Economic Development Plans

Business Attraction Guide

As Selwyn Township grows there is an opportunity to strengthen the economy by proactively attracting new investments to create jobs. The Township has much to offer in the way of available land, access to labour and proximity to major markets. Our marketing efforts are working to enhance Selwyn Township's image among potential business investors.

Find out why you should locate your business to Selwyn Township in our Business Attraction Guide!

Business Attraction Guide

Economic Development Strategy & Marketing Plan

The Township’s Economic Development Strategy & Marketing Plan was developed by Strexer Harrop & Associates using Rural Economic Development (RED) Program funding. The development of these documents was a Key Action Item derived from the Business Retention + Expansion (BR+E) Report, completed in late 2017.

The Economic Development Strategy focuses on five key sectors; Development & Trades, Professional Services, Retail, Senior Services and Tourism.

Economic Development Strategy

The Marketing Plan supports the recommendations made in the Economic Development Strategy and includes a number of key Action Items, timelines and budget estimates for the completion of these items.

Marketing Plan 

Economic Development Projects

Business Retention + Expansion Project

The Business Retention + Expansion (BR+E) Program, funded by the Rural Economic Development Fund, is led by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and is a community-based effort to assist and encourage local businesses to stay and grow in the community. 

Although our BR+E 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 71 local retail and service sector businesses and the results were used to help develop the Business Retention + Expansion Report.

Business Retention + Expansion Report

Cultural Mapping Project

The Cultural Mapping exercise, funded by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport through the Creative Communities Prosperity Fund, identified and catalogued the various cultural resources in our community such as: natural heritage, cultural industries, community cultural organizations, agriculture, culinary resources, and religious organizations.

Community Cultural Mapping provides many benefits, such as: 

  • enables development of partnerships which enhance cultural vitality;
  • supports local cultural sectors by giving residents and visitors access to information about arts and heritage activities;
  • strengthens the case for investment in local cultural resources;
  • provides a basis for policy development, planning, decision making, and integration into municipal plans; and
  • helps the community visualize cultural assets through the use of maps

As a result of the Cultural Mapping exercise, the following maps were created to identify various cultural resources within Selwyn:

Selwyn Business Reopening Program

Selwyn Township, in partnership with Community Futures Peterborough, was pleased to distribute $250,000 to assist 133 businesses through the Business Reopening Program.

The Selwyn Business Reopening Program provided a grant of up to $2,500 to eligible businesses located within Selwyn Township to help fund COVID-19 related urgent/additional expenses, such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), plexi-glass, professional cleaning services and other business adaptation equipment, signage, etc.

Applications were submitted directly to Community Futures Peterborough; and all funds were distributed before the program ended on March 31, 2021.

Hear from local businesses on how the Business Reopening Program helped them!

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