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Government of Canada Supports Partnerships between St. Lawrence College and Local Businesses


Kingston, Ontario – Thanks to new partnerships with St. Lawrence College, six businesses in southern Ontario will have an opportunity to bring innovative products to market in industries such as metal manufacturing, technology, food processing and security. Today, Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced the agreements between the college and local small- and medium-sized businesses.

“Our government is investing in innovation to create jobs and help our small businesses grow,” said MP Brown. “The agreements between St. Lawrence College and small businesses will allow them to work together on projects that will increase productivity and bring new products to market.”

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to grow our applied research portfolio at the college,” said Gord MacDougall, Senior Vice President of Advancement, Student and External Affairs at St. Lawrence College. “The projects funded by this FedDev Ontario contribution assist our faculty and students to work with regional industries, solve problems, help the businesses continue to grow and innovate, and enhance the educational experience for our students.”

Last year, under the Applied Research and Commercialization Initiative, St. Lawrence College was approved for up to $154,993 from FedDev Ontario to partner with small- and medium-sized businesses on activities such as applied research, engineering design, technology development, product testing, and certification. The support provided will create new economic opportunities, help businesses in southern Ontario grow, and enable them to become even more innovative and competitive.

Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region’s strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. The Agency has launched a number of initiatives to create a Southern Ontario Advantage and place the region in a strong position to compete in the global economy. These initiatives are designed to encourage partnerships and support projects that help the region’s businesses and communities become more competitive, innovative and diversified.

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