Ontario Training More Workers for In Demand Careers in Auto Manufacturing

Government of Ontario

The Ontario government is working for workers by investing $5 million to provide free training to 500 people from underrepresented groups to prepare them for well-paying jobs in the province’s thriving automotive manufacturing sector. The project will provide participants with the necessary skills for rewarding careers in machine operation, assembly, quality control, and logistics. The […]

New funding available: WILWorks Graduate

WILWorks Graduate

Have you heard about the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium’s WILWorks Graduate program? This new program is designed to help manufacturing sector employers build the workforce of the future by attracting top young talent, expanding their skills, and guiding them on their paths to employment. The program offers a financial incentive of up to $5,000 to […]

County provides record investment in trails connecting communities

This year, the County is investing almost $350,000 to help fund 13 projects throughout Simcoe County under the Trails Connecting Communities Program (TCCP). This 50/50 cost sharing scheme provides up to $30,000 per project, to expand, create, and/or enhance the extensive network of trails across Simcoe County. “Since 2009, when the Trails Connecting Communities Program […]

Starter Company Plus Program 2022

Starter Company Plus Program

Are you an entrepreneur who is starting, growing or buying a business in Barrie, Simcoe County or Orillia? The Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County & Orillia’s Starter Company Plus Program provides mentorship and training to entrepreneurs. Upon completion of this program, participants may be eligible to apply for a grant of up to […]

Businesses can now apply to the Regional Quantum Initiative in southern Ontario

Quantum Technology

Quantum technology is at the leading edge of science and innovation, and will have a transformative impact on key sectors, such as computing, communications and security. To ensure Canadian entrepreneurs are well-positioned to take advantage of these opportunities, the Government of Canada is making strategic investments to: grow quantum-ready technologies, companies and talent; and solidify […]

Popular secondary suites program creates affordable rentals across the region

The County of Simcoe reminds residents of its popular secondary suites program, which adds critical affordable rentals across the region. This program provides nearly $1 million in forgivable loans annually across the County of Simcoe to homeowners who wish to create affordable rental secondary suites in their homes or garden suites. “County Council is committed […]

Digital Main Street Ontario Grants Program 4.0 Re-opening in June

Digital Main Street

Digital Main Street is a program focused on assisting small businesses with their move to online marketing, sales, and back-office operations. Through a partnership with the Government of Ontario, grant opportunities are again available to support this digital transformation process. The program provides a one-time $2,500 grant to brick-and-mortar small businesses to support their digital […]

Simcoe County entrepreneurs awarded grants and mentorships to support new tourism ideas

Three finalists who made winning pitches for the Simcoe County “Spark” Program were each awarded a $3,000 seed grant and mentorship to help them get started with their new tourism ideas. The Simcoe County “Spark” Mentorships & Grants Program is a collaborative partnership initiative between Tourism Simcoe County, Regional Tourism Organization 7 (RTO7) and the […]

County awards 2022 Tourism, Culture and Sport Enhancement Funding

The County of Simcoe has approved 87 successful applications totalling more than $485,000 through the 2022 Tourism, Culture and Sport Enhancement Fund. The program aims to enhance existing tourism, culture and sport projects throughout the County. “In spite of the challenges that it faced during COVID, Simcoe County has a strong tourism, culture and sports […]

Ontario Bolsters Support to Get Small Businesses Online

Digital Main Street

The Ontario government is helping more small businesses online through the renewal of the Digital Main Street program, including Digital Service Squads, which have helped thousands of businesses with one-on-one technology support. In the 2021 Fall Economic Statement, the province committed to an increased investment of $40 million over two years to help Ontario businesses […]