The next application intake for the Rural Economic Development (RED) program will be from August 30, 2021 to October 1, 2021. You can find all program information, including how to apply, on my ministry’s website at
ontario.ca/REDprogram on August 30, 2021.

For more information, please visit: Rural Economic Development (RED) Program – Letter

 

Read the full letter from the Honourable Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs:

I am pleased to announce the next application intake for the Rural Economic Development (RED) program will be from August 30, 2021 to October 1, 2021. You can find all program information, including how to apply, on my ministry’s website at ontario.ca/REDprogram on August 30, 2021.

In July 2019, we announced the revitalized RED program. Our updates put the focus on outcome-based projects that will have tangible benefits for Ontario’s rural and Indigenous communities. The updates to the RED program better align with our government’s priorities to remove barriers to investment, open doors to rural economic development and create good jobs across the province.

The program has two project categories:

  • The Strategic Economic Infrastructure stream provides up to 30 percent in cost-shared funding for minor capital projects that advance economic development and investment opportunities.
  • The Economic Diversification and Competitiveness stream provides up to 50 percent in cost-shared funding for projects that remove barriers to business and job growth, attract investment, attract or retain a skilled workforce, strengthen sector and regional partnerships and diversify regional economies.

Our government is committed to supporting economic growth in rural communities and ensuring Ontario is open for business.

I encourage you to take advantage of this funding opportunity and submit an application for your economic development project. Together, we can ensure Ontario’s communities thrive.

Please accept my best wishes.

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Thompson
Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs