Archived — New Projects Will Create Jobs in Oxford County

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Minister Goodyear and other dignitaries celebrate CAF funding announced in Tillsonburg on September 10.

L-R: Stephen Molnar, Mayor of the Town of Tillsonburg; the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario; Dave Mackenzie, MP for Oxford; and Jim Hayes, Mayor of the Township of South-West Oxford, celebrate CAF funding announced in Tillsonburg on September 10. Source: Steve Martin, The Canadian Press Images. Source: FedDev Ontario

TILLSONBURG — 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.

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For more information (media only), please contact:

Gary Toft, Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, 613-943-7599

Media Relations, Industry Canada, 613-943-2505

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