Economic Development Updates

April 11, 2018
Have You Heard? Lake of Bays is Redesigning our Website!
The Township of Lake of Bays is redesigning our website in an effort to provide relevant, helpful information to residents and visitors.

First, we need to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey and tell us how we can improve.

Online Survey - Website
Complete our online survey by Wednesday, April 25, 2018!
Don't Forget: Lake of Bays is Rebranding!
Lake of Bays is undergoing a rebranding initiative to help drive investment and attraction to tourism, community development, and business activity, while enhancing the connection and experience residents have with the township.

This rebrand is an outcome of the Township's Economic Development Strategy.

To help guide the success of this rebrand, we’re inviting you to our public engagement sessions. See below for details, and join us in shaping the future of Lake of Bays!

Online Survey - Branding
Complete our online survey by Sunday, April 15, 2018!
Dwight Community Centre
1014 Dwight Beach Rd, Dwight
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 6:00-7:30pm
Baysville Community Centre
10 University St, Baysville
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6:00-7:30pm
Funding Opportunities

Small businesses (less than 100 employees) can receive an initial $1,000 incentive upon hiring and an additional $1,000 retention incentive after six months for each youth (aged 15 to 29) hired through Employment Ontario's Youth Job Connection. Additional financial help available to offset training costs. Click here f or more information.

Contact: Employment Ontario at 1-800-387-5656 or

Community groups can receive up to $2,500 to fulfill a strategic need in the community. For more information or to view a list of previously approved grants for inspiration, visit:

Contact: The District of Muskoka's Community Engagement and Social Enterprise department at 705-645-2231 or

Deadline: By 12:00pm April 13, 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:


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 with monthly reviews until funds are dispersed.
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