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Community Development Department Newsletter

March 2020




Municipal Accommodations Tax Proposed

Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) is rolling out in municipalities across Ontario and County staff have recommended that a 4% MAT be implemented on short-term, roofed accommodations (e.g. hotels, motels, inns, vacation rentals, B&Bs, etc) in Prince Edward County. The tax is only applicable to the accommodation portion of the fee. 

“A MAT would support the services and resources that thousands of visitors access when they come to The County,” says Todd Davis, Acting Director of Community Development and Strategic Initiatives. “Furthermore, a MAT would help grow strategic, sustainable investment in the tourism industry – a vital part of the local economy – without increasing taxes for local residents.”

The proposal will be discussed at a special Committee of the Whole on March 4, 2020. A by-law will be brought forward and the decision will be ratified at Council on March 10, 2020. For more information, please click here.






Short Term Accommodations Licensing Update

Since the launch of The County's licensing program, more than 750 applications have been filed. More than 80 have already received licenses, while more than 500 are waiting for final inspections. To date, only two applications/licenses have been rejected or revoked, one due to zoning issues, which are currently being addressed in collaboration with the Planning department. A second application originally received a license but then had it revoked due to issues with an illegally constructed second unit on the property.

Community Development Department staff are working with the Building and Fire Departments to offer a workshop to assist STA owners better understand the building and fire safety requirements of the program. Relevant department staff will be on hand to answer questions to help facilitate complete applications and successful inspections. A full update will provided at a special Committee of the Whole on March 4, 2020. More on the STA program can be read here.




Quinte Access to provide expanded transit service in The County

Quinte Access will begin providing fixed route and flex route transit services, and also continue to deliver specialized transit services to seniors and people with disabilities. 

New public transit services will begin operating March 31, 2020. Bus and route information will be posted on the Quinte Access website. Municipal staff will contact current transit customers in Prince Edward County to notify them of any service changes. Questions or concerns may also be directed to Kyle Ackers at Quinte Access at 613-392-9640.




Retail Holiday Act survey and public consultation

The County is asking for public feedback on exceptions to the Retail Business Holidays Act.

The municipality is currently reviewing two by-laws (2237-2008 and 2615-2010) that allow retail businesses within the municipality to sell goods and services on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, and Thanksgiving Day for the purposes of maintenance and development of tourism. The municipality is considering adding Family Day and Easter Monday to the exception list.

The public is invited to complete an online survey by March 13. The municipality is also hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, March 10 to receive input and comments. The meeting will take place inside the Council Chambers at Shire Hall (332 Picton Main Street) beginning at 6 pm.




Picton Master Drainage Plan

The County of Prince Edward and Quinte Conservation are collaborating to develop a master drainage plan that will address the stormwater requirements of urban lands draining to Picton Harbour.

This project follows the master planning requirements of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process, an approved process under the Environmental Assessment Act.

The project team is inviting comments from the public. Click here to fill out the comment form. The project team will accept comments until Sunday, March 8.

For More Information: Visit the project page on the Quinte Conservation website or contact Olivia Hughes, Stormwater Project Coordinator, Quinte Conservation, at 613.968.3434 extension 141 or email








Spring is a great time to review your business plan!

Whether you are struggling with your business development and wanting to re-think many aspects of your organization or exceeding your financial projections and thinking of scaling up, this is a good time of year to review your business plan, take stock and get help if you need it.

There are several great on-line resources to draw upon. This week I heard about The Value Proposition Canvas by It’s a great tool for defining and articulating the ways your product/service solves problems and fulfills the needs of the customer. Sounds simple but so many business owners don’t do this well.

If you prefer to review your business issues in a one on one, free and informal chat, I would love to hear from you. Whether you are in the process of starting a business or want a confidential and objective ear to discuss the business challenges you face, I am happy to help. Cheers! 

Sandy Abbott, Business Counsellor for Prince Edward County  or 613-476-4240




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

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International Women’s Day at Macaulay House

This will be a unique and historic way to celebrate International Women's Day! Enjoy sweet treats while you chat with "Mrs. Charlotte Macaulay" and her servant "Jane." Enjoy the lovely acoustic music of Kashka ( while you wander this impressive house with surprise guests like Marie Antoinette and Josephine Baker (thanks to the artistic stylings of local textile artist SaraLou Miller!) Make a traditional corn-husk figure to take home with you. Admission by donation! Find more information here. Facebook Event link:




March (Break) Madness at the Museum! 

The County Museums' popular summer camp series makes a special appearance for March Break this year! Book per day or for the whole week! A different theme each day: Loose Parts Play, Maple Madness, St. Patrick's Day, and more! The full week will take place at Macaulay Heritage Park. 9AM to 4PM each day. $35+ HST per day. Snacks provided. Children must bring their own lunch, reusable water container, and appropriate outdoor wear for the weather. For more info, click here. To register, please email Janice Hubbs




Maple at Macaulay Heritage Park!
March 28 & 28 | 11-3PM | $5 admission

At Macaulay House –
Take a seat around our cozy hearth, and sample maple-inspired pizza and other delights made in the site’s original 1850s bake oven. Warm your hands, and your taste buds, with a mulled maple-cider drink. Our friendly guides will be on hand to show you around this special historic house, built in 1830. Or self-guide if you prefer—your choice!
At Macaulay’s Church –
For the young and young-at-heart! Get geared up for some “loose parts play” in the gallery. Oversized versions of snakes-and-ladders, checkers and a whole array of “found” objects waiting to be transformed into imaginative masterpieces. Also, maple-themed crafts for children to make and take home—maple-leaf string art and puppets, oh my! This stop is a must for the wee ones to warm up—before heading off to the next sugar bush, of course!




We're Hiring!

The County Museums is seeking qualified candidates for a temporary full time Building Maintenance-Museums position. Reporting to the Head Curator, this position will perform maintenance and carpentry duties, repairs and safety inspections related to the operations of the County Museums. The current rate of pay for this position is $22.77 to $23.83 per hour, plus 10% in lieu of benefits and 4% in lieu of vacation as per Band 4 of CUPE Local 2275’s Collective Agreement. Please submit your application prior to 4:00pm on March 3, 2020 to Find more details here.







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