The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is part of the Innovation, Science and Economic Development portfolio and one of six regional development agencies, each of which helps to address key economic challenges by providing regionally-tailored programs, services, knowledge and expertise.
As Canada's most populous region—home to 12.3 million residents living in 288 communities—southern Ontario is a key contributor to the overall Canadian economy. FedDev Ontario helps create and grow businesses, cultivate partnerships and build strong communities across the region through its programs and services, including Canada Business Ontario, as well as its program delivery partners.
The Agency was established in August 2009 with a mandate to:
- Strengthen southern Ontario's economic capacity for innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration, and
- Promote the development of a strong and diversified southern Ontario economy.
Since its creation, FedDev Ontario has:
- Invested more than $1.6 billion,
- Developed partnerships with over 13,000 organizations,
- Helped leverage additional investments of more than $2.4 billion to support businesses, organizations and communities, and
- Worked closely with partners, stakeholders, investors and communities to improve local economic conditions and create new opportunities.
FedDev Ontario is headquartered in Waterloo and has offices throughout southern Ontario to support program delivery. Its mandate covers the region as defined by the following 37 Statistics Canada census divisions:
- Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
- Kawartha Lakes
- Prescott and Russell
- Leeds and Grenville
- Lennox and Addington
- Prince Edward
A list of the communities that form each census division is available on the Statistics Canada website.
The map of southern Ontario below shows FedDev Ontario's scope of operations, from Cornwall in the east to Owen Sound in the west, and from Pembroke in the north to Windsor in the south.
Description of figure: FedDev Ontario - Catchment Area and Census Divisions
A map of southern Ontario that shows FedDev Ontario's scope of operations, from Cornwall in the east to Owen Sound in the west, and from Pembroke in the north to Windsor in the south. According to Statistics Canada's annual population estimates for 2013, southern Ontario has a population of more than 12 million people, representing 94 percent of Ontario's total population and 36.3 percent of the total population of Canada.
For more detailed information on our Agency, please see FedDev Ontario's Report on Plans and Priorities and the Departmental Performance Report, which can be found on Our Reports page where you can access Audits and Evaluations, Official Languages and Access to Information and Privacy Reports.
The Government of Canada aims to create greater transparency and accountability and increase citizen engagement so that Canadians are better able to hold Parliament, their government and public sector officials accountable. On our Transparency page, you will find our Disclosure of Contracts, Disclosure of Grants and Contribution Awards Over $25,000, Disclosure of Position Reclassifications and Disclosure of Travel and Hospitality Expenses as well as our Completed Access to Information Requests.
Our Service Commitment
FedDev Ontario is committed to delivering effective, efficient and client-focused service to applicants. To learn more about our commitment to you, please see our Service Commitment.
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