Haldimand County welcomes My Main Street Ambassadors to provide on-the-ground support for local businesses and entrepreneurs

Haldimand County’s Economic Development and Tourism  Department is pleased to introduce Main Street Ambassadors Jenna Beemer and Jessica Easson as part of our community’s participation in the My Main Street Local Business Accelerator program.

Through the Government of Canada’s My Main Street Local Business Accelerator, delivered by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO), businesses and entrepreneurs in Haldimand County will have access to these dedicated Main Street Ambassadors who will offer insight and support to help revitalize the main street community. The Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), provided EDCO and the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) with a $23.25-million investment to deliver My Main Street support across southern Ontario.

“Our government is committed to supporting small businesses to drive economic growth in communities across Southern Ontario,” says the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for FedDev Ontario. “The My Main Street program invests in local small businesses and communities to keep our neighbourhoods vibrant, grow our economy and make sure Canadians have access to good jobs.”

“We have a great business community and passionate business owners, and we are looking forward to working with them to further improve the retail mix and increase the diversity of business offerings,” says Lidy Romanuk, Haldimand County’s Manager of Economic Development and Tourism.

In their roles, Jenna and Jessica, will be working over the next year to help grow existing businesses and welcome new entrepreneurs—and business ideas—to the area. As a part of the Local Business Accelerator program, Caledonia, Cayuga, Jarvis, Hagersville, Dunnville and Selkirk business owners will be eligible for detailed market research, data analysis, business support and more.

For more information, please contact Jenna Beemer at jbeemer@haldimandcounty.on.ca or Jessica Easson at jeasson@haldimandcounty.on.ca and visit the My Main Street website. For local program updates the Haldimand County website.


The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is delivering the My Main Street, Local Business Accelerator program stream, which is supporting the revitalization of main street communities and provides non-repayable contributions for more than 650 local businesses across southern Ontario. The program focuses on creating and maintaining vibrant and inclusive local main streets while providing residents, new entrepreneurs, and existing businesses with economic opportunities in our communities.

For more than 12 years, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation, growth and job creation in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving productivity, growing revenues, creating jobs, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our pivotal projects, our Southern Ontario Spotlight, and FedDev Ontario’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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Residents invited behind the scenes at Haldimand County Administration Building open house, Sat., Jun. 18

Haldimand County is pleased to invite the community to tour behind the scenes of the Haldimand County Administration Building with an open house event on Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“The new administration building has been instrumental in bringing us together as staff, and enhancing our customer service through a centralized model,” said Chief Administrative Officer, Craig Manley. “With the building officially opening right as the pandemic hit, we weren’t able to share it with the community the way we’d planned. And while some residents may have already visited for County business, I’m pleased that we now have the opportunity to provide the community with this in-depth look.”

The open house will include guided tours, informational displays, a look at the County’s historical artifacts/collection, and light refreshments. Attendees will have the opportunity to view staff and council areas as well as learn about the many cultural and heritage aspects included in the building’s design. The Port Maitland ‘On The Grand’ Historical Association will also be onsite to unveil a portrait of Frederick Haldimand that will be hung in the lobby.

The Haldimand County Administration Building officially opened to the public in February 2020. The goal of the new building was to provide a centralized customer service model that would enhance customer experience, maximize administrative/operational efficiencies, improve accessibility, and ensure long-term cost effectiveness.

Learn more about the history of the project on the County website.

Faces of Paramedicine Week; Spotlight on Haldimand County’s Specialty Paramedic Program

Haldimand County’s Paramedic Specialty Programs are essential in delivering specialized in-home service through community outreach programs while offering mobility in care with our Bike Medic Program. These personalized programs keep our community healthy and provide specific care to our residents based on their needs. One of its initiatives is to incorporate animal therapy into the care of clients.

The Community Paramedic Wellness Dog Program brings a deeper connection and support to our existing Community Paramedic Programs. The CP Wellness Dogs can be used in home visits, wellness clinics, and community outreach programs. Animal therapy has long been proven to lower stress, improve feelings of wellbeing, support people through difficult situations, and bring happiness to those they visit.

