Community Development Department Newsletter

December 2018


Keep It In The County campaign launches


Stay tuned to YouTube and the Regent Theatre trailers for advertisements featuring friends and neighbours from around The County. As part of the "Shop Local" campaign, four videos are being made featuring winegrowers, Picton businesses and a shared video featuring Bloomfield and Ameliasburgh businesses. Watch the Picton video here  and the PECWA video here.

Celebrate Ontario fund now open for

2019 Festivals & Events


Celebrate Ontario supports programming improvements at new and existing festivals. 


Applications must demonstrate how the Celebrate Ontario project or new event programming will:

• Increase community economic development and business partnerships

• Increase tourist attendance and expenditures

• Meet visitor demand and interests by creating engaging experiences

• Attract overnight stays and out-of-province tourists to a community

• Improve the event’s appeal to tourists.


Find more info and the application package via the Grants Ontario web portal


Watch stories of immigration to Prince Edward County  


A new series of videos is under production with the Bay of Quinte Immigration Portal. Luhana Littlejohn moved to Canada after meeting her husband, Zach, while hiking the Via Campesina in Spain. Learn more about their sustainable farm, farm stay and culinary workshops by watching the video here

Directors for Non-Profit Housing Corporation


The County of Prince Edward is seeking experienced and dedicated individuals interested in serving on the board of the Prince Edward County Housing Corporation.


The independent not-for-profit corporation has a mandate to increase the supply of affordable housing in Prince Edward County through a broad range of activities. If you are interested in this volunteer position, drop off your cover letter and resume before 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 to the Clerk's Office. For full details, please click here

Young and new farmers can now apply for funding from the municipality’s innovative Farming Assistance Grant Program


Eligible farmers can receive a minimum of $300 up to a maximum of 20% of their annual municipal farm tax bill, whichever is greater. The grant program is open to farmers who are either between the ages of 18 or 39 or those who have been farming for less than seven years, as determined by their Farm Business Number. Farming must also be the primary occupation of the young or new farmer applying for the grant. Farmers who own or lease land are eligible to apply. While the deadline to apply is Dec. 14, 2018, applications will be processed as they are received. 


More details, including the application form, can be found on the Farming Assistance Grant Program webpage.




ICE BOX PEC takes shape


ICE BOX is a new outdoor art event taking place February 2-10 2019 on the grounds of Picton’s historic Macaulay House. At the centre of the event are five ‘ice boxes,’ simple wooden huts, each transformed into an interactive art installation led by local artists in collaboration with community members of all ages.


The site of ICE BOX will be a colourful, festive environment that will be a hive of activity, including dancing, a parade, live music, storytelling and theatrical performances. 


Krista Dalby of the Department of Illumination is the Artistic Director. The 2019 Artists include Nell Casson, Chrissy Poitras, Susanne Larner, Sarah Selecky, Andrea Piller and Hri Neil. For more information, see


Flashback February

Feb 16-23, 2019


Flashback February is a week-long celebration of heritage in Prince Edward County, featuring workshops, film screenings, plays, talks and more.


This year, the theme is "Spirits of Our Past" and the week will kick off with a Victorian seance at The Regent Theatre, inspired by the Fox Sisters of Consecon, who started the spiritualism movement of speaking with the dead.


There will also be a new Escape Room experience opening at Macaulay House, a talk on the Avro Arrow, the Franklin Expedition, a maritime film festival, County trivia, high tea at the Black River B&B, heritage wine & spirit tours, an "antiques roadshow" for heritage cookbooks, a Victorian puddings culinary workshop, an Indigenous musical revue, a "spirits + spirits" night with a seance expert and Kinsip distillery - and so much more!


For schedule details and tickets, visit Recent Blogs

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North Docks - Paul Dubeau (and Zach Deodato)


"I want to keep my prices attractive and I also want to offer a living wage to my staff. It's a balancing act. For winter, I'm offering really good value, warming food. We aim to take care of the locals who want to hunker down and stay put. It's cold, we're so close, they can come and relax with a soup and sandwich. No big deal. I want to be a little escape that won't break the bank."

Butter Dream Cakes - Meganne Belisle


"I make everything from scratch. And I love the design part. I put a lot of time into decorating and designing. It's like edible art. Yes, like Grandma made, but with a whole lot more because I like to make my stuff look fantastic. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and if that takes until 2 a.m., well, so be it! I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing people's reactions, I love pleasing them and I love surprising them."