Rural Innovation Initiative

Eastern Ontario (RIIEO)

We are no longer accepting applications.

Supporting innovative projects

The KLCFDC with the support of the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario announced funding for 2019 and 2020 innovation-based projects that strengthen rural Eastern Ontario.

Program Guidelines

Support for Small to Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs) and Not-For-Profits (NFPs) for projects that expand business growth and allow SMBs to embrace the rapid pace of disruptive technologies by supporting the adoption of advanced business and innovation processes (for example: new materials, cutting edge services software, integrated solutions, cloud computing, rapid prototyping and engineering, robotics and automation, machine learning and extended intelligence, etc.). These projects should foster innovation, technology adoption and/or digital connectivity in our community.

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Projects must be located within the City of Kawartha Lakes.


Is your business planning on implementing new technologies or enhancements to your digital presence? Has your business been affected by COVID-19 and you need to implement new technologies to remain competitive? The KLCFDC is looking to fund projects with a total cost (exclusive of HST) between $5,000 - $10,000. This is a matched contribution program where the recipient contributes a minimum of 50% of the total project cost.

Please note that your project should meet all of the other key RIIEO eligibility criteria, including demonstrating measurable growth of your operation, employment generation, sales growth, and access to new markets.

Some examples of projects are: development of an ecommerce website, digital marketing consulting and campaign deployment, implementation of artificial intelligence in your business processes, transition of processes to the cloud, app development.

If your business is eligible for other digital supports, such as Digital Main Street (DMS Shop Here, DMS Ontario Grants, DMS Future Proof) you are ineligible for support through this program.

Priority consideration will be given to projects that are planning to work with local – Kawartha Lakes -providers for their services (web design, social media consulting, digital media consulting, etc.)


We are not currently accepting applications for the DITI Stream of RIIEO.

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What is innovation?

Innovation generates value through the successful creation and commercialization of a new product or service, the application of a new process, the adoption of new technologies, models, structures or methodologies, access to new markets, or implementation of new ways to collaborate and communicate. It is focused on making businesses, organizations and communities more adaptive, effective, profitable, and sustainable by creating new wealth, new jobs and contributing to economic advancement and the industries of the future.

Source: Developed by Eastern Region CFDCs (2018)

*All projects are contingent upon receipt of funding from the Government of Canada/FedDev Ontario

RIIEO Recipients

2020 RIIEO Recipients (As of October 30th)

2020 RIIEO Recipients (As of April 1st)

2019-2020 RIIEO Recipients (As of February 26th)