Archived — 2010–2011 Report on Plans and Priorities

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Minister of State's Message

The Honourable Gary Goodyear Last spring, Prime Minister Stephen Harper described Southern Ontario as a region with "distinct needs," adding that its people deserved economic programs delivered in ways specifically tailored to their own priorities.

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, or FedDev Ontario, was announced in Budget 2009 to help the region recover from the effects of the global economic recession and set the foundation for prosperity going forward. Since its formation in August 2009, the agency has been working with the communities, businesses and residents of Southern Ontario to help reshape the region's economy as part of its economic recovery.

FedDev Ontario is responsible for delivering infrastructure programs in Ontario, as well as economic development programs throughout Southern Ontario. The initial focus is to help hard-hit areas recover from the short-term effects of the global economic downturn with targeted investments in critical infrastructure projects, research initiatives and innovative business growth plans.

Already we are helping to create new jobs and opportunities throughout Southern Ontario by encouraging innovative ideas and the commercialization of research and investments in advanced manufacturing. Heading into our first full year of operation, we aim to implement more community and economic development initiatives that address not only the needs of today, but help communities and businesses meet the challenges of tomorrow.

I am pleased to submit, for tabling in Parliament, the following 2010–2011 Report on Plans and Priorities (RPP) for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, which outlines how FedDev Ontario will contribute to making the province more competitive, diversified and prosperous.

The Honourable Gary Goodyear
Minister of State (Science and Technology)
(Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario)

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