Eastern Ontario Development Program - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Eastern Ontario Development Program?
  2. How much funding is available?
  3. Who is eligible?
  4. How do I apply?
  5. I am having trouble opening the application. How do I access it?
  6. What is the deadline for applications?
  7. When do projects need to be completed?
  8. How many applications can my organization or company submit or participate in?
  9. What types of activities will be funded under the Eastern Ontario Development Program?
  10. What costs will be supported under the Eastern Ontario Development Program?
  11. Do I need an environmental assessment completed for my project?
  12. Will multi-year projects be considered for funding?
  13. How will intellectual property be managed?
  14. Can we apply to the Eastern Ontario Development Program if we already receive or have received government funding through a similar initiative?
  15. How will projects be assessed?
  16. If my project is funded, what are the next steps?
  17. How will the Government of Canada flow funding to recipients?
  18. How will the Government of Canada ensure appropriate accountability for the use of public funds?
  19. Will any more economic development funding be available in southern Ontario?
  20. When will I find out if my project has been approved?
  21. How do I get more information about the Eastern Ontario Development Program?

1) What is the Eastern Ontario Development Program?

The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) is an economic development initiative aimed at addressing economic challenges in eastern Ontario and taking advantage of innovative opportunities in the region.

Originally announced in Budget 2006, the Government of Canada’s renewed commitment to the program is based on its success and a strong delivery model in collaboration with the eastern Ontario’s 15 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs). Applications will be solicited by each CFDC and Community Futures Ontario East and assessed on their potential to stimulate local economic development and create jobs.

This program will accept projects which:

  • Promote growth of new and existing businesses in rural eastern Ontario communities;
  • Advance community-led economic development to enhance and diversify local economies; and
  • Support collaborative economic development projects that demonstrate benefits to multiple communities.

2) How much funding is available?

Eligible CFDCs and Community Futures Ontario East will be considered for a non-repayable contribution for up to 100 percent of eligible costs to deliver approved programming funding. Up to 10 percent of the contribution can be allocated to support outreach and project administration costs.

Contributions to not-for-profit Eligible Project Recipients will be non-repayable and normally require a minimum 50 percent cash contribution.

Contributions to for-profit Eligible Project Recipients will be non-repayable and require a minimum 50 percent investment. The Eastern Ontario Development Program contribution will not exceed $100,000 per Eligible For-Profit Project Recipient.

The minimum FedDev Ontario funding for a regional Collaborative Economic Development Project is $100,000.

All projects must be completed by December 31, 2018.

3) Who is eligible?

CFDCs work with Eligible Project Recipients to undertake projects to address local and regional issues, challenges, and opportunities in rural eastern Ontario. Eligible Project Recipients include:

  • Not-for-profit organizations including municipalities and municipal organizations, corporations, community economic development organizations; and,
  • Commercial enterprises including individuals, corporations, partnerships, cooperatives, or trusts; or,
  • Aboriginal organizations; and,
  • Post-secondary institutions.

4) How do I apply?

While the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is responsible for managing the program, funding will be delivered by the 15 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDC) in eastern Ontario.

Collaborative Economic Development Projects component of EODP is delivered through Community Futures Ontario East and the Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation. For additional information on the application process, visit the Community Futures Ontario East and the Northumberland CFDC websites.

For details on your local application intake process and timing, contact the CFDC that is responsible for your geographic area. See the full list of participating CFDCs below.

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5) I am having trouble opening the application. How do I access it?

The application is accessible through the EODP home page and linked from the Quick Links menu. The application is in PDF format and was optimized for opening within Internet Explorer and may not open if you are using another browser. If you are having trouble opening the PDF, right-click on the link and select ‘save target as’ to download it to your computer before opening.

6) What is the deadline for applications?

The application process for the EODP is ongoing. Applications will be reviewed as they are received by your local CFDC. Applications will be received until funding is fully committed or as long as project activities can reasonably be completed before the program ends on December 31, 2018.

7) When do projects need to be completed?

All project activities must be completed by December 31, 2018.

8) How many applications can my organization or company submit or participate in?

Eligible project recipients will normally be considered for one application during the course of a fiscal year (April – March). Applications for multi-year funding from eligible project recipients may be considered.

