to take advantage of expanding market opportunities.

Northumberland County

The County of Northumberland will receive up to $38,000 to implement two innovative technology-based solutions to help improve local job creation and economic development. These virtual tools will serve to help engage local industry in a number of ways. These include capturing a list of all local businesses and their requirements for current staffing needs, offering online job search strategy training with virtual coaching, and providing statistics to employers on the number and skill level of job seekers.

Northumberland County

The Municipality of Brighton will receive up to $24,925 to develop a plan to revitalize its downtown district.

Northumberland County

Cobourg's Community Improvement Venture Initiative will receive up to $125,000 to create jobs and to preserve and restore its downtown heritage buildings.

Northumberland County

The Northumberland Business Development Assistance Corporation will receive up to $120,000 to provide business development support for the Gaming and Entrepreneurship Lab in Port Hope.

Northumberland County

The Municipality of Port Hope will receive up to $100,000 to develop a vibrant downtown commercial district through new marketing and economic development strategies.

Ottawa Region

The Ottawa Valley's Wesley Clover Foundation will receive up to $149,978 to expand and improve an existing equestrian competition site to meet national and international standards.

Peterborough County

The Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation will receive up to $70,000 to host the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) Annual General Meeting and conference in June, 2015. This is a unique opportunity for the tourism industry in the area, because Peterborough and the Kawarthas represent the first rural destination that has been chosen to host this event. The project focuses on initiating the many details involved in hosting the conference, including developing and executing media tours, as well as developing itineraries. One temporary job is expected to be created.

Peterborough County

The Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation will receive up to $32,000 to develop their 2015 - 2019 strategic plan and to set a clear strategic direction for the corporation's rural economic development work.

Peterborough County

Junior Achievement Peterborough Lakelands Muskoka will receive up to $15,150 to introduce the Junior Achievement Company Program in this rural area. The program helps 12 high school students turn their ideas, passions and hobbies into viable businesses.

Peterborough County

The County of Peterborough will receive up to $95,000 to create a rural economic identity to capitalize on its strengths in agriculture, the environment, heritage, recreation and innovation.

Prescott & Russell County

Prescott-Russell Tourism will receive up to $25,000 to promote the area as a tourist destination through attendance at targeted trade shows and tourism-related showcase events in larger urban centres such as Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. The marketing strategy identified events with the most outreach potential that reflect the bilingualism of the area, as well as attractive tourism activities including- agro-tourism, cycling and camping. They will work in partnership with academic institutions such as La Cité collégiale and the University of Ottawa, to hire tourism and/or marketing students to prepare for and attend these events. The project aims to create three temporary jobs.

Prescott & Russell County

The Société de dévelopment communautaire de Prescott et Russell will receive up to $217,500 to stimulate entrepreneurship through education and training.

Prescott & Russell County

The Village d'antan franco-ontarien will receive up to $31,100 to update their business and strategic plans.

Prescott & Russell County

The Village of Casselman will receive up to $12,000 to undertake a study leading to a rural economic development plan.

Prescott & Russell County

The Village of Casselman will receive up to $25,000 to create and implement a marketing and promotion strategy to develop, attract, expand, and retain businesses and investment.

Prescott & Russell County

The Nation Municipality will receive up to $43,800 to develop a strategic plan to encourage economic development.

Prince Edward County

The Sandbanks Estate Winery Inc. will receive up to $45,000 to purchase new equipment that will increase wine quality and production. It will also allow the winery to create two innovative new products and expand sales within Ontario and beyond. One of the new wines will use Vidal grapes. There is currently a surplus of these grapes in the province. The project aims to create six full-time and five temporary jobs as well as to retain two full-time positions.

Prince Edward County

The amalgamated municipalities of Prince Edward County will receive up to $102,550 to create a regional plan for its five distinct commercial downtown cores.

Renfrew County

The Town of Arnprior will receive up to $12,995 for a Commercial Retail and Services Opportunity Study to determine local service and commercial needs and opportunities.

Renfrew County

 

The Town of Arnprior will receive up to $31,445 to install signage on county roads to help identify the community's location and attractions.

Renfrew County

The Balmoral Hotel will receive up to $105,920 to make improvements to this historic hotel in rural Barry's Bay and increase the area's tourism infrastructure.

