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Community Development Department Newsletter

July 2019



Short Term Accommodations Licensing Approved

County Council has approved a new short-term accommodations (STA) licensing program, which will be implemented in the coming months.

Licensing is the final piece of the regulatory framework for STAs in Prince Edward County. Amendments to The County’s Official Plan and comprehensive zoning by-law – passed in October 2018 – guide the location of STAs.

“We now have the tools in place to protect the character of our residential neighbourhoods while at the same time directing any future STA growth to appropriate areas and in limited densities,” says Steve Ferguson, Mayor, County of Prince Edward. “We undertook significant and meaningful public consultation every step along the way, and I would like to thank everyone who participated in this process.”

Municipal staff will implement the licensing program over the next several months. All STA operators will be required to obtain a license, with the application process opening in late summer 2019. The County will provide advance notice before the application window opens. Additional information will be provided to guide STA owners and operators through the application process.

  • Find more details here.
  • Read the by-law here.
  • Read about fees & charges here
  • Read about property standards here.
  • Read about penalties here.







The County welcomes Rural Medical Students

The Eastern Regional Medical Education Program places medical students, clerks, and residents in Rural Eastern Ontario. With the help of a Community Week program, students who've completed their first year have the opportunity to visit a rural community. For many, it's their first time exploring rural Ontario and their first chance to see the lifestyle and atmosphere of a rural community, as well as get a picture of what's involved in practicing rural medicine.

Over the past seven years, the Community Development Department has escorted students for a day exploring Prince Edward County. Over the years we’ve visited many parts of The County, ranging from hikes in the Dunes to cycling in Hillier.
On May 29 and June 5, University of Ottawa and Queen’s University students spent some time foraging with Tamara Segal of Hawthorn Herbals on the grounds of Macaulay Heritage Park to learn about the health and medicinal benefits of foraged plants. Students also enjoyed a foraged salad as well as  a wood-fired pizza made by Museum volunteers in the hearth at Macaulay House. They also were challenged to complete Escape Macaulay House in the time allotted. Another highlight was the tour of Kinsip House of Fine Spirits, where they learned about the chemistry involved in making vodka, gin and other distilled spirits.




Small Business Support in The County

Do you have an idea for a business and want help figuring out the steps needed to make this dream a reality? Are you in business already and exploring ways to solve a problem or grow to the next stage?
Sandy Abbott is available to work with you, providing free, confidential business support funded by the Community & Economic Development Commission.
Whether you want help with the formal aspects, such as registering your business, writing a business plan or preparing for a loan application, or just want to brainstorm ways to connect with the right local resources to strengthen your enterprise, a one-on-one session with Sandy can be a good business decision.

To schedule an appointment, call Sandy at 613-476-4240 or email  



Business Expansion Funding Available

Rural Innovation Initiative (RII) supports high-potential enterprises and the transition of traditional rural sectors and business to the new rural economy, aiming to stimulate direct investments by the private sector and social enterprises in innovation capital, with the goal of producing aggregate economic effects locally and regionally.    

Selected projects will be eligible for a non-repayable performance-based contribution and require a minimum 50 per cent cash contribution by the recipient on eligible expenses net of HST.  The minimum project size is $50,000 resulting in a minimum contribution of $25,000 by the recipient. Please visit for more details. Deadline for submission is July 12, 2019.




Questions about the Employment Standards Act?

  • What is the Employment Standards Act?
  • Exceptions, Exemptions, and Special Rules
  • Employee or Independent Contractor
  • What is an Employment Standards Officer?

What employers need to know: Basics

Minimum Wage, Hours of Work, Overtime Pay, Public Holidays, Vacation and Vacation Pay, Leaves of Absence, Termination (Notice of,), Severance Tips and Other Gratuities, Temporary Help Agencies (THA's) vs. Clients, Reprisals, Filing a Claim

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This survey is designed to understand your entire travel experience – from inspiration to the activities you participated in. With your input, we can keep improving for valued visitors. Thanks for your participation!




Industrial Park Properties

Four Industrial Park Properties remain. All are zoned MG-20 General Industrial Zone and are serviced with full municipal sanitary sewer services. 

Lot 25 on McDonald Drive - $29,025 (.645 acres)
Lot 29, 32 on McDonald Drive - $29,430 (.654 acres)
Lots 26, 27, 28, 33 on McDonald Drive - $158,500 (3.3 acres)
Lot 34 on McDonald Drive - $56,700 (1.26 acres)

For more information, contact Tom McEvoy, Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate Ltd. at 613-242-1045.





Carson's Garden + Market

Carson Arthur has spent 18 years talking about, and making TV shows about, gardening. These days he hosts Take it Outside on local radio CJBQ. He knows looking up gardening information online can lead to all kinds of mixed messages. "I’m here in the real world for people. Local people work in the store and they have great hands-on experience and can tell people what works for them, what doesn’t work around here and give great advice. That’s the kind of resource I want to offer.” Keep reading.




Gillingham's Brewing Company

When Andrew and Christine Gillingham say they run a family-based brewery, they’re not kidding. One of their first beers, which sold out quickly, was called the Pale Ale 25, named for Christine’s grandmother who relishes a glass of pale ale and was born in 1925. Then came Dave’s ESB, in honour of both their dads. “It’s definitely personal,” says brewmaster Andrew. “Our friends and family are engaged in the brewery and we’re bringing all our own personal experiences to the operation. It’s fun making up names for our brews, and fun to tell people the story behind them.” Keep reading.




Wild Heart Healing Arts

Megan Marie Gates and Stacey Croucher have created a magical space inside The Armoury building in Picton that offers weekly movement and meditation classes, holistic healing treatments, specialized workshops  & creative community gatherings. Listen to a podcast with Your Visionary Life. 




The Gym at the Armoury

Rob Spagnola is a Trainer and Performance Coach with more than 6 years working in the fitness industry at a private recreation and athletic club. He has trained everyone from youth athletes looking to improve their strength and speed in their sport to seniors exploring their fitness for the first time. Now, Rob is the owner of The Gym in the Armoury where he not only has created his dream training facility, but is also embarking on his first entrepreneurial journey. Listen to the Your Visionary Life podcast here




Blue Wheelbarrow Farm

Aaron Armstrong is the owner of Blue Wheelbarrow Farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario, a 3 acre organic vegetable farm specializing in baby greens, salad mixes, and tomatoes. Cultivating community, celebrating the harvest, and feeding people fully is the foundation of his farm and business. Listen to the Your Visionary Life podcast here.




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From The Blog







Join vendors at the Second Saturday Market, featuring artisan, vintage and rummage items, at Macaulay Heritage Park on July 13. Admission to the Museum is free too!  Enjoy wood-fired pizza served 11-1 p.m.




Reward a Victory or Drown the Sorrows of a Loss

Escape Macaulay House is open Wednesday to Sunday all summer long - and we've got a new partnership with Kinsip House of Fine Spirits! Win or lose, bring proof of play to The County's only distillery and they'll give you a free cocktail! Must be 19+ to redeem, limit one per person.
For tickets and FAQs, keep reading.





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