Growing Jobs and Opportunity in Rural Ontario

Published on November 30, 2018

Supporting Economic Growth in Northumberland – Peterborough South

Growing Jobs and Opportunity in Rural Ontario


As part of our Government for the People’s Open for Business plan today David Piccini MPP announced investments to help create jobs and prosperity in rural and Indigenous communities. Nearly one in eight jobs in Ontario is sustained by the agriculture and agri-food sector, which contributes to a healthy economy that benefits rural and urban communities across the province.

David Piccini, MPP for Northumberland – Peterborough South made the announcement today in Port Hope on behalf of Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman.

The Municipality of Port Hope is receiving up to $47,000.00 in funding through the Rural Economic Development program to create and promote a tourism app that will feature shops, restaurants, events, fish-cameras and activities that will support small businesses and engage visitors.

“Our government is proud to support projects that help grow jobs and open the doors to economic development in rural and Indigenous communities. Ontario has a first-class agri-food and agriculture sector, and I am pleased to be able to help our community identify their economic strengths and develop strategies that can attract business and investment.” – David Piccini MPP for Northumberland – Peterborough South

“Rural Ontario has been ignored for too long. A strong and vibrant agri-food and agriculture sector is a priority for this government, said Hardeman. “These investments along with our commitment to cut red-tape will help create a strong future for our rural communities by boosting economic growth, creating jobs and ensuring they are great places to live and do business.”

— Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

The municipality of Port Hope is one of over 80 communities across the province that will benefit from this support by boosting and diversifying the local economy. Eligible projects include such things as developing a downtown revitalization plan or marketing, branding and promotional activities to attract investment to the community.

“Our government is committed to ensuring that rural Ontario is open for business,” said Hardeman.