Renfrew County

The Town of Laurentian Hills will receive up to $32,640 to conduct an environmental assessment for the Chalk River Business Park.

Renfrew County

The Township of Greater Madawaska will receive up to $27,500 to create a community development strategy and plan with a view to future economic growth.

Renfrew County

The Town of Renfrew will receive up to $14,496 to prepare a Community Improvement Plan focused on increasing economic development, tourism, commercial and residential development.

Renfrew County

The Township of Whitewater Region will receive up to $39,375 to hire an Entrepreneurship Development Coordinator who will manage an Outreach Pilot Program connecting entrepreneurs and businesses in the region.

Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry County

The Glengarry Memorial Hospital will receive up to $49,500 to complete an information communications technology business impact analysis and service availability strategy.

Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry County

The Township of North Glengarry will receive up to $30,000 to design a Community Improvement Plan to strengthen its downtown cores.

Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry County

Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry County will receive up to $58,500 to build a new interactive website that supports the implementation of their regional marketing plan.


Central

Durham Region

The Township of Brock will receive up to $120,000 to revitalize the historic downtown business areas of Beaverton, Sunderland, and Cannington in a collaborative effort to address economic development barriers and build economic growth in these communities.

Durham Region

Eco-Tec will receive up to $169,247 to modernize and retrofit its Pickering plant to increase its workforce production levels.

Durham Region

 

Intellimeter Canada Inc., an innovative metering solutions company in Pickering, will receive up to $20,642 for equipment upgrades that will increase its potential for research and development, product development, and market expansion.

Halton Region

 

The Country Heritage Agricultural Society in Milton will receive up to $68,245 to develop a range of business, programming, marketing and funding strategies for Country Heritage Park.

Halton Region

 

The Milton Education Village Innovation Centre will receive up to $3,750 to facilitate the transition to an operational innovation centre promoting business entrepreneurship opportunities.

Muskoka District

The Belly Ice Cream Company will receive up to $45,000 to expand and diversify existing production lines and set up a product testing lab, as part of a larger project to relocate and modernize their Huntsville facility. Belly's products will be made exclusively with locally-sourced Jersey milk and cream, the only company of its kind in Canada. This expansion will allow the company to increase its annual production capacity from 50,000 litres to 340,000 litres. The project will create nine and retain eleven full- and part-time jobs.

Muskoka District

The Town of Gravenhurst will receive up to $141,768 for a community-based project to revitalize its Central Business District.

Muskoka District

MBRP Inc., manufacturers of performance exhaust technology, will receive up to $42,222 to modernize its business operations. This investment will enable the company to better compete in the global market and bring much needed year-round jobs to the Town of Huntsville.

Muskoka District

The Muskoka Steamship and Historical Society will receive up to $78,750 to develop a plan for a major building expansion, with the objective of creating a high-impact, experiential and interactive destination for visitors to the Muskoka area

Peel Region

The Ontario Business Improvement Area Association will receive $6,612 for a new website that will provide better access for BIAs to much-needed resources.

Peel Region

The Town of Caledon will receive up to $15,000 for a study to identify and optimize opportunities to promote local and regional tourism.

Peel Region

 

The Town of Caledon will receive up to $50,000 to create a Community Improvement Plan to improve the physical environment of each of the six villages that make up the town.

Simcoe County

The Orillia Area Community Development Corporation will receive up to $34,017 to lead a business retention and expansion study, to help identify the needs, concerns and opportunities of existing local businesses, when responding to economic development opportunities. In partnership with other municipalities and the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, the project will begin in-depth surveys of local businesses, as an opportunity to benchmark the business climate in each municipality. The project will also increase the corporation's ability to identify priorities and measure economic performance and outcomes. One part time and one temporary job will be created.

Simcoe County

Leadbetter Foods Inc. will receive up to $471,250 to construct a new smoking and slicing line that will increase its current production of bacon. This will allow the company to expand into more retail locations and offer private label bacon to larger chains. The business is seasonal due to its production of a large number of BBQ meats. The enhanced bacon production will balance its workforce needs throughout the year to retain 170 jobs and create an additional 26 jobs.

Simcoe County

The City of Barrie will receive up to $15,000 to determine the viability of a year-round farmer's market in its downtown core.

Simcoe County

The Town of Collingwood will receive up to $15,000 to complete the first phase of the creation of a Downtown Master Plan.

