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  • October 05, 2015

Ontario Supporting Organizations in Peterborough Riding

Province investing in Rural Communities


September 30th, 2015


Ontario is supporting a number of organizations in the Peterborough area to help bolster the local economy and boost tourism.


Through the Rural Economic Development program, the province provided:


  • The Township of Selwyn with $58,840 to commission design and construction plans for infrastructure projects identified in the Community Improvement Plan. These plans will also align with the Township’s Asset Management Plan to ensure that priorities are met and resources are allocated through budgeting and long-term capital planning.


  • Junior Achievement of Peterborough Lakelands Muskoka with $15,150 to support rural high-school youth by turning their ideas, passions and hobbies into viable businesses. This JA chapter will organize meetings between teens and local business mentors; create entrepreneurial and leadership development programs and deploy youth attraction and retention strategies for the region.


  •  County of Peterborough with $95,000 to create a development and marketing strategy for the region. The strategy will identify and reinforce the County’s economic development opportunities in agriculture, heritage, natural assets, recreation and innovation. Expected benefits from their marketing efforts include keeping youth in the County and attracting more visitors and new investors to the community.


  • Peterborough Economic Development received $70,000 to host the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC) Annual General Meeting and conference that took place in June 2015. This was a unique opportunity for the tourist industry in the area as Peterborough and the Kawarthas represents the smallest and first rural, destination that has ever been chosen for this event. The project focused on hosting the conference, including developing and executing media familiarization tours, itineraries and experiences.


With support from the Rural Economic Development program, rural Ontario will be better positioned to:

  • Attract investment and create high-value jobs;
  • Train and sustain a highly-skilled, knowledge-based workforce, capable of succeeding in today’s global economy;
  • Promote innovative and creative local industries that can translate ideas into products and services for a global market.


Since 2003, the province has invested more than $185 million in 598 Rural Economic Development program projects, generating more than $1.2 billion in local economic activity, as well as retaining and creating more than 37,000 jobs.


Supporting rural communities is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan. 




“One of our top priorities as a government is to continue to invest in rural Ontario and create a thriving business climate. The Rural Economic Development program helps to ensure that rural communities across Ontario like Peterborough riding are better positioned to develop a highly-skilled, knowledge-based workforce and attract investment to help businesses succeed.

— Jeff Leal, MPP


“The Province’s investment with Rural Economic Development program in the County’s rural economic identity project has enabled the County of Peterborough to create a strategy and rural identity to move our region into the future.  In addition, through the development of educational programming to support the planned Peterborough County Agricultural Heritage Building we are able to demonstrate the link between history and innovation at Lang Pioneer Village Museum and expand upon our educational offering and attractiveness to youth.  With this funding to the County of Peterborough; the Province and MPP Jeff Leal have demonstrated their commitment to supporting our vision for the future.”

– Peterborough County Warden, J. Murray Jones


"With support from the RED grant, JA-PLM successfully engaged secondary school students throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes, the Haliburton Highlands, Brock Township and Peterborough County. Our JA Company Program supplements student's education with enlightening entrepreneurial challenges and vital leadership and business skills development. In 2015, JA-PLM enabled 33 aspiring young entrepreneurs to work together with leaders from their business community to create, successfully launch and manage five small businesses. This could not have come at a more opportune time, as our economy is increasingly dependent on small businesses and the future generation of entrepreneurs to sustain our communities. Support from RED allowed JA to establish its place in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and establish long-term partnerships in throughout the City of Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough, Haliburton and Brock Township."


“Revitalizing our downtown areas in Bridgenorth, Lakefield, Ennismore and Young’s Point to be attractive and welcoming to our residents and visitors is vital for economic development and business growth.  The Provincial RED program has enabled the Township of Selwyn to be ‘project ready’ for community improvement opportunities.”    Mayor Mary Smith


"Bidding and being awarded the opportunity to host the Travel Media Association of Canada Conference & AGM in June 2015, was a big win and a significant opportunity for our destination.   We are pleased to report that the conference had an Economic Impact of $575,000, resulted in 49 qualified media leads and the area has already received a number of high profile media coverages as a result of hosting the conference. We had the opportunity to showcase our tourism experiences to over 95 travel media professionals, and garnered over 1.3 million impressions on twitter through our social media marketing plan for the event. The support from the Rural Economic Development Program was vital, as it assisted us in executing and delivering, at our highest standards, the necessary media tours and experiences as well as servicing a high volume of media requests before, during and after the conference".

-Fiona Dawson, Tourism Director Peterborough Economic Development






  • With $14.5 million in annual RED funding, the program helps rural communities and regions grow their economies, attract investment and invest in the skills of their residents. 
  • Programs like RED and the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund, work together to support rural communities, businesses and organizations, helping them make an even greater contribution to the province’s success.
  • The government is also supporting regional economic development through programs such as the Eastern Ontario Development Fund, the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund, and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation.




Rural Economic Development Program


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