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March 18, 2015

The Eastern Ontario CFDC Network is pleased to announce $710,000 for the Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Skills and Jobs Initiative through the Eastern Ontario Development Program Collaborative Projects stream.

This initiative supports labour skills development to assist companies in achieving global manufacturing competitiveness. The funds will be used to offset 50 percent of the training costs, matched by employers, with the intent of improving employees’ technical and soft skills.

The project will be coordinated by the Quinte Economic Development Commission and will involve partnerships with manufacturing hubs located throughout Eastern Ontario including the Quinte, Northumberland and Kawartha Manufacturing Associations, Kingston Economic Development Corporation (KEDCO), Ottawa Valley Economic Development and the Eastern Ontario Training Board.

Manufacturers in eastern Ontario have identified that the availability of new employees and upgrading the skills of the incumbent workforce are key requirements to improving the competitiveness of the sector and to retaining and growing jobs. Connecting the right people to the right jobs will be done in partnership with the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) and with Magnet, a not-for-profit software platform that helps connect jobs to people and helps communities to work more productively.

The Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Skills and Jobs Initiative involves stakeholders from economic development, municipalities, education and the manufacturing sector collaborating to enhance the competitiveness of the Eastern Ontario manufacturing sector.

“Manufacturing continues to contribute significantly to the economy in eastern Ontario and this project aligns with our program priorities to support a broad base of businesses of all sizes throughout the region,” said Christine Dukelow, Chair of the Eastern Ontario CFDC Network.

“As a strong advocate for our EODP and the excellent administration by the local CFDCs, we have witnessed numerous project completions resulting in significant job growth and entrepreneurial success,” said Daryl Kramp, M.P. “I am pleased to support the funding of $710,000 to the Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Skills and Jobs Initiative to support labour skills development through local companies for global manufacturing competitiveness.”

“We are proud to lead this collaborative project that brings together communities, training partners and manufacturers to improve the performance and capabilities of manufacturers across eastern Ontario”, commented Chris King, CEO of the Quinte Economic Development Commission.

The Eastern Ontario Development Program is a $48-million economic development initiative focused on addressing economic challenges in eastern Ontario and taking advantage of innovative opportunities in the region. The program is managed by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and delivered through eastern Ontario’s 15 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) and the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Network Inc. Applications are solicited by each CFDC and the Network and are assessed on their potential to stimulate local and regional economic development and create jobs.

The Eastern Ontario Development Program Collaborative Projects stream, which is delivered by the Eastern Ontario CFDC Network, provides 50 percent matching funds for eligible initiatives that contribute to regional job growth and prosperity.

PLEASE NOTE: A new intake period for applicants interested in Collaborative Projects is taking place March 16th through April 24th, 2015.

For more information about this release, please contact:
Carol Armstrong, Executive Director, Eastern Ontario CFDC Network
Telephone: 705-741-1980 ext. 1
email: carol.armstrong@eocfdc.ca

About the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Network Inc. (Eastern Ontario CFDC Network): The Eastern Ontario CFDC Network strategically administers and coordinates opportunities available to the fifteen Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in eastern Ontario and advocates on behalf of the membership in order to support regional and local economic development initiatives in eastern Ontario. The Eastern Ontario CFDC Network also administers the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII).

CFDCs Offer the Following Services:

  • Strategic community planning and socio-economic development
  • Support for community-based projects
  • Business services
  • Access to capital

For more information about the Eastern Ontario Manufacturing Skills & Jobs Initiative, please visit: www.manufacturingrc.ca

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