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

Digital Service Squad Program is BACK  

Great news! The $2500 grant per business is BACK (but only until October). This grant is a great way for local businesses to grow their online presence. The program has now been extended to February 2022.

Contact Steven for additional information at 226-931-9774. 

Visit Norfolk - Tourism App

Now onboarding 
Does your business thrive from tourism visitation to Norfolk County?  The Visit Norfolk app will help visitors plan their trip to our community, discover things to do, find businesses around them using mapping features, and even take advantage of curated views based on their likes and interests.
 Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be part of this heavily promoted and free platform. 
Register today!

Shop Norfolk is NOW LIVE!

Delivery within Norfolk County is included at no charge for most products.

Norfolk County is still adding new vendors to Shop Norfolk.  There is no cost to add your business and products.
For more information, email
Visit Shop Norfolk

Norfolk County’s Economic Recovery Grant Program

Accepting applications until August 20, 2021
Non-commercial enterprises (not-for-profits, charities, community organizations) that offer business assistance services may now apply for grant funding for projects that will assist businesses to recover.

Grants are targeted at supporting businesses and organizations in Norfolk’s Downtown areas, Arts & Culture Sector and Agriculture Industry.
Apply for funding today

Norfolk County's Unemployment Rate

Norfolk County’s Unemployment Rate saw a decline from the 1st quarter (with a high of 9.2% in March) the 2nd quarter (7.4% in June) of 2021.  These numbers reflects employment conditions prior to stage 2 and stage 3 reopening.  

Assistance for Businesses

Government Funding Opportunities 
Norfolk County’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP) GrantProgram
The CIP program is over 70% subscribed with over $100,000 already allocated. The program will close when the budgeted $140,000 is allocated.

Applications must be approved prior to the start of the project. Learn more!
Jobs and Growth Fund 
Eligible to businesses, including co-operatives and not-for-profit organizations and community economic development partners 

The purpose is to support the development and adoption of clean technology, help communities and businesses plan and drive clean, sustainable economic growth. Transition to a green economy 

Eligible businesses could receive interest-free repayable contributions for up to 50% of eligible costs 

Eligible not-for-profit organizations could receive non-repayable contributions for up to 90% of eligible costs. Learn more!

Federal Government’s CEWS and CERS Extended 
Lockdown supports until October 23, 2021. 

Increasing the wage and rent subsidy rates between August 29 and September 25, 2021. 

Proposing technical changes and clarifications to increase flexibility and certainty for organizations using these programs and the Canada Recovery Hiring Program. 

Eligible employers would still also be able to apply for the new Canada Recovery Hiring Program instead of the wage subsidy 

Tourism Relief Fund 

Up to 50% of the eligible cost of up to $100,000 or repayable contributions up to $500,000 for up to 75% of eligible costs.Eligible to businesses, not-for-profits, and tourism associations.
Check out the Application Guide
Ontario Helping 100,000 Workers Train for In-Demand Jobs

This free online training partnership through LinkedIn, will offer free online courses to those impacted by the pandemic until March 31, 2022. 

2,100 in-demand courses are also offered in French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese. Apply today!

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

2021 Ontario Tourism Resiliency Awards

The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) in partnership with Attractions Ontario, The Culinary Tourism Alliance, Indigenous Tourism Ontario, and OTEC are proud to present the Ontario Tourism Resiliency Awards. They have been designed to reflect resiliency through innovation, collaboration, and partnership. 
Nominate a business

Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus

Employer Workforce Needs Survey
The Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC) is conducting a survey to gauge the workforce needs of employers and identify the opportunities and barriers to workforce development in Western Ontario.WOWC appreciates your help in answering the following survey. The survey should take about 4 minutes to complete and respondent’s answers will remain confidential.
Take Survey

Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie (WPBGE)
SURVEY: Navigating Work/Life Balance in Grand Erie

The WPBGE is currently conducting a survey on, Navigating Work-Life Balance in Grand Erie
To collect valuable data on the challenges our residents face in achieving healthy work-life balance and on the supports they need from community organizations or employers. The survey closes on August 31st
Survey respondents can either their name in a draw to win one of 15 Grand Erie Health and Wellness prizes

Grand Erie Jobs 2.0 has launched

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

  • 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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