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Ontario announces new intake of Rural Economic Development program

January 26, 2022  By Government of Ontario

The Government of Ontario will launch a new intake of the Rural Economic Development (RED) program on February 7, 2022 to help build rural Ontario by investing in projects that boost economic opportunities in rural and Indigenous communities, create jobs and strengthen the labour force. Applications will be accepted until to March 7, 2022.

Details of the intake were announced by Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, at the 2022 Rural Ontario Municipal Association virtual event.

The intake focuses on initiatives that will attract new residents and workers to rural communities across the province, while also creating opportunities for youth, workers and job seekers, and supporting innovative initiatives that position local businesses on a successful path forward.


Minister Thompson also announced up to $3,847,999 in funding for 61 projects that have been selected through the previous RED intake.

The Government of Ontario has committed more than $15.2 million to fund more than 287 economic development projects through the RED program since 2019.

Registration will be made available closer to the February launch date. For more information, please click here.

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