New projects will create jobs in Oxford County



    TILLSONBURG, ON, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Residents of Oxford County will benefit
from new economic stimulus projects under the Government of Canada's Economic
Action Plan. Speaking at the Tillsonburg Municipal Airport, the Honourable
Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency
for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), today announced more than $2.1 million
to expand the airport, and more than $1 million to build a new community
services building in the nearby Township of South-West Oxford.
    "These investments will create new jobs and strengthen the economy in
Oxford County," said Minister of State Goodyear. "By supporting key community
projects in local industries, residents and businesses will see direct
benefits, now and in the future."
    "The federal support of these two projects is good news for our
communities," said Dave Mackenzie, Member of Parliament for Oxford. "The
creation of jobs through these improvements will help diversify the local
economies."
    "The Town of Tillsonburg is extremely pleased to partner with the
Government of Canada on this innovative and sustainable economic initiative,"
said Stephen Molnar, Mayor of the Town of Tillsonburg. "Our goal, as
reinforced in our Strategic Plan, has been to identify projects that will
produce long-term benefit through job creation and community growth, and this
financial partnership should help realize our corporate vision."
    "The funding announcement is welcome news for the Township of South-West
Oxford and illustrates the benefits of different levels of government working
together for the good of the community," said Jim Hayes, Mayor of the Township
of South-West Oxford. "By improving the amenities and services available to
the community and making it a more attractive place to live and work this
project will promote business retention and development and the economic
viability of the community in the longer term."
    Funding for these projects comes from the Government of Canada's
Community Adjustment Fund (CAF). On August 27, more than $101 million was
announced for 90 projects throughout Southern Ontario under CAF, including
$3.3 million to build a new campus of Conestoga College in Ingersoll, Ontario.
    Over the last two weeks, recipients and elected officials have been
celebrating funding through local announcements. These investments will go
towards economic development projects in communities with populations fewer
than 250,000 that have been hit hardest by the recent economic downturn.
    The list of the municipalities, First Nations and not-for-profit
organizations that will benefit from investments was also released today. For
a list of approved projects please refer to the backgrounder.
    Applications for 2010-2011 CAF project funds will be accepted by FedDev
Ontario later this year. A public announcement will be made once details are
finalized. For more information on the Agency, please see the FedDev Ontario
backgrounder.
    CAF is just one in a series of initiatives introduced in the Government
of Canada's Economic Action Plan designed to address the short-term effects of
the economic decline on communities across Canada, while preparing our
communities for long-term growth.

    This news release is available online at: www.ic.gc.ca/caf and
www.actionplan.gc.ca.


    
                                 Backgrounder
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    The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan committed $1 billion to
provide timely, targeted economic stimulus to communities throughout Canada
under the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF). In Ontario, CAF will provide $348.9
million over two years to support adjustment measures in communities most
affected by the global economic downturn, including more than $101 million for
projects in Southern Ontario in 2009-10.
    Listed below is a breakdown of projects approved for CAF funding in
Southern Ontario. Details on CAF funding in the City of Kingston will be
announced on September 17.

