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Community Development Department Newsletter



March 2018




It's the sweetest season in Prince Edward County during 

Maple in the County | March 24 & 25





Prince Edward County Job Fair
April 11, 2018 - Prince Edward Community Centre
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Presented by the County of Prince Edward, Career Edge, Small Business Centre
East Central Ontario Training Board, Community Living, Prince Edward/Lennox &
Addington Community Futures and the Prince Edward Chamber of Commerce


Time:               10am to 2pm
Location:          Prince Edward Community Centre, Picton
Register with:   Registration and submission of job descriptions will be
                         handled through Career Edge for 2018.  Please contact Anne
                         Snyder, Career Edge,


Questions?      Contact  Grace Nyman, Community Development
                        Coordinator,,   613.476.2148 x2502



Time to upload your Job Postings!



1.  The Community Development Department and Career Edge are attending Job Fairs in March and we want to promote your jobs. Be sure to submit your employment needs to Anne Snyder at Career Edge as soon as possible.  

2.  The Job Postings you submit to Career Edge will be picked up and displayed on the Build a New Life website.  Have a look!


Contact Grace Nyman, Community Development Coordinator,  613.476.2148 x2502



Register for the  Farmland Forum, 
April 5, 2018 in Prince Edward County


On Thursday, April 5, 2018, Prince Edward County will play host to the Ontario Farmland Trust 14th Annual Farmland Forum  


This annual event is put on by the Ontario Farmland Trust, a charitable organization whose province-wide mission is to protect and preserve Ontario farmlands and associated agricultural, natural and cultural features of the countryside through direct land securement, stewardship, policy research and education for the benefit of Ontarians today and future generations. The event attracts more than 120 participants each year, as well as local farm and agricultural organizations and media.


The County has established a 2018 Farmland Forum Committee to assist Ontario Farmland Trust with programming for this year’s event. The committee consists of representatives from the Community and Economic Development Commission, the County’s Agricultural Advisory Committee, Prince Edward Federation of Agriculture, Prince Edward County Winegrowers Association, Prince Edward County Chamber of Commerce and The County’s Community Development and Planning Departments.


The theme for the 2018 forum is Building Farmland Viability in Ontario. The forum will be a full day event with speakers and panels including a Prince Edward County farmers' panel which will focus on how local farms have been able to diversify their operations within the context of land use planning.


As a special event, the Committee will also host an evening session prior to the forum to give farmers and event-goers the opportunity to find out more about the easement process as a means of protecting farmland.


For more information, please contact Grace Nyman, Community Development Coordinator,  613.476.2148 x2502




Image Credit: Johnny CY Lam



Content Marketing for Attraction Based Businesses


[FREE Webinar] Arranged by The Great Waterway, this 1-hour webinar will review the concept of content marketing, why it's important and look at actionable steps you can take to improve your online presence with content marketing with real world local examples. 


Wednesday March 14 at 9am





Is your event featured on


FREE listings are available on The County's official tourism website for local events attracting tourists/visitors. Submit yours online. 




LGBTQ Inclusion in PEC


We recently hosted a Travel Gay Canada workshop on how to be an LGBTQ friendly business and create a safe, and inclusive environment for LGBTQ visitors and colleagues.


Did you know?

  • The Canadian LGBTQ travel market is worth $8.5B annually
  • On avergae, LGBTQ travelers spend nearly twice as much per trip in Canada compared to the general population
  • LGTBQ travellers take approximately 4.6 trips each year and 58% of those trips are 4 nights or longer


Weren't able to attend but curious about being a more LGBTQ friendly business/service? Contact for workshop hand-outs.  



Results of the 2018 EmployerOne Survey 


FREE Online Training for Hospitality Sector 


The Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association has officially launched the "It’s Your Shift" online training program. This Sexual Violence & Intervention training was developed by the industry FOR the industry.

It was created in response to the Government of Ontario’s 2015,
“It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment,” and is presented by ORHMA in partnership with OTEC and Tourism HR Canada.


Register now to take the online training or download their kit for more resources and information. 



Commercial Space Availability:

The CDD is actively promoting available industrial park land for sale in Picton for the development of commercial units for businesses. The CDD recognizes the need for commercial lease space that provides connected services, loading bay access and office or retail space. For more information, please see our industrial properties HERE. Recent Stories

'A Business Friendly Enviroment'


Keep Your Brushes Wet – Judy Plomer

Judy Plomer always wanted to paint, but her talent blossomed when she moved to Prince Edward County. She tells us her story.

“I first stepped into The County in 1976 when I came to meet my husband-to-be’s family who lived in Black River. Back then nobody in Toronto knew where I was going. They said Prince Edward County?  Where’s that? Those were the years when there was angled parking in Picton, you might have seen the old photos? And no civic numbers on any of the houses! It was a very different place. Over the years we came back and forth to visit Jim’s family. We had our children, Rob and Jenn, and I got them involved in the sailing here, and, of course, they absolutely loved The County. About 2005 we decided to renovate Jim’s family home, and that’s when we decided to move here permanently.”


Bloomfield Beauty Co.

Sisters Annie and Emma Woodman opened Bloomfield Beauty Co. to meet growing demand. Girlfriends on a getaway love a spa, and groups like that are rapidly increasing in The County. So are wedding parties, reunions, and the like. Between their day spa services like manicures and massage therapy, and medical spa services like botox, the sisters are offering something unique in The County. No wonder there’s a buzz in Bloomfield!


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