Ontario Supporting Jobs and Economic Growth in Sault Ste. Marie

Ermatinger Clergue Matthew Shoemaker

SAULT STE. MARIE – The Ontario government is committing nearly $1 million in cost-share funding to help communities like Sault Ste. Marie diversify their economies, retain skilled workers and create jobs, through a new targeted intake of the Rural Economic Development (RED) program.

Details about the funding were released by Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at an event in Leamington on September 18th.

“The Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site offers a year-round cultural attraction for residents and visitors to Sault Ste. Marie,” said MPP Ross Romano, “This investment of $95,000 to help in the restoration of the Old Stone House will ensure the site continues to be properly maintained – preserving a piece of our history.”

The intake is directed at not-for-profit organizations with a mandate towards regional economic development and eligible projects would be eligible for up to 70 percent of total costs to a maximum of $75,000 in provincial funding.

“I want to recognize the Government of Ontario for its support of the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site, in particular the Ermatinger Old Stone House. Communities with strong links between community culture and engagement with local history are resilient, healthy communities, and the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site is playing a significant role by serving as an important attraction featuring interactive exhibits and activities that continue to entertain and educate the public.” said Mayor Christian Provenzano.


  • Applications will be accepted from September 21 – October 9, 2020.
  • All costs must be incurred on or before March 31, 2021. Projects will not be extended beyond that date.
  • Projects need to meet the following criteria:
    • benefit rural Ontario
    • have tangible outcomes
    • reach beyond one county, region, or district

The next regular intake of the RED program is scheduled to open in
December 2020.


  1. Sure. Dump more tax dollars into this dump. If it is such a great place to do business, business would do more business here. It isn’t, so the free market has zero interest in investing money here. Quit wasting tax dollars already.

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