Economic Development and Tourism News
Don't miss your chance to be a part of the Business Bounce Back program
Deadline to apply: Nov. 14, 2021
Applications are now open for the third and final cohort of the Business Bounce Back program! This three-month no-cost program will support new entrepreneurs and business owners within the tourism and hospitality industry to build the business skills and digital know-how to start-up and enhance their ventures.

If you missed our information session during Small Business Week, you can watch the recorded video online. Listen to the program facilitators talk about what to expect and hear from program alumni as they chat about their experiences and successes.
Progress update on Georgina's industrial business park lands
On Oct. 20, Council considered an application to revise a draft approved plan of subdivision located at the north end of the Keswick Business Park that was originally approved in 2016.  

The property is being marketed and developed by the Panattoni Development Company as 404 Logistics Park. Panattoni has also submitted a site plan application to permit the construction of a 370,000 sq. ft. industrial building that is expected to generate more than 200 full-time jobs. 

These applications and the recent announcement of Scott Woods Transportation moving its operations to the south end of the Keswick Business Park is good news for Georgina. The Keswick Business Park is one of the largest available development opportunities and has the potential to provide significant job opportunities.
Georgina celebrates business milestones
Mayor and Council's Milestone Awards
Since 2016, the Town has celebrated businesses and their families that have operated in Georgina for generations with the Mayor and Council’s Milestone Awards. This year, we celebrated businesses that have been in operation for more than 30 years. The Mayor, Councillors and Town staff visited the businesses over the past week to recognize their accomplishment and present them with an award.
Georgina Centre for Arts and Culture welcomes a new Executive Director
The Georgina Centre for Arts and Culture's Chair, Bill Major, announced Jeanne Faria will take the centre's executive director position effective Nov. 1, 2021, replacing Grant Peckford, who announced his retirement earlier this year. 

Jeanne comes with extensive experience and professional accomplishments in the world of not-for-profit, community-based organizations and a lifelong commitment and achievements in the broader arts. 

The public is invited to attend an open house on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, at 1 p.m. to meet Jeanne and enjoy the wonderful exhibit of pieces from the Permanent Collection.
Local Spotlight
Learning Centre for Georgina receives a COVID-19 grant from the Town to support recovery
The Learning Centre for Georgina opened in the 1980s and offers a number of academic upgrading programs free of cost to Georgina residents. Like most businesses and non-profit organizations, the COVID-19 pandemic altered operations and put a strain on finances. To assist with recovery, the organization applied to the Town’s Not-for-Profit/Charitable Organizations grant. The funding, which complemented recovery support from other levels of government, helped it focus on pivoting its operations. Read more.
Featured Properties
Are you looking for the perfect site to start or expand your business? Connect with us. We can help you find a location that will meet your needs and is zoned for your industry.
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2021 Agri-Food Forum
Nov. 3 and 4, 2021
This year’s theme is innovation and resiliency in the agri-food sector, focused on agri-tech, entrepreneurship, exploring innovative ways of doing business and building a resilient agri-food sector in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Register.
Small Business Recovery Round Table
Nov. 5, 2021
Join York-Simcoe MPP Caroline Mulroney and the Hon. Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, for a virtual, solutions-based discussion on what supports businesses require to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Register.
Local Business Support
Georgina's Economic Development Officer, Sean Columbus, is available to guide you to programs, resources or funding opportunities you may not be aware of. Connect with him.
Georgina Business Financial Support Programs
The Town's business support programs include grants, a development application fee rebate and a patio program. Learn more.
Professional Services Access Program
The Northern York Region Professional Services Access Program provides eligible businesses with access to free professional advice, including legal, financial, marketing and more. Learn more.
Digital Main Street programs
Digital Transformation Grant, Digital Service Squad Program and DMS shopHERE. All programs involve free support in helping businesses expand their digital presence. Learn more.
COVID-19 Response Fund
South Lake Futures has established the COVID-19 Response Fund to offer loans below prime rate to support businesses impacted by the pandemic. Learn more.
Featured Funding Opportunities
Regional, provincial and federal support
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fund Program
The program provides qualified small businesses and entrepreneurs with $10,000 in funding solutions that boost productivity and innovation across supply chains by leveraging AI. Learn more.
My Main Street
Support for new and existing businesses through funding for main street ambassadors, direct business non-repayable contributions, market research and business support programs. Learn more.
Ontario Tourism Recovery Program
Support for eligible tourism businesses that have been hardest hit by COVID-19. Eligible businesses could receive up to $1M in funding per business. Applications open on Oct. 13, 2021. Learn more.
Improving Ontario's Agri-Food Business Productivity
Funding for Ontario food, beverage and other agri-food businesses to improve the productivity of their operations. Learn more.
For more links to provincial and federal funding opportunities, visit
Georgina Economic Development and Tourism