The Eastern Ontario Development Program ( EODP) was started in 2004 by the Government of Canada. Its purpose is to promote rural socio-economic development in Eastern Ontario, which will lead to a competitive and diversified regional economy. This in tern will contribute to the successful development of business opportunities, job opportunities, and a sustainable self-reliant community.
There is a total of six categories to apply for. Each category has its own purpose and eligibility criteria.
*NOTE: A requirement for municipally submitted projects that any application must include a copy of the resolution from council indicating their support of the project and application, before application is accepted for consideration by PELA.
Applications will be from legal commercial entities, or their representative associations, or Aboriginal organizations, and will support the creation of sound business and investment plans, export or marketing plans, feasibility studies, research and development initiatives, strategic plans, etc., with the intention of advancing their organization?s initiatives forward with the long term goal of stimulating business development opportunities in the area. For more information, click here.
Applications will normally support intern positions in non-profit organizations, legal commercial entities, or their representative associations, or Aboriginal organizations, providing recent college or university graduates with skills gained from full-time work experience in business and/or community development fields. The internships will demonstrate the advantages of living and working locally. For more information, click here.
In acknowledgment of the significant financial investment required to train employees, applications may include direct training costs, travel and other related expenses. Funds will support legal commercial entities, or their representative associations, or Aboriginal organizations, by contributing to and encouraging further training of new or existing full-time employees (excl. seasonal employees), resulting in improved transferable skill sets for employers and in an enhanced local labour force. Preference will be given to those applications that support continuous improvement/lean concepts.For more information, click here.
Proposed projects will strengthen the local area by incrementally addressing local needs and priorities and will result in long term benefits including job creation, economic diversification and enhanced business competitiveness. Projects must demonstrate significant direct or indirect impact on the enhancement of local business and/or the community as a whole and should evidence support from partners in the private and/or public sectors. Eligible applicants include not-for-profit organizations, including municipalities, CFDCs, or Aboriginal organizations. For more information, click here.
For more information on the Eastern Ontario Development Program, please contact: Theresa Legate.