Rural Funding Programs

To stay competitive and succeed in a local and global market, communities and business must create and retain jobs, revitalize their communities, train and develop the skills of their workforce and build on traditional strengths and advantages. Rural Funding Programs assist with the costs of projects that remove barriers to economic development and that provide benefits to rural Ontario.


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Rural Economic Development (RED) Program

The Rural Economic Development Program provides grant funding for projects which focus on job creation, innovation and investment attraction in the priority areas of food processing, skills training and community revitalization.

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Rural Summer Job Service Program

Rural Summer Jobs Program helps local employers create student jobs that enhance their skills and work experience in Rural Ontario.

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Ontario Vineyard Improvement Program (OVIP)

Ontario Vineyard Improvement Program (OVIP) helps growers who want to transition to new grape varieties or make other improvements to their existing vineyards.

Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 05 May 2011
Last Reviewed: 08 April 2014