NCFDC deployed the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) with the support of the Government of Canada and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) to assist local businesses in navigating the effects of the pandemic and to find ways to position for immediate stabilization as well as future growth.

Impact Report

million in liquidity support

recipients of RRRF loans

jobs impacted
“When I was unable to access any government COVID-19 programs, I was about to give up and the CFDC reached out. I thought… you want to help me? You’re stepping up? I was in this situation where every other potential source of support told me I didn’t qualify for any assistance. I’m so thankful Northumberland CFDC reached out to me, I would have closed and the fate of my eighty-six alpacas would have been dire. Because of the financing I received my business is not just going but thriving! I don’t have to worry about how I will feed the animals, I have merchandise in the store, the alpaca wool is being milled, and all maintenance has been done to face the winter. I have myself and two staff working and I’m taking bookings late into the fall. I’m so thankful.

Amy Kung-Oliver, Owner
Old Mill Alpacas

NCFDC RRRF Recipient
“2020 was going to be a record year for my business, Cobblestone Farm Retreat. Our reservations for weddings, events, retreats and family stays were significantly higher than 2019 which was very exciting. Then COVID hit and everything came to a screeching halt. All of our large events were cancelled along with our international family stays. Without the support of RRRF my business would not have been able to survive. The continued support and guidance has helped me throughout this incredibly difficult time and I cannot thank the team at Northumberland CFDC enough.”

Sam Campbell, Owner
Cobblestone Farm

NCFDC RRRF Recipient
“Our business Fells Meadows (a new business in Northumberland County inspiring people to reconnect with nature and be in retreat to nourish mind, body and soul), was just finding some momentum when the pandemic hit. The RRRF program is enabling us to weather the challenges, particularly with the ability to pay fixed costs through lock down periods and manage cash flow. We are so very grateful for this life-line support. This is walking the talk of ‘we are in this together’.”

Leslie Fell, Owner
Fells Meadows Farms Ltd

NCFDC RRRF Recipient
“During a time of much uncertainty, it was a relief to know that the RRRF program was available to help small businesses like ours in our community, thank you to the Northumberland CFDC staff for their support during the application process. Their timely response to our questions and willingness to help truly made a difference.”

Carla and Angus Forteau
Plank Road Cottages & Marina Inc.
Gore’s Landing, Ontario

NCFDC RRRF Recipient
“With the pandemic, it has been very challenging and stressful for small businesses. With the help and support from the CFDC, we were able to maintain our seasonal wedding venue in a time when restrictions did not allow for large gatherings, catering, dancing, and all other matters associated with a wedding, which resulted in couples making the difficult decision to postpone their special day.”

Blaine and Lynda Tinney, Polmenna Barn
Gore’s Landing, Ontario

NCFDC RRRF Recipient