Economic Development Updates

February 15, 2019
Funding Opportunities

Muskoka 4.0 is Muskoka Community Futures Development Corporation’s inaugural open competition for $250,000 in early-stage investment. The objective is to attract businesses that can demonstrate they will have a significant economic impact in Muskoka.
Application: To review the guidelines & rules and enter the competition, visit

Deadline: Monday, March 11, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.

The Digital Transformation grant provides $2,500 to each qualifying small main street Ontario business to purchase and adopt digital tools and technologies. There are ONLY 2000 grants available until March 2020, so apply EARLY. 

Application: Create an account on Digital Main Street to get started

Deadline: Ongoing intake until March 2020

Non-profit organizations can receive funding to create summer jobs for youth who are students or recent graduates. SEP positions must focus on activities supporting key sectors including:
  • Citizenship
  • Seniors
  • Accessibility
  • Tourism
  • Culture
  • Sport and recreation.

For more information, review the program guidelines.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST

Agriculture and food producers (business or non-profit) can receive up to $5,000 at 75% of costs towards the purchase of equipment for eligible activities (e.g. new product creation, season extension, enhanced productivity, adopt clean technology, etc.). For more information, visit the program website.

Contact: Allison Muckle at [email protected] or 705-694-0165.

Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2019
Business Events & Workshops
BRIDGES TO BETTER BUSINESS - Building Business Through Community
Featuring inspirational keynote speaker Jeremy Miller, best-selling author of "Sticky Branding", round table discussions on 10 key business topics, local success stories, and a panel of experts. Includes breakfast and hot lunch, local service providers, networking, and door prizes! Organized by Muskoka Small Business Centre.

When: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Where: Algonquin Theatre, 37 Main St. E, Huntsville, ON
Cost: $49 until February 15th
To register: [email protected] or call 705-646-9021

For more information view the event poster.

Volunteer Muskoka

Recruitment strategies, where to find volunteers, tips on building relationships with volunteers that will last & more!

When: Thursday, February 21st, 2019, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Annex (1 Minerva St. E., Huntsville)
Cost: $10

Visit the Volunteer Muskoka website to be the first to learn about new volunteer opportunities in your community. Are you an organization or event looking for volunteers? Add your volunteer needs to the website for free.

For more information on Volunteer Muskoka or to register for a workshop please contact Terri Tebby, Program Coordinator 705-789-1751 ext. 2231 or [email protected] 
Innovation Survey
Innovation doesn’t just happen. It needs time and space to evolve and expertise to bring it to life. IION (Innovation Initiatives Ontario North) and Canadore College are in the early stages of imagining and designing their enhanced services for current and future clients so that even more innovation can take root.

If you are a company or an individual that already innovates (or one that dreams about innovating), or a subject matter expert that would like to assist those who innovate, your input would be appreciated.
The survey will officially close on Friday, February 22nd, 2019.
Thank you in advance for your participation and for shaping the future of innovation in Northern Ontario. A link to the results of the aggregate data collected from the survey will be available at OR will be sent to participants in early spring. 
Huntsville Job Fair
Reach job seekers, connect with Huntsville High School students, conduct interviews onsite, network with local businesses, and market your business to the community!

When: Thursday, March 28, 2018, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Jack Bionda Arena (Summit Centre), 20 Park Dr, Huntsville

For more information and to register your booth visit the Huntsville Job Fair website.
Upcoming Events
For a list of all upcoming events, check out the

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Kind regards,

Leanne Fetterley

TOWNSHIP OF LAKE OF BAYS | Economic Development
Tel: 705-635-2272 ext.235 |  Email Leanne