Working with Selwyn Township's Economic Development and Business Committee, the Township of Selwyn launched a Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) program in 2017.

The BR+E program is an initiative through the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Township received funding through the Rural Economic Development (RED) Fund to support the project. It is a community-based effort to assist and encourage local businesses to stay and grow in the community. BR+E projects are conducted across the province, and consist of confidential interviews with businesses.

BR+E projects can focus on any business sector within a community and though this project focused on the retail and service sectors, the Township of Selwyn hopes to conduct BR+E projects for all of its sectors in the future.

The BR+E survey identified the strengths and challenges faced by local retail and service sector businesses and the results were used to help develop a community action plan.

  • 71 retail and service sector businesses across the Township participated in the face-to-face survey.
  • 10 volunteer interviewers assisted with the surveys.

Based on the survey results of the BR+E program, the following Report was developed. We welcome any and all feedback regarding the results of the BR+E program and the proposed Community Action Items. To view the BR+E Report, please refer to the link below:

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