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Community Development Department Newsletter



May 2018



Short Term Accommodations Public Consultation


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).


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


More details can be found on The County's website here.



   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 County Entrepreneurs!

Hear from local filmmakers Tess Girard and Ryan Noth (Fifth Town Films) about their careers as filmmakers, and from the Regent’s General Manager Neil Shorthouse about what’s happening at the theatre. Chris Crawford from Kick Ass Media will be speaking about the power of your brand.
Take a behind-the scenes tour of the theatre, and meet some new people while enjoying locally roasted Cherry Bomb Coffee.



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



Five-Year, $3B Program to Support Farmers Replaces GF2


The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector. 


Prince Edward County farmers need to have completed the Grow Your Farm Profits Workshop in the last 5 years to be eligible for funding. The funding covers 35% of up to $100K in project costs and 25% of $200K of project costs for agri-food processors. For more information, please see here.  or contact Trevor Crowe for local inquiries.



The Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence program encourages the development of our rural communities, farms, agri-food processors and agri-food organizations by adding value to existing products, creating jobs and driving economic growth.


The awards are broken up as follows:


Premier's Award - one $75,000 award available
Minister's Award - one $50,000 award available
Leaders in Innovation Award - three $25,000 awards available
Provincial award - x45 at $5,000 awards available



Applications for the 2018 program are being accepted now until 11:59 PM on Friday, May 25, 2018.   Program guidelines and the application form can be found on the Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence website.



10 Things to Do in Prince Edward County in May 🐦




Countylicious restaurants will be open one additional weekend due to the extensive closures during the ice storm. 

Image Credit: Johnny CY Lam



The County is once again

sponsoring a booth at the

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

in Toronto, Nov 22-25, 2018!


Be a part of promoting The County as the food & wine destination at the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Nov 22-25.


Sign up as an exhibitor and showcase your food or beverage products to 42,000+ visitors plus 7,000 industry, trade and media VIP guests. 


Exhibitors will have approxiately 5ft of booth frontage/counter space - there's a limit of 5 vendors each day. 


For more information or to reserve your dates, contact Karen Palmer at


Local Distribution Services Now Available!


Looking for a way to spread the word about your tourism business in Prince Edward County?


Join the distribution system to the 8 visitor information Hot Spots!


$250+HST covers regular weekly distribution plus restocking throughout the week by Hot Spot staff, and tracking of your materials to all 8 locations between early May and late October, 2018.


Spots are limited and first-come, first-serve - email by Friday May 11 with your interest. 


Visitor Information Hot Spots Re-Opening! 


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 re-open in May.  


NEW DATE: County Terroir on June 2nd 


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



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. 






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'


The Ye11ow Studio – Dawn and Jay Middleton

The Ye11ow is an art studio that houses hopes and dreams as well as the art of Dawn and Jay Middleton. Jay is a landscape architect/designer by trade and an artist at heart. Dawn is a potter and also a sculptor whose ceramic installations are frankly shocking. “They have a push and pull with the viewer”. Spiky and dangerous, clambering over walls and ceilings and around corners with no obvious means of support – but beautiful, too, fragile and absolutely fascinating.



Business Supporting Workshop Series on Product Foodography

In March 2018, Ruth Gangbar and Christopher Gentile delivered their fourth Foodography workshop – food styling and food photography – as part of the Winter Survival Workshops offered by PELA CFDC, the Small Business Centre  and PEC Chamber of Commerce. “We’re like the dynamic duo,” laughs Ruth, but she knows how seriously helpful their workshops can be. “You know the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words? It’s a cliché because it’s so true. A good photograph is worth a fortune in marketing,” she says. In their workshops they share practical advice, professional techniques and hands-on experience. She is a food stylist, he’s a commercial photographer specializing in food, hence the name Foodography, but they don’t just attract food businesses. Read More.



Dr. Ramy Majid – County Dental Care

Dr. Majid still seems surprised to be called an entrepreneur. “There is a real entrepreneurial spirit in Prince Edward County,” he says. “I never really thought of myself as an entrepreneur, but I guess that’s what I am now.” He discovered in his first year that running your own business is not a walk in the park. “It’s very different to working for somebody else,” he says wryly. “I do the actual work, I’m the dentist, but I also manage my staff, run the office,  and try to do a little marketing, too.”





Loyalist Emcampment, May 19-20

Getting Back to Our Roots, May 19

Tea Room Socials, May-September

Sunday Fundays, Second Sundays from June to September

Sitting Pretty: A Chairity Event, June 2

Guest Speaker: The Story of Vimy, June 3

Guest Speaker: Owls, June 6


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