Vision & Mission

Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS)

The Power of Four

The Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS) focuses on four key industries – Advanced Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Health Care, and Tourism, – which we refer to as our “four pillars”.  The opportunities and regional focus in these four pillars will reinforce provincial initiatives to drive growth and improve the environment for producing and offering goods and services from North Simcoe.

EDCNS advocates as “one voice” for all four municipalities to leverage funding & political support.  By collaborating and sharing information, knowledge, and partnerships, we can identify and create business cases for funding applications around regional priorities (e.g. the Regional Airport, regional health care institutions, investment in infrastructure, et cetera).  The collaboration brings North Simcoe greater “critical mass” in its dealings – locally, with other levels of government, and with new business opportunities.

EDCNS is led by an 11 member Board of Directors comprising one member appointed from each of the four municipal councils, one member from North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation (NSCFDC) and six private sector members, with core funding from the four municipalities and the County of Simcoe.  NSCFDC supports EDCNS with financial administration and office space.


By 2020, the four North Simcoe municipalities will be a growing, well-balanced, open community linked closely to Georgian Bay and economically founded upon:

  • A world-class, four-season tourism experience
  • An education-led innovative manufacturing base
  • A strong health care and life sciences service cluster
  • An efficient and growing agriculture and agri-business economy


To promote and foster economic growth in Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay and Tiny by co‑ordinating research, analysis, management strategies, communications, marketing and alliances between the four municipalities and community stakeholders in order to more effectively retain and attract four‑season tourism operators and visitors, advanced manufacturers, health-care service providers and innovative agricultural businesses.  To achieve this mission, we will:

  • Provide a means for co‑operative participation of local government and business development groups to design and implement measures that will stimulate the local economy, including a business-friendly and co-ordinated regional development policy
  • Develop and implement strategies that provide programs and services for the purpose of broadening the employment base in North Simcoe
  • Support the creation, expansion and attraction of local business in North Simcoe
  • Examine the impact of economic, industrial and labour market changes on the economy, identify the resulting challenges and opportunities, and update our priorities and economic development strategies as necessary, and
  • Undertake measures to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Corporation


EDCNS endeavours to enhance the economic and lifestyle well-being of North Simcoe residents by promoting progressive business practices while supporting environmental responsibility and sustainability.  EDCNS is committed to embracing accessibility and accountability for the organization’s actions by integrating corporate social responsibility into all activities.

Role of Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe

EDCNS brings corporate, government and community stakeholders together in projects and initiatives that promote economic growth, increase investment and attract business to North Simcoe.

  • Act as an industry and business community advocate and liaison
  • Collaborate on talent attraction, retention and workforce development strategies being led by others
  • Evaluate issues & policies critical to North Simcoe economic development
  • Manage research data, information and competitive intelligence to support the needs of the community
  • Foster strategic partnerships
  • Lead investment attraction efforts
  • Leverage business expansion efforts
  • Market North Simcoe as an ideal location for business
  • Support an entrepreneurial environment and innovation
  • Support business retention efforts

Core Services of EDCNS

  1. Funds sourcing & administration
  2. Investment attraction
  3. Liaison with business, investors & funding sources and Simcoe County
  4. Marketing and Communication
    Branding, Business database, Traditional media marketing & advertising (e.g. print, radio, television, billboard), Web & social media, Research & analysis


Sharon Végh, Economic Development Officer
Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS)
105 Fourth Street, P.O. Box 8
Midland, Ontario  Canada  L4R 4K6
+1 (705) 526-1371, ext. 114