Ontario is helping businesses recover costs for personal protective equipment and providing extra support for businesses required to close or significantly restrict services as a result of provincial public health measures.

Overview of available funding

Your business can apply online for funding from one or more of the following initiatives:

Ontario Small Business Support Grant – The new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will help small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the new Provincewide Shutdown. The Province is providing up to $20,000 for Eligible Businesses Impacted by Provincewide Shutdown.

The Ontario government has opened applications for the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The grant, first announced in December, provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 to eligible small businesses who have had to restrict their operations due to the Provincewide Shutdown. The tightened restrictions were put in place to help stop the alarming rise of COVID-19 cases in Ontario.

Small businesses required to close or significantly restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for a one-time grant and use this funding in whatever way makes the most sense for their individual business needs. For example, some businesses could need support paying employee wages, while others could need support with their rent.

Eligible small businesses include those that:

Were required to close or significantly restrict services due to the Provincewide Shutdown being imposed across the province effective 12:01 a.m. on December 26.

Have fewer than 100 employees at the enterprise level.

Have experienced a minimum of 20 per cent revenue decline in April 2020 compared to April 2019. New businesses established since April 2019 will also be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria.

Businesses impacted by the Provincewide Shutdown are also eligible for additional supports, including the government’s program to provide rebates to offset fixed costs such as property tax and energy bills. These rebates will continue to be available for businesses impacted by the Provincewide Shutdown and earlier restrictions.

More information about the Ontario Small Business Support Grant and other rebates is available on Ontario.ca/COVIDsupport.

Quick Facts

The businesses must demonstrate they experienced a revenue decline of at least 20 per cent when comparing monthly revenue in April 2019 and April 2020. This time period was selected because it reflects the impact of the public health measures in spring 2020, and as such provides a representation of the possible impact of these latest measures on small businesses.

New businesses established since April 2019 will also be eligible if they meet the other eligibility criteria. They will be able to select alternative months for comparing revenue decline through the application portal. In addition, winter seasonal businesses, such as ski hills, will be permitted to compare revenue from December 2019 or January 2020 to December 2020.

The 2020 Budget, Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover outlined more than $13.5 billion in support for people and jobs. The government is also investing $4.8 billion to address critical areas to support a strong long-term recovery that helps workers, employers and communities get back on their feet, while building the foundation for recovery and growth.

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Scope & Objectives

The Regional Innovation Ecosystem stream aims to create, grow and develop strong and inclusive regional ecosystems that support business growth and innovation, as well as the entrepreneurial environment necessary to foster more innovative regional economies and increase the competitiveness of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

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Through this Stream, FedDev Ontario seeks to:

  • Grow and sustain strategic clusters and consortia to leverage regional strengths and support businesses to scale up and commercialize innovative products, technologies and services.
  • Enhance the development and reach of business accelerators and incubators, and other organizations, which support entrepreneurs, start-ups and innovative companies with high-growth potential.
  • Support projects led by innovation-oriented organizations to increase and promote business productivity and global competiveness, and investment and talent attraction.

FedDev Ontario will make targeted investments in not-for-profit organizations that provide support to businesses at each stage of development in areas where Canada and southern Ontario has the potential to have a leadership position and opportunities for growth. Investments made through FedDev Ontario’s Regional Innovation Ecosystem Stream will further enhance the capacity of ecosystems to support underrepresented groups, including women, Indigenous peoples and young entrepreneurs, promoting their entrepreneurial talent.

Expected Results

FedDev Ontario is results oriented. Projects supported through this Stream, and FedDev Ontario’s other programming streams, work towards achieving one or more of the following departmental results:

  • Businesses in southern Ontario invest in the development and commercialization of innovative technologies.
  • Businesses in southern Ontario are innovative and growing.
  • Communities are economically diversified in southern Ontario.


