Archived — Orillia and Area to Receive Government of Canada Stimulus Funding for Local Projects

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Minister Goodyear and other dignitaries celebrate CAF funding announced for the Orillia area on September 8.

L-R: Michael Ladoucer, Deputy Mayor Township of Tay; Vic Howorth, Member of the Board of Directors, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation; the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario; Anne Gagné, Présidente du Conseil d'administration, La Clé d'la Baie en Huronie; Ron Stevens, Mayor of the City of Orillia; and Bruce Stanton, MP for Simcoe North, celebrate CAF funding announced for the Orillia area on September 8. Source: FedDev Ontario

ORILLIA —Orillia and surrounding areas will benefit from nearly $1.8 million in funding under the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), made the announcement today at City Hall in Orillia.

The Government of Canada will invest in six local projects through its Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) for such projects as the reconstruction of Orillia’s oldest known house, the development of a pool of experts to foster business development, and improvements to local infrastructure (see Backgrounder for details).

"These investments will create new jobs and new opportunities," said Minister of State Goodyear. "They will provide a much-needed boost to the local economy immediately and will also generate long-term growth."

"These projects will benefit people in our region by creating construction jobs right away, while giving our communities the opportunity to grow our local economy in the long term," said Bruce Stanton, MP for Simcoe North.

"The City of Orillia is extremely pleased to receive funding for three very significant projects," said Ron Stevens, Mayor of the City of Orillia. "This will enable us to move forward immediately with these community improvement initiatives."

Up to $102 million will be invested through the CAF for 2009-2010 and it is the government’s intention to support a total of 90 projects in communities across southern Ontario. Approved projects must meet the terms and conditions set out in their funding agreements. A complete list of approved projects in southern Ontario will be made available online at www.ic.gc.ca/caf on September 10, 2009.

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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