KEMPTVILLE — The Municipality of North Grenville will receive $36,000 through the province’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program designed to help rural and Indigenous communities attract investment and create and retain jobs, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes MPP Steve Clark announced on Friday, August 9.
Clark was at the Kemptville Campus with North Grenville Mayor Nancy Peckford to announce the municipality will receive the funding to complete a Campus Master Plan. The project was approved through the last intake of the program in 2018, said Clark, who made the announcement on behalf of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Minister Ernie Hardeman.
“I’m so proud of the work the Municipality of North Grenville has done to revitalize the Kemptville Campus and attract new tenants to this important community asset,” said Clark. “With this investment, our government is helping to ensure that as the campus celebrates its 100th anniversary this fall, the municipality can continue the renewal so it remains a hub for education and economic opportunity for the next century.”
“While plans for the Campus continue to evolve, the municipality is very enthused about the possibilities for education, sustainable business incubation and agricultural innovation in the months and years ahead. There is a great deal to be hopeful about,” said Mayor Peckford.
“Our government’s priority is to create jobs and economic growth in every corner of the province,” said Minister Hardeman. “We have updated the Rural Economic Development program to better align with our commitment to supporting rural Ontario and focus on projects that will bring real benefits to communities.”
As announced earlier this year, the RED program has been revitalized to ensure projects will result in tangible benefits to rural communities and to improve the application process and program delivery. Applications to the updated program are now being accepted until September 9, 2019.
The updated RED program has two new project categories:
- Economic Diversification and Competitiveness Stream: Projects that remove barriers to business and job growth, attract investment, attract or retain a skilled workforce, or strengthen sector and regional partnerships and diversify regional economies.
- Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream: Minor capital projects that advance economic development and investment opportunities.
- Rural communities and regions, Indigenous communities and organizations, not-for-profit organizations and local service boards can apply for the current intake of the updated Rural Economic Development program (open from July 29, 2019 to September 9, 2019 at 5 p.m.). All program details, including the program guide and application form, are available online at ontario.ca/REDprogram
- The Rural Economic Development program is part of the government’s commitment to rural communities, which also includes expanding access to natural gas and improving rural infrastructure.
For more information on the RED program, please visit Rural Economic Development program.