Simcoe County

Goodall Rubber Co. of Canada will receive up to $393,152 for relocation and expansion of its facilities. This will effectively position the company as one of only two hose and fittings suppliers in North American for the anhydrous ammonia market which directly supports the agri-food and processing sectors.

Simcoe County

The Town of Midland will receive up to $63,000 for the development of the Midland Downtown Master Plan, designed to provide a framework for downtown redevelopment and revitalization.

Simcoe County

The Orillia Community Development Corporation will receive up to $53,334 to enhance its Professional Development Program with web-based training features to build business and networking opportunities.

Simcoe County

 

The Town of Penetanguishene will receive up to $10,250 to implement the Hotel Feasibility Study, promoting economic activity and the development of the area's tourism industry.

Simcoe County

The Nottawasaga Community Economic Development Corporation in South Simcoe will receive up to $16,360 to develop the South Simcoe Business Retention and Expansion project to identify areas of cooperation for regional economic competitiveness.

York Region

 

 

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville will receive up to $45,000 to create a five-year Economic Development Strategy and action plan to ensure the ongoing competitiveness and success of the community.

York Region

The Ontario Water Centre will receive up to $100,000 to develop a three-year business and implementation plan to launch Clear Water Farm as a centre of excellence for water-related research, learning and innovation.


West

Brant County

Sonoco Canada Corporation received $93,137.87 to install a new exhaust and heat-recovery system that vents humidity during manufacturing. Expected benefits of this project include an increase in production by 5 to 7% as well as improvements in product quality and energy efficiency.

Bruce County

The Township of Huron-Kinloss will receive up to $15,000 to develop and market branding for the communities of Lucknow and Ripley. The branding will help to attract investors and visitors to the commercial districts of both communities. This investment will also help both communities to attract new jobs and develop a stronger economy. Branding consultants will be hired to develop the branding and community toolkits. Marketing activities will include brochures, signage design for streetscapes and online videos for websites and other social media platforms. The project is expected to create six temporary jobs and retain three full-time positions.

Bruce County

SauGreen for the Environment Inc. will receive up to $43,906.95 to research the development of a local, rural-based non timber forest products industry. The company will investigate innovative forestry techniques for producing, harvesting and processing wild food. This project will create seven new jobs, including full-time and part-time positions. It will also look at developing new market opportunities for wild food products such as fiddleheads, jam berries, bergamot, etc., and create a stronger, more resilient ecosystem.

Bruce County

Bluewater Wood Alliance Inc. will receive up to $525,000 to develop a collaborative approach to growing southwest Ontario's wood manufacturing sector.

Bruce County

Bruce County will receive up to $77,500 to develop a regional plan that will support its long-term economic stability and revitalization strategy.

Bruce County

 

Bruce County will receive up to $95,000 for a three-phase project to develop a strategic marketing plan to promote the region's tourism destinations.

Bruce County

The Paisley Events Association will receive up to $19,600 to support a festival in the summer of 2015 as part of an ongoing long-term strategy to increase tourist attractions for the town of Paisley and boost the local economy.

Bruce County

The Town of Saugeen Shores will receive up to $24,000 to develop a Streetscape Plan to enhance the destination potential of downtown Southampton over a five-year period.

Bruce County

 

Saugeen First Nation #29 will receive up to $300,000 to repair the unique and historically important Saugeen First Nation Ampitheater. The repair and upgrade work is being done by 10 Saugeen First Nation Members trained in stone masonry for this and other projects.

Bruce County

The Municipality of South Bruce will receive up to $17,000 to conduct an Economic Development Strategic Plan that will identify business goals and priorities to provide direction for economic development.

Chatham-Kent County

Schinkel's Legacy will receive up to $102,125 to install advanced automation technologies to their processing production line to increase efficiencies, improve food safety, develop new product formulations and minimize waste. Additional benefits include retaining two jobs and creating three new positions. Also, with enhanced capacity, the company will be able to meet new business demands from the Eastern Ontario market and increase revenues.

Chatham-Kent County

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent will receive up to $49,000 for a new Industrial Community Improvement Plan to address job creation and training.

Dufferin County

Jaylor Fabricating Inc. will receive up to $10,100 to improve the accuracy and functionality of their Enterprise Resource Planning System, which will support a planned expansion and ongoing staff training.

