MPP Walker Announces $271,582.30 in Funding for Local Projects

Bill Walker Media Release

For Immediate Release

July 31, 2020


MPP Walker announces $271,582.30 in funding for local projects


OWEN SOUND – Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker is pleased with a local investment of $271,582.30 in eight projects through the Rural Economic Development Program (RED).


“I’m thrilled to see our government is moving forward with projects to help rural communities in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound attract investment, create jobs and boost economic development,” said Walker. “As we continue down the path of economic recovery, these investments will provide big boosts in our local communities.”


Projects receiving funding include:


a) Municipality of Arran-Elderslie – Paisley Foundry Chimney Refurbishment - $5,490


b) Town of Hanover – Attraction and retention of workers/immigrants/youth - $33,500


c) Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation – Rehabilitation of cultural, heritage of tourism attractions - $72,651.60


d) County of Grey – Redevelopment of vacant and/or underutilized buildings - $58,500


e) City of Owen Sound – Streetscaping and landscaping - $18,207.10


f) Launch Pad Youth Activity and Technology Centre – Pre-employment Training Program expansion - $42,500


g) Municipality of West Grey – Entrepreneurship/business succession - $23,000


h) Township of Southgate – Streetscaping and landscaping - $17,733.60


* Note: more project details available below


The Ontario government is committing $3.3 million in cost-share funding to 58 projects through the updated RED to help rural and Indigenous communities diversify their economies, retain skilled workers, invest in local infrastructure and create jobs.


“Supporting local jobs and removing barriers to investment and economic growth in rural communities is more important than ever,” said Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman. “As the economy reopens, our investments in the Rural Economic Development program will have a very real impact for communities across rural Ontario.”


“Local municipalities and other organizations are already doing outstanding work in developing our rural and small-town economy,” Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Randy Pettapiece said. “I’m very pleased the province is doing its part to support them.”


These initiatives are part of the 58 successful projects receiving funding from the first intake of the updated RED program. Project applications to the RED program were subjected to a streamlined process starting last year to reduce the burden for applicants.


Supporting renewal, growth and economic recovery in rural and Indigenous communities is part of the government’s plan to get every region of Ontario back on track so they can create jobs, opportunity and prosperity for everyone.




  • Municipalities, not-for-profit entities, Ontario Indigenous communities / organizations or local services boards are eligible for the Rural Economic Development program and costs are shared according to which of the two streams under which the project may fall. 


  • The RED program offers two project streams:

o   Economic Diversification and Competitiveness: Projects that remove barriers to business and job growth, attract investment, attract or retain a skilled workforce, strengthen sector and regional partnerships and diversify regional economies.

o   Strategic Economic Infrastructure: Minor capital projects that advance economic development and investment opportunities.

  • For the Economic Diversification and Competitiveness Stream, the province will contribute up to 50 per cent of eligible project costs to a maximum of $150,000 while for the Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream, the province invests up to 30 per cent of eligible project costs to a maximum of $250,000. 

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Photo cutlines:


1. Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker stopped by the Sydenham Campus to present the RED funding to Steve Furness and Courtney Miller from the County of Grey.


2. Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker recently toured the Launch Pad Youth Activity and Technology Centre with Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs MPP Randy Pettapiece. From left: MPP Bill Walker, Launch Pad Executive Director Emily Morrison, PA Randy Pettapiece, Hanover Mayor Sue Paterson and Hanover Economic Development Officer April Marshall.


* Project details are as follows:

a) The Municipality of Arran-Elderslie will hire a third party to complete restoration work on the historic Paisley Foundry chimney, this includes restoration to the brick.


b) The Town of Hanover will receive up to $33,500.00 to implement an attraction strategy for people, business and investment that includes engaging and retaining local youth by creating opportunities for community involvement through cultural organizations, a youth technology centre and entrepreneurship opportunities that will increase Hanover’s cultural hub position and further recruit new residents and entrepreneurs.


c) The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation will receive up to $72,651.60 to restore the pavilion, gate house teepee, a historic stone building as well as retain a project manager.


d) The County of Grey will receive up to $58,500 to redevelop a vacant building into a regional skills training, trades and innovation centre.


e) The City of Owen Sound will receive up to $18,207.10 to replace out-of-date wayfinding signage with 24 new signs.


f) Launch Pad Youth Activity and Technology Centre will provide youth training programs focussed on skills required by the local business sector.  Welding, woodworking and culinary skill development programs will be offered and local businesses will provide guest instructors and work placements.


g) The Municipality of West Grey will receive $23,000 to develop a program that will provide social entrepreneurs and businesses with the knowledge, tools and capacity to create, retain or transition towards social enterprise models.


h) The Corporation of the Township of Southgate will receive up to $17,733.60 to revitalize downtown Dundalk with streetscaping and beautification enhancements including banners and hanging flower baskets, wayfinding signage, benches, bike stands, and recycle and trash bins.

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