August 29, 2013: The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), along
with Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin–Middlesex─London, was in the St.
Thomas area today to discuss the role of FedDev Ontario in the region and seek input
on future Agency programs for southern Ontario.
"Our Government is focused on the priorities of Canadians, including creating jobs
and strengthening the economy here in southern Ontario," said Minister Goodyear.
"I'm pleased to be here in St. Thomas with my colleague MP Preston to participate
in a roundtable discussion to make certain we continue to create programs that help
the businesses and workers in this community; and to tour an exciting and innovative
project in the region."
"I am very pleased to welcome Minister Goodyear to St. Thomas," stated MP Preston.
"Our discussions today centered around generating prosperity and a healthy economic
climate and I am glad that the Minister shares our vision for creating this climate
in southern Ontario."
At today's roundtable, stakeholders provided their views on potential areas of focus
for FedDev Ontario programs including: support for innovation and commercialization,
business growth, productivity and communities.
In the Photo: Front row: Scott McRae, President Forest City Castings;
Sean Dyke, St. Thomas EDC; Alan Smith, Elgin County EDC; Ross Fair, Chair Fanshawe
College; Bob Hammersley, President & CEO St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce
Second Row: John Regan, General Manager Elgin Business Resource Centre; Joe
Preston, MP Elgin-Middlesex-London; The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister for Federal
Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario); Heather Jackson,
Mayor City of St. Thomas; Dave Marr, County of Elgin; Serge Lavoie, President SWEA;
John Peart, Railway City Brewing Company
Since its launch in 2009, the Agency has made significant progress in creating jobs
and growing the economy. However, southern Ontario remains under considerable pressure,
and more than ever our businesses and workers need to be more innovative and productive,
and strive to access new markets.
In the Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada demonstrated its continued
commitment to workers, families and communities in southern Ontario with the renewal
of FedDev Ontario. Economic Action Plan 2013 provides $920 million for FedDev Ontario
over five years, including $200 million for a new Advanced Manufacturing Fund in
Ontario, starting on April 1, 2014.
FedDev Ontario will also continue to promote business development, job creation
and self-reliant communities in rural eastern Ontario by extending the Eastern Ontario
Development Program for five years. With renewed funding, FedDev Ontario will continue
to act as a champion for the region supporting the development of a prosperous and
globally competitive southern Ontario economy.
Details of new programming will be posted on the Agency's website at www.FedDevOntario.gc.ca as they become
available, so stakeholders are encouraged to check back regularly.