I. Eligible Applicants are not-for-profit organizations that may include:

  • A group or an alliance such as an industry association or consortium
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Innovation centres
  • Business accelerators and incubators
  • Angel networks
  • Indigenous organizations
  • Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs)
  • Co-operatives
  • Municipalities and other municipal-type organizations
  • Other not-for-profit organizations, as determined on a case-by-case basis

To be considered eligible, all applicants must be located in southern Ontario.

All eligible applicants must be legal entities capable of entering into legally binding agreements.

To be considered eligible for funding, applicants must demonstrate:

  • Evidence of project funding.
  • Managerial, technical, operational and financial capacity to achieve the project’s stated objectives in a timely manner.
  • Market/industry demand (e.g., how the project addresses a significant gap in the market; global opportunity to be seized within Canada; and evidence that southern Ontario is uniquely positioned to capture market share).
  • A viable project plan with achievable outcomes, supported by verifiable cost estimates.

Projects that address significant gaps at a sub-regional or community-level may be considered under FedDev Ontario’s Stream 3: Community Economic Development and Diversification.

Applicants may also be required to demonstrate how their project will be self-sustaining upon the completion of the project. For project proposals that will result in the creation of a new ongoing program/service, applicants may be required to demonstrate the financial sustainability of the new program/service beyond the project completion date (i.e., sustainable business model and/or a plan for generating revenue in order to grow or maintain service levels).

II. Eligible Activities

FedDev Ontario is targeting investments structured around the following activities:

Growing Clusters and Consortia

Cluster and consortia projects bring together multiple stakeholders, such as businesses, industry associations, Indigenous economic development corporations, post-secondary and research institutions, and all levels of government. These projects will normally have strong industry participation, support the translation of leading-edge innovation into high-growth entrepreneurship, and focus on areas where southern Ontario has an innovation advantage and/or there are global opportunities.

Examples of eligible project activities could include:

  • Development of commercially-relevant technology platforms, innovation assets, tools and testbeds.
  • Applied research and product development, and support for adoption or integration into markets.
  • Technology transfer including validation of the need, training and implementation of a new technology.
  • Technological adoption for new industrial applications and/or entry into new markets.
  • Encouraging first buyers for new products developed within the cluster or consortia.

Ecosystem Capacity Building

Ecosystem capacity building projects will normally be led by a business accelerator, incubator, angel network, industry association, economic development organization or similar capacity builder, to support firm growth and entrepreneurial activity, strengthen global competitiveness, and/or attract investment and talent to southern Ontario. These projects will normally develop or expand regional capacity to address gaps and target priority growth sectors in areas of comparative advantages at the global, national or regional levels.

Examples of eligible project activities could include:

  • Business and market development and/or expansion programs and services.
  • Commercialization services, networking and mentoring opportunities.
  • Financing programs and support.
  • Business innovation support services for women, Indigenous peoples and young entrepreneurs.
  • Improving the availability of risk capital to address a need in the region.
  • Innovative models to support the first sale of new products and services.
  • Training needed to support the adoption or adaptation of innovative technologies, processes and practices.
  • Enhancing investment attraction, export readiness and market diversification.
  • Facilitating supply chain development.

III. Eligible Costs

Eligible costs for project activities may include:

  • Labour
  • Expertise
  • Non-Capital
  • Capital

All costs must be reasonable and directly related to the eligible project activities.

IV. Ineligible and/or Unsupported Costs include:

Any costs deemed not reasonable and/or not directly related to the eligible project activities.

Activities in support of regular maintenance and/or ongoing operation costs.

Costs typically supported by federal/provincial transfer payments.

Cost incurred prior to the eligibility date as defined in the contribution agreement.

Costs incurred after the Project completion date listed in the contribution agreement.

Any cost that is ineligible under the contribution agreement.

Acquisition of land and buildings.

Costs that result in direct benefits to a single or small number of private firms, unless specifically associated with an approved activity related to the delivery of service or program under the proposed project.

V. Ineligible Projects

Projects that have been approved for funding under Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund will normally not be supported under this Stream.