    
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    Project   Funding Recipient                    Total CAF Contribution ($)
    Number
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    000577    Ajax, Town of                                           90,000
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    000742    Amherstburg, Town of                                11,265,000
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    000021    Augusta, Township of                                   635,000
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    000482    Bancroft, Town of                                    2,442,750
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    000185    Bayham, Municipality of                                 92,000
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    000502    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County               33,900
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    000381    Brantford, City of                                     700,000
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    000382    Brantford, City of                                     391,435
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    000111    Caledon, Town of                                     7,000,000
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    000526    Caledonia Agricultural Society                         190,064
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    000668    Chatham-Kent, Municipality of                        1,250,000
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    000500    Collingwood General and Marine Hospital                231,000
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    000329    Collingwood, Town of                                 1,570,480
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    000433    Communitech Technology Association, Inc.               280,000
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    000829    Community Counselling and Resource Center              150,000
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    000387    Community Industrial Strategic Planning Association  2,000,000
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    000530    Community Living Dufferin                            2,700,000
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    000749    Conestoga College Institute of Technology and
               Advanced Learning                                   3,305,400
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    000669    Cramahe, Township of                                   424,932
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    000468    East Gwillimbury, Town of                               97,500
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    000405    Elgin Community Futures Development Corporation        257,450
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    000105    Elgin, County of                                       245,738
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    000113    Elizabethtown-Kitley, Township of                      222,000
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    000525    Essa, Township of                                      453,334
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    000137    Grand River Conservation Authority                     755,000
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    000683    Grand River Employment and Training Inc.             1,991,500
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    000806    Greater Peterborough Region DNA Cluster                500,000
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    000621    Grey Highlands, Municipality of                        425,000
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    000169    Guelph, City of                                        621,294
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    000018    Halton Food for Thought                                 33,000
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    000772    Halton Hills, Town of                                2,000,000
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    000321    Halton Learning Foundation                              52,000
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    000609    Halton Region Conservation Authority                   420,776
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    000104    Highlands East, Municipality of                        300,000
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    000449    Huron Business Development Corporation               1,303,276
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    000825    Innisfil, Town of                                      108,000
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    000496    Interactive Niagara Media Cluster                    3,028,000
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    000699    Kitchener, City of                                   1,230,200
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    000079    Kortright Presbyterian Church                          760,700
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    000655    La Clé d'la Baie en Huronie - Association culturelle
               francophone                                            87,716
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    000430    Lanark County Tourism Association                       18,993
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    000839    Lanark Highlands, Township of                           51,000
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    000217    LaSalle, Town of                                     1,435,000
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    000727    Middlesex, County of                                   112,500
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    000503    Milton, Town of                                        230,813
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    000585    Minden Hills, Township of                              350,000
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    000412    Mississippi Mills, Town of                             215,930
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    000653    Newmarket Public Library                             2,102,456
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    000598    Niagara Falls, City of                                 600,000
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    000126    Norfolk County Agricultural Society                    416,505
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    000174    North America Railway Hall of Fame                   2,768,380
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    000338    North Dundas, Township of                            1,492,000
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    000240    North Frontenac, Township of                           300,000
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    000673    Oneida Nation of the Thames                            396,900
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    000112    Orillia, City of                                       762,605
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    000120    Orillia, City of                                       350,000
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    000379    Orillia, City of                                       122,200
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    000626    Oshawa, City of                                        280,000
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    000627    Oshawa, City of                                      1,072,050
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    000628    Oshawa, City of                                        270,000
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    000629    Oshawa, City of                                      1,900,000
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    000195    Owen Sound, City of                                    677,122
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    000491    Pelham, Town of                                        160,000
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    000402    Petrolia, Town of                                      819,100
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    000081    Port Hope, Municipality of                             565,000
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    000173    Project S.H.A.R.E. of Niagara Falls Inc.                86,646
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    000654    Simcoe Little Theatre                                  261,787
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    000588    Smith Falls, Town of                                 2,183,426
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    000478    South Central Community Development Corporation        290,550
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    000830    Southern Ontario Locomotive Restoration Society        483,390
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    000597    South-West Oxford, Township of                       1,042,209
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    000098    St. Clair College                                    7,764,000
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    000652    St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology     5,036,921
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    000330    St. Clair Region Conservation Authority                250,000
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    000133    St. Thomas, City of                                  1,640,000
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    000090    Stone Mills, Township of                                55,000
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    000043    Stratford, City of                                   4,147,229
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    000777    Strathroy District Arts Council                        400,000
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    000625    Tay, Township of                                       160,000
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    000589    Technology Alliance Group for Kawartha Lakes           105,729
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    000786    The Arts and Cookery Bank                              265,622
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    000006    The Earth Rangers Foundation                         2,500,328
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    000347    Tillsonburg, Town of                                 2,133,000
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    000768    University of Guelph                                    83,000
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    000124    Wasaga Beach, Town of                                  743,835
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    000459    Waterloo Region Green Solutions                        264,500
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    000127    Welland, City of                                     3,100,000
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    000657    Whitby Arts Incorporated                                28,000
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    000778    Whitby, Town of                                        150,000
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                                 Backgrounder
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                        CANADA'S ECONOMIC ACTION PLAN
                        -----------------------------

