A new intake period for the next round of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG) Regional Incentives Program is now open.

Applications to the program, which is funded by SDG and administered cooperatively by the counties and participating local municipalities, can be submitted until February 25 at noon. Applications should be submitted directly to the Economic Development Officer at your local municipality.

The Regional Incentives Program was launched by SDG as a tool to help expand and grow new businesses within the counties. Since 2018, SDG has invested more than $600,000 in the program. This has culminated in more than $4.2 million worth of local construction projects.

“The Regional Incentives Program is a tool to help grow and expand our businesses in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry,” explained Tara Kirkpatrick, Manager of Economic Development for the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, who serves as the program coordinator for the program. “This program is reducing the number of vacant commercial buildings within our communities, while creating jobs, tourism and agricultural experiences, as well as inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs to grow their business.”

To be eligible for the Regional Incentives Program, applicants must meet a number of criteria and also demonstrate that they meet at least one of the regional economic initiatives identified by SDG. The three regional economic initiatives include projects that:

• Stimulate investment in tourism and in the agricultural sector by funding diverse, on-farm expansions and agri-tourism.

• Encourage redevelopment and private sector investment in existing building stock within SDG  to support employment, reduce the number of vacant commercial, institutional and industrial buildings, and increase the assessment base.

• Increase the amount of permanent-roofed accommodations within SDG to specifically accommodate for an increase in tourism establishments that cater to short-term accommodations.

To learn more about the program, contact Tara Kirkpatrick at [email protected] or call 613- 932-1515, ext. 1227.