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Economic Development News

December 2022

As we wrap up another year, we are excited to share an 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.
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Happy Holidays!  We wish you and your family a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season and look forward to working with you in the New Year. 

See the Municipal holiday hours here.
Hawks' Nest event poster. Have a business idea? Pitch your idea to gain cash investment. Hawks' Nest 2023. Over $30,000 up for grabs! Open to Bruce, Grey, Minto, Wellington North and Owen Sound residents. Free Business Plan Training in January. Applications due by March 10th, 2023. Pre-Registration Required. Apply Now!
Starting a new business? Have a business proposition? Expanding an existing business? Apply for Hawks' Nest 2023 now!

Free Business Plan Training Virtual workshops leading up to the event. Each entrepreneur with a new business is required to take the business plan training. Pre-Registration is required for all attendees.
  • Tuesday, January 10, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Adult Session      
  • Saturday, January 14, 1 – 4 p.m. Youth only session    
  • Wednesday, January 18, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Adult Session     
  • Saturday, January 21, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Adult Session 
Visit: for more information or email Laura DeMille.
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Thursday, March 2nd, 2023
3 to 7 p.m.

Kincardine Davidson Centre

The Municipality is partnering with the Kincardine & District Chamber of Commerce and VPI Working Solutions to host this inaugural event. 

Businesses and Industry 
  • This is your opportunity to present your company to the community and potential employees. Whether you’re looking for full-time employees, summer students or simply to build local awareness of your company, this event is for you!
  • Booth Registration Fee: $25.00 payable by e-transfer to Please include "Job Fair" in the memo/description line. 

    Registration fees will cover advertising and light refreshments. 

  • More information is available on our Job Fair and Career Expo webpage.
Reserve a Booth

Downtown Kincardine  Reconstruction - Update

Plans are advancing for the Queen Street Revitalization Project, scheduled to begin in the spring of 2023. Get more information and sign up to receive project updates at
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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Committee Recruitment

An invitation is extended by Council to citizens of the Municipality of Kincardine interested in making a contribution to their community to apply to sit on the following committees:

  • Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Heritage Kincardine
  • Fence Viewers
  • Business Improvement Area (BIA)
  • Kincardine Police Services Board
For more information and to apply click here.

There will be more Committees of Council announced in 2023, so stay tuned for more opportunities!
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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.  
Complete the Survey
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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Fanshawe College is now accepting applications for winter 2023 post-secondary programs offered here in Bruce County:
  • Carpentry and Renovation Techniques
  • Personal Support Worker
Continuing Education Programs:
  • Health Care Office Assistant
  • Project Management
Find out more here.


Digital Main Street

Luke Price is available to assist businesses with their online presence. Contact Luke Price

  • Digital Consultant to advise you on where to start and how to grow online
  • Offers advice and training on a wide variety of digital tools and resources
  • Provide free and low cost resources that offer professional level features
  • Ready to meet with you free of charge
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Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) Program
Businesses and organizations can seek funding to hire youth between April 24 and September 2, 2023. Approved employers from the not-for-profit sector are eligible for a wage subsidy reimbursement of up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum wage. Approved public and private sector employers are eligible to receive a wage subsidy reimbursement of up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Deadline to apply is January 12, 2023.

Learn more & apply at Canada Summer Jobs wage subsidy webpage.

Ontario Enhanced Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program  

Funding is now available for eligible farmers and agri-food businesses to take additional workplace measures to help prevent and control covid-19 in agri-food workplaces. More information is available here.

Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) provides opportunities for employers, individually or in groups, to invest in their workforce, with help from the government.
The COJG provides direct financial support to individual employers or employer groups who wish to purchase training for their employees. It is available to small, medium, and large businesses with a plan to deliver short-term training to existing and new employees. Important to know:
  • Employers can get up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
  • The training has to be delivered by an eligible, third-party trainer.
  • Employers with 100 or more employees need to contribute 1/2 of the training costs. Small employers with less than 100 employees need to contribute 1/6 of training costs.

Visit here for more information.

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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