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Vol. 12 - Issue 7                                                            November 24, 2022  

  • CIP Grant Awarded to New Downtown Acton Business
  • Halton Hills Launches New CIP Video
  • Digital Digest Volume 1 and Digital Main Street
  • Groundbreaking Held for New Industrial Development in Acton
  • World Trade Centre Toronto’s TAP Workshop Coming to Halton Region
  • Halton Region - Doing Business with the Government of Canada Virtual Event
  • Tourism Relief Fund Applications Now Open
  • Halton Hills Economic Development Services & COVID-19 Information

Town Awards CIP Grant to New Downtown Acton Business

In October, local and Regional Councillor Clark Somerville, Ward 1 Councillor Mike Albano and former Ward 1 Councillor Jon Hurst presented a new Acton business, Zapa Projects, with a Community Improvement Program (CIP) Façade Improvement Grant in the amount of $7,395 to support renovations to their new storefront.

John and Kaylee O’Sullivan spent the summer refurbishing the old dance studio building at 17 Mill Street East in Acton into a coffee house and birthday party, event rental space. Building restorations included new paint to the front and back entrances, a new sign and retiling of the front entrance.

“We are an Acton family hoping to have created a space the whole family feels welcome at and can enjoy. It has been great having grants focused on the restoration of downtown Acton.”

The Town of Halton Hills launched a new suite of programs under the CIP earlier this year. Applications are currently being accepted and are based on eligibility and available funding.

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Halton Hills Launches New CIP Video

In June 2022, Halton Hills adopted a new Community Improvement Plan (CIP), designed to support main street developments, prioritize green developments, incentivize affordable housing, and encourage brownfield rehabilitation.

The Town recently released a new video that provides an overview and highlights the 10 programs within the new CIP program.

Watch video

Digital Digest Volume 1 and Digital Main Street

With the busy holiday season approaching, small business owners have an opportunity to reach returning and new customers through digital channels. As part of the Town’s Digital Main Street (DMS) program, check out Invest Halton Hills’ new monthly segment ‘Digital Digest’ to learn about three simple marketing tips to maximize your business' online sales channels:

Click here to read Digital Digest Volume 1

The DMS program is still available for small businesses with under 50 employees located within Halton Hills looking to make upgrades and improvements to their digital offerings including website upgrades, e-commerce, digital advertising and social media. Businesses who have previously participated in DMS are able to continue to receive support.

Please contact the Halton Hills DMS Coordinator to review your marketing goals and determine your eligibility for the available grants and services.

More about DMS program in Halton Hills

Groundbreaking Held for New Acton Industrial Development

Halton Hills will soon be home to a new, major development located at Futura Drive. The Panattoni Development Company broke ground in late October on a 141,000 sq. ft. industrial building with leasing opportunities available in the latter half of 2023. The project represents a $35 million investment by the Panattoni Development Company that is expected to have positive spin-off economic benefits for the Acton community.

“We at Panattoni are proud of the working relationship we have built with the staff at the Town of Halton Hills,” said Adam Lambros, Development Manager at Panattoni Development Company. “Together, we achieved Site Plan Approval and a full Building Permit for a 141,000 sq. ft. industrial facility in under one year. We look forward to the continued partnership as we build and secure a tenant for what is our first building in Halton Hills.”

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World Trade Centre Toronto's TAP Workshop

Coming to Halton Region

The Halton Global Business Centre is partnering with the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) and the World Trade Centre Toronto (WTC) to deliver a one-day, in-person program covering a specific topic related to global trade and business growth. World-class experts will provide a workshop and mentorship to businesses interested in growing their businesses overseas or exporting their products or services to new markets.

This upcoming session in Burlington will focus on supply management and logistics, bringing together training, expertise, and resources to optimize supply chain operations:

Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Atrium Banquet & Conference Centre, 5420 N Service Road, Burlington

Cost: $495 + HST

This series is designed for companies with annual revenues of $5M and above and 2+ years in operation. 

Register for the workshop 

Halton Region - Doing Business with the Government of Canada Virtual Event

Halton Region has organized a free webinar to learn how small businesses can sell goods and services to the Government of Canada on Thursday, December 1, 2022:

  • Time: 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Location: Virtual
  • Price: Free

At the session you will learn how to:


  • Understand the procurement process
  • Register your company
  • Build networks
  • Find opportunities       
  • Bid on opportunities
  • Apply for security clearance and screening
  • Presented in partnership with Procurement Assistance Canada
Register for the virtual event

Tourism Relief Fund Applications Now Open

To support the continued recovery of the province’s tourism sector, FedDev Ontario is launching a new, four-week intake of the Tourism Relief Fund and will be accepting applications until November 28, 2022.

This application intake will provide an opportunity to support activities and events that attract visitors to communities across southern Ontario during the tourism sector’s winter and off-season months (e.g., seasonal markets, outdoor illuminations, outdoor experiential offerings, holiday parades and events, etc.). All projects must be completed by March 31, 2023.

On November 17, the Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association announced the successful recipients of the previous intake its Tourism Relief Fund, which included several Halton Hills business and community organizations.

List of recipients
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Halton Hills Economic Development Services

& COVID-19 Information

Halton Hills’ Economic Development, Innovation and Culture division provides a full suite of high-quality services and supports to the business community that in turn foster a prosperous economy and enhance quality of life. These include:

  • Financial incentives via the Community Improvement Plan (CIP)
  • Business retention and expansion (BR&E) programming
  • Investment attraction, expansion and relocation
  • Business concierge service
  • Site selection assistance
  • Market research
  • Industry engagement
  • Workforce development
  • Supporting and advancing affordable housing projects and initiatives
  • Amplifying tourism’s economic benefits
  • Leveraging and supporting the arts and culture sector to raise quality of life

The Town offers existing and potential businesses a strategic platform for success, proximity to world-class markets, a distinct community with an ideal balance between urban and rural environments, and an outstanding quality of life.

As part of an ongoing commitment to engage with and support the local business community, Economic Development staff continue to update the Town’s COVID-19 Business Supports web page.

Please contact the Town’s Economic Development staff if you require assistance.

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