Our new Eastern Ontario Development Fund will provide for $80 million over four years.

The purpose of those funds is to invest innovation, create jobs and build on the skills and talents of Eastern Ontarians.

Here's how the fund is going to work.

If you're a business or organization like a Chamber of Commerce of some kind of an economic initiative or a municipality, and you've got an idea that's going to create jobs and economic opportunity, then we want to hear from you.

If you meet the criteria, we will partner with you and invest to help cover the cost of new hiring, skills training, buying equipment or new technologies.

If you apply, we guarantee you'll have an answer within 45 days.

As I said a moment ago, these are challenging times for Ontarians, and we're doing everything that we can to help families and businesses get through this so that we emerge from this period of challenge stronger than ever.

We know that the best way for us to move forward is by working and building together.

And with today's announcement, we're demonstrating our desire to work with people with the people of Eastern Ontario, to help you grow stronger, to build on the great quality of life that can be only be found right here, in this part of our province.

Thank you very much.

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