FedDev Ontario announces over $12.2 million to support economic development in greater Kawarthas region

A total of 33 projects are being funded, including Kawartha Ethanol Inc. in Havelock and The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough

Helena Jaczek, the minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (second from left), announced over $12.2 million for 33 tourism, community infrastructure, and economic development projects in Peterborough, Northumberland, and Kawartha Lakes at an event at The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough on July 12, 2022. Also pictured are Steve ten Doeschate of Kawartha Ethanol Inc. and Victoria Grant and Carolyn Hyslop of The Canadian Canoe Museum, two recipients of the funding. (Photo: The Canadian Canoe Museum / Facebook)
Helena Jaczek, the minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (second from left), announced over $12.2 million for 33 tourism, community infrastructure, and economic development projects in Peterborough, Northumberland, and Kawartha Lakes at an event at The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough on July 12, 2022. Also pictured are Steve ten Doeschate of Kawartha Ethanol Inc. and Victoria Grant and Carolyn Hyslop of The Canadian Canoe Museum, two recipients of the funding. (Photo: The Canadian Canoe Museum / Facebook)

The federal government has announced over $12.2 million for 33 tourism, community infrastructure, and economic development projects in Peterborough, Northumberland, and Kawartha Lakes.

The funding — under the Tourism Relief Fund (TTF), Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), and Community Economic Development and Diversification (CEDD) stream — includes $2.5 million for Kawartha Ethanol Inc. in Havelock and $750,000 for The Canadian Canoe Museum.

The Municipality of Port Hope is also receiving $750,000 for the redevelopment of Lent Lane and the Township of Selwyn is receiving $750,000 to renovate and improve accessibility of the Lakefield historic post office building.

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Helena Jaczek, the minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), made the announcement on Tuesday (July 12) at an event hosted by The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough.

“Our government is committed to continuing to make important investments in community economic development projects that benefit local economies,” Jaczek says in a media release. “Today’s investments will help communities in Peterborough, Northumberland, and Kawartha Lakes strengthen their public infrastructure and enhance their tourist attractions, while also driving resilient economic growth for the region and protecting jobs.”

The Canadian Canoe Museum is receiving a non-repayable contribution of $750,000 under the Tourism Relief Fund to outfit a 20,000-square-foot Exhibition Jall at the museum’s new waterfront location on Little Lake. The museum will create seven new exhibits showcasing diverse voices and perspectives from across the country, including Indigenous knowledge, languages, cultures, and histories.

A concept rendering of the entrance to the 20,000-square-foot Exhibition Hall at The Canadian Canoe Museum's new facility under construction beside Little Lake in Peterborough. (Image: The Canadian Canoe Museum / Facebook)
A concept rendering of the entrance to the 20,000-square-foot Exhibition Hall at The Canadian Canoe Museum’s new facility under construction beside Little Lake in Peterborough. (Image: The Canadian Canoe Museum / Facebook)

“This funding will contribute to the development of a brand-new suite of professionally designed exhibits that will be featured in our new museum’s 20,000 square foot Exhibition Hall,” says the museum’s executive director Carolyn Hyslop. “These exhibits will attract visitors from near and far to explore the canoe’s significance to Canada through diverse themes, perspectives and voices.”

Kawartha Ethanol Inc., a manufacturer of corn-based fuel-grade ethanol, is receiving a repayable investment of $2.5 million through the Community Economic Development and Diversification stream to adopt new production capabilities, reach new markets, and create permanent rural jobs.

“We appreciate FedDev Ontario’s support as we pivot our production to include health and manufacturing ingredients,” says Kawartha Ethanol general manager Steve ten Doeschate. “This support has assisted us in developing new innovations to retool and adopt technological changes to produce supplies for the health care and other sectors through the production of a variety of high-grade industrial distilled alcohol product outputs that are in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to support growing demands for products previously sourced in foreign markets.”

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Here’s the full list of recipients, projects, and funding amounts.

