Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

  1. The integration of advanced technology across the automotive and aerospace sectors is transforming the way we travel and transport goods, while offering substantial environmental benefits by reducing emissions and moving us closer to a zero emissions future. Manufacturers integrating new technology are growing in number and SMEs will be required to quickly pivot their operations and seize new supply chain opportunities as the automotive and aerospace sectors embrace greater electrification.
  2. The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, will make an important virtual announcement in Hamilton. Minister Tassi will be joined by Bob Bratina, Member of Parliament for Hamilton East–Stoney Creek.
  3. Today, Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario), along with Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell, announced a FedDev Ontario investment of $625,000 to support the scale-up of Muskoka Cabinet Company Inc., an innovative manufacturer of residential cabinetry.
  4. Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario and Official Languages), will make an important virtual announcement in Alfred. Parliamentary Secretary Lalonde will be joined by Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for Glengarry–Prescott–Russell.
  5. Tourism is essential to the vitality of businesses and communities in Grey and Simcoe counties and the cities of Barrie and Orillia, with millions of visitors traditionally drawn to the area’s attractions such as ski hills, beaches and wineries each year. The sector has been hit hard by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and tourism-related businesses are working hard to build back stronger.
  6. Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario and Official Languages), will make an important virtual announcement in Barrie.
  7. Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced an investment of over $5.8 million for Elevate to launch a new and innovative job success program, Elevate Talent. She was joined by Mayor John Tory, who announced additional support for Elevate from the City of Toronto. This comprehensive program will reskill 5,300 job seekers from underrepresented communities, including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQ+, and Francophone professionals in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and match them with job openings in technology and innovation-based organizations, start-ups and the creative industries.
  8. The Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario and His Worship, John Tory, Mayor of the City of Toronto will announce support for the growth of underrepresented talent in the tech and innovation sectors.
  9. Today, Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario and Official Languages), announced a non-repayable FedDev Ontario investment of $1 million to support the tourism industry’s recovery in Ontario’s Highlands.
  10. Two southwestern Ontario companies, VDB Grains and Mycionics Inc., are receiving a combined FedDev Ontario repayable contribution of nearly $2 million to support their growth.
  11. Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario and Official Languages), will make an important virtual announcement for Eastern Ontario’s tourism sector
  12. $750,000 for tourism-dependent businesses in Eastern Ontario communities to pivot and support 185 jobs
  13. With a $1.2-million investment, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation (SWOTC) is providing non-repayable contributions of up to $20,000 to local tourism-oriented businesses. These contributions are supporting costs associated with adapting and eventually reopening, such as space renovations and retrofits, purchase of equipment, fixtures and personal protective equipment, as well as support for technology and digitization. This project, in partnership with Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, Tourism Sarnia Lambton, Middlesex County Economic Development and Tourism London. When complete, is expected to support more than 100 businesses and maintain 320 jobs.
  14. Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha and Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a non-repayable investment of $500,000 for Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development to support the tourism industry’s recovery in the Peterborough Region.
  15. Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario and Official Languages), will make an important virtual announcement to support the tourism sector for Eastern Ontario.
  16. The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development and Member of Parliament for Peterborough—Kawartha, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, will make an important virtual announcement in Peterborough.
  17. Today, Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario and Official Languages), announced a FedDev Ontario repayable contribution of nearly $850,000 for Candor Industries Inc. (Candor), to scale up and expand operations and create 15 highly-skilled jobs.
  18. Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario and Official Languages), will make an important virtual announcement in support of an innovative manufacturer in North York. PS Lalonde will be joined by Ya’ara Saks, Member of Parliament for York Centre.
  19. Today, Irek Kusmierczyk, Member of Parliament for Windsor–Tecumseh, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a FedDev Ontario non-repayable contribution of $7.5 million for Invest WindsorEssex (IWE) to establish Canada’s first world-class automobility accelerator.
  20. Irek Kusmierczyk, Member of Parliament for Windsor–Tecumseh, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, will make an important virtual announcement in support an automobility innovation cluster in Windsor.
