Jeff Leal Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Jeff Leal Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs has said that “Investing in local projects that help attract investment and create jobs is a vital component of our plan to boost economic growth in rural Ontario. These investments are helping shape a strong future for our rural communities by ensuring they remain vibrant places for our families to live, grow, work and place both now and in the future.”

Ontario is helping rural and Indigenous communities attract investment and tourism, create jobs and boost economic growth by supporting projects that will diversify and grow local economies through the Rural Economic Development (RED) program.

Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, was in Lindsay today to announce Ontario’s investment in the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation. The investment will be used to conduct an analysis to determine if planned improvements to Highway 7 will help boost economic development in the Eastern Ontario region.

Kawartha Lakes is one of 86 communities across the province that is receiving support through the RED program. Other projects include the development of a downtown revitalization plan or implementing a tourism-related marketing strategy to attract investment and visitors to communities.

Supporting rural and Indigenous communities is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.