Federal government invests $16.5M in Eastern Ontario
by CM Staff
This investment will support the purchase and installation of new manufacturing equipment, contributing to the expansion of a new, energy-efficient factory that will boost production.
VARS — On Feb. 13, Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced funding of more than $16.5 million towards the growth of Eastern Ontario’s economy, with support for three manufacturers and 27 tourism and community projects. These projects will aim to help local businesses to scale up, create and rejuvenate community spaces, and enhance tourism attractions to welcome more visitors, create over 150 jobs, and build a stronger economy.
While in Vars, Minister Tassi and MP Drouin had the opportunity to visit Les Ateliers Beau-Roc (Beau-Roc), a woman-owned and led, Francophone manufacturer of custom-built dump truck bodies and accessories. While there, the Minister was able to speak to the hard workers on the floor and let them know that the federal govenrment will be investing $4.1 million. This investment will support the purchase and installation of new manufacturing equipment, contributing to the expansion of a new, energy-efficient factory that will boost production of the company’s Multi-Purpose Heavy Duty (MPHD) & Stainless Steel dump truck bodies. As a result, Beau-Roc will enhance sales across Canada and the U.S., cut delivery lead times in half and create more than 30 skilled jobs in Eastern Ontario.
The Municipality of Casselman, a largely Francophone community located between Ottawa and Cornwall, also received an investment of nearly $100,000 to enhance tourism in the region by developing a waterfront trail and bird sanctuary along the South Nation River.
“When we invest in business owners’ potential, we invest in a strong future for our country. By supporting organizations and businesses across Eastern Ontario, our Government is contributing to a growing region that will continue to support Canada’s economy and create many good jobs. We are making smart investments that put people first and set local communities on a path to success,” said Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
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