The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
November 2022
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

BRiNC Networking Event

Pre-register to win three tickets for the raffle of a $100 Pre-paid Visa gift card and more!
BRiNC Participants: Fill out the feedback survey to receive another three tickets in the draw. The last chance to register for is December 6, 2022, so don't delay!
  • All attendees receive a free portrait photo taken by a professional photographer.
  • Complimentary snacks, music, trivia, and good times await!
  • Raffle winners must be present to claim their prize
Register Here

Summer Job Fair

The Norfolk County Recreation Department will host a student job fair at the Simcoe Recreation Centre on Saturday, January 7, 2023, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The event will be held on the arena floor. Bring your resume and meet with Norfolk staff for a chance to secure an interview!

Shop Local This Holiday Season

Congratulations to Amanda Van Schyndel, our Shop Local Video Contest Week 1 winner! The contest continues - each week residents have a chance to win a $50 gift card to shop locally in Norfolk County. Be sure to register, and check out the new video below!

Enter the Contest Here

Ride Norfolk Holiday Schedule

Please note that there will be no bus service on Monday December 26, 2022, Tuesday December 27, 2022 and Monday January 2, 2023.

As we consider adding new features to serve the public, we hope that you will continue to provide your feedback. Visit the Ride Norfolk site at the link below!

Learn More Here

Visit Norfolk Tourism App

Would you like to showcase your business [and events] on the Shop Norfolk app?Does your business thrive from tourism visitation to Norfolk County? Would you like to showcase your business (and events) on the Norfolk County tourism app Visit Norfolk? The app helps visitors plan their trip to our community, discover things to do, and find businesses to visit. We are onboarding businesses, so sign up today. 

Check it out Here

Southern Ontario Tourism Conference

Early bird tickets are now available for the Southern Ontario Tourism Conference March 6-8, 2023, presented by both Ontario’s Southwest and Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association.

Early Registration Here

Assistance for Businesses

Skill Development Fund Deadline January 31, 2023
This fund has expanded eligibility to allow for a wider range of or organizations. It has also expanded apprenticeship training and funding to cover a wider range of financial supports for trainees, including expenses for transit and childcare. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as funds are limited. Click here for more.

DEADLINE EXTENDED … WPBGE workforce survey, Examining Quality of Work. 
Through this survey, the Workforce Planning Board aims to help businesses, community organizations and local government learn more about what workers value in a workplace, and to encourage the creation of policies, partnerships and practices that strengthen work quality across the region.
Respondents have a chance to win weekly prizes that support local businesses.  
You can take and sharethe 15-minute survey here.

Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program
New funding is available through the Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program to helpfarmers and other agri-food businesses take additional measures to guard the health and safety of agri‐food workers.

 The $10 million inprovincial funding will be available through three program streams:

- The Agri-Food Workplace COVID-19 Prevention and Protection (WCPP) stream to support the adoption of prevention and mitigation measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- The Wage, Isolation and Quarantine Support (WIQS) for Employers of International Agri-food Workers (IAWs) will reimburse eligible applicants who have been impacted by outbreaks of COVID-19.

- Congregate Housing Infection Prevention and Control Measures (CHIPC) stream will reimburse eligible applicants for minor modifications throughout the congregate employee housing, to promote the implementation of appropriate health and safety measures.

- The Program intake began November 10, 2022 and will go until January 31, 2023. Funding is available on a first come first serve basis.

Additional information here

Career Pathways tool and Employer Survey
The Career Pathways tool and Employer Survey is now fully operational and is accessible.

Explore Career Pathways online tool Including viewing jobs by Region - jobs they may be hiring for!

Complete and submit the included Employer Survey - an essential part of validating the jobs data on which the online tool is based. Also, attached is an updated Employer Poster, Newsletter and Social Media content. 

Community & Business Updates

The Greenhouse Technology Network
The Greenhouse Technology Network (GTN) helps small and medium-sized greenhouses and related- technology businesses in southern Ontario extend their R&D capabilities and solve challenges. The grant includes a 1:1 cost share model where up to 80 percent of your input may be in materials and labour. Applications for funding are now open with ongoing intake.

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

Find out more here

Starter Company Plus 

Starter Company Plus is a training and mentoring program to start a business, or for businesses operating less than two years. Starter businesses could qualify for a $5000 grant. The program offers opportunities for FREE training in Business Planning, Marketing and Social Media, as well as Book keeping and Financial Management. Register for the January 5, 2023 orientation session below. 

Register Here
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