The funding will facilitate the transformation of Kemptville Campus into a multi-tenant, education and community hub focusing on three pillars: education and training, health and wellness, and economic development. The project will also support the startup phase of the Kemptville Campus education and community hub, including the completion of a five-year business plan.
The transformation of Kemptville Campus will be undertaken by the Municipality of North Grenville in partnership with the Eastern Ontario French Public School Board. The Eastern Ontario French Public School Board opened the first French-language school in North Grenville on the Campus in the fall of 2016.
The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) advances economic development in rural Eastern Ontario. Through the EODP, the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is collaborating with Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in Eastern Ontario to promote the growth of new and existing businesses in rural communities.
"This investment in the Municipality of North Grenville will assist the municipality in repurposing a significant community asset, increasing community capacity for business development and positioning the community for economic diversification activities."
Chris McCorkell, Chairman, Grenville Community Futures Development Corporation
“The renewal of the former Kemptville Campus will see the property and building infrastructure repurposed for bilingual education and related community service activities under the mandate of climate change adaptation and agricultural resiliency.”
David Gordon, Mayor, Municipality of North Grenville
“This investment clearly shows the interest of all parties in joining forces to give a new life to a North Grenville historical asset. This collaborative project demonstrates the true saying of an old African proverb: Alone you can go faster but together you can go a lot further.”
Linda Savard, President, Eastern Ontario French Public School Board
“Keeping our communities vibrant is one of the key roles of Community Futures Development Corporations. Our Government is proud to support this project through the Grenville CFDC as the revitalization of the former Kemptville College Campus into an education and community hub will strengthen this area’s economic potential, as well as provide resources to the individuals who live and work here.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario
- GCFDC is one of the 15 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in eastern Ontario supported by FedDev Ontario. CFDC’s deliver a wide variety of programs and services to support community economic development and small business growth. They employ local staff and are each governed by a volunteer board of directors, made up of representatives of the community.
- The Eastern Ontario Development Program is a $48-million economic development initiative focused on addressing economic challenges in Eastern Ontario and taking advantage of innovative opportunities in the region.
- Findings from a 2016 BDO Feasibility Study recommended a mixed-use education and community hub for the renewal of Kemptville Campus.
- On November 8, 2017, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs released a statement advising that they had reached an agreement in principle to sell a large portion of the main campus, and surrounding property of the former Kemptville College Campus, where the University of Guelph previously delivered agricultural programming, to the Municipality of North Grenville.