$100,000 in funding Available for County Businesses

Collaborative Economic Development Projects (CEDP) is to help trigger investment decisions that will strengthen innovation across Eastern Ontario and kick start new economic activity. CEDP recipients receive 50% reimbursement of eligible and approved costs (Must spend over $200,000 to receive $100,000 in eligible expenses).

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Eligible Project Activities:

Eligible activities of EODP Collaborative Projects fall into three main categories.

1. Expansion of Economic Assets (capacity building) includes:

  • Industry cluster development and expansion
  • Labour market development (skills gap analysis, skills development, worker transition)
  • Strategic planning and research studies

2. Business Development and Growth includes:

  • New business development
  • Training & mentoring
  • Business startups

Existing Business (growth-oriented innovative SMEs), eligible activities include:

  • Productivity enhancements (information and communications technologies, energy, new technologies, productivity assessments)
  • Market diversification
  • Innovation/product development (research and development)
  • Succession planning

3. Business Infrastructure

  • Business Incubators
  • Supply chain analysis and development.

Eligible Costs:

Labour, Expertise, Capital, Non-capital. Costs may only be deemed eligible if they are incurred on or after the date of submission of a complete application to CEDP.

CEDP Funding Priorities:

CEDP will prioritize funding for three targeted client segments (listed in order of emphasis):

  • Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial SMEs (for-profit);
  • Innovation-Driven Enterprise (for-profit);
  • Industry-led Fourth Pillar Organizations (not-for-profit).

CEDP priority sectors are (in no particular order):

  • Advanced Manufacturing;
  • Clean Tech/Bio Tech;
  • ICT;
  • Transportation and Logistics;
  • Agri-food and Food Processing; and
  • General technology.

Additionally, CEDP priority pathways for economic development are:

  • Industrial;
  • Digital;
  • Local;
  • Aboriginal;
  • Youth; and
  • Francophone.

Applicant CEDP project proposals that reflect these targeted client segments, priorities and pathways will likely have a higher approval rate.

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For startups or businesses looking to expand or re-locate to The County, you can fill out this Business Inquiry Questionnaire, and the Community Development Department will respond in 48 hours.

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