Preference will be given to projects which respond to issues and opportunities identified by FedDev Ontario. These may include priority sectors and strategic clusters, or projects that reinforce Ontario’s economic and innovation strengths in areas of comparative advantages at the regional, national or global level.

Projects that support the government’s commitment to inclusive growth (i.e., women, Indigenous peoples and LGBTQ2+ communities) and Official Language Minority Communities may be given priority.

Consideration may also be given to projects based on geographic priorities and need.


The Regional Innovation Ecosystem stream will normally target investments that range from $500,000 to $10 million. On an exceptional basis, FedDev Ontario may approve funding amounts outside of this range.

Applicants are normally eligible to receive up to 50 percent of eligible and supported costs. On an exceptional basis, FedDev Ontario may consider projects eligible for up to 100 percent of eligible and supported project costs.

For projects involving redistribution of funding to SMEs, the ultimate recipients (SMEs) must provide minimum 50 percent cash contribution. The maximum disbursement of a contribution that provides funding to SMEs as their ultimate recipient is capped at a maximum of $100,000 per SME under a FedDev Ontario project with a not-for-profit organization.

Government stacking up to 100% is allowed for the Regional Innovation Ecosystem Stream.

FedDev Ontario support is not intended to replace or duplicate funding available from other funding sources, including private-sector and/or government programs.

Financial assistance from government programs may have tax implications for an organization. It is recommended that applicants obtain advice from a qualified tax professional.

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Driving innovation and growth:

To continue driving innovation and growth in the region, FedDev Ontario has been provided over $1 billion in new funding.

FedDev Ontario is looking for:

  • Businesses or not-for-profit organizations in small communities who are working to develop, diversify and transform their local economies.
  • Rural partners to help address the unique economic conditions in small towns and rural communities.

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Applications can be submitted for:

  • Non-repayable contributions from $250,000 up to $5 million per project for not-for-profit organizations.
  • No interest, repayable contributions from $250,000 up to $5 million per project for incorporated businesses, including Indigenous businesses.

Funding is available to:

  • Enhance business attraction, investment, retention and employment opportunities in southern Ontario communities.
  • Develop and expand collaborative efforts that strengthen regional competitiveness.
  • Support regional businesses, hubs and communities with the goal of economic diversification, integration and transformation.

Examples of projects include:

  • Creating financing opportunities to reduce risk and enable businesses to make investments in innovative technologies.
  • Integrating local businesses into national or global supply chains.

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Your not-for-profit organization could get funding to improve access to safe, healthy and culturally-diverse food and to promote environmentally sustainable food systems while supporting local communities.


  • Minimum: $5,000
  • Maximum: $250,000


  • Accepting project proposals
  • Closing on December 31, 2023

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What this program offers

The Local Food Infrastructure Fund (LFIF) is a five-year, $50 million initiative ending March 31, 2024. The program is part of the Government of Canada’s Food Policy which is Canada’s roadmap for a healthier and more sustainable food system in Canada. The LFIF objective is to strengthen food systems and to facilitate access to safe and nutritious food for at-risk populations.

The LFIF’s objectives are to:

improve access to safe, healthy and culturally-diverse food while promoting community development

support local economies

  • improve health outcomes for Canadians most at-risk
  • promote environmentally sustainable food systems

The fund supports community-based, not-for-profit organizations to improve their food systems through investments in infrastructure that are directly related to addressing food insecurities and increasing the accessibility of healthy, nutritious, and ideally, local foods within their community.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants are not-for-profit organizations that have been in operation for at least two years as a legal entity capable of entering into a legally-binding agreement. Furthermore, applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to maintain the proposed operations beyond the funding period.

Eligible applicants consist of:

  • community or charitable organizations
  • Indigenous groups
  • not-for-profit co-operatives

Eligible projects

Projects should be mostly infrastructure specific, community-driven and dedicated to improving access to safe and healthy foods for Canadians at risk of food insecurity. The risk factors and prevalence of food insecurity vary from community to community and can impact Canadians in both rural and urban environments through a lack of access to affordable and nutritious food choices.

