Community Economic Development Initiatives
The Frontenac CFDC provides support to initiatives that are designed to stimulate economic development in the County of Frontenac. As well, we offer business planning assistance to community organizations.
Here are some initiatives that the Frontenac CFDC has participated in:
The Frontenac CFDC worked with St. Lawrence College and Ontario Works to develop a 6-day training program of basic skills that are required in the construction industry. The training was delivered in the spring 2006 to employment-ready individuals that needed to upgrade their skills in an effort to gain work.
The eight participants earned certificates in Chainsaw Safety, Workplace Hazardous Materials, Transportation and Handling of Dangerous Goods, Flag Person, Fall Protection, Fork Lift and Bobcat Training. Three of the participants went on to be employed within weeks of completing the program.
Established in January 2005 through a donation made by the Frontenac CFDC in partnership with the Limestone Learning Foundation and the St. Lawrence College Foundation, two $500 apprenticeship bursaries will be awarded annually - one each to a student from the Limestone District School Board and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board. For details on elegibility criteria, check out www.frontenaccfdc.com/initiatives.cfm.
Electronic Waste Recovery Pilot Project
The Frontenac CFDC supported the Electronic Waste Recovery Pilot Project that was undertaken by the Land O'Lakes Communications Network (LOLCN) through the Knowledge-based Economy Fund. LOLCN required financial assistance to embark on phase one of a project for a facility to deal with the emerging problem of electronic waste (e-waste). The goal of this project is to demonstrate that this processing can be performed efficiently in rural Ontario. There were a number of spin-offs from this initiaitve including skills development of youth and international exchanges.
For more information visit www.lol.on.ca
Discovering the Frontenacs
The Frontenac CFDC together with the Land O'Lakes Tourist Association (LOLTA) developed five themed driving routes in the Frontenacs. Now tourism industry personnel can download themed driving routes designed to give visitors another reason to extend their stay in the region. These one-page descriptions outline a day trip with map, directions and highlights on each route.
These drives were developed as part of a larger project, a tourism familiarization tour, held in the spring of 2006. The Frontenac CFDC and LOLTA hosted a tour with the goal of creating awareness among the tourism industry professionals of the attributes of the Frontenacs as a tourist destination.
To download your copy of the themed drives, check out www.frontenaccfdc.com/events.cfm.
Rideau Heritage Route
With the 175th anniversary of the Rideau Canal in 2007 and the designation as a world heritage site, much work has being done to position the Rideau Heritage Route Corridor as an international tourism destination. The Frontenac CFDC participated in the start-up of this initiative with federal, provincial, and local tourism partners and continues to support the Rideau Heritage Route Tourism Association (RHRTA) in their efforts to increase tourism visitation to the region. The RHRTA's mandate is to promote the region's authentic, arts, heritage, cuisine and natural history experiences.
For more information visit www.rideauheritageroute.ca
County of Frontenac Business Expansion and Retention Project
Commenced in the fall of 2006, the County of Frontenac is undertaking a Business Expansion and Retention project with financial support from the Frontenac CFDC. The project will identify businesses and opportunities within the Frontenacs and assist with support plans for growth and expansion.
Harrowsmith Social and Athletic Club
The Frontenac CFDC was pleased to assist the Harrowsmith Social and Athletic Club with their community dance held in June 2006. The event was organized to raise funds for the maintenance of their facility.
Feast of Fields
The Feast of Fields is an event celebrating local and seasonal food, fresh from family farms in the local area. Visitors experience the culinary creations of some of the area's most talented chefs preparing sample-size portions, using locally-grown produce straight from the farm. There is also a farmer's market and educational displays on food and farm issues.
Frontenac CFDC supported this initiative in its first year (2004) by working with their fundraising committee on their proposal and budget to apply for funds from the Agricultural Adaption Council under their CanAdapt small Projects Initiative and these efforts resulted in a sponsorship of the event by CanAdapt.