Recipient Name Project Funding contribution Fund
Kawartha Ethanol Inc. Expand, adopt new production capabilities and reach new markets. $2,500,000 CEDD
A. Sheila Boyd Foundation Create virtual museum tours, adapt operations to public health requirements and provide year-round access to exhibits. $10,000 TRF
Canadian Canoe Museum Outfit a 20,000-square foot Exhibition Hall at the museum’s new waterfront location on Little Lake in Peterborough, create seven new exhibits showcasing diverse voices and perspectives, including Indigenous languages, cultures and histories and expand educational programming. $750,000 TRF
Fenelon Falls Museum Deliver culinary and children’s tourism events and programming. $39,540 TRF
Cobourg Museum Develop new exhibitions to showcase the diversity of the community by sharing immigrant stories. $27,400 TRF
Elmhirst’s Resort Improve accessibility by redesigning entranceway, updating washrooms, installing an elevator to the lower levels of the resort, and constructing ramps and signage. $100,000 TRF
Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Launch the TRAIL PASS app to enhance visitor information services and increase awareness of local businesses along the trail. $16,700 TRF
Kawartha Works Community Co-operative, Inc Establish outdoor, world-class entertainment experiences for tourists at the new Grove Theatre in Fenelon Falls. $500,000 TRF
Lake Edge Cottages Inc. Construct new shed to include solar panels, install electric car chargers, and signage to improve environmental impact. $85,523 TRF
Otonabee Conservation Revitalize the Harold Town Conservation Area to increase accessibility and inclusivity of trails, facilities and other park amenities. $367,971 TRF
The Corporation of the County of Northumberland Support activities related to the Northumberland Tourism Wellness Experience Development Program. $97,000 TRF
The Forest Hill Lodge Renovate existing common lodge space for visitors during colder seasons and add features to align with local health guidelines. $100,000 TRF
Westben Arts Festival Theatre Revitalize and modernize the facility and provide enhanced interactive experiences. $198,500 TRF
Wildwood Purchase canoes, glamping huts, kayaks and paddle boards. $90,000 TRF
BGC Kawarthas Construct skate park at Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes’ property in Lindsay. $396,750 CCRF
City of Kawartha Lakes Improve downtown streetscapes on William Street North and South, Peel Street, York Street North, Kent Street West and Cambridge Street in Lindsay, Ontario. $750,000 CCRF
Corporation of the Municipality of Trent Lakes | Township of Galway-Cavendish and Harvey Construct accessible playground in Ode’naang Park. $56,250 CCRF
Corporation of The Township of Douro-Dummer Construct new building in South Douro Park with canteen, storage and a covered picnic table area, as well as installation of tennis courts and an accessible ramp. $294,750 CCRF
Cramahe Township Install power door operator to improve library accessibility. $27,750 CCRF
Kawartha Works Community Co-op Reinvent playground at Tommy Anderson Park in Bobcaygeon to include new play areas and increase the capacity and quality of the visitor experience. $150,000 CCRF
Kirkfield & District Historical Society Renovate historical building to be more energy efficient and accessible, and deliver more inclusive programing for the community’s aging rural population. $76,710 CCRF
Northumberland County Retrofit existing space to create an indoor, year round, retail space in the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre in Cobourg. $180,000 CCRF
Northumberland County Build community greenspace surrounding the new Northumberland County Archives and Museum and Golden Plough Lodge facilities. $566,250 CCRF
Otonabee Conservation Reinvent trail through historical and environmental education storytelling with installation of signs, QR codes and digital apps that recognize the First Nation heritage of the area and interactions with settlers; as well as highlight trail features. $523,917 CCRF
Otonabee Conservation Construct accessible and inclusive washroom facility at the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area in Warsaw. $91,660 CCRF
Otonabee Conservation Construct accessible and inclusive washrooms at the Selwyn Beach Conservation Area in Lakefield. $95,858 CCRF
The City of Peterborough Create urban park including multi-use central space with a stage facility for performances and events that doubles as an ice rink; change rooms, washrooms, storage and refrigeration; outdoor Farmer’s Market; children’s water park and relaxation spaces. $750,000 CCRF
The Corporation of the Municipality of Trent Hills Renovate Warkworth Arena and Community Centre to increase number of dressing rooms and improve accessibility of lobby and washrooms. $600,000 CCRF
The Municipality of Port Hope Reinvent Lent Lane into accessible, community/park space to include accessible walkway, increased greenery and showcase of artwork by local and Indigenous artists. $750,000 CCRF
The Peterborough Humane Society Build new off-leash dog park and memorial gardens adjacent to Peterborough Humane Society Animal Care Centre. $438,093 CCRF
The Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Build accessible splash pad on Havelock Community Centre grounds. $393,750 CCRF
Township of Asphodel-Norwood Revitalize and expand existing skateboard park in Norwood to create a multi-purpose, inclusive and accessible space beside community centre. $483,170 CCRF
Township of Selwyn Renovate and improve accessibility of Lakefield historic post office building. $750,000 CCRF