For the purpose of this fund, Canadians at risk of food insecurities are part of one of the following groups:

  • Indigenous
  • Persons who are homeless or street-involved
  • Low income households
  • Isolated and rural communities
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Other groups with social or employment barriers including literacy and numeracy
  • Newcomers to Canada (including refugees)
  • Visible minorities
  • Women
  • Youth
  • Seniors
  • LGBTQ2 community
  • Official language minority communities
  • Other (please specify)

Eligible projects can range from simpler infrastructure requests such as purchasing a refrigerator for a food bank to more complex requests that strengthen local food systems, such as projects that integrate multiple areas of the value chain through the creation of partnerships. The applicant must demonstrate how their project will be integrated into and strengthen the local food system and how it will impact the well-being of community members.

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The Labour Market Partnerships program supports partnerships among employers, employer/employee associations, and community organizations. The program is intended to help partners to:

  • Promote the creation of broad industry/community partnerships necessary to address labour market issues
  • Assist local communities with the development of innovative strategies to prepare for future skills requirements and prevent skills shortages within new and emerging industries and organizations
  • Plan for effective utilization of local human resources
  • Develop and promote labour market intelligence and its use in labour market development

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What types of projects are eligible for support?

The Labour Market Partnerships program supports projects that:

  • Address a labour market issue
  • Include two or more partners, contributing financial or in-kind resources
  • Are finite, with clear start and end dates
  • Are not dependent upon future funding

The amount awarded to each project will vary depending on the project.

Preference is to be given to industry sectors that are experiencing one or more of the following:

  • Projected growth rates in high-demand occupations
  • Current or emerging issues significantly impacting human resource requirements or labour market adjustment needs
  • Current or projected skill shortages
  • Highest potential for value-added growth and innovation

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Funding to help create jobs and boost growth in your rural community.

How it works

Ontario’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program provides cost-share funding to support activities that create strong rural communities in Ontario, and opens doors to rural economic development through:

  • funding assistance to address barriers to economic development, better position rural communities to attract and retain jobs and investment, and enhance economic growth
  • funding to build community capacity and support for economic development in Ontario’s rural communities
  • investments in rural communities to help diversify and grow local economies – making economic growth more inclusive so Rural Ontario continues to share in the province’s economic prosperity

This page provides a summary of the RED program. Read the RED program guidelines for the full details about eligibility, program funding and application requirements.

The RED program is now open and accepting applications. This intake will close on February 1, 2021.

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Who is eligible

To be eligible for the program you must be:

  • a municipality
  • a not-for-profit entity
  • an Ontario Indigenous community or organization
  • a Local Services Board

Funding amounts

Economic Diversification and Competitiveness Stream: up to 50% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $150,000.

Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream: up to 30% of eligible project costs to a maximum of $250,000.

Calculation of Costs

The calculation of cost-share funding for all selected projects will be based on the total eligible costs outlined in the application.

  • Funding may be provided at the amount or percentage requested, or at a reduced amount or percentage (subject to limits within each stream).
  • The project’s maximum eligible costs cannot be increased.
  • The timeframe of the project cannot be extended without the written approval of OMAFRA (in its sole discretion).

All selected applicants must enter into a contribution agreement with the Province of Ontario. All applicants have joint and several liability for any funded project.

Program streams

Economic Diversification and Competitiveness Stream

Economic diversification and competitiveness projects:

  • remove barriers to business and job growth
  • attract investment
  • attract or retain a skilled workforce
  • strengthen sector and regional partnerships
  • diversify regional economies in rural Ontario

The majority of costs for projects in this stream will be non-capital. Projects must include implementation-oriented activities beyond strategic plan development (for example, economic development, feasability, marketing, research or evaluation.

Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream

Strategic economic infrastructure projects advance economic development and investment opportunities in Rural Ontario, such as:

  • rehabilitation of cultural, heritage or tourism attractions
  • redevelopment of vacant or under-used properties
  • main street minor capital improvements

Applications for strategic economic infrastructure projects should include previously completed work (for example, plans, strategies, research and data) that identifies the project as an economic development priority.

The RED program is now open and accepting applications. This intake will close on February 1, 2021.

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This program provides funding for up to 3 years to Alberta-based capacity building non-profit organizations.

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The Enhanced Capacity Advancement Program (ECAP) helps to advance and strengthen the non-profit/voluntary sector, by providing multi-year operational funding for up to 3 years to Alberta-based non-profit organizations that have a primary mandate and proven ability to:

build the capacity of other non-profit organizations in Alberta

strengthen and advance the capacity of Alberta’s non-profit/voluntary sector as a whole*

The ECAP defines capacity building as the process of developing the knowledge, skill and ability to make and implement decisions in a manner that achieves effective and efficient results at the individual, organizational and sector level.

Funding through the ECAP focuses on strengthening the non-profit/voluntary sector in 5 areas of focus:

  • Strategic Leadership Capacity
  • Adaptive Capacity
  • Management Capacity
  • Operational/Technical Capacity
  • Systems Capacity


Designed to meet the unique needs of diverse capacity building non-profit organizations, the ECAP provides 2 levels of funding:

  • Core funding of up to $75,000 annually
  • Enhanced Capacity Building funding of up to $150,000 annually

Core funding

Supports internal capacity building and invests in the operations and administration of an organization to further its mission. Funding is determined based on meeting eligibility requirements and the internal capacity building outcomes identified within 4 of the capacity building areas of focus outlined above (excluding Systems Capacity).

Organizations that have been successfully assessed for Core funding will then be assessed for Enhanced Capacity Building funding.

Enhanced Capacity Building funding

Supports external capacity building and invests in a broad range of activities designed to build the capacity of other non-profit organizations and the sector as a whole. Funding is determined based on the breadth and impact of the organization’s external capacity building outcomes as identified from all 5 capacity building areas of focus outlined above.

Eligible organizations

Organizations must have:

a primary mandate and proven ability to:

  • build the capacity of other non-profit organizations in Alberta
  • strengthen and advance the capacity of Alberta’s non-profit/voluntary sector as a whole

the ability to demonstrate:

  1. proven ability to deliver on its mandate
  2. sufficient community support for its mandate, which includes ongoing financial support from a range of sources
  3. broad accessibility and use of programs and services

registration as a non-profit organization, in good standing, under one of the following acts:

  • Societies Act
  • Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act with a registration in Alberta under the Business Corporations Act
  • Companies Act, Part 9 (Non-profit Companies)
  • Special Act of the Alberta Legislature
  • Part 21 of the Business Corporations Act – Extra-Provincial Corporations*
  • *must have an Alberta-based address that is regularly monitored by an active member of the organization
  • a history of operating in Alberta for at least one year

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The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) provides funding to support initiatives that enhance and enrich communities throughout Alberta.


The Community Initiatives Program (CIP) provides funding for organizations that create opportunities for Albertans to engage with and help develop their communities.

CIP outcomes are to:

  • strengthen leadership and organizational capacity of community organizations
  • support community-driven goals that have a public benefit

Funding streams

CIP has 3 distinct funding streams:

  • Project-Based
  • Operating
  • Major Cultural and Sport Events

Funding streams at a glance:

Multiple applications

Organizations can apply for one capital and one non-capital grant per government fiscal year (April 1-March 31).

  • Non-capital grant requests can be accessed through any one of the Community Initiatives Program (CIP) grant streams (Project-Based, Operating, or Major Cultural and Sport Events).
  • Capital grant requests can be accessed under CFEP and capital equipment grant requests can be accessed through CIP Project-Based.


