SDG’s Stay Discover Grow Regional Incentives Program helps launch Maple Syrup Education Program at Oschmann Forest

Above, (left to right): Bill Smirle, Chair, SNC Board of Directors; Samara Arcand, TD Canada Trust; John Mesman, SNC Team Lead, Communications and Outreach; Tony Fraser, Mayor, North Dundas; Gary Annable, Councillor, North Dundas; Jamie MacDonald, Warden, SDG. Courtesy photo

ORMOND — Yesterday SDG Counties celebrated the opening of South Nation Conservation’s Maple Syrup Education Program, at Oschmann Forest. This was made possible in part by the Stay Discover Grow Regional Incentives program, which granted money towards updating and creating accessible trails, installing new signage and benches, and creating a new property entrance.

“The SDG Regional Incentives Program was created in 2018 by the County to provide financial incentives to local businesses, non-profits and quasi-municipal organizations such as the SNC to develop projects that create jobs, increase assessment, and grow our economy. The redevelopment of the Oschmann Forest property by the SNC is a great example of how governments can cooperate to create the conditions necessary to spur growth and interest in a significant natural heritage site, creating a wonderful interpretive space centred around the production of maple syrup. The United Counties of SDG, through its Regional Incentives Program, is proud to be a contributing partner to this great project,” said Jamie MacDonald, Warden, of the United Counties of SDG.

The United Counties of SDG is pleased to announce $250,000 in funding for our Stay Discover Grow Regional Incentives Program for 2019. After 3 successful rounds of intakes in 2018, the Counties are excited for what 2019 has in store.

The Stay Discover Grow Regional Incentives Program offers grants to local businesses that cover up to 50 percent of eligible costs to a maximum of $50,000 per property, per year. Businesses can qualify for the Stay Discover Grow Regional Incentives Program if they meet certain criteria and are located in SDG. For more information on the Stay Discover Grow Regional Incentives Program or to download an application visit

Quick Facts

  • 2018 funded a total of 8 grants worth $100,000
  • County Council has approved $250,000 in funds for 2019
  • 2019 intake deadlines: April 1, June 3, September 3, December 2
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