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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

Bill Walker MPP

Media Release:

December 10, 2018

Supporting Economic Growth in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

Growing Jobs and Opportunity in Rural Ontario

OWEN SOUND – Today, Bruce Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker announced investments to help create jobs and prosperity in rural and Indigenous communities, which are part of our Government for the People’s Open for Business plan.
With nearly one in eight jobs in Ontario being sustained by the agriculture and agri-food sector, the Rural Economic Development program is an important investment in our local communities and will benefit the people of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound by growing jobs and opening doors to new economic development in our region.
The local riding is among over 80 communities across the province that will benefit from this support by boosting and diversifying the local economy. Local projects that received funding are: 

  • The Saugeen Economic Development Corporation will receive up to $34,000.00 to implement the 'Saugeen Connects' plan delivering on three components including succession matching, immigrant attraction, and youth development and retention.
  • The Corporation of the Township of Chatsworth will receive up to $10,000.00 to hire a consultant to develop a municipal brand, provide recommendations for both short term and long term implementation and key messaging for targeted platforms as well as performance measurement indicators.
  • The Corporation of the County of Grey will receive up to $15,000 to retain a consultant to prepare a workforce development plan.
  • The City of Owen Sound will receive up to $14,500.00 to integrate digital media, creative thinking and face-to-face interaction to attract entrepreneurs to the area as phase two of their “Are You Most” campaign.

“Rural Ontario has been ignored for too long. A strong and vibrant agri-food and agriculture sector is a priority for this government, said Hardeman. “These investments along with our commitment to cut red-tape will help create a strong future for our rural communities by boosting economic growth, creating jobs and ensuring they are great places to live and do business,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
“Our government is committed to ensuring that rural Ontario is open for business,” said Hardeman.

  • The project announced today is one of over 80 approved Rural Economic Development projects from across the province, that are helping to create jobs and prosperity in rural and Indigenous communities.
  • Eligible projects include such things as developing a downtown revitalization plan or marketing, branding and promotional activities to attract investment to the community.  


Rural Economic Development Program

Ana Sajfert | 416-325-6242

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