Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario

Applications now open!

Deadline: June 26, 2019

 It is recommended that applicants discuss their project with Autumn Wilson or Jim Blake prior to completing an application to ensure it fits the criteria.

Please make sure to read the guidelines before completing an application. 

RIIEO Glossary: 

RIIEO Guidelines: 

RIIEO Application: 

RIIEO Budget: 

Rural Innovation Initiative Eastern Ontario (RIIEO), made possible with funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), supports the transition and growth of SMEs (small and medium enterprises), manufacturers and communities into the new rural economy, driving direct investments by private companies in innovation to produce aggregate local and regional effects.

This includes investment in new or next generation equipment, technology, products and processes that lead to business growth, access to new markets job creation.

Supported projects will strengthen competitiveness, and lead to productivity, business growth, process innovation, new market access, creation and retention of employment opportunities, the re-skilling of the industrial workforce, incremental sales, and increased profitability, and as a result, diversify and transform our local communities and economy.

What is Innovation?

Innovation generates value through the successful creation and commercialization of:

  • a new product or service
  • the application of a new process
  • the adoption of new technologies, models, structures or methodologies,
  • access to new markets
  • implementation of new ways to collaborate and communicate

It is focused on making businesses, organizations and communities more adaptive, effective, profitable, and sustainable by creating new wealth, new jobs and contributing to economic advancement and the industries of the future.

Eligible Recipients:

  • Private, for-profit, businesses with the potential to grow through innovation.
  • Social Enterprises with the potential for growth through innovation.
  • Fourth Pillar Not-For-Profit organizations supporting business and community transition into the new rural economy.

Eligible activities should expand business growth and allow businesses and social enterprises to transition into the new rural economy, support the adoption of advanced business and innovation processes.

Priority sectors include:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Clean Tech / Bio-Tech
  • Digital Industries
  • Agri­-food
  • Food Processing
 Eligible Expenses
  • Labour
  • Expertise
  • Non-Capital
  • Capital

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


Selected projects will be eligible for a non-repayable performance-based contribution and require a minimum 50% cash contribution by the recipient on eligible expenses net of HST.  The minimum project size for an RIIEO – Haliburton County local stream project is $50,000 resulting in a minimum contribution of $25,000 by the recipient.   

To discuss the process and find out more about the Rural Innovation Initiative, please contact Autumn Wilson at: (705) 457-3555 or email

This project is supported by FedDev Ontario.