The Ontario government is committed to helping local economies get back on track after the COVID-19 lockdowns, MPP Steve Clark said on Friday.
“More than ever, our local communities need assistance to attract new investment to create and retain employment as our economy reopens,” Clark, the MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, said outside Gananoque town hall.
Clark, who is also municipal affairs minister, said his government is releasing $105,000 for Gananoque and the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands (TLTI) to hire a project coordinator.
The new role is being created to help small businesses with new and innovative marketing, relevant workshops and shop-local campaigns.
These projects, said Clark, are another way the government is reaching out to existing businesses while creating new opportunities for rural communities.
Gananoque and TLTI had partnered together to apply for the funding, through the Rural Economic Development (RED) program.