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Community Development Department Newsletter

February 2019



County Council has appointed nine members of the public and two councillors to serve as directors for the Prince Edward County Affordable Housing Corporation. The inaugural board of directors includes Diana Cooper, Treat Hull, Kevin Kelly, Peter Landry, Debbie MacDonald Moynes, Blair Martin, Greg Sorbara, Shirley Van Steen and Elis K. Ziegler, as well as councillors Stewart Bailey and Ernie Margetson. The independent not-for-profit corporation was created in 2018 with a mandate to increase the supply of affordable housing in the municipality. Visit The County website for more information.



Council is seeking three persons with disabilities to serve on the Accessibility Advisory Committee, as well as 6-8 people for the Community & Economic Development Commission. Seven members of the Hillier Recreation Committee are also required. Applications can be found here and must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 15 before 5 p.m.




In January, County Council approved the following tax-supported budgets:

  • Municipal operating budget of $54.4 million
  • Capital budget of $13.9 million

The combined municipal operating budget and capital budget require a tax increase of 2.71% after taking real assessment growth into consideration.
In addition, Council approved two individual tax levies to support key priority areas:

  • A 1% tax levy dedicated to fund the $4.5 million commitment for the redevelopment of the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital.
  • A 2.5% capital tax levy to increase the funding available for improving the County's roads and bridges.

Overall, the 2019 budget tax increase after assessment growth is 6.31 %, with a 5.02 % increase for residential properties. The impact of the 2019 budget is an annual municipal tax increase of approximately $44.39 for each $100,000 in assessed MPAC property value. For more information, visit The County's website.







Developing Your HACCP Plan

This full day interactive workshop offered by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and hosted by the City of Quinte West will help guide you through the process of developing a HACCP Plan specific to your business. Wed, 20 February 2019 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EST at Quinte West City Hall. Sign up here.




For more information and to register employees please contact Melwyn DCosta at



Attention Employers

The Centre for Workforce Development Wants Your Input To Help Shape Your Local Workforce Needs.
Your Voice Is Important In This Process!
Share your workforce needs by completing this year’s online survey HERE.



RTO9 Funding Applications

Applications for Southeastern Ontario (RTO-9) Partnership Funding to start or grow tourism-related businesses will be accepted through until Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. Find more information here



Prince Edward County Job Fair

The Prince Edward County Job Fair is taking place on April 10, 2019 from 10am to 2pm at the Prince Edward Community Centre. Employers can register for a table by contacting Linda Thompson at Career Edge –




February Events

It might be the shortest month, but there’s no shortage of events and things to do in Prince Edward County over the next 28 days. Art in the heart of winter, shinny, Cue the Funk and Queer AF dance parties, plus Vintner Fest, Hinterlude and more. Find out what's on this month at or catch the highlights on the blog.



February Blogs on

Ice Box PEC is an extravaganza of free art events at Macaulay Heritage Park. How to navigate it all? Here are some tips from the event's creator, Krista Dalby. Read on.

Where's the best place to drop a line when the weather drops? Here's how to get 'hooked' on ice fishing in the Bay of Quinte. More here.

Curious about the story behind the new Escape Room at Macaulay House? The idea that Rev. Macaulay stopped paying his servants is based on a true story. Find more here.

Wondering what's open in the deep freeze of February? Lots of wineries, breweries, the distillery and a dozen or more restaurants! Keep Reading.




Flashback February

Flashback February kicks off with The Paranormal Show at The Regent (to honour the Fox Sisters of Consecon, thought to be the founders of the “spiritualist” movement) and then a full week of talks, events, workshops, demos and more. We’ll be having a maritime film festival and a trivia night, high tea at the Black River B&B, improv nights, antique cookbook roadshowIndigenous music concert, modern organ music concert, a “spirits and spirits” night with Kinsip, a heritage wine/spirits tour, talks on the Franklin Expedition, Raising the Arrow and Loyalist Spies. Plus much, much more. Full schedule and ticket details at





Escape Macaulay House!

The year is 1846 and Reverend William Macaulay has fallen behind in paying his servants. Payments are so delayed, the servants are beginning to get desperate. A stash of jewelry and precious metals is rumoured to be hidden somewhere in the house – your help is needed to solve a series of clues and puzzles to find it. This new interactive way of experiencing County history opens at Macaulay House on Feb. 16, as part of Flashback February. For tickets and FAQs, keep reading.




Having rented in Picton for three years, they were impressed with the profound darkness of County Road 5. “I have an idea,” Wesley said. “Oh dear," his wife, Natalie, thought. "Should I be worried?” Read the full story here.



Brian Sword and Tracy Cassels run two businesses from their home in Black Creek. "Honestly, Internet is the biggest issue for us. Our businesses are dependent on it, but we’re getting by. The towns have good high speed, I just hope it comes out further soon."  Read More. 


Meet Paul Tobias of Idle Wild PEC. Tobias and his wife, Mel, are bringing ethnic style food to rural Ontario, Prince Edward County.


Meet Paula Fernada Teixeira Leite of Caju Winds, who is bringing dairy free alternatives to rural Ontario. 



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