The Ontario East Economic Development Commission works in tandem with city, township and county level Economic Development offices to ensure all of your questions are answered.
Contact us today to discover how Ontario East could be the perfect fit for your business.
Lucy Medeiros, Program Administrator
Ontario East Office, Kingston: 613-634-8569
Jay Amer, Ec. D., Executive Director
Ontario East Office, Peterborough: 613-634-8569
Alysha Dominico, OE-TISP Project Co-ordinator
Julie Savard, WEP Program Co-ordinator
Jody Burns, Financial Manager
Message from the President
On behalf of the Board of Directors, welcome to Ontario East.
The Ontario East Economic Development Commission is the lead regional economic development organization facilitating collaboration, working with investors, supporting members, providing resources and working as a collective voice for economic development in Eastern Ontario.
Now, more than ever, it is essential to support our member communities through regional recovery and investment promotion programming and raise awareness of the unique opportunities available in Ontario East.
If you are an investor or a business seeking information on how to enter our proven business locations throughout our region, Ontario East is your one-stop connection with local economic development professionals ready to assist with the latest information and informed advice.
Our 150+ members and partners work together to bring economic development, growth and prosperity to Eastern Ontario. If you are a member, be sure and connect with us through the website, social media and at our regular meetings (virtual and soon, in person). If you are not a member, email us at email@example.com or give us a call at 613-634-8569 to learn about our successful track record and the benefits of collaboration through regional economic development with Ontario East.
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- Chris King
Board of Directors
The Ontario East Board of Directors also includes Non-Voting Members who are senior regional officials from the following government organizations:
- Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation & Trade - MEDJCT (Provincial)
- Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs - OMAFRA (Provincial)
- Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development - MLITSD (Provincial)
- Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (Federal)
Our Economic Development Partners
EASTERN ONTARIO WARDENS' & EASTERN ONTARIO MAYORS' CAUCUS
Ontario East Economic Development Commission works closely with the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) and the Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus (EOMC) through the Eastern Ontario Leadership Council.
The EOWC includes all counties and lower-tier municipalities across eastern Ontario and are focused on advocating for and improving infrastructure and connectivity, growing the regional economy, and reducing municipalities' operational costs. http://www.eowc.org/
The EOMC includes all mayors representing the separated cities in eastern Ontario from Peterborough in the west to Cornwall in the east and Pembroke to the North. EOMC works to advance municipal priorities important to Eastern Ontario. The EOMC advocate for advancing issues of importance to eastern Ontario's cities. https://eomc.ca/
EASTERN ONTARIO LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
The EOLC consists of five major partners that together represent the various sectors across the region. The partnership was launched to tackle issues regarding the economic performance of the region and pursue opportunities to maintain and enhance its economic prosperity. The five partners are:
Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus, Eastern Ontario Mayors’ Caucus, Eastern Ontario Regional Network, Ontario East Economic Development Commission and Community Futures Eastern Ontario. http://www.eolc.info/
RURAL ONTARIO INSTITUTE
The Rural Ontario Institute (ROI) is a non-profit, charitable organization that develops leaders, initiates dialogue, supports collaboration and promotes action on issues and opportunities facing rural Ontario.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is committed to success of Ontario's rural communities and its food and agriculture sectors. Ontario East and its members work closely with this Ministry to deliver information and programming in support of our mostly rural region. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/
The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade supports a strong, innovative economy that can provide jobs, opportunities, and prosperity for all Ontarians. Ontario East works with industry specialists to support key employment sectors in the region and with the Ministry's investment attraction agency Invest Ontario.
The Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development provides a variety of workforce related services including supporting apprenticeships, the skilled trades, industry training and employment services in Ontario. Ontario East delivers a workforce development program supported by the Ministry to ensure that the region continues to offer a skilled, available, and dedicated workforce to existing and new employers.
COMMUNITY FUTURES EASTERN ONTARIO
Ontario East Economic Development Commission partners with a network of fourteen participating Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in eastern Ontario through Community Futures Eastern Ontario. The Community Futures Program (CFP) is a community driven economic development initiative designed to assist rural areas.
CFDCs are funded through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
The Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario delivers programs and services to support innovation and economic growth in southern Ontario—Canada’s most populous region. Ontario East partners with FedDev Ontario to promote investment attraction and areas of emphasis including supporting women entrepreneurship in the region.
INVEST IN CANADA
Invest in Canada works directly with global investors to unlock investment opportunities and facilitate expansion in Canada. We bring industry, community, and government partners together to offer seamless services that make it easy for you to grow your operations in Canada. Ontario East participates in programming and trade missions in support of Invest in Canada's mandate.
AGRICULTURE & AGRI-FOOD CANADA
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada supports the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector through initiatives that promote innovation and competitiveness. Ontario East works with this ministry to support its key employment sectors - food & beverage.