Elgin County

Froese Vegetables Inc. will receive up to $191,500 to begin a modernization and business diversification project to enhance the agricultural sector in the Vienna/Bayham area of Elgin County. The project will help to modernize operations and expand production as a regional export food hub to distribute produce. The produce will be distributed primarily to the USA, but also to local retail, wholesale and institutional clients as opportunities are identified. At peak season, harvesting and processing peppers employs 250 to 300 seasonal workers, in addition to growers and their farm management teams. Based on annual increases and additional demand from US clients, the company conservatively estimates to double current volumes over the next five years and as a result, create 55 temporary jobs.

Elgin County

The Town of Aylmer and Township of Malahide will receive up to $25,000 to create a business plan for the East Elgin Community Complex, a jointly owned facility. The business plan will help guide decisions on how to sustain this community hub and reduce municipal subsidies.

Elgin County

The Municipality of Bayham will receive up to $15,000 to develop an Economic Development Initiatives and Opportunities Plan to design strategies to leverage economic growth.

Elgin County

 

The Elgin Business Resource Centre will receive up to $11,793 for the Elgin Labour Force Development Committee's partnership-based strategy to support regional rural economic development.

Elgin County

 

The County of Elgin will receive up to $45,000 to create its Economic Development Strategy 2015-2018, a Marketing Strategy, and a Master Community Improvement Plan to develop and attract investment opportunities and encourage business retention and expansion programs through new and value-added food products.

Elgin County

 

Elgin County will receive up to $73,662 to develop a test kitchen incubator to promote economic development in the region's agri-food sector.

Elgin County

The Young Women's Christian Association in Elgin County will receive up to $6,061 to implement community business, employment and networking activities to increase the advocacy, awareness and coordination around the economic needs of women in Elgin-St. Thomas.

Elgin County

The Municipality of Central Elgin will receive up to $60,000 to develop Port Stanley's harbour area ino a vibrant waterfront, encouraging tourism and job creation.

Elgin County

The Township of Malahide will receive up to $2,600 to develop a master plan focused on the community's tourism potential, business drivers and revitalization needs.

Elgin County

The Elgin Military Museum in Port Burwell will receive up to $20,000 to develop their tourism systems to improve visitor experiences to encourage greater economic opportunities from increased tourism in the region.

Elgin County

Port Stanley will receive up to $488,925 to refurbish and improve the Port Stanley Festival Theatre building to increase its capacity and better serve visitors and staff.

Elgin County

The Town of St. Thomas will receive up to $10,000 to undertake a hotel feasibility study to develop tourism services in the St. Thomas region.

Essex County

Pinnacle Acres will receive up to $451,124.49 to retrofit 8.5 acres of greenhouse space with hot-water heating and installing a carbon dioxide recycling system. The company will also replace traditional greenhouse glass with light-diffusing glass and three new energy screens that will improve year-round climate control. These changes will reduce energy costs and generate enough carbon dioxide, which would otherwise be released as greenhouse gas emissions, to fertilize all 19 acres of the facility. Changes to the greenhouse will improve product quality, increase yields by up to 20 per cent and offset current cucumber imports from Mexico. Additional benefits include creating and/or retaining up to 36 temporary and full time jobs.

Grey County

 

Grey County will receive up to $37,500 for a strategic planning initiative to develop and identify objectives and goals for regional economic development and job creation.

Grey County

The Counties of Grey and Simcoe will receive up to $24,900 to develop and deliver a customized Food Safety Regulatory Training for New and Existing Food Businesses program. Developed in partnership with Georgian College and with support from Bruce County, the program will deliver tools to encourage business growth and job creation in the agri-food sector.

Grey County

The Town of Hanover will receive up to $15,000 to develop a Downtown Revitalization Streetscape Plan, laying the foundation for further investment in the town's downtown and increasing its accessibility and functionality.

Grey County

The Town of Hanover will receive up to $200,000 to develop a Youth Activity and Technology Centre to aid its efforts to retain youth and attract new families to rural areas. The Centre will bring together recreation, leisure, technology, arts, leadership, youth engagement including volunteerism, and skills development under one roof.

Grey County

The Town of the Blue Mountains will receive up to $27,500 for a Business Retention and Expansion Plan to identify priorities in the expansion of business, agricultural and tourism activities in the area.

