The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
May 2023
Welcome to the new Norfolk County Business Bulletin, the monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community! You'll receive all the latest news and updates from Norfolk's Economic Development team, delivered straight to your inbox. Let us know what you think at

County Updates

Norfolk Community Days are back

The second annual Norfolk Community Days, June 3 -10, 2023. With the success of the inaugural Norfolk Community Day hosted in June 2022, Norfolk County staff have expanded this year’s event to span the whole week.

Learn more about the events!

Norfolk County Community Days - 2023 

Langton Rocks! Sponsored by Amplify Norfolk - Saturday June 3 at the Langton Community Center

Langton Lions Free Community BBQ, Meet and Greet with Councilor Vandendriessche, Free glow in the dark face painting and treats by the Langton Figure Skating Club and YAC Kids Zone  2 - 4 p.m. 

Live Music and Langton Lions Refreshments. Live music featuring “Back to the 50’s” 4 – 5:30 p.m. and "Lady Evil" 6 - 9:15 p.m. 

Fireworks Display Finale by Langton Firefighters Association 9:30 p.m.

Want to be involved?
We’re looking for community event partners, volunteers and sponsors Contact Matt McGinty to learn more.

Fairgrounds Festival – Food, Drink & Art Vendors
Norfolk’s newest music and art festival is hosting some the biggest Canadian bands from past to present and expected to attract up to 7,500 attendees over two days! If you are interested in selling food, beverages, or artisanal goods at the Fairgrounds Festival, there is still time to fill out an application. Click here for more details.

Please note: We encourage everyone to apply and believe this to be a great chance to benefit from the Amplify Norfolk initiative to drive tourism through live entertainment. However, Norfolk County is not in charge of application decisions, has no bearing on the process used to select vendors, and is not responsible for your festival experience.

Don’t miss your opportunity to join Norfolk’s biggest party of the summer!


Presented by the Simcoe BIA
Argyle St (between Norfolk St. and the Pheonix Club)
Dates: May 26th, June 6, July 7, July 16, August 4, and August 18.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Children’s Entertainment at Lynnwood Arts Center
Great Food
Live Music by local artists starting at 7 p.m. 

Routes to Roots Film Festival
May 5-7 2023
Join us as we celebrate the power of film to connect us to our shared humanity and to deepen our understanding of our roots!

This year's festival promises to be a truly unforgettable experience, featuring screenings, and Q&A sessions with filmmakers!

Individual tickets $10, ticket booklet $50 for seven showings!

See More Here
EmployerOne Survey Results
The EmployerOne 2023 Survey results are out for the Grand Erie region. Review the region’s workforce landscape here
Tourism Experience Development Training
Norfolk County in collaboration with Haldimand County and Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation is hosting a FREE Training Session on Thursday June 1, 2023. Join Ontario’s Southwest experience coaches, and past alumni to learn about the fundamentals of Experience Development; the ‘Unlocked and Inspired’ training for tourism operators, and Ontario’s Southwest Signature Experience Program. Save the date and stay tuned for additional details. 
More Details Here

Register for Visit Norfolk

As spring approaches, now is the time to ensure that your business is listed on the Visit Norfolk mobile App. Listing your business, festivals and events on Visit Norfolk is easy and free. We do all the work. 

Learn More Here
Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Program 

Norfolk County Council has approved budget funding for 2023 for the municipal CIP Grant Program!

If you have a property that needs upgrades and improvements, you may qualify for a CIP grant. 
Check out more below!

Check out the Program Here
2023 Patio Update!

Norfolk County Council has approved unused funds from the Economic Recovery Plan be used to offset the cost of temporary outdoor patios this summer. Requests for temporary patio permits must be submitted through the online application form at least eight weeks in advance to allow for processing timelines. Temporary Patios will be allowed to operate from May 1 – October 31. 
Temporary Outdoor Patio - Information and application

2023 Workshop Series

Norfolk County in collaboration with Venture Norfolk has brought back the workshop series for 2023.

May 2023

Topic: Sustainability 101: A Practical Guide for Businesses
When: Tuesday May 16
Time: 5 - 6 p.m.
Venue: Venture Norfolk, 4077 Hwy 3 E, Simcoe
Description: Join us for an interactive workshop designed to help small and medium-sized businesses understand the basics of sustainability and how it can benefit their business. Led by an expert facilitator from Core Impact Coalition, this workshop will provide participants with a practical guide to implementing sustainable practices in their business operations. Topics covered will include reducing waste, conserving energy, sourcing sustainable materials, and communicating sustainability efforts to customers and stakeholders. Participants will leave the workshop with actionable steps to improve sustainability practices and enhance their business's reputation as a responsible and forward-thinking organization

Register Here
Digital Main Street 

Digital Transformation Grant is still ongoing. Businesses are able to apply for the $2500 technology grant to enhance their online presence. 
Click Here for More
Do you have an idea to improve your community?

Ontario Community Changemakers is a leadership and micro-grant program for young civic innovators with bold ideas to activate public space, enhance civic engagement and foster social inclusion. This program, now in its third year, is powered by 8 80 Cities and funded by Balsam Foundation.

Applications close May 14, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. 

Apply Now

Assistance for Businesses

Community Economic Development and Diversification Program (CEDD)
The CEDD is exclusively geared tocommunities outside of urban centres.
FedDev’s contributions range from $250,000 to $5 million in the form of an interest-free loan
Payments are made on a claims basis against actual eligible costs based on the approved rate of support.Repayment follows a one year grace period after completion of the project activities, and is typically five years of even repayment instalments.
More information here.

Exhibit at SIALCanada, Toronto - May 9 to 11, 2023
Be part of the Ontario Pavilion and exhibit your Ontario food and beverage products at SIAL Canada, North America’s largest food and beverage innovation trade show at the Enercare Centre in Toronto, May 9-11. 

This feature pavilion connects you with domestic and international buyers. 
Register your exhibit booth here!

OMAFRA isoffering companies a 10’ x 10’ booth and promotion package at a discount rateof $2,299 +HST. Limited space available!

For more information visit the show website or contact

Food Processing Skills Canada's Student Work Placement Program - Funding Available
SUMMER applications are OPEN for employers in Food and Beverage Manufacturing (and related businesses) to receive up to $7,000 for hiring a domestic student in Canada. Don’t wait, apply Now at

Food Processing Skills Canada’s Student Work Placement Program+ has made it easy for employers in Canada’s food and beverage manufacturing industry to connect with college and university students for workterms.
Click here for more.

New Ontario MadeManufacturing Investment Tax Credit
The government is proposing the new Ontario Made Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit. It is a new 10 percent refundable, Corporate Income Tax credit for capital investments in buildings, machinery and equipment used in manufacturing or processing to continue to bring manufacturing back to Ontario.

Details of the proposed tax credit can be found on Page 181 of the 2023 Ontario Budget.

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