             NEW REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOR SOUTHERN ONTARIO

         ABOUT THE FEDERAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOR SOUTHERN
         ----------------------------------------------------------
                           ONTARIO (FEDDEV ONTARIO)
                           ------------------------
    

    In Canada's Economic Action Plan, the Harper Government committed to
providing short-term stimulus to communities hard hit by the recession while
delivering long-term funding designed to promote economic growth, job creation
and innovation. Budget 2009 provided $1 billion over five years for a new
economic development agency for Southern Ontario.
    On August 13, 2009, Prime Minister Stephen Harper formally launched the
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
This new agency is charged with delivering federal government economic
development programs tailored to the specific priorities of workers,
businesses and communities in Southern Ontario.
    The Prime Minister announced his intent to have Minister of State
(Science and Technology) Gary Goodyear assume responsibility for the Agency
and that Dr. B.A. (Bruce) Archibald will serve as the agency's first
President. Further announcements on the staffing and location of district
offices are to be expected throughout the fall.
    In its first year of operation, FedDev Ontario will focus on putting
economic development programs into action. The Agency will assess immediate
opportunities and needs, and then bridge into broader program initiatives once
the agency is fully operational.
    FedDev Ontario and Industry Canada will work with community stakeholders
to identify and support projects that address current economic challenges.
    The Agency will initially use existing programs and partnerships to
expedite the provision of funds. This will start money flowing immediately
into Southern Ontario communities and businesses. Funding in the first year
will be approximately $206 million, including operating costs, focused on
three priority areas: economic development, diversification and community
development.
    The Southern Ontario Development Program has been established to promote
economic development, economic diversification and job creation. A core
program, it will deliver close to $100 million in funding over 2009-10.
    FedDev Ontario will help Southern Ontario communities diversify their
local economies, including into a wider range of value-added and technology
driven products and services. It will provide the tools for its partners in
the region to build on their strengths, positioning Southern Ontario to
succeed in the knowledge-based economy.

    
    PROGRAMS TO BE ADMINISTERED BY FEDDEV ONTARIO
    ---------------------------------------------
    

    Southern Ontario programs to be administered by, or in conjunction with,
FedDev Ontario include:

    Community Adjustment Fund in Ontario

    The Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) is a short-term economic stimulus for
communities impacted by the global recession. Part of Canada's Economic Action
Plan, the Fund supports projects that create jobs and maintain employment in
and around communities that have been most severely affected by the economic
downturn.
    Funding is available for eligible projects that can be completed before
March 31, 2010. Applications for 2010-2011 CAF project funds will be accepted
by FedDev Ontario later this year.

    National Research Council - Industrial Research Assistance Program

    The National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program
(NRC-IRAP) stimulates wealth creation for Canada through technological
innovation. It provides financial and technological assistance to small and
medium-sized enterprises, targeting those engaged in research, development,
adaptation, adoption, or commercialization of innovative products, services or
processes.
    IRAP already has $67.3 million in funds available, and will receive an
additional $27.5 million to further build the innovative capacities of
Southern Ontario's small and medium-sized enterprises.

    Community Futures Program

    Ontario's Community Futures Program will receive an additional $30M from
the Community Adjustment Fund in 2009-2010. The Community Futures Program
assists rural and northern communities to strengthen and diversify their
economies.
    The Program is implemented through Community Futures Development
Corporations (CFDCs), located in communities across the province, including 37
in rural Southern Ontario. Small and medium-sized enterprises as well as
non-profit organizations can receive repayable financing and important support
services.

    Business Development Bank of Canada

    The Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) will invest a total of $50
million in Southern Ontario through venture capital firms and the BDC's own
programs. These funds will help develop a high-performing, sustainable venture
capital industry in the region.





For further information:

For further information: Gary Toft, Director of Communications, Office
of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, (613) 943-7599; Media Relations, Industry
Canada, (613) 943-2505


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