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Community Development Department Newsletter



July 2018



Free Online Training


Consider taking advantage of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association's free multi-module training program built by OTEC and Tourism HR Canada in response to Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan and industry needs.


Anyone experiencing harassment or unfair compensation in the workplace is encouraged to contact the Ministry of Labour or the Ontario Human Rights Commission.


Long-Term Rental/Vacancy Survey


The County of Prince Edward is conducting a rental vacancy survey as part of ongoing efforts to expand affordable housing in the municipality. Staff from the Community Development Department are calling property managers and owners to administer the survey, which takes approximately 10 minutes. This is an effort to verify the findings of the Canadian Mortgage & Housing Corporation, which has reported The County's vacancy rate as 4.8%. That finding can influence eligibility for various funds. More details here.




Travel & Tourism Trends Survey

Take the South Eastern Ontario Industry Insights Survey and help shape the future of travel and tourism in South Eastern Ontario!


The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and qualifies participants to win a $300 gift card.


This survey is an RTO9 research initiative. The results will help us to understand challenges, assess industry performance and identify market trends.


Feedback is anonymous and will be treated in the strictest confidence.


Thanks for your participation!




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 receives $500,000 for public transit


The County of Prince Edward has received $500,000 in provincial grant funding over the next five years to implement its new Public Transit Plan and Business Case. At a recent media event, the Women’s Institute of Prince Edward County was recognized for their pioneering efforts to establish The County’s first public transit service – a specialized transit service offered through Quinte Access. The public transit plan will roll out over the next five years in partnership with existing transportation providers including County taxi cab companies as well as Deseronto Transit and Quinte Access buses. Read the full release here.
 Recent Blogs

Don't see your business on these lists? Please don't take it personally! The County reserves the right to maintain editorial integrity - blog stories, lists and links are at the discretion of the writer(s). These resources are not meant to be exhaustive - nor can they be due to the nature of our constantly growing/changing sector. As we expand content, we'll be looking to event and business listings on for inspiration - please be sure to keep yours updated! 



Media Tour The County


The County recently hosted Adam Waxman of Dine & Destination magazine and vegan cookbook author Lauren Toyota for media tours highlighting food, art, wine, beaches, brewing and spirits. 


Read recent coverage of an earlier media trip with Montreal's L'Actualite.


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 

·        Terra Restaurant PEC in Consecon 

·        The Glenora Ferry 

·        Three Dog Winery 

·        The Picton Library 

·        Bloomfield Welcome Centre 

·        The Wellington Museum 

·        Sandbanks Provincial Park 

Each location has printed maps/guides/brochures, trained Tourism Ambassadors, and outdoor wayfinding 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 


New County Wayfinding Maps


Grant dollars secured from RTO9 made it possible to create and print a limited quantity of Prince Edward County tear-away maps intended to support visitors with wayfinding between towns and regions. Maps will be available at Hot Spot locations and a select number of other tourism businesses while we collect feedback. 



New Tourism Information Kiosk Pilot


County visitors can now access tourism information from a digital touch-screen system featuring a kiosk-mode of the official tourism website The first of these is installed and operating at the Wellington Heritage Museum Hot Spot. Digital kiosks provide access to County business listings, Google directions, events, blogs and search functions.  



Introducing le Comte de Prince Edward 


A French version of the Lure Piece introduces The County to prospective French-speaking tourists has been made possible through funding from RTO9.


20,000 copies will be distributed among the Francophone communities in Ontario and Quebec.  


To download tourism print materials in French, please visit the Plan or Visitor Information pages on The County's official tourism website


Take a Walk in The County 


Join History Lives Here for a walking tour of downtown Picton, leaving from the Regent Theatre twice daily Wednesday-Sunday.


Camp Picton will open its doors for two tours in July.


Oeno Gallery hosts guided walks of the Sculpture Gallery every Sunday from 1.30-2 p.m.


On July 14, historian Marc Seguin will lead a walk to historic Point Traverse Lighthouse.


Herbalist Tara Segal will point out (and sample) some of the wild edible and medicinal plants growing on the Millennium Trail, on July 25.


More details online at


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


AquaSwift – how’s your well?


Ever dreamed of being able to tell how much water is in your well without lifting the lid and looking? No? Well read on anyway, to learn how a County father and son developed a device that is exciting homeowners, conservation groups and even the Ministry of the Environment. Russell Brookes tells us about it.


Lustre & Tarnish - where old & new mix and mingle 


Beverly Dunnington's shop is called Lustre & Tarnish, an evocative name for a shop filled with evocative things, including new, vintage and antique jewellery - whole and in pieces.




Sunday Fundays at Macaulay Heritage Park every second Sunday

Barbecue Dinner at Mariners Park Museum, July 7

Tea Room Social | Raspberries & Blueberries July 29



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