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Economic Development News

November 2022

We are excited to share this update on events, supports, grants, and news that may be of interest to you and your business. Please reach out to Cherie Leslie, Community Economic Development Coordinator by e-mail with any questions.
Advertisement - Bridges to Better Business: The Connected Entrepreneur Nov. 29, 2022. Lakeshore Recreation Centre. Port Elgin, ON. Speaker: Sandra Kahale, OnWord Consulting (photo of them smiling at camera). Register now at Logos for Bruce County and Business to Bruce.
What does it mean to be well-connected as an entrepreneur or small business owner? Join Sandra Kahale on November 29 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. to discover how to grow and activate your network in ways that really matter to you and your business.
Join us at Lakeshore Recreation Centre in Port Elgin. 
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Kincardine Community Improvement Plan (CIP)
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 
  • accessibility enhancements
  • agri-tourism
  • affordable housing
  • energy efficiency upgrades
  • business attraction
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 webpage for more details.
Complete the Survey
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Have you completed the EmployerOne survey yet? We encourage all companies with at least one employee to complete the survey. EmployerOne provides valuable insights about our local workforce challenges and opportunities.  
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Comprehensive Zoning By-Law Review.
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
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Cataplut Grey Bruce is bringing together established entrepreneurs from across Grey and Bruce Counties to create a dynamic ecosystem where businesses can grow and thrive. Their programs are designed for innovative businesses that want to scale-up and are seeking support from experienced industry consultants.

They have mentors available to offer one-on-one support giving you access to a variety of experts in the field. Learn more at or visit their upcoming event.

Advertisement - Catapult Grey Bruce logo. After Hours Thursday, Nov. 24, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Join fellow entrepreneurs and business owners for Catapult's Monthly Networking Event! The Hub Huron-Kinloss 84 Huron Street, Ripley.
Kincardine & District Chamber of Commerce. Santa Claus is coming to town! Saturday, December 3, at 4 p.m. Parade float registration is open! Are you a local business, club, school, church or organization that would like to share your holiday spirit by entering a float in the 2022 Santa Claus Parade? Email and we will send you a registration form. There is no charge to participate and everyone is welcome! Thank you to valued sponsors: logos for Greenfield Global, Heritage Fire Co., Ontario Power Generation, Sobeys, Bruce Power. And our community partners: logos for EPCOR and Reliance Home Comfort.


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Digital Transformation Grant 4.0

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 closed; however, Luke Price is available to assist businesses with their online presence and prepare for companies when the grant re-opens in the new year. Contact Luke Price

Digital Main Street logo with headline reading: Digital Service Squad by the Numbers. 21 Businesses Served. Through a mix of in person and digital consultations we provided coaching, training, access to resources, and help with securing grant funding for digital projects of all kinds. $25,000 in Grants. By helping businesses access the Digital Transformation Grant we've seen $25,000 in total funding delivered to businesses in the Municipality of Kincardine. 100% Approval Rate. Of the Kincardine businesses who met the pre-qualification criteria and successfully completed the mandatory training, all of them had their final grant application approved. $0 out of pocket. The DSS position is fully funded through Digital Main Street's Ontario Grants Program, which is supported through investment from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and administered by the Ontario BIA Association. For more information on the Digital Service Squad and to secure your spot in the next round of funding visit:

Business and Development News

An exterior photo of Lake Huron Home.
Cherie Leslie presents the new owner and manager of The Bookstore with a welcome certificate.

Please join us in welcoming the following new and expanding businesses: 

  • Bruce County Self Storage - 829 Kincardine Ave.
  • Lake Huron Home - Sutton Park Mall, Kincardine (opening soon!)
  • The Bookstore - Condor Fine Books (new ownership)
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.
Build, Reno, Demo and Property Taxes.
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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