FedDev Ontario investments support businesses and spur innovation and growth amid global pandemic

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Through this difficult time, FedDev Ontario has been there to support businesses. This includes providing financial relief to through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), and providing existing clients with flexibilities to address their changing needs as they continue to adapt. While the Agency has been working to ensure businesses, organizations and communities across southern Ontario have the support they need to weather the impacts of this crisis, we also continue to make targeted investments to support innovation and growth to rebuild a stronger, more inclusive and more competitive southern Ontario.

December 22, 2020 – Waterloo, Ontario

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted our economy and unleashed a whirlwind of uncertainty for businesses and their employees.

Through this difficult time, FedDev Ontario has been there to support businesses. This includes providing financial relief through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF), and providing existing clients with flexibilities to address their changing needs as they continue to adapt. While the Agency has been working to ensure businesses, organizations and communities across southern Ontario have the support they need to weather the impacts of this crisis, we also continue to make targeted investments to support innovation and growth to rebuild a stronger, more inclusive and more competitive southern Ontario.

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario, highlighted nearly $490 million in FedDev Ontario investments made this year, which have created and maintained over 50,000 jobs in the region. These investments are positioning Canada for a strong recovery, while supporting the Government of Canada’s commitment to create over one million jobs and restore employment to previous levels.

Protecting local jobs and providing relief for businesses and organizations

Since the launch of the RRRF in May 2020, FedDev Ontario has provided critical support for thousands of businesses and organizations, helping them to continue operations, protect jobs, cover costs and play a role in Canada’s economic recovery.

This funding has supported the immediate needs of a broad range of businesses, including those hit hardest by the pandemic, from main street and rural businesses, tourism operators and manufacturers to women-led and Indigenous-led businesses and those in Franco-Ontarian communities.

For example, FedDev Ontario is investing $50 million through RRRF in the Digital Main Street platform and the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Recovery Activation Program, which will help nearly 23,000 main street businesses and SMEs across the province to adopt digital business models, positioning them to regain lost revenue and become more resilient and competitive.

RRRF investments are also supporting local businesses like HiMama, a Toronto-based technology company that has developed an app to streamline operations for daycares and early learning programs, while increasing parent engagement through digital communications. Hawkesbury-based Green Beaver Company also received RRRF support through the Prescott-Russell Community Futures Development Corporation’s unique project to support businesses in Franco-Ontarian communities. RRRF funding has helped these businesses and thousands more stay afloat while seizing opportunities for future growth.