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Community Development Department Newsletter

January 2020





Short Term Accommodations Licensing

On Monday, January 6, 2020, The County will begin accepting short term accommodations (STA) licence applications for units that came into operation after October 9, 2018. Inspections and enforcement will begin during the first quarter of 2020. All STAs will be inspected prior to a licence being issued and all STAs intending to operate in 2020 must first obtain a licence, or risk serious fines. 

Click here to view checklist for STA licence applications.

If you require further information, visit The County's website or contact The County at 613.476.2148 extension 2050, 613.962.9108 extension 2050, or




Tourism BR+E slated for 2020

The Community Development Department will undertake a Business Retention + Expansion Survey on the tourism sector starting in early 2020. 

BR+E, a program supported by the Ontario government, allows the municipality to collect and analyze industry-specific information through interviews and surveys. County staff will then develop goals and an action plan for achieving them.

Staff from the Community Development Department will be contacting representatives from the sector, including accommodations providers, shop owners, restauranteurs, wineries, breweries, tourism attractions and entrepreneurs whose clientele consists of tourists.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact Rebecca Lamb at or Ashley Stewart at

The municipality has studied other sectors as part of the BR+E program: the manufacturing and construction sectors in 2016, the professional services and healthcare sectors in 2017 and the arts sector in 2018. More information about each one can be found on the municipal projects webpage.      








Heritage Grant application window now open

Applications are now being accepted for grants to support the rehabilitation and restoration of designated heritage structures.

The grants will support work such as building façade improvements, rear or sidewall façade improvements, structural improvements, interior or exterior rehabilitation, landscaping and property improvement, or signage improvements. Priority will be given to projects that conserve and/or restore elements of the property’s historical attributes.

Find more information and the application guidelines here. The deadline to apply is January 15.








Celebrate Ontario provides grants of up to $250,000 to festivals, events

Celebrate Ontario provides funding for festivals and events to enhance programs, activities and services that will attract more tourists and increase visitor spending. The application process is intense, but funds are being prioritized for shoulder season events taking place in rural areas. Applications and guidelines are now available online through Grants Ontario. Deadline to apply is January 21, 2020. 




Help The County Become More Accessible

The Prince Edward County Accessibility Advisory Committee needs your help to transform The County into a barrier-free community, inclusive and welcoming of everyone regardless of age, disability, language, or any other factor.

This survey helps identify barriers faced by people with disabilities in Prince Edward County. The group would appreciate detailed comments to help formulate their action plan. Fill out the survey here.



Heritage Conservation District for Wellington

The County of Prince Edward is undertaking a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) study within the Wellington Urban Centre to understand the types of changes that best suit the village and the policies, processes and information necessary to make those changes

Through public workshops, focus groups and interviews, Bray Heritage will examine the character and appearance of Wellington and make recommendations regarding the geographic boundaries of the area to be designated. The consultants will also identify the objectives of the designation and consider any changes that will be required to the Official Plan and municipal by-laws.

Public consultation will take place over the next several months. Details and further information about those meetings will be posted here. The study is expected to take a year to complete.




Looking for PEC tourism industry updates, news and notices? Sign-up for our tourism industry monthly newsletter, Facebook group, or Instagram account!




Find out what's on this month on the event calendar or catch the highlights on the blog.

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Ice Box PEC, Feb 1-9

Step into a magical winter wonderland filled with art, music, dancing and surprises galore! Experience five all-new art installations, take in a concert, try out snowshoeing or cozy up around the campfire, all in a charming picture-perfect setting.

ICE BOX centres around five colourful wooden huts, each transformed into an interactive art installation led by local artists in collaboration with community members of all ages. Find a Victorian conservatory of plants, a city of the future, a map of the past and installations that offer new ways of thinking about migration and the baggage when we bring with us when we’re on the move. ICE BOX is a festive gathering on the grounds of Macaulay Heritage Park sure to inspire and delight. Join us and rediscover the joys of winter!

Produced by The Department of Illumination, the artists behind Prince Edward County’s much-loved Firelight Lantern Festival! (Photo by PEC Aerial Photography)






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