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Community Development Department Newsletter



June 2018



REMINDER: Short Term Accommodations Survey


The County of Prince Edward is seeking the public’s input regarding short-term accommodations in the municipality. Short-term accommodation rentals are defined as all or part of a dwelling unit used to provide sleeping accommodation for any rental period that is a short duration (typically 30 consecutive days or less). More details here.


Please prodivde your feedback through our PUBLIC SURVEY (approx. 5min)


Survey Closes on Monday June 4, 2018



Picton Town Hall 


The County of Prince Edward’s Community Development Department is inviting proposals for the ongoing use and operation of the current Picton Town Hall and former Picton Fire Hall. The deadline to submit expressions of interest is

2pm on Nov. 26, 2018.  


For further details and how to submit an expression of interest visit here.



The County Welcomes Six New Physicians and Recognizes Three Recently Retired Physicians


Pictured above:  Top row left to right: New physicians  Dr. Negine Nahiddi, Dr. Sarah LeBlanc, Dr. Laura Arul, Dr. Dane Chhatwal (absent Dr. Sara Arul and Dr. Tarik Eldjama)

Bottom row left to right: Retired physicians Dr. Lois Russell, Dr. Cliff Rice. (absent Dr. Kim Haigh)


The County of Prince Edward and the Prince Edward Family Health Team (PEFHT) officially welcomed six of the PEFHT’s newest and most recently recruited doctors to the municipality at an event held last night at Parson's Brewing.


Dr. Sara Arul, Dr. Laura Arul, Dr. Sarah LeBlanc, Dr. Negine Nahiddi, Dr. Dane Chhatwal, and Dr.Tarik Eldjama have all joined the team within the last 2 years and are now practicing medicine in Prince Edward County. 


The community also recognized and thanked recently retired physicians Dr. Cliff Rice, Dr. Lois Russell, and Dr. Kim Haigh.                                                             


Read full press release



   Improving Public Transportation in Prince Edward County


The County and The County Foundation in collaboration with the Prince Edward County Transportation Project Steering Committee (Vital Signs Getting Around Group) have been working for close to a year to develop an integrated plan to expand public transportation. Results were presented to the community on April 19, 2018 at  open houses held in Wellington and Picton in advance of finalizing recommendations to be brought forward to Council.


For more information visit Public Transit Plan.



Calling all employers in the hospitality and tourism sector!


Are you struggling to find and/or retain staff? Are you willing to advise us on curriculum or take on a trainee, fully supported by a job coach? Career Edge, in collaboration with the County Workforce Partnership are Helping Employers Acquire Talent with our new program HEAT! With your help, we can create a skilled, motivated and successful workforce for the hospitality and tourism sector in Prince Edward County. To learn more about this program and how you can get involved, please contact or call 613-476-2421




EODP Business Grants Opening Soon - Apply Today! 


In May there will also be another round of Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) funding. Grants are available whether your business is looking to attract investment, create jobs, develop skills, adopt technology, or bring a new product to market. We encourage you to check out Community Futures of PELA’s page dedicated to EODP – here.


We encourage you to go ahead and fill out one of the forms (below) and send it to as soon as possible. This will allow staff to review and assist potential applicants before the pending call for applications in early-mid May. Please find copies of the forms below:


Adoption of Technology

Investment Attraction

Product/Market Development

Skills Development

Employment Creation Recent Blogs



Where are the Visitor Information Hot Spots? 


Visitors to The County will once again be directed to seek tourism information from these 8 Hot Spots:

·         Rossmore Stop 

·         Emm's Restaurant in Consecon 

·         The Glenora Ferry 

·         Three Dog Winery 

·         The Picton Library 

·         Bloomfield Welcome Centre 

·         The Wellington Museum 

·         Sandbanks Provincial Park 

Each location has some combination of printed maps/guides/brochures, trained Tourism Ambassadors, and outdoor way-finding maps. Hot Spots are open based on business hours.  


Tourism Ambassador Training

Now Available 


Could your front-line staff benefit from Tourism Ambassador Training this summer? This unique training was developed between Loyalist College, The Prince Edward Learning Centre, and the Community Development Department to address the specific needs of County employees. 


This half-day training covers all visitor information tools and resources, standard facts about Prince Edward County and our tourism sector, and what customer service looks like in The County.


For more information about training please contact Rebecca Lamb | 613.476.2148 x2506 


Looking for Visitor Information 

en français?  



Download a copy here of the fully French Prince Edward County Welcome Guide - made possible by partnership funds between the Community Development Department and Regional Tourism Organization 9.


To download other tourism print materials visit the Plan page on The County's official tourism website



County Terroir | June 2


The Prince Edward County Wine Growers Association's annual spring wine event returns with a new date, but still at the beloved Crystal Palace Fairgrounds. 


Details online at


25th Annual Art in the County  

June 22-July 8


Celebrating 25 years of Art in the County, the annual juried exhibition and sale will be taking place in a new location: the Picton Armoury. 


Details online at



2018 Brewery Discovery Routes Now Available!


Prince Edward County (and GCA) breweries, cideries, and distillers are once again featured in The Green Belt and Ontario Beverage Network's Brewery Routes. This campaign includes 300,000 print copies distributed in the Star, Toronto Subway Metro, National Post, food/beverage/tourism organizations, and featured members across Ontario - plus a robust digital campaign using #BrewRoutesON 


This project was supported by the Counties of Prince Edward, Frontenac, Hastings, Lennox & Addington under the FAB Region




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'


Meet Sandy from The Small Business Centre Who is here to Help! 


Sandy Abbott runs The Small Business Centre in Prince Edward County – and she wants every local entrepreneur and small business owner to know she’s here to help. 



Rural Employment Initiative (REI) Comes to

Prince Edward County

The Community Development Department (CDD) hosted a round table discussion last week at Huff Estates with local agencies including Career Edge, PEC Chamber and Quinte Immigration Services who met with staff from the Newcomer Centre of Peel (NCP)  NCP administer a program called the Rural Employment Initiative. This initiative represents over 300 skilled labour newcomer clients who are seeking employment outside of the GTA, with interest in relocating to rural Ontario. Many of these candidates include skills such as skilled trades, healthcare services, HR and business management, which align with a recent study & feedback received from employers in The County. 




The Crepe Escape, Bryan and Nick

A Passion for Fresh Ingredients!


Bryan and Nick Rebolledo are brothers, business partners and co-owners of Crepe Escape, The County’s only creperie located in The Armory in downtown Picton. It’s a real family business that runs with the help of Mom and friends and siblings, but Bryan and Nick will likely be hiring this summer because it turns out a LOT of people love crepes. 





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