Archived — Minister Goodyear Visits Belleville to Discuss Future Plans for Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity

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For immediate release
July 24, 2013

Belleville, Ontario—The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), along with Daryl Kramp, Member of Parliament for Prince Edward–Hastings, made a number of stops today in Belleville to discuss the role of FedDev Ontario in the region and seek input on future Agency programs for southern Ontario.

"Our Government is focused on the priorities of Canadians, including creating jobs and strengthening the economy here in southern Ontario," said Minister Goodyear. "I'm pleased to be here in Belleville with my colleague MP Kramp and to participate in these roundtable discussions to make certain we continue to create programs that help the businesses and workers in this community."

"I am pleased to host Minister Goodyear today in order to give community leaders an opportunity to discuss local economic projects and opportunities," said MP Kramp.

Minister Goodyear and MP Kramp first stopped at the Belleville Industrial Park for a tour of the facilities. Following the visit to the industrial park, they did a radio interview on CJBQ's Lorne Brooker Show. The pair finished off the day with a number of meetings and a roundtable discussion.

At today's roundtable, stakeholders provided their views on potential areas of focus for FedDev Ontario programs including: support for innovation and commercialization, business growth, productivity, and communities.

Since its launch in 2009, the Agency has made significant progress in creating jobs and growing the economy. However, southern Ontario remains under considerable pressure, and more than ever businesses and workers need to be more innovative and productive, and strive to access new markets.

In the Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada demonstrated its continued commitment to workers, families and communities in southern Ontario with the renewal of FedDev Ontario.

Economic Action Plan 2013 provides $920 million for FedDev Ontario over five years, including $200 million for a new Advanced Manufacturing Fund in Ontario, starting on April 1, 2014.

FedDev Ontario will also continue to promote business development, job creation and self-reliant communities in rural Eastern Ontario by extending the Eastern Ontario Development Program for five years.

With renewed funding, FedDev Ontario will continue to act as a convenor, advocate and catalyst to support the development of a prosperous and globally competitive southern Ontario economy.

Details of new programming will be posted on the Agency's website at www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca as they become available, so stakeholders are encouraged to check back regularly.

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For more information, contact:

Stephanie Thomas
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
613-960-7728

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario
416-954-6652

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