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About Community Futures


Community Futures is a Government of Canada national program with 269 locations across Canada. Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDC’s) offer a wide range of programs and services supporting community economic development outside the major urban areas and contributing to small business growth.

There are 15 CFDC’s in Eastern Ontario. Each is a community based, independent, not for-profit organizations governed by a band of local volunteers.

In particular, they provide:

Strategic community planning and socio-economic development

  • CFDCs work closely with communities to assess local challenges and to develop new ideas and programs to strengthen their economies
  • In consideration of the unique circumstances of the local area, they plan and help implement development strategies that are designed to build brighter futures for the communities they serve

Support for community-based projects

  • CFDCs collaborate with a variety of partners from the public and private sectors to implement projects or special initiatives targeted to their communities in areas such as tourism, entrepreneurship, innovation, economic diversification and community adjustment

Business information and planning services

  • CFDCs understand small business and the local marketplace. They provide important services to businesses, entrepreneurs and social enterprises, including:
    • Business counselling, documentation and referrals
    • Guidance with business plans
    • Export support
    • Entrepreneurial training
    • Information on relevant federal and provincial programs and services

Access to capital for small- and medium-sized businesses and social enterprises

  • Through Government of Canada support, CFDCs administer local investment funds to help finance new or existing, small businesses and social enterprises for start-up, expansion or stabilization and help maintain or create jobs
  • All 15 CFDCs also have non-repayable loan funds to support local businesses and key development projects
Eastern Ontario CFDC Network Inc.
270 George Street North, 2nd Floor
Peterborough ON K9J 3H1