  21. As Canadian businesses continue to deal with the impacts of COVID-19, the Government of Canada continues to support businesses to pivot to digitize and take advantage of e-commerce opportunities and automation. Investing in homegrown tech companies helps to keep Canada at the forefront of advanced technology and seize new opportunities as we navigate the realities of a more digitally-connected and automated society.
  22. As the fight against COVID-19 continues it is more important than ever to support Canada’s innovative and cutting edge health care companies.
  23. Since the onset of the pandemic, Canada’s Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) have been delivering critical support to help businesses and organizations stay open, protect jobs and prepare for a strong recovery. Thanks to their unique connection to communities and local businesses, Budget 2021 recognizes RDAs as key partners to support economic recovery, diversification and innovation as we work together to finish the fight against COVID-19 and ensure a robust, inclusive economic recovery.
  24. The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade and Member of Parliament for Markham–Thornhill, and the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for St. John’s South–Mount Pearl, will make a virtual announcement with the CAN Health Network, followed by a panel discussion.
  25. Today, Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, announced a non-repayable FedDev Ontario investment of nearly $5 million for the City of Guelph to develop Canada’s first circular economy test platform and accelerator, the Circular Opportunity Innovation Launchpad (COIL). The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
  26. Ontario’s cleantech sector is helping communities, businesses and organizations across the globe implement effective, efficient solutions to environmental challenges. The City of Kingston, situated along Lake Ontario between Toronto and Ottawa, with its world-class research capabilities and highly-educated workforce, is well on its way to becoming a centre for clean technology in Ontario.
  27. Lloyd Longfield, MP for Guelph, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, will make an important announcement for Guelph.
  28. Today, Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario and Official Languages), announced Sarnia–Lambton’s official designation as a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Point—a single point of access to resources and information relating to programs that relieve duties, tariffs and taxes for businesses engaged in importing and exporting.
  29. Today, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and Member of Parliament for Waterloo, announced a FedDev Ontario repayable contribution of over $1.9 million for Swenco Ltd., one of North America’s leading manufacturers and distributors of components for the safety footwear industry, to expand operations for the full-time production of COVID-19-related PPE.
  30. The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth and Member of Parliament for Waterloo, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, will make an important announcement for Waterloo.
  31. Marie-France Lalonde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario and Official Languages), will make an important virtual announcement in Sarnia.
  32. Today, Irek Kusmierczyk, Member of Parliament for Windsor–Tecumseh, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a total FedDev Ontario investment of nearly $1.5 million through Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) to support four companies in the Chatham–Kent region, the world’s largest freshwater commercial fishing port and one of Ontario’s key fish- and seafood-processing regions.
  33. Irek Kusmierczyk, MP for Windsor–Tecumseh, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, will make an important virtual announcement in support of local fish and seafood processing sector.
  34. Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a total FedDev Ontario repayable contribution of $2.9 million to support the growth of two Burlington-based companies: AceAge Inc. and Gerrie Electric Wholesale Limited (Gerrie Electric).
  35. Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a total FedDev Ontario investment of $14.6 million to support the long-term growth of six Toronto-based tech firms.
  36. With a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, Toronto has anchored its position as a leader in key sectors including technology, with an impressive talent base and a robust business environment.
  37. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, will make an important virtual announcement in Burlington. The Minister will be joined by the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development and Member of Parliament for Burlington.
  38. Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, announced a FedDev Ontario investment of $6 million for Innovation Factory, which will work alongside the Synapse Life Science Consortium to launch the Southern Ontario Pharmaceutical and Health Innovation Ecosystem (SOPHIE).
  39. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, will make an important virtual announcement in support of technology innovation in Toronto. Minister Joly will be joined by Marci Ien, Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre.
  40. The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister FedDev Ontario, will make an important virtual announcement in Hamilton. Minister Joly will be joined by the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas.
  41. Canada’s agri-food producers have been hit hard by the economic impacts of the pandemic. The Government of Canada is committed to providing them the resources they need to support our economic recovery and emerge stronger and more competitive than before. Central to this is supporting their growth to meet customer demands—within Canada and globally—while creating new jobs for Canadians, in communities large and small.
  42. Tim Louis, Member of Parliament for Kitchener–Conestoga, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, will make an important virtual announcement in New Hamburg.