The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
February 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

Ride Norfolk: Have your say 

Ride Norfolk Transit is seeking the participation of business owners in a survey to determine the transportation needs of employers in the County. Your participation will help with our strategic future planning of the service and asses the transportation needs of our workforce. 
Take the Survey Here

New Liquor Licensing Requirements
If you operate a bar or restaurant with a patio or if you intend to add a patio to your establishment, there are new AGCO requirements for a liquor license. The new rules came into effect January 1, 2023 and now require a municipal approval. Additional information is available here.

Ontario Centre of Innovation new grant

The Ontario Centre of Innovation has launched a new grant program through their Digitization Competence Centre. There are two grant streams which offer:
- Grant of up to $15k to support development of a Digital Modernization and Adoption Plan (DMAP) 
-Grant of up to $150k to reimburse 50% of implementation expenses of the DMAP. 
- Eligible expenses include acquiring, integrating, or developing software, equipment and hardware.
Additional information available here.

Digital Main Street

The Digital Main Street’s Digital Transformation Grant is back. As of January 16, 2023 businesses are able to apply for the $2500 technology grant to enhance their online presence. For more information click here

FCC Economic Outlook

Farm Credit Canada recently gave an economic outlook for 2023. You may watch the recording here and the key sector outlook for 2023.

Looking for something new and innovative to help you attract and retain staff?
Local employers, workforce planning boards, and adult literacy networks are working together to build a new online recruitment and retention tool designed for employers and jobseekers. Career Pathways is an innovative tool that promotes in-demand, entry-level careers with opportunities for growth across Hamilton, Niagara, and Grand Erie. It gives employers local information about jobs, skills, and training to assist in recruitment, career development and employee retention. Watch the video here and get more information.

Give us a try!

Are you looking for a satisfying occupation working with a set of dedicated peers who are working together with the community to deliver quality service? Do you have a desire to serve the public and a passion for finding solutions? Then a rewarding career awaits you at Norfolk County, an equal opportunity employer offering many benefits as outlined on the employment page. Browse our current opportunities here

New Norfolk County Coupon Program

Are you a tourism business operating in Norfolk County, would you be interested in referring visitors to other businesses as they refer visitors to you, do you want to be part of a pilot project to help us track visitor spend in the community? For more information or if you would like to participate, send us an email at

Complimentary TIAO Membership for 2023 

TIAO has announced that they will continue to offer complimentary membership to tourism operators who are active members of their local Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). More information about Membership and Benefits can be found here.

Southern Ontario Tourism Conference

Learning tours are still available until February 16, 2023, you can register here and view the agenda here.

Assistance for Businesses

FoodShift Program for Food and Beverage Processing Sector 
FoodShift program invites organizations based in Ontario operating in the food and beverage processing sector to lead clean technology adoption projects. Now accepting applications on a rolling basis until February 28, 2023.

SMEs in the food processing sector will be eligible to receive up to $50,000, matched by the SME, to support the cost of adopting new green technologies. Please see program timeline for specific cut-off dates.

Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Women Entrepreneurs Summit
Join the FCC’s FREE Women Entrepreneurs Summit in Guelph, Ontario. Gain insights to boost your leadership skills, strategies to build wealth, connect and build personal and professional growth.

This year's speakers will inspire you to think differently about leadership, managing your finances and building resiliency in your business and everyday life. Register here.

New (Extended) Survey focuses on Quality of Work 
Norfolk County Economic Development is assisting the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie, by promoting a business survey that will focus on workforce needs and challenges of area employers. The EmployerOne – Spotlight on Quality of Work survey has been launched by the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie and is supported by Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, and extended until Feb. 10.

Community & Business Updates

Free Welding Training
There are two more classes coming up for the free Skills2Advance Welding job training, which teaches basic welding techniques and other job-ready skills. Businesses that want to register existing workers get priority for spots in the final classes. These incumbent workers may be able to complete the hands-on training within 30 hours. Training is based on a curriculum from the CWB Welding Foundation. Remaining dates for training:

- Class at Fanshawe College, Simcoe Campus. Orientation, Feb. 17, classes Feb. 21-24 and Feb. 27 - March 3.

- Class at Conestoga College, Cambridge. Orientation Feb. 24, classes Feb. 27 - March 3 and March 6 - 10.


Reach out to learn more from GTNProject Manager, Rita Sterne 905-984-0486 or
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