Haldimand County

The Town of Caledonia will receive up to $4,722 to launch a website through the "Digital Caledonia" project. The website project will promote local businesses, events and marketing opportunities.

Huron County

The Municipality of Central Huron will receive up to $12,500 to create a strategic plan for REACH Huron, a premier equine event and education facility in Southwestern Ontario.

Huron County

Hensall District Cooperative of Huron County will receive up to $226,139 for a modernization initiative to improve its automation and processing capacity. The initiative will enable HDC to meet the competitive volume, quality and pricing needs of global customers.

Huron County

 

Huron County will receive up to $24,750 to create a cultural hub in Blyth and to develop the community's long-term employment, educational and cultural potential.

Huron County

Huron County will receive up to $17,250 to evaluate the needs of the region's agricultural and processing sector to determine what services and resources might be developed to enhance business opportunities.

Huron County

The Municipality of Morris-Turnberry will receive up to $7,682 to develop a new website promoting economic development.

Huron County

 

The Township of North Huron will receive up to $5,000 to support a strategic planning process which includes an employment skills gap analysis and identifying local training needs.

Huron County

The Municipality of Morris-Turnberry will receive up to $44,883 for the Wingham Area Industrial Land Strategy to develop industrial land in the Wingham and Lower Town area.

Lambton County

Warner Transport of Lambton County will receive up to $135,000 to convert a former lumber storage facility into the Bio-Secure Livestock Truck Wash Facility. The first of its kind in Ontario, the facility will address pathogen control and control the spread of disease among livestock in transport.

Lambton County

 

Watford Roof Truss Limited, the largest employer in Watford, will receive up to $172,455 to automate one of its existing roof truss lines and increase production capacity.

Lambton County

Zantingh Direct Inc. will receive up to $387,112 to create a more biosecure pig assembly site (transfer station) for Canadian pork producers and meat packers.

Niagara Region

 

Ferguson-Neudorf Glass Inc. will receive up to $604,45 to expand their manufacturing capacity and develop new markets in the northeastern United States.

Niagara Region

The City of Port Colborne will receive up to $30,500 to determine the economic feasibility of expanding the area's rail infrastructure to enhance the port's multi-modal cargo handling capacity.

Oxford County

Oxford Cattle Company Ltd will receive up to $500,000 to implement a pilot fueling hub that combines selected blends of farm-sourced biomethane with pipeline natural gas. The development of this hub is the critical first step in bringing cleaner, environment friendly, cost effective fuels to rural Ontario businesses.

Oxford County

The South Central Ontario Regional Economic Development Corporation in Oxford County will receive up to $33,500 to implement elements of its strategic plan to enhance business development in the region.

Oxford County

The Salford Group will receive up to $25,000 to develop a business feasibility study for a proposed expansion of its manufacturing facility in Salford, Ontario. If implemented, the expansion would retain the current 150 production and office positions and add approximately 100 new jobs.

Oxford County

 

Schep's Bakeries Ltd. will receive up to $225,795 to diversify their business by creating unique versions of their corn syrup waffle product, increase production capacity, and improve packaging capabilities to better respond to specific customer requirements.

Oxford County

The Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance will receive up to $20,000 to develop a new strategic plan to guide the organization's future direction.

Perth County

 

The Stratford Tourism Alliance in Perth County will receive up to $39,400 for the development of the Stratford Tourism Alliance's digital marketing strategies on the internet and various social media platforms.

Perth County

Perth County will receive up to $46,750 to complete the design, survey and engineering for the Town of Mitchell's Downtown Revitalization project to enhance the community's downtown area.

Perth County

Perth County together with its five regional municipalities and the Perth County Visitor's Association will receive up to $25,000 for a promotional video project featuring community attractions.

Perth County

 

The Municipality of North Perth will receive up to $30,000 to implement its plan to attract and retain young adults to employment opportunities in the area and implement its Streetscape Design.

Perth County

Quality Fertilizers Incorporated in Perth County will receive up to $29,575 to collaborate with Harvest Power to generate clean, renewable energy. The project will reduce the volume of waste in landfill and lead to the creation of new jobs.

