The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) promotes economic development in Eastern Ontario, leading to a diversified and competitive regional economy with successful businesses and prosperous communities. It has been a catalyst in many communities by encouraging new projects and community plans, mobilizing community stakeholders and helping to form partnerships.

How can these funds be accessed?

The program provides resources to the 15 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in Eastern Ontario, who in turn solicit applications from eligible applicants within their geographic boundaries. Click here to see if you fall within the boundaries of our CFDC.

Through Government of Canada funding, Community Futures provides access to capital.

Small Business and Social Enterprise clients can apply for financial assistance from the CFDC for up to $150,000, if they have been unable to receive adequate assistance from their Bank, Trust Company or Credit Union. Clients are invited to review all available resources within our office. Please contact our office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday if we can be of assistance.

NEW! Loans of up to $250,000 can now be made available under certain circumstances - contact out office to learn more.

Business Information, Advice & Resources

Community Futures is very involved in offering SME's (Small & Medium Sized Enterprises) and Social Enterprises information, advice and resources when starting, expanding or maintaining their business. This can involve assisting with the completion of a business plan, budgeting, marketing and in-depth accounting and processes.

In addition to one-on-one assistance, Community Futures offers seminars, frequently in partnership with other organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, the Small Business Centre and financial institutions, to provide information and training on such topics as e-business, marketing, board governance, leadership skills and customer service.

In creating our community economic development strategy, the questions are:

  1. What offers the best opportunities for our community and our people?
  2. How can we make those opportunities better?

Keeping these two questions in mind, CFDC has addressed the principles that:

    • Small Business will continue to be the main creator of employment opportunities

As part of our mandate at Community Futures we collaborate with community partners on periodic strategic planning initiatives. In the fall of 2013 Community Futures facilitated meetings throughout our service area – North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin. Over 80 participants representing a cross-section of those living in our communities attended one of four meetings. The purpose of these meetings was to articulate and prioritize potential community economic development projects that will lead to jobs, growth and prosperity.

The key question:

What project(s) would be a good fit for our region and, if realized, would lead to sustainable jobs, growth and prosperity?

The "Results & Next Steps" report can be seen here Results & Next Steps Report

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