The Municipality of Kincardine's Economic Development Newsletter
Economic Development News
October 16th to the 22nd is Small Business Week. Join us in celebrating and recognizing our small businesses that make up this great community!
We are excited to share this update on events, supports, grants, and news that may be of interest to you and your business. If you have any questions, please reach out to Cherie Leslie, Community Economic Development Coordinator by e-mail.
The Municipality of Kincardine is developing a new Community Improvement Plan to attract investment and foster economic growth. A CIP can include incentive programs, like grants and loans, to stimulate private sector investment for things like:
business façade improvements
business signage and awnings
energy efficiency upgrades
We want your feedback on the new CIP programs. Please complete the short survey by clicking the button below and visit our Community Improvement Plan webpagefor more details.
The Municipality of Kincardine is working with MHBC Planning to update the Comprehensive Zoning By-Law. This document specifies the permitted land uses on property (e.g. commercial, agricultural, industrial or residential) and regulates things such as building heights, lot coverage and property line setbacks.
Check out our interactive zoning map and learn more about this project on KincardineTalks.ca.
Downtown Kincardine Queen Street Reconstruction Project
In August, we invited you to an Open House about our Waterfront Master Plan. We've gathered what we heard from those meetings and are ready to get together again!
Kincardine Waterfront Master Plan Engagement Evening
Wednesday, November 2nd, at 6 p.m.
at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine Hall
There will be presentation and a chance for you to interact with staff from the Municipality of Kincardine and pl.ural. We hope to see you there!
"Ring My Bell" Campaign
As part of our commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) in our communities, we've launched “Ring My Bell”. The campaign offers free, wireless doorbells to local businesses, which customers can ring when they need help to enter. Thanks to Kincardine Canadian Tire for supporting this campaign!
News from the Kincardine & District Chamber of Commerce
The Kincardine & District Chamber of Commerce continues to welcome new members to the organization. Learn more about the Chamber by visiting their website at connect with them via email. The Chamber is a not-for-profit organization through which business and professional people work together for the common good of the community.
Mark your calendar! The Community Achievement Awards are scheduled for October 15th at 6 p.m. at Ainsdale Golf Course.
Bruce Huron Food Tour
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kincardine and District (BBBSKD) has launched a coupon booklet to raise funds to support their Mentoring Programs. The booklet features local businesses in Bruce and Huron counties, including Kincardine, Goderich, Wingham, Walkerton, and surrounding areas. Coupon booklets are available for pick up at BBBSKD Office in Kincardine.
Local brick-and-mortar small businesses looking to improve their online presence can apply for a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant to set-up and maintain:
Social media presence;
A new or improved website;
Basic e-commerce enabled on a website;
Other applications to increase online presence.
The grant application portal is now open and applications will be accepted until October 31, 2022, or until funds are exhausted. For more information on the program or for assistance with the application process, please contact Luke Price.
The County of Bruce has launch the Spark Tourism Grant with a goal to inspire Bruce County residents (full or part-time), entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profit organizations to come forward with creative ideas that will generate sustainable tourism opportunities, experiences and partnerships.
They are also encouraging existing tourism operators to think about offering more experiential, unique or enhanced activities and eco-friendly options so that we can expand beyond high season, increase year-round visitors and spending, and spread our existing market to destinations across Bruce County.
Are you opening a new business, expanding or looking for a new location in the Municipality? Reach out to Cherie Leslie, Community Economic Development Coordinator.
If you are planning interior or exterior renovations, including the installation of exterior signage, please visit our website or contact Tracey in Development Services at 519-396-3468 ext. 7124 to obtain the necessary permits.
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