CIP is guided by a set of principles that help guide decision-making and administration of the grant program. These principles are:

  • community-driven public benefit
  • transparency
  • equity
  • accountability
  • flexibility
  • simplicity

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If your organization hasn’t been able to secure funding through existing COVID-19 government support programs, you could get financial relief from your local Regional Development Agency to help cover fixed operating costs.

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  • Maximum: $1 million interest-free
  • Non-repayable

Funding limits

  • Maximum term: 6 months (between March 15, 2020 and March 31, 2021)
  • You can combine money from this program with money from the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy as long as you aren’t also using the RRRF to cover salaries and wages


  • Are a non-profit that provides support services to businesses
  • Are facing financial pressure due to COVID-19
  • Were a viable business prior to COVID-19

How it works

  1. Read the program website to see if you are eligible and for how much.
  2. Download and complete the Application for Funding. You’ll need to include some supporting documents, like financial statements for the last two years, interim financial statements, and incorporation documents. Make sure you’ve signed the Officer’s Certificate.
  3. Use the submit button in the online form and save a copy of the confirmation message.
  4. If successful, you’ll be asked to enter a Contribution Agreement.
  5. You’ll be paid either through a single advance, or for contributions greater than $100,000, two advances.
  6. Be prepared to submit a Final Report, including how the money was used, how it mitigated the impacts of COVID-19 on your business, the number of jobs created, and confirmation that you are still operational.

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Central Development Corporation focuses on the delivery of three key services to support community economic development in Prince Edward Island rural communities.

The delivery of project planning, development, and implementation services, to strategic community and economic development initiatives. These services are available to community organizations, municipalities, or private businesses requiring support to see a project through to completion. Fees are tied to project costs similar to professional services focused on the delivery of on-going programs aimed at enhancing business skills, promoting entrepreneurship, or supporting the not for profit sector.

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Past Projects

Doucet House

The Doucet House originally built in circa 1764, was preserved and restored because of it’s cultural and historical significance to the early Acadian settlement of the area. The Doucet House is not only an important example of early Acadian vernacular architecture on Prince Edward Island but also a record of early Acadians and their re-establishing themselves following the expulsion. It currently functions as a seasonal operation open for public viewing as an adjunct to the Farmers Bank of Rustico.

Farmers Bank of Rustico

The Farmers Bank of Rustico established in 1864 as one of the first examples of the credit union system in North America. In November of 1999 the final phase of the restoration of the Farmers Bank began. A number of Provincial and Federal Government and funding commitments enabled the Friends of the Farmers Bank of Rustico Inc Committee to begin developing the interpretive exhibit highlighting the history of the Acadians, Father Belcourt and the origination of the first Peoples Bank. The goal of the committee is to restore, preserve and conserve the building and its artifacts.

New Glasgow Streetscape

The New Glasgow Community Streetscape Project was a community driven endeavor sponsored by Central Development Corporation dedicated to improving the general appearance of the community, and to encourage residents and visitors alike to be better informed about the Communities history.

The project entailed the construction of a boardwalk, installation of streetlights, 5 information panels highlighting New Glasgow’s historic achievements, 2 picnic shelters, island stone wishing well, park benches, community landscaping and bicycle parking racks. The Community committee is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the project. People can now walk in safety on a thoughtful well designed boardwalk that links many of the communities main tourism establishments.

North Rustico Marina and Interpretive Centre

Fearing the removal of the wharf, know to locals as the “bullpen”, would cause adverse effects to an already problematic harbour, the North Rustico Harbour Authority spearheaded a development plan for the area which would save the harbour by incorporating tourism activities and a Marina.

The North Rustico Harbour Authority worked closely with the Gulf Shore Community Development Committee and Central Development Corporation in the planning and preparation of a proposal. Partners were sought out with hopes of beginning construction in the spring of 2002.

Stanhope Promenade

The Municipality of Stanhope, in discussions with community groups, local residents and Central Development Corporation have been researching a 3 kilometre promenade to be constructed along the Bay Shore Road.

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