County awards 2021 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grants

The County of Simcoe has approved 89 successful applications totalling more than $470,000 through the 2021 Tourism, Culture and Sport Grant Program to enhance existing tourism, culture and sport projects throughout the County. “We know how anxious everyone is to get back to “normal” as soon as it is safe, including our outstanding tourism, culture […]

Canada-Ontario Job Grant for your Success

YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

Last year, the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka witnessed the success of several employers as many of their employees received training funded by the Canada-Ontario Job Grant. Some employers were able to guarantee their seasonal workers full-time and year-round employment. Many employers had more qualified employees, ultimately leading to better performance. Bourgeois Midland Nissan is one of our […]

Ontario Expands Investment in the Franco-Ontarian Community and its Economic Development

Today, the Ontario government announced the application period for the 2021-2022 edition of the Francophone Community Grants Program in support of community organizations, social enterprises and businesses that contribute significantly to the vitality of Ontario’s Francophone community. Applications open Thursday, May 27, 2021. “This year, we have doubled the funding for this meaningful program in […]

Dunlop touts funding for local agri-food businesses


The governments of Ontario and Canada invested over $3.2 million since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to help Ontario agri-food businesses establish or expand their online presence. This investment provided businesses with more opportunities to grow their operations and offer more food choices for families who are shopping at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

BizLink helps business, buyers and sellers


A group of local Community Futures organizations have joined forces to assist business buyers and sellers to connect and confidently move forward in the business transition process. The program, now known as BizLink, has proven to provide business buyers and sellers with tools that offer confidentiality and anonymity in buying or selling a local business. […]

County announces winners of Rural Innovation Challenge

The County, ventureLAB, and Digital Main Street are pleased to recognize the 2020 winners of the Rural Innovation Challenge. In December 2020, the partners launched a program to encourage local businesses to explore, source, and pilot novel solutions that support main street business continuity in Simcoe County during the COVID-19 pandemic. The winners of the challenge […]

Applications Open for Ontario’s New Skills Development Fund

Applications are now open for the Ontario government’s new two-year $115 million Skills Development Fund. The fund, which will support workers and apprentices, is specifically designed to address the challenges brought on by COVID-19 and help reduce obstacles to hiring, training and retaining while preparing workers for the province’s economic recovery. “When faced with unprecedented […]

Six Midland businesses get ‘digital transformation’ help from province

Digital Main Street

Ontario’s Digital Main Street Program and Student Digital Service Squads, launched as a $57 million partnership between the Ontario and federal governments, are helping connect tech-savvy students, $2,500 in government grants and online training with local small businesses who need help launching and expanding their online stores – while government closures remain in place. Throughout […]

Town of Midland receives $250,000 grant towards King Street beautification​​

The Town of Midland has successfully secured a grant in the amount of $250,000 through the Rural Economic Development (RED) Strategic Economic Infrastructure Stream. The funds will be used to assist with streetscaping costs for the King Street Rejuvenation Project and will include items such as street furnishings, trees and plantings, and a public art installation […]