Archived — Government of Canada Promotes Eastern Ontario Businesses at Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

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November 6, 2010

Toronto, Ontario — Bob Dechert, Member of Parliament for Mississauga–Erindale on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), and Wendy Curtis, Executive Director of the Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC), celebrated the opening of the Eastern Ontario Pavilion at the 88th annual Royal Agricultural Winter Fair at the Direct Energy Centre today.

Organized by 15 eastern Ontario CFDCs, the Eastern Ontario Pavilion features 30 exhibitors promoting a variety of regional products. The Eastern Ontario Pavilion at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair helps build eastern Ontario's capacity to draw people to the area, and to create new business and employment opportunities.

The Eastern Ontario Pavilion at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is funded through the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP), delivered by FedDev Ontario.

"Our government is investing in the people, communities and businesses of southern Ontario to create jobs and economic growth," said MP Bob Dechert. "Our support for the Eastern Ontario Pavilion at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair will help promote the tremendous economic opportunities that exist in eastern Ontario."

"The Northumberland CFDC is delighted to be able to work with the other CFDCs in eastern Ontario to help in providing a venue for local businesses to expand the market for their products," said Wendy Curtis. "The continued development of the agri-business economy is vital to the economic growth of communities throughout eastern Ontario. We are very encouraged by the tremendous response we received from regional businesses that were excited to take advantage of this opportunity."

There are 37 CFDCs supported through FedDev Ontario that serve southern Ontario rural businesses and communities. In the last year, the government invested $47 million in small businesses through these organizations. They offer a wide variety of programs and services supporting community economic development and small business growth and are run by a board of local volunteers and staffed by experienced business professionals.

FedDev Ontario was created as part of Canada's Economic Action Plan to support businesses and communities in southern Ontario. Now in its second year of operation, the Agency is launching a number of initiatives to create a Southern Ontario Advantage and place the region in a strong position to compete in the global economy. These initiatives are designed to support businesses and other organizations through partnerships and investments in skills and training; innovation; research and development; and increased productivity. To learn more, please visit www.feddevontario.gc.ca or call 1-866-593-5505.

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For media enquiries:

Gary Toft
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
613-943-7599

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario
519-571-6879

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