EODP 2014-2019

Eastern Ontario Development Program


We are currently not receiving EODP applications.

Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP)

On November 29th, 2013, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) announced the new EODP Program to commence on or after April 1, 2014. To read the announcement and for all the latest information from FedDev Ontario—including other Southern Ontario funding and support initiatives, please click on this link and access FedDev Ontario's website.

EODP advances economic development in Eastern Ontario. Through EODP, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is collaborating with Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in Eastern Ontario and the Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Corporations Network Inc. (the EOCFDC Network, www.EOCFDC.ca ) to promote the development of new and existing businesses and to promote jobs, growth and prosperity in rural communities

EODP has been renewed for a period of 5 years and projects can be considered that continue through to December of 2018. You must be aware however, that the KLCFDC is charged to manage its total allocation of $2,250,000 for local projects on a yearly basis, and therefore while the projects may continue, we are limited in the annual support we can provide to each activity.

In addition, the maximum available for any one project—in terms of an EODP grant or contribution is $100,000 for the entire period. Finally, any and all applicants must be able to contribute a minimum of 50% of the declared project costs, in cash, to the initiative; there are no exceptions to this.

As you review the information and applications that outline the support available to businesses, individuals and organizations in the City of Kawartha Lakes, you should feel free to call the KLCFDC at 705-328- 0261, extension 27 for more information and to assist in assessing your project or application for EODP support.

EODP Goals & Objectives.

The following examples have been determined as key areas of focus for EODP initiatives across Eastern Ontario—in terms of possible support. All projects must demonstrate measureable economic outcomes such as job creation, increased productivity, development of new products or entering new markets.

Expansion of Economic Assets (capacity building)

  • Industry cluster development and expansion
  • Labour market development (skills gap analysis, skills development, worker/ labour transition)
  • Strategic planning and research studies

Business Development and Growth

  • New business development
    1. Training & Professional Development
    2. Business start-ups
  • Existing businesses
    1. Productivity enhancements (information and communications technologies, energy, new technologies, productivity assessments)
    2. Market diversification
    3. Innovation/product development (research and development)
    4. Succession planning

Business Infrastructure

  • Business incubators
  • Supply chain analysis and development

The number one priority remains the creation of long-term employment and of course, the further strengthening and contribution to the longevity of communities and local companies—poised and ready for growth and potentially looking to compete on a global basis. The KLCFDC is, first and foremost, committed to providing the supports necessary to keep our local businesses and organizations successful.

We encourage any and all for-profit business—but also not-for-profit, post-secondary and municipal organizations—to read more about EODP and also to not hesitate to discuss your ideas for growth with the KLCFDC. If you also would like information on aspects of FedDev's other Southern Ontario programming you can speak with us or contact the agency's Peterborough office directly at 1-705-772-4373 or visit their website.

The KLCFDC can assist in establishing the basis for dialogue and communication with regards to any of the FedDev programs. Our goal is to work with individuals, companies, and organizations to help improve the economic well-being of our community and communities across Eastern Ontario. Please feel free to contact us to discuss any ideas you may have or to ask further questions of us.

Who can Apply?

Through the EOCFDC Network and the 15 individual CFDCs located in Eastern Ontario, EODP funding supports recipients whose projects focus on business growth, community innovation and/or collaborative economic development.

Eligible Recipients may include:

  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Commercial enterprises
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Aboriginal groups and organizations

Local applicants must be conducting business/ have their operations within the City of Kawartha Lakes.

For Collaborative Economic Development Projects, a minimum of 2 Eastern Ontario CFDC catchment areas must be involved.

What can EODP Support?

EODP will be available for eligible projects under three streams, with the stated focus program listed below:

Business Development (BD)

To promote growth of new and existing businesses in rural Eastern Ontario communities.

Community Innovation (CI)

To advance community-led economic development to enhance and diversify local economies

Collaborative Economic Development Projects (CEDP)

To support collaborative economic development projects which benefit multiple communities.

How To Apply

Local Businesses & CEDP Projects

A: Local Businesses & Community Projects

Following are applications for the two local categories for EODP initiatives…Business Development (BD) and Community Innovation (CI). All projects must have clear, defined deliverables that can be achieved within the fiscal year starting April 1, 2018, ending November 30, 2018.

Community Innovation (CI)

To advance community-led economic development to enhance and diversify local economies

B: Collaborative Economic Development Projects (CEDP)

To support collaborative economic development projects which benefit multiple communities.

If you have a larger project that involves collaboration—be it between communities or businesses that are in more than one county or municipality within Eastern Ontario, there is a special Statement of Interest form, which we can help you to complete. If your initiative requires a substantial contribution of $100,000 or more - and please remember all EODP projects require a matching 50% contribution in cash by the applicant - you may contact the EO CFDC Network at 705-741-1980 or email info@eocfdc.ca or contact the KLCFDC General Manager at info@klcfdc.com

There may also be a situation that while your potential project does not require $100,000 in financial support, it still will bring the involvement and benefits to more than 1 CFDC service area; in this case to an area that extends beyond the City of Kawartha Lakes’ borders. Therefore you could apply to more than 1 CFDC for the support you require—based on the markets that will benefit.

Assuming that your business is based/ has its head office in the City of Kawartha Lakes, then we suggest you discuss the initiative with the KLCFDC, who will help with the necessary linkages to other CFs and work with you on your application. Please know that in a case such as a multi- CFDC catchment area CEDP project requesting less than $100,000, more than one application may be required.

In all cases, a Statement of Interest for a Collaborative Project will be the initial step. We have included the KLCFDC's Statement of Intent for a Collaborative Economic Development initiative but recommend that you contact the KLCFDC in advance of submitting this form.


Since 2004, the KLCFDC has contributed well over $6,000,000 in EODP support to our local businesses and organizations. This has impacted over 1000 jobs and has leveraged in excess of $18,000,000 in additional contributions—both public and private—into projects that further job creation, business and community development and greater economic prosperity for our area. And this does not include the KLCFDC’s Eastern Ontario Broadband GAP Analysis, a $60,000 research project and assessment study which over time has led to doubling and in some areas of our region, tripling a community’s access to High-Speed Internet services and over $250,000,000 in public and private investment into our regional communications infrastructure. (Please see “ $250,000,000’ and KLCFDC Success Stories by clicking on this link.)

2014-2019 Recipients

2014-2015 EODP Recipients – Applications approved as of April 1, 2014

2015-2016 EODP Recipients - Applications approved as of April 1, 2015

2016-2017 EODP Recipients – Applications approved as of April 1, 2016

2017-2018 EODP Recipients – Applications approved as of April 1, 2017

2018-2019 EODP Recipients – Applications approved as of July 18, 2018

EODP projects are contingent upon the KLCFDC's receipt of funding.