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Community Development Department Newsletter

February 2020








Labour/Workforce Survey

The Centre for Workforce Development is calling on employers to help understand workforce issues and challenges facing Prince Edward County businesses. Now in its fourth year, the EmployerOne survey is designed to collect information from entrepreneurs on a range of issues, including projected vacancies, hiring intentions, recruitment strategies and challenges, as well as perspectives on candidate skills, education and training.

After analysis, the data is released to schools, community partners, government agencies, and the public so that they may see the characteristics of the local labour market. Find the survey here.




Searching for Data, Statistics or Information
about Prince Edward County?

Townfolio now provides up-to-date data about The County, which can be used for potential investors and business start-ups putting together funding documents and other necessary paperwork. Townfolio Economic Development software pulls information from more than a dozen data sources and displays it in easy-to-read, downloadable infographics. Find the latest data and statistics online at Build a New Life. This initiative was supported by the Community & Economic Development Commission. Access the data here.




Learn how to attract Francophone tourists! Register via EventBrite.






RED Funding available

Ontario is helping rural communities across the province attract investment, create jobs and boost economic development through the Rural Economic Development (RED) program. 

As part of the program's Economic Diversification and Competitiveness Stream, the province will cover up to 50% of the costs for eligible projects that help remove barriers to job creation and attract investment and skilled workers that will help regions grow. The Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream of the program enables the province to cover up to 30% of eligible minor capital projects that help spur economic growth, such as restoring museums and heritage sites, setting up community hubs, and streetscaping.

Find more details here:





Tourism BR+E Slated for 2020

The Community Development Department is conducting a Business Retention + Expansion (BR+E) Survey on the tourism sector, with interviews beginning this month. 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



Breakfast Television Highlights
Winter Fun in The County

Nicole Sevinis and the Live Eye team from City-TV's Breakfast Television visited The County Jan. 29-30 to highlight reasons for making a winter visit. Watch segments on Maple in The County; Vinterfest, Midtown Brewing and outdoor skating; bath bomb making with Savon du Bois, which offers workshops all winter long; a chef pop-up and craft beer collaboration between Hawthorn Herbals, Chef Chris Byrne and 555 Brewing; and the art-filled Ice Box PEC festival. (Pictured is artist Chrissy Poitras, who has collaborated with printmaker Genna Kusch and students at PECI on a series of interactive optical illusions that explore themes of migration.)

This visit was supported by the Community & Economic Development Commission, recognizing that creating stability and meaningful employment in the tourism sector means achieving better visitor numbers in the low season. 





Quinte Hearing Centre

Maxine Armstrong is an audiologist and co-owner of the Quinte Hearing Centre clinics in Belleville and Picton. Dan Cassibo, a licensed hearing instrument specialist, is her business partner and co-owner.

Having grown their Belleville business for five years, Maxine and Dan saw a need for their services in neighbouring Prince Edward County. “We were ready to expand and there was clearly demand in The County,” says Maxine. Read more here.




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.

Planning something for March? Tell us about it! Submit the details so we can spread the word!












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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