Pembroke, Ontario — Cheryl Gallant, MP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), today announced that the Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) will receive up to $100,000 towards supporting their Youth Entrepreneurship Program.

“The Government is committed to collaborating with communities to stimulate the economy,” declared MP Cheryl Gallant. “Thanks to the Economic Development Initiative, this project will ensure that youth in Renfrew County recognize the importance of entrepreneurship.”

The Conservative Government, through the Renfrew County CFDC, plays an important role in community economic development. The Youth Entrepreneurship Program is designed to encourage youth to explore entrepreneurship and consider self-employment as a viable career option. The contribution announced today will enable the Renfrew County CFDC to support three  youth coordinators who will help promote entrepreneurship for youth, will facilitate and implement entrepreneurship activities, and will host events to help raise awareness about the importance of entrepreneurship.

This is a collaborative partnership with Prescott-Russell and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry CFDCs to deliver exciting and innovative youth entrepreneurship programs. Funding for this project comes from the Economic Development Initiative: “Acting for the Future”. The initiative is delivered by FedDev Ontario in eastern Ontario.

As part of this initiative, the government is providing funding to promote the development of new expertise through innovation, diversification of economic activities, partnerships and increased support to small- and medium-sized businesses in Eastern Ontario communities. Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the local economy by building on the region’s strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. These initiatives are designed to encourage partnerships and support projects that help the region’s businesses and communities become more competitive, innovative and diversified in industries such as tourism, culture, knowledge and manufacturing.

“I am pleased with the role I played in delivering economic development funding to Renfrew County concluded Cheryl Gallant, MP.

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