Archived — Minister Goodyear Visits Pickering to Discuss Future Plans for Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity in Southern Ontario

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For immediate release
September 3, 2013

Pickering, Ontario — The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), was in Pickering today to discuss the role of FedDev Ontario in the region. Minister Goodyear was joined by Corneliu Chisu, Member of Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East.

"Our Government is focused on the priorities of Canadians, including creating jobs and strengthening the economy here in southern Ontario," said Minister Goodyear. "I am pleased to be here in Pickering and to have a chance to meet with people here as we continue to create programs that help businesses, workers and communities."

"It is a pleasure to host Minister Goodyear here in the Pickering area, and to give community and business leaders an opportunity to discuss local innovative economic projects and opportunities," said MP Chisu. "The Government of Canada remains committed to creating jobs and long-term economic growth by furthering our regional development through FedDev Ontario programs."

Minister Goodyear and MP Chisu first stopped at the Pickering Civic Complex where the Minister highlighted some of the positive impacts the Agency has had over the past four years, and spoke about the renewal and future of FedDev Ontario. Following the speech, the Minister and MP Chisu met with stakeholders for 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.

The Minister and the MP finished up the day with a tour of the city which included a number of visits with local businesses.

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

In 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 champion for the region, supporting 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
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
613-943-7599

Media Relations
FedDev Ontario
416-954-6652

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