Dave Gray, Ec.D., Director of Economic Development

(705) 571-1564

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ACED COVID-19 Web Page:

To serve our businesses throughout the region during the COVID-19 crises, the Almaguin Community Economic Development (ACED) Team has developed a COVID-19 specific web page that is dedicated to providing easy access to financial support programs, best practices and other resources.  Visit their website for additional information:  https://investalmaguin.ca/covid-19/.

Other Business Resources during COVID-19:

Province of Ontario: covid-19.ontario.ca

Government of Canada:

  • COVID-19 Economic Response Plan 
  • Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers Program. Visit the Government of Canada website for more information.
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Visit the Government of Canada website for more information and application details.
  • Canada Emergency Business Account. Visit the Government of Canada website for more information.
  • Destination Canada provides intelligence, tools, and resources to help the Canadian tourism industry reach international markets. Visit their website for more information. Sign up for their Newsletter to keep up-to-date on information.
  • Tourism HR Canada is currently offering free online training. Visit their website for more information.
  • NGEN – Next Generation Manufacturing Canada: Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen) will invest $50 million in Supercluster funding to support companies as they rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by building a Canadian supply of essential equipment, products, and therapeutics. For more information, visit their website.
  • NRC: The National Research Council (NRC) has been tasked by Government to build a COVID-19 Challenge Program which will bring together a national network of researchers and scientific facilities to address pressing needs and challenges. For more information, visit their website.
  • Canada Healthy Communities Initiative (COVID-19) will provide up to $31 million in existing federal funding to support communities as they deploy innovative new ways to adapt spaces and services to respond to immediate and ongoing needs arising from COVID-19 over the next two years. For more information, click here. 


Other Resources:

Economic Development


The Perry Township Council is committed to working proactively to ensure the prosperity of the local community and economy for all residents in the township.  Both council and staff endeavor to invest in initiatives that encourage sustainable economic growth within the local community, neighboring communities and the Almaguin Highlands region.  Since 2016, Perry Township has actively worked with partners throughout the region, which include other municipalities and the Almaguin Highlands Chamber of Commerce, to identify opportunities for growth, increase our level of investment readiness and work to support our businesses.

In 2019, Perry Township opted in to a three-year agreement with regional partners to the Almaguin Community Economic Development (ACED) Board and Department.  The formation of ACED has been a major milestone in regional collaboration that will allow all partners to pursue growth opportunities and economic development initiatives.  The ACED partnership involved the merging of the former Burk’s Falls & Area Community Economic Development (BACED) partnership and the Central Almaguin Economic Development Association (CAEDA) and the addition of the Municipality of Powassan. Together, regional partners can ensure that all economic development efforts achieve maximum impacts and realize shared benefits while making reasonable financial contributions.

The Almaguin Community Economic Development (ACED) Department delivers economic development services throughout the Almaguin Highlands Region (formally called the East Parry Sound District).  These services include:

  • Business and entrepreneurial support for start-ups, expansions and general needs, including:
  • Connecting businesses with support and funding opportunities,
    • Site Selection information and local intel,
    • Professional network development, and
    • Many other services as required;
  • Marketing and promotion of tourism opportunities, events and local programming;
  • Regional economic planning, research and analysis;
  • Community development and organization support.

ACED is committed to ensuring the economic and social prosperity of the region. Our objective is to develop our environment by creating and growing strong partnerships between municipalities, businesses, community groups and local residents. Visit ACED online to learn more:  www.investalmaguin.ca

Dave Gray, Ec.D., Director of Economic Development


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