Economic Development Updates

February 9, 2018
Funding Opportunities

For-profit businesses in Muskoka can receive up to $4,000 at 75% of eligible costs towards website development or upgrades, mobile apps, or purchasing new technology. For more information, visit:

Contact: Jesse at or 705-646-9044.

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Non-profit and volunteer organizations can receive a grant towards the cost of training for their volunteers. Click here for the application form .

Contact: Rose Evans at or 705-789-1751 ext. 2231 .

Deadline: March 5 , 2018

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 within the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Ministry of the Status of Women and the Ministry of Seniors Affairs, including: citizenship, voluntarism, seniors, women, tourism, culture, sport and recreation. For more information, click here .

Deadline: March 6, 2018

16-week placement program that matches an innovative for-profit company with a high-potential youth (18-29). IION provides wage support ($7,100) and training, the company provides mentorship, and the youth provides skills. The business must co-apply with a youth. For more information, visit:

Contact: Emily Ryan at or 705-474-7600 ext. 5660 to discuss your eligibility as an "innovative business".

Deadline: March 29, 2018

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:

Contact: Allison Muckle at or 705-694-0165.

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Innovative for-profit businesses can receive up to $5,000 at 85% of eligible costs to assist with a variety of costs, including: Trade Shows and related Travel Expenses; Training, Certifications or Licenses; Market/Product Research or Market-entry Fees; IP Assessment / Protection; Marketing and Promotional Materials; Business Growth Expertise; or Export Development. For more information, visit:

Contact: Matthew Doherty at or 705-474-7600 ext. 5602.

Deadline: Ongoing intake with monthly reviews until funds are dispersed.

Innovative for-profit businesses can receive up to $10,000 at 85% of eligible costs to purchase equipment or technology related to an innovative commercial product, process or service. For more information, visit:
Contact: Matthew Doherty at or 705-474-7600 ext. 5602.

Deadline: Ongoing intake until funds are allocated.
Huntsville Job Fair
When: March 28, 2018

Where: Jack Bionda Arena (Summit Centre), 20 Park Dr, Huntsville

  • Reach job seekers
  • Connect with Huntsville High School students
  • Conduct interviews onsite
  • Network with local businesses
  • Market your business to the community

To reserve a booth, contact: Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce at or 705-789-4771.
Red Tape Challenge - How would YOU cut Red Tape?
The Province of Ontario wants to cut unnecessary red tape to save businesses time and money, and are currently consulting on regulations that apply to the Tourism sector.

Share your thoughts on which rules should stay, which require an update and which should be eliminated. Visit

Deadline: Tourism consultation runs February 1 to March 31, 2018. Final report available October 31, 2018.
Tourism Excellence North - Fast Track to Success
Tourism Excellence North, known by its acronym ‘TEN’ is a suite of self-assessment tools, group learning ( Best Practices Missions), and personalized coaching opportunities (Fast Track to Success).

Fast Track to Success includes a pre-visit survey, on-site visit by independent expert, recommendations that ‘can be implemented the next day’, and post-visit support. Interested tourism operators must be recommended by a TEN Broker as there is limited space in this program.

Contact: Jennifer Clancy, TEN Broker, at or 705-635-2272 ext. 235.
What's New on

The Muskoka Community Futures Development Corporation, better known as ‘Muskoka Futures’, believes in the power of people working together.

With its ‘customer-first’ focus, Muskoka Futures removes roadblocks to success for business, rather than drowning in bureaucratic protocols. “We encourage anyone with a business question to just call us,” explains Executive Director David Brushey, “and we’ll try to find the right answers for them.”

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Upcoming Events
February is Winter Carnival month in Lake of Bays! Mark your calendar for one (or all!) of the following events:

DWIGHT WINTER CARNIVAL : Friday, February 9 & Saturday, February 10, 2018
DORSET SNOWBALL : Friday, February 16 & Saturday, February 17, 2018

DORSET POLAR PLUNGE: Saturday, February 17, 2018

DEEP FREEZE WINTER CAMP OUT: Saturday, February 17, 2018

BAYSVILLE WINTERFEST : Monday, February 19, 2018
Please feel free to share this information with anyone who may be interested.

Kind regards,

Jennifer Clancy

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