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

Haldimand Norfolk Spark Program officially launches! 

Do you have a new tourism idea for Haldimand or Norfolk? Register for an upcoming Info Session (webinar) to learn more about the "Spark" Program and how to apply.
You could be selected to receive a $3000 seed grant, mentorship and additional partner support to help get you started.

Register today!


Now is the perfert time to post on Shop Norfolk, Norfolk's online shopping destination. Users can list your holiday gift ideas and bundles, with no cost delivery to your customers. We have staff standing by to walk you through the process

For more information, email
Register Here

Building Boom

As of November Norfolk County has surpassed the record mark (set in 2017) for highest construction value of building permits in a year. 

The County’s Building Department has issued an all-time high of 1270 building permits through the first 10 months of this year (up from a total of 947 permits in 2020). The total construction value of $141,614,497 to the end of October was up from $96,987,891 over the same period last year. Permits for 282 new dwelling units have been approved this year.

Shop Local Christmas Campaign is back!

Enter for the next two weeks for a chance to win a $50 gift card! All you have to do is watch our 2021 Shop Local video and answer a question to be registered. Read all about it here and watch the video below!

Add your Business or Event to the Visit Norfolk App

Have a big event coming up? Want to get your business some more exposure? Check out the Visit Norfolk App. The app has been lauded by users and features tons of info on where to go and what to do in Norfolk County. Visitors can now pre-plan their trips to Norfolk by using the App. 
If you are a Norfolk County tourism business and you are not yet included, register for the next on-boarding upload by emailing

Ontario’s Investment Ready: Certified Site

The Site Readiness Program provides financial support to property owners to complete site preparatory work for an eligible industrial property.

Industrial properties that have completed the Site Readiness Program are attractive to investors and site selectors because they have access to important background information on the site’s availability, utilities, transportation access and/or environmental records needed to make a site selection decision quickly.

To apply for this government grant of up to $25,000.00 to get your property investment ready, click the button below. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022.
Norfolk County is also developing an Industrial Site Registry for marketing. So if you own industrial zoned land that is ideal for development, and you would like to either pursue the Government Grant or add your site to Norfolk County’s registry, please email us at or call 519-426-5870 EXT 1264.
Register Here

Assistance for Businesses

Government Funding Opportunities 

Increasing Deadstock Capacity Initiative
Open until Dec. 13, 2021, this program provides targeted cost-share funding support for deadstock management - 50 per cent of the verified eligible expenses incurred and paid, up to a maximum amount of $25,000 per applicant.

Details about the program can be found here

Ontario’s Covid 19 Safety Support and Service for Agri-food work 
Farmers and agri-food businesses can access professional advice and consulting services worth $2000 to assist with COVID-19 needs. This includes managing and identifying transmission risks to protect their workers from COVID-19. The program is paid for by the Canada Agricultural Partnership (CAP) program and is available until February 28, 2022. 
For more information click here.

From Risk To Resilience Workshop

SWOTC has partnered with Festivals & Events Ontario to offer their “From Risk to Resilience” course (vauled at up to $245!) to organizations free of charge.

This course will equiporganizations with the necessary skills to develop an effective risk managementplan. Organizations will have access to 10 self-paced video modules for 30days, totaling 10-12 hours of content, as well as event risk management toolsand templates, and a certificate of completion.

For additional information, watch the video here.

Destination Ontario Educational Webinar 

The Next educational webinar in the “Destination Ontario Presents” series: Photo and Video Best Practices. Join Joe Panetta,Creative Services Manager at Destination Ontario Thursday, December 9, 2021from 10-11 a.m. for a session that will also include a Q and A. 
Register here.

Free Consultation with a Digital Marketing professional

As we become more reliant on digital technology, many questions arise, and sometimes we just want to ask an expert. To ensure all your digital marketing questions are answered, Ontario's Southwest is offering FREE virtual consultations with digital marketing professionals from rTraction during the month of December.

Sessions are 30 minutes in length and can be used for your complicated questions about SEO to simple questions like how to get rid of an image on your website.

Spaces are limited, so reserve your timeslot now! 

Rural Creative Springboard 

A program from Artscape and Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity (CCRC).

This is a three-month virtual program with bursaries for 30 participants Connect practicing artists, social entrepreneurs and other creatives from rurally/remotely situated places focusing on delivering a balance of technical training, creative mindset-building, with opportunities for networking, industry connections, co-creation, peer supportand one-on-one mentorship.
Applications due by December 10, 2021.
Register here.

Community Updates


The Skills2Advance Manufacturing and Warehousing Training program will be running another cohort starting Jan. 17 to Mar. 4, 2022.

Enrolments are open and applications are being accepted.

This program includes free online training and paid job placements for job-seekers to enter the manufacturing and warehousing Industry

Find more here

Update your listing on

Ontario’s Southwest’s new consumer website will be launching soon and they need your help to make it perfect!
Here is what they need from you:

SWOTC 2021 Innovation Awards

The focus for the 2021 Ontario's Southwest (OSW) Tourism Innovation Awards will be all about Celebrating innovation, resilience, adaptability, and sustainability.
Nominations are now open for three categories this year and are linked from the SWOTC website. The deadline to apply is January 7, 2022

The 3 categories are:

  • 2021 Innovator of the Year Award
  • 2021 Innovative Experience of the Year
  • NEW 2021 Sustainability Trailblazer of the Year Award
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