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Business Retention & Expansion Project

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The economic well-being of Haldimand’s communities is based upon existing businesses. In recognition of this, positive action is being taken to identify and meet the needs of these businesses.

What is the Haldimand BR+E Project?

The Haldimand County Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) Project is a proactive approach to:

    • Identify the needs, concerns, and opportunities of existing local businesses so that, where appropriate, action can be taken.
    • Learn local businesses future plans with respect to expansion, relocation, and/or retention and assess where assistance can be provided.
    • Demonstrate the County’s pro-business attitude and develop an effective means of communication.

Interviews took place with Haldimand businesses of all sectors from April to October 2023, however businesses can still request a one-on-one interview if interested in providing feedback.

Review the final project report that presents the high-level findings with action plan recommendations, and be used to plan future economic development activities.

Lidy Romanuk

“Information collected in a BR+E survey is vital for the County to continue making informed decisions, and help us take proactive actions that will have positive and lasting benefits in our community. This is an opportunity for business owners to directly voice their needs, opportunities, and ideas to the County.”

Lidy Romanuk
Manager, Economic Development & Tourism

Why Undertake a BR+E Project?

Existing businesses are already invested in the community.

It’s important to support existing businesses which are already established and invested in the County. A BR+E program helps create a healthy local business climate by learning about, and addressing, emerging challenges and opportunities in the business community.

BR+E projects help to inform strategic planning, making sure Haldimand County is a great place to do business.

    • Supporting local businesses so they can grow, create jobs and stay in the community;
    • Collecting business and market data to support economic development planning; and
    • Informing action plans to foster business development, investment and job creation.

BR+E Survey – Survey is now completed

The Business Retention & Expansion (BR+E) survey was conducted in a one-on-one interview-style meeting. The survey was developed utilizing the standardized Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) survey, and as applicable, tailored to address the needs of Haldimand County businesses and priority sectors.

The completion of a BR+E study in Haldimand helps to inform the current economic climate locally, the changes and impacts COVID-19 has played, and the continued relevance of Haldimand’s existing Economic Development Strategy and Tourism Strategic Action Plan.

The main survey is composed of 6 sections:

    1. Business Information
    2. Business Climate
    3. Future Plans
    4. Business Development
    5. Workforce
    6. Community Development

Although the current BR+E survey is now completed, Haldimand Businesses can still request a one-on-one interview. Connect with the Economic Development and Tourism division to book an interview.


905-318-5932 ext. 6305

For more information on the Ontario Business Retention & Expansion Program, visit the Government of Ontario website here:

This project is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

The views expressed within this website are the views of Haldimand County and do not necessarily reflect those of the Province of Ontario.