The CP Wellness Dogs Program is fortunate to have several families and businesses generously donate their suitable dogs for use in this program. If successful in the evaluation and training process, these dogs will be partnered with a Community Paramedic Handler to improve the health and wellness of the people they are visiting.

Haldimand County also has a Bike Paramedic Program that deploys paramedics on bicycles at community events, fairs, and festivals. The Bike Medic program is looking forward to another successful year, quickly responding to patients and providing initial emergency care until an ambulance arrives. The Bike Medics will be attending many events throughout the county; keep an eye out for them during the spring and summer festival season.

The Haldimand County Paramedic Program is diversifying its services to meet the needs of our residents through localized and specialized care. Our Community Paramedic Wellness Dogs Program is making strides to connect people with animals to promote overall wellbeing. Whereas our Bike Medics are actively in the community to ensure you remain safe as summer activities resume. Over the next few months, keep an eye on our Paramedic Speciality Programs tailoring care to meet your needs.

Volunteers a key part of making Haldimand County a vibrant, caring community

April 24-30 is National Volunteer Week and an ideal time to celebrate Haldimand County’s dedicated volunteers for their substantial contributions to the quality of life of its communities. It’s also a great time for anyone who is looking to give back to their community to get involved close to home.

“Haldimand County has always benefitted from a strong volunteer base with residents, service clubs and other community organizations giving their time and talents to taking care of community assets as well as organizing programming, sports, festivals and events and more,” says Katrina Schmitz, Manager – Community Development & Partnerships.

“During the pandemic, many of these facilities, activities and programs had to be suspended and volunteers were lost to other commitments and life changes. We’d like to do what we can to support volunteers—both former and new ones—to re-engage with those opportunities.”

To help connect prospective volunteers and organizations, Haldimand County will soon be introducing a volunteer portal where community-minded individuals can reach out to be partnered with volunteer groups that needs their skills and time. Interested participants can email cdp@haldimandcounty.on.ca for more information.

“Residents and users may not realize how many volunteers and groups work together throughout the county to operate everything from community halls, parks and sports fields as well as beautifying our communities and building recreational and cultural amenities,” adds Senior Community Partnership Liaison Sheryl Sawyer. “Many of these groups have seen a decline in their volunteer base and are eager to recruit new members. Any commitment of time can help and there are a wide variety of ways to get involved.”

To find out more about volunteer opportunities in Haldimand County, contact cdp@haldimandcounty.on.ca or 905-318-5932 x 6320.

A Reminder of Haldimand County’s Recreational and Non-recreational Fire By-Laws

The arrival of warmer weather has sparked an uptick in recreational and non-recreational fires in Haldimand County.  The Haldimand County Fire Department would like to remind all residents of our Open Air Burn By-law.  We kindly ask for everyone’s cooperation to ensure that all outdoor fires are safe and controlled.

Haldimand County does allow small fires (recreational) in all areas without a permit as long as the fire meets all of the regulations found in the Open Air Burn By-law.  Things to remember when having a fire on your property are:

  • The fire is contained and supervised at all times.
  • Recreational fires must be at least 10 meters from buildings and structures.
  • A means of extinguishing the fire must be available.
  • Measures must be in place, so no one is adversely affected by the smoke and odours from your fire.

However, Haldimand County only permits Non-recreational fires in specific regions.  As a result, you must acquire a burn permit available on the Haldimand County Website.  Non-recreational fires must meet all of the regulations set out in the by-law.

These regulations include:

  • Non-recreational fires must remain under supervision at all times.
  • Fires must be contained to an area not exceeding 6 meters by 6 meters.
  • Non-recreational fires must be 60 meters from all buildings, roadways and anything combustible.

Conducting Open-air fires that are not in line with Haldimand County’s by-law presents potential safety hazards.  Anyone running an open-air fire that violates the by-law is subject to fines, provincial prosecution and recovery of costs required to respond to and extinguish the fire.

If you have further questions regarding Haldimand County’s Open Air Burn By-law or our Burn Permit, please reach out to Haldimand County Emergency Services at (905) 318-5932, extension 6230.


Community & Recreation Facilities Strategy update: Preliminary survey results available on County website for community review and comment

Haldimand County is continuing to encourage residents and users of its facilities to have their say in the development of the County’s long-term Community & Recreation Facilities Strategy.

