On November 29, 2013 the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) announced a renewal of the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) through to March 31, 2019.

The EODP has been a federal government initiative to support community economic development in the rural communities of south eastern Ontario for the past ten years.  The initiative is delivered through the network of Community Futures Development Corporations serving the area.  Through this ten year period $98 million has been invested in businesses and communities across south eastern Ontario. 

The renewal of the program also brought some redesign of the delivery.  The program still has three streams, Business Development, Community Innovation and Collaborative Projects, however only the first two stream are managed at the local CFDC level.  Collaborative Projects are now managed through the Eastern Ontario CFDC Network Inc. and applications for these projects will be found on that organization's website.  Any municipality, not for profit corporation, first nation or business based within Brock Township, the Town of East Gwillimbury, or the Town of Georgina, is eligible to apply for funding from any of these streams.  The maximum contribution to any specific Business Development or Community Innovation project is capped at 50% of the eligible costs to a maximum of $100,000.  For Collaborative Projects there must be at least $200,000 of eligible costs to be considered.

Business Development has funds to support the creation of sustainable new businesses and jobs, funds to support training and skills development, funds to support innovation and adoption of innovative technology to increase competitiveness, funds to support industry cluster development and supply chain development and funds to support business planning and market development opportunities.

Community Innovation has funds to support community led economic development activities that enhance and diversify the local economy and develop opportunities for sustainable economic growth and employment. 

Collaborative Projects are ones which have impact across on a broader regional level across south eastern Ontario.


To Apply
Application packages for the Business Development and Community Innovation streams, complete with program details, can be downloaded below.  If you have a problem downloading this application file contact our office and we will be able to provide you with either an MS Word version or a hard copy.  Please attach a Business Plan with your Application. 

The deadline for applications on the initial intake will be Friday, April 25, 2014, at 5:00 pm.  Beginning in June, 2014 there will be a monthly intake as long as funds are available.  The standing deadline for these monthly intakes will be two Fridays before the last Wednesday of the month.