Dave Mackenzie Welcomes New Southern Ontario Development Program

Canada’s Government delivers job creation and strengthened economy for vital region

The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is now accepting applications under the Southern Ontario Development Program (SODP) for projects that will stimulate local economies and enhance the growth and competitiveness of Southern Ontario businesses and communities.

Dave MacKenzie, MP for Oxford and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety welcomed the announcement by the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, that eligible small- and medium-sized businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits, Aboriginal organizations, colleges and universities can now submit applications for the new program.

“Our government is delivering on our commitment to create jobs and strengthen the economy,” said MacKenzie. “This new program will support people, communities and businesses in Oxford’and promote long-term growth in southern Ontario.”

The SODP takes into account consultations with community leaders and economic development stakeholders throughout the Southern Ontario Region. It will build upon the assets and strengths of communities to create an environment where businesses can thrive, and maximize the potential of Southern Ontario with a focus on economic development, innovation and diversification.

Overall funding for the SODP is $100 million in 2009-10; with $40 million available for this intake process.

Applications to access funding in 2009-10 will be accepted from October 2, 2009, to December 1, 2009.
FedDev Ontario will favour projects that can be started quickly and completed by March 31, 2010. Applications will be assessed based on merit and against SODP criteria and will be reviewed as they are received by the
Agency. The Agency, at a later date, may further refine the criteria for future calls for proposals.

Priority will be given to organizations or enterprises located in communities in Southern Ontario with populations of 500,000 or less, as well as to communities whose economies are less diversified and/or are reliant on a limited number of employers.

To download an application form, please visit www.southernontario.gc.ca.

The Southern Ontario Development Program was established to promote economic development, economic diversification, job creation and sustainable communities in Southern Ontario. The SODP is just one in a series of initiatives introduced in the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan designed to address the short-term effects of the economic decline on communities across Canada, while preparing our communities for long-term growth.