The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
The monthly newsletter for Norfolk's business community
September 2021
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

Pond Street Expression of Interest

Norfolk County is seeking proposals for the potential purchase, adaptive reuse, and (re)development of up to five riverfront parcels located on the eastern edge of downtown Simcoe on Pond Street and Argyle Street along the Lynn River. At its core, the land contains a large, 19th-century brick building that was once a manufacturing complex and previously the Adult Community Centre.
View Expression of Interest

LAST CALL: Visit Norfolk - Tourism App

onboarding prior to launch
This is your last call to be included in the Visit Norfolk mobile app prior to the formal launch. The program is open to all Norfolk County tourism businesses free of cost. To register, click the link below or email
Register today!

Shop Norfolk 

We are still onboarding local businesses to our Shop Norfolk platford. This is an opportunity to have your business featured in a promotional campaign for Shop Norfolk.

There is NO COST to add your business and products to the platform
For more information, email
Visit Shop Norfolk

Digital Service Squad 

URGENT CALL for the $2500 Digital Main Street grant for small businesses.

Only 3000 grants approved for all of Ontario and more than half (1500) applications already pending.

Deadline to apply is October 31st 

Norfolk County’s Economic Recovery Grant Program

Program intake is now closed
Watch this space for future announcements about the Recovery Grants.

If you are a not-for-profit, non-commercial, or charity organization that would like more information about the program, reach out to
View Grant Info

Building Permit Stats

Assistance for Businesses

Government Funding Opportunities 
Norfolk County’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP) GrantProgram
This year is coming to a close, submit your CIP project now. Applications will be approved prior to the start of the project. The program is over 70% subscribed with over $100,000 already allocated. The program will close when the budgeted $140,000 is allocated. Learn more about this program

Tourism Relief Fund 
Will you be capitalizing on this opporunity? Elgible applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
- Be a key supplier or operator in the visitor experince
- Be part of a defined tourism cluster or atourism dependent community, including supporting downtown cores or:
- Provide an anchor product or service in atourism destination
For Businesses
- Non-replayable contributions up to $100,000 for up to 50% of eligible costs, or:
- Fully repayable contributions up to $500,000 for up to 75% of eligible costs

For Not-for-Profit organizations and Indigenous entitites (not generate profits):

- Eligible for non-repayable contributions with project contributions anounts not to exceed $500,000

Check out the Application Guide

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fund (administered by the APMA). 
This program helps recruit, train, and place workers from underrepresented populations with companies needing employees. The benefit to the employer starts with a $3000 initial wage subsidy while helping address skills shortages.

The fund runs from June 1st, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Employers must provide a minimum 6-month placement.  

If you are interested in participating as an employer, please contact:
Parm Dhillon, Manager, Corporate Partnerships

If you are interested in participating as a community partner or job seeker, please contact:
Marina Nguyen, Manager, Community Partnerships

Community Updates

Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie (WPBGE)

The WPBGE will be holding a free job seekers webinar that will show job seekers how to use the Grand Erie Jobs hub to search for local jobs, explore careers and industries, research companies and connect with services. 
Time: Wedneday, September 15, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Click here to Register

Grand Erie Jobs 

The regional job board has launched new tools, to help residents find work, research careers, and learn about local businesses.  Check out these tools:

  • Occupation Finder: Provides information on all 500 occupations, identifying local wages, employers, and demand from businesses.
  • Industry Search: Provides information on different industries and identifies local companies from each industry.
  • Sector Locator: Uses a map to show local companies that hire for specific jobs, and highlights where those businesses and jobs are concentrated.
  • Talent Finder: A tool that employers, recruitment firms and communities can use to target talent attraction campaigns for hard-to-fill jobs.
Access these tools
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