Economic Development

Ryerson 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.  

In 2013, Ryerson Township secured a grant through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation to hire an economic development intern. This eventually led to the creation of a joint economic development agency, BACED, with the Township of Armour and Village of Burk’s Falls.

In 2019, Ryerson 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

To read the Regional Economic Development Strategic Plan, click here.