Perth County

 

Scenic Holsteins Ltd. will receive up to $146,260 to support the development of Ontario's first on-farm, artisanal raw milk cheese processing facility. Located on Scenic Farms in the Township of Perth South, this facility will include the integration of state-of-the-art equipment and integrate the transfer of knowledge of Swiss cheese making from a qualified Swiss cheese maker to a local apprentice.

Perth County

The City of Stratford will receive up to $20,000 to develop a strategic plan to grow its digital media industry.

Waterloo Region

 

Ontario Drive & Gear Ltd. will receive up to $229,561 to adopt new technologies will which enable it to take on a 10-year contract with Ford Canada. As a result, the company will hire an additional 8-10 employees.

Wellington County

The County of Wellington will receive up to $18,000 to support businesses to identify, attract and hire employees who may be new immigrants to Ontario, international students, and/or immigrants planning to come to the province, to create a more resilient and competitive economy. Funding for the global talent initiative will help to hire one part-time coordinator to conduct one-to-one interviews with 30 small and medium local businesses that are experiencing a difficult time in finding employees with the right skills. This initiative will help to support businesses to develop and implement hiring strategies.

Wellington County

The Township of Puslinch will receive up to $15,000 to develop a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) by identifying community priorities, and obtaining stakeholder input and feedback on these priorities. The CIP is an effective and flexible tool that can lead to increased economic investment by encouraging land and building restoration, revitalizing the township's core areas, and implementing strategic land use changes. One full-time job is expected to be retained as a result of the project.

Wellington County

Flowers Canada (Ontario) will receive up to $772,500 to build upon its Rural Marketing Strategy to increase the market share of locally grown floral products, increase the return available to the rural value chain and encourage innovation in the sector.

Wellington County

The Town of Minto will receive up to $37,500 for the Minto Creative Industry Incubator, a collaborative project to help small businesses create jobs and enhance local economic development in rural Ontario.

Wellington County

The Township of Puslinch will receive up to $16,250 to redevelop and enhance its website to encourage economic development.


Northeast

Cochrane District

The Mushkegowuk Council will receive up to $39,802 to develop a strategic plan to strengthen capacity for community economic development among First Nations communities.

Cochrane District

The Town of Cochrane will receive up to $48,000 to design a marketing campaign to attract skilled workers, and encourage them and their families to relocate to the area.

Manitoulin District

The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation of Manitoulin Island will receive up to $50,600 to develop and implement a branding and marketing strategy for a gallery and museum on Manitoulin Island. The strategy will promote the unique heritage and culture of the region's Aboriginal and French-speaking peoples.

Manitoulin District

The Wikwemikong Development Commission Project will receive up to $20,000 to carry out a study investigating the potential for a commercial crop investment that could benefit the whole community.

Nipissing District

 

The Municipality of East Ferris will receive up to $40,000 to develop an entrepreneurial community, which includes regional businesses, by hosting a business trade show.

Nipissing District

 

Mattawa-Bonfield Economic Development Corporation will receive up to $20,000 to redevelop its travel website and to provide social media and hospitality workshops for local businesses and organizations.

Parry Sound District

The Village of Burk's Falls will receive up to $28,970 to rehabilitate the Towne Cinema, including replacement of obsolete equipment. These necessary enhancements will ensure the continuation of seasonal jobs and have the potential to create more long-term employment through additional programming.

Parry Sound District

The Municipality of Powassan will receive up to $5,150 to host an economic development, networking and business investment fair.

Sudbury District

The Township of Chapleau will receive up to $45,000 to develop a branding strategy that would promote the community's assets, attracting tourism and investment to the region.

Sudbury District

The Municipality of French River will receive up to $30,000 to develop existing businesses, support new entrepreneurial activities, particularly among the young, and attract new businesses to the community.

Temiskaming District

The Temiskaming Native Women's Support Group will receive up to $205,528 for the Aboriginal Women in Mining project. This innovative project will train First Nations and Metis women in jobs related to the mining industry.


Northwest

Kenora District

The Township of Ear Falls will receive up to $14,675 to update their Business Retention and Expansion Plan to improve the local business climate.

Thunder Bay District

The Top of Lake Superior Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with other area Chambers, will receive up to $21,820 to create a Shop Local Coupon Booklet. Local elementary schools and other not-for-profit organizations may use this initiative as a fundraiser.

 


For more information:
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E-mail: red@ontario.ca
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 17 December 2014
Last Reviewed: 25 September 2015