Ontario Supporting Economic Development in West Lincoln and Lincoln

Published on August 30, 2021

Smithville - Today, Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West, announced that the West Lincoln Farmers' Market in the Township of West Lincoln will receive up to $35,900.00 in funding, while ShopLincoln.ca in the Town of Lincoln will receive up to $9,611.00 in funding through Ontario's Rural Economic Development (RED) program.

The provincial investment will help support operations of the West Lincoln Farmers' Market, hosted each Friday at the West Lincoln Community Centre in Smithville, as well as supporting the placement of 89 banners on light posts throughout the Town of Lincoln to promote the ShopLincoln.ca website.

The two projects are part of more than 60 projects supported by the Government of Ontario to help diversify local economies, retain skilled workers and create jobs in communities like Niagara. The province is committing a total of $5 million in cost-share funding in this latest intake of the RED program.

The funding announced for West Lincoln and Lincoln will help connect local businesses and vendors with intentional consumers who are looking for local products and services.

"The investment in both projects will help local farmers and businesses expand their reach in Niagara West," said MPP Oosterhoff.

"Both projects help create jobs and boost economic growth in our growing rural communities."

"Supporting local jobs and economic development in rural communities is more important than ever," said Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

"As the economy continues to reopen, our investments in the Rural Economic Development program will have a very real impact for communities across rural Ontario."

In addition, the Ontario government is committing $5 million in cost-share funding under the next intake of the RED program to help rural communities implement additional economic growth plans to address the economic impacts of COVID-19. The new RED intake will open on August 30.

Ontario's Rural Economic Development (RED) program will allow rural communities to better respond to the local economic impacts of the pandemic, by supporting actions that will address barriers to economic development, and better position rural communities for economic growth and job creation.

Economic growth in rural and Indigenous communities during COVID-19 is part of the government's plan to get every region of Ontario back on track so they can create jobs, opportunity and prosperity for everyone.