The Strategy focuses on facilities that support activities such as aquatics, sports, health, wellness, arts and culture and will be significantly informed by public input about recreation preferences.

To date, the public has been able to provide input through a survey and at four in-person consultation meetings. The information panels presented at the in-person session, including preliminary survey results and demographic information, are now available on the County’s website for community review and comment. Residents can share their written input or comments at RecStrategy@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

“Haldimand County received 2,000 responses to the community survey about this initiative and had further input through the in-person sessions,” says Mayor Ken Hewitt. “This is among the highest response we’ve received to any public consultation process we’ve done in recent years and confirms to Council the importance of this issue to residents and users of our community and recreation facilities and services.”

Monteith Brown Planning Consultants, who are working on the strategy, are anticipated to present preliminary recommendations to Council this June. Decisions on major investments, potential locations for new assets, and long-range capital planning will be considered during the next term(s) of Council.

For more information, visit www.haldimandcounty.ca/recstrategy.

Haldimand County launches new online building permit and planning application portal

Haldimand County is pleased to announce the launch of its new, online building permit & planning application portal. Residents, contractors and developers can now submit applications, pay fees, schedule inspections and get status updates from one central location, 24/7.

The new online portal, powered by CityView, will allow registered users to access their own, customized dashboard of all past and present building, municipal enforcement and planning-related business activities. Users will also be able to submit by-law complaints and track their status through the portal.

“The introduction of CityView is one additional step the county has taken to enhance its services and improve customer experience,” said Mike Evers, Haldimand County’s General Manager of Community & Development Services.

“Not only does the portal make it easier for residents and builders to manage their construction and development-related projects, it streamlines the application intake process for staff to maximize efficiencies and save time,” Evers added.

Individuals who wish to utilize this new online portal can create an account at HaldimandCounty.ca/apply. Anyone with an upcoming building or planning-related project is encouraged to sign up and submit applications using the new system.

Individuals with questions about the new online portal are encouraged to read the Frequently Asked Questions or contact Building & Municipal Enforcement Services or Planning staff for further information.

Haldimand County hosting virtual candidate information session on April 13 for 2022 municipal election

Haldimand County and staff from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing will be hosting a virtual Candidate Information Session for anyone interested in running as a candidate in the 2022 municipal or school board election.

The virtual session will take place on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome and pre-registration is not required. Connection details will be shared at www.haldimandcounty.ca/election/ closer to the session.

As there have been many changes enacted to the Municipal Elections Act in recent years, this session will benefit newcomers to the municipal election process, third party advertisers as well as those who have participated in past elections. Topics covered at the session will include:

  • Role of council
  • Role of municipal staff
  • Role of school board trustees
  • Third party advertising
  • Nominations
  • Eligibility to run
  • Candidate and third party advertiser duties
  • General campaign rules and election finances
  • Compliance audits and penalties

Election Day in Haldimand County is October 24, 2022. For more information on the 2022 municipal election, visit www.haldimandcounty.ca/election/ or e-mail election@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

Haldimand County Public Library hosting 9th annual Poetry Contest

Haldimand County Public Library invites residents of all ages to get creative and participate in its 9th annual poetry contest, to be held throughout the month of April.

This year’s theme is “Back to Nature”. The Library encourages entrants to express through poetry how nature impacts and inspires them, how they connect with nature, or how their actions effect the natural environment.

Entry forms, and a full list of rules and submission details can be obtained on the library’s website or at any library branch. Submissions can be made in person at any branches or can be submitted online.

Submissions will be accepted during the month of April and entered to win cash prizes in one of the following categories:

  • Primary – Kindergarten to Gr. 3
  • Junior – Gr. 4 to Gr. 6
  • Intermediate – Gr. 7 to Gr. 10
  • Senior – Gr. 11 – 12
  • Adult – age 18+

Judging will take place at the beginning of May by a library-chosen panel. First, second and third-place prizes will be awarded in each category. First prize will receive $50, second prize will receive $35 and third prize will receive $20. Winners will be announced in mid-May.

Individuals with further questions about the 9th Annual April Poetry Contest may call or visit their local library branch. Branch hours and contact numbers can be found on the library’s website.