9) What types of activities will be funded under the EODP?

The EODP will support projects that are aligned with the program’s objectives. Eligible activities may include:

  • Expansion of Economic Assets (capacity building)
    • Industry cluster development and expansion
    • Labour market development (skills gap analysis, skills development, worker transition)
    • Strategic planning and research studies
  • Business Development and Growth
    • New business development
      • Training & mentoring
      • Business start-ups
    • Existing businesses
      • Productivity enhancements (information and communications technologies, energy, new technologies, productivity assessments)
      • Market diversification
      • Innovation/product development (Research and Development)
      • Succession planning
  • Business Infrastructure
    • Business incubators
    • Supply chain analysis and development

10) What costs will be supported under the EODP?

The EODP will support the eligible CFDC for reasonable and incremental costs related to management, delivery, and administration of the EODP within the CFDC's service area. Eligible CFDC delivery and eligible project recipient costs may include:

  • Labour
  • Expertise
  • Non-capital
  • Capital

11) Do I need an environmental assessment completed for my project?

A preliminary pre-screening is done to assess whether an environmental assessment is required for the project. If required, funding is contingent upon the successful completion of an environmental assessment. A project officer will be in contact with approved recipients to discuss these requirements.

12) Will multi-year projects be considered for funding?

Eligible applicants will receive multi-year funding. Applications for multi-year funding from eligible project recipients may be considered.

13) How will intellectual property be managed?

When submitting the application to the Eastern Ontario Development Program, the applicant will be asked to describe measures that would be taken to ensure that any intellectual property developed as a result of the project will provide continuing benefits for southern Ontario. Applicants will also be asked to demonstrate they have sufficient rights to any intellectual property prior to the beginning of the project so as to allow it to be further developed or commercialized.

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14) Can we apply to the Eastern Ontario Development Program if we already receive or have received government funding through a similar initiative?

FedDev Ontario will take other government funding into consideration when determining eligibility.

Contributions will be conditional upon total government assistance (as defined in the Treasury Board Policy on Transfer Payments) being limited to:

  • Up to 50 percent of eligible project costs. The remaining 50 percent of eligible costs must be provided by the recipient as a cash contribution.

In no instance will the total government assistance be allowed to exceed the eligible costs. All recipients of financial assistance are required to inform FedDev Ontario before the start and at the end of a project of any other government assistance received or requested for the eligible costs of the project that are described in the contribution agreement.

Recipients must confirm with their investors whether any of their funding comes from government sources.

The contribution agreement will contain a “continuing disclosure” obligation concerning other government assistance and provides for the right of FedDev Ontario to reduce the contribution to the extent of any such assistance or require the recipient to repay.

15) How will projects be assessed?

Please see the Application Review section of the Eastern Ontario Development Program Guidelines.

16) If my project is funded, what are the next steps?

Approved applicants will enter into a contribution agreement with FedDev Ontario and will be advanced and reimbursed for expenditures under the terms of the executed contribution agreement.

Eligible project recipients will enter into a contribution agreement with the eligible applicant CFDC and be reimbursed for expenditures under the terms of the executed contribution agreement.

17) How will the Government of Canada flow funding to recipients?

Approved applicants will enter into a contribution agreement with FedDev Ontario and will be advanced and reimbursed for expenditures under the terms of the executed contribution agreement.

Eligible project recipients will enter into a contribution agreement with the eligible applicant CFDC and be reimbursed for expenditures under the terms of the executed contribution agreement.

18) How will the Government of Canada ensure appropriate accountability for the use of public funds?

Approved projects will be monitored by FedDev Ontario and recipients will be required to report on activities and outcomes as projects are being implemented.

19) Will any more economic development funding be available in southern Ontario?

Whenever new funding is available from FedDev Ontario, a public announcement will be made. We encourage interested parties to subscribe to FedDev Ontario email updates.

20) When will I find out if my project has been approved?

FedDev Ontario will notify eligible CFDC applicants when their projects are approved for funding.

Eligible CFDCs will notify eligible project recipients when their projects are approved for funding.

21) How do I get more information about the Eastern Ontario Development Program?

For further information, check the Eastern Ontario Development Program Guidelines or contact us.

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