Norfolk County celebrates entrepreneurs at annual symposium

PORT DOVER, Ont. – February 8, 2019 – Norfolk County celebrated the successes of several local entrepreneurs at its annual Economic Development Symposium, with the theme of “Norfolk: No Boundaries”, yesterday.

The husband-and-wife team of Richard and Angela Van Laecke of Horizon Seeds was named Norfolk County Entrepreneur of the Year. Mayor Kristal Chopp presented them with a metal sculpture created by a past Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Cole Talbot.

Sarah Lawrence of Sayza Hot Yoga was named Norfolk County Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

2019 Norfolk County Heritage & Culture Dogwood Awards: Call for Nominations

Simcoe, ON – Named after Norfolk County’s official flower, these awards have been created to honour individuals and groups for their outstanding achievements and contributions to heritage and culture within Norfolk County. Examples include:

  • Heritage – built, natural, multicultural, or social history;
  • Culture – visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, crafts, music, and media arts.

Four awards will be presented. One in each of the following categories:

  • Individual Award
  • Group Award
  • Youth Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Norfolk County’s vibrant heritage and culture community has been built on the tireless efforts of countless dedicated individuals and groups. 

Economic Development Symposium Feb 7: “Norfolk: No Boundaries”

PORT DOVER, Ont. – January 3, 2019 – Businesses and community leaders attending the annual Norfolk County Economic Development Symposium #NCSym19 on Thursday, February 7, 2019, can expect to learn, meet new contacts, and get motivated to aim for success.

The Symposium is now in its thirteenth year. The day starts at 7:30am in the Port Dover Community Centre with the “Morning Mingle” – a fun way to meet others in the business community.

BHS Greenhouses to bring 100 new jobs to Norfolk County

SIMCOE, Ont. – December 18, 2018 – Norfolk County has finalized the sale of 6.4 acres of municipal land in the Judd Industrial Park (Simcoe) to BHS Greenhouses Ltd. for the development of a federally licensed medical cannabis production facility.

Earlier this year BHS Greenhouses acquired the lands and greenhouse facility of The Local Vegetable Company located at 92 Luscombe Drive in Simcoe. At that time BHS outlined their short and medium term development plans to Norfolk County and expressed the desire to acquire the municipally-owned lands that were bordering and abutting the property.

Flu Arrives in Haldimand and Norfolk

SIMCOE, November 30th, 2018. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) reports that we have received our first confirmed cases of influenza for this season. Our first confirmed case was received on Nov. 28th, 2018, followed by our second confirmed case on Nov. 29th, 2018. The HNHU would like to remind everyone that the flu shot is the best protection against getting the influenza virus, commonly known as the flu.

“Sporadic influenza activity has been reported in other regions in Ontario.

Downtown Simcoe property approved for Norfolk County incentive

SIMCOE, Ont. – November 27, 2018 – Norfolk County has approved GK York Management Services Inc. for a project under the Building Façade Improvement Program of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) business incentives.

GK York Management Services Inc will receive a grant of up to $20,000 for façade improvement on property located at 11-23 Colborne Street North, Simcoe.

Incentives are available from Norfolk County for architectural design, environmental site assessment, structural improvements, building facades, agricultural building and facilities, residential conversions and rehabilitation, landscaping, signage and property improvement.

Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit Provides Update on Sharps Kiosk Program

Simcoe, ON November 19th, 2018. In response to reports of needles and other sharps, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) Harm Reduction team installed nine sharps disposal kiosks throughout Haldimand and Norfolk counties earlier this year. The program is part of a harm reduction strategy to reduce the number of needles and syringes found discarded in the community. It is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

“People in our community use needles/sharps for many reasons and there is a need for 24-hour public access to safe places to dispose of them,” said Stephanie Tooke, public health inspector.

Downtown Simcoe business approved for Norfolk County incentive

Simcoe, Ont. – November 8, 2018 – Norfolk County has approved Norfolk Dental Hygiene for a project under the Building Façade Improvement Program of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP).

Norfolk Dental Hygiene will receive a grant of up to $10,000 for façade improvement on property located at 44 Argyle Street, Simcoe.

Incentives are available from Norfolk County for architectural design, environmental site assessment, structural improvements, building facades, agricultural building and facilities, residential conversions and rehabilitation, landscaping, signage and property improvement.

The Flu Season has arrived in Haldimand and Norfolk and the Flu Shot is the Best Defense

SIMCOE, November 7th, 2018. The flu season has arrived and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) would like to remind everyone that the flu shot is the best protection against getting the influenza virus, commonly known as the flu.

Anyone can get the flu, but it is particularly dangerous for the elderly, for children and for those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms include cough, fever, body aches and extreme exhaustion. This can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Win This Space awarded to Groundswell Coworking

After two months of promotions, three open-houses and 22 applications, the selection committee has chosen the winner of the Simcoe Downtown Win This Space competition.

The winning business proposal was presented by Jess Bommarito with her company Groundswell Coworking, a co-working space to serve local small businesses and entrepreneurs.

“I’m thrilled my vision to serve the emerging number of people working remotely in Norfolk was selected,” 

Two Haldimand Horses Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis

SIMCOE- August 15, 2018- Two horses in the Dunnville area have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis virus earlier this month after showing neurological symptoms. Reports indicate that both horses were not vaccinated against the virus.  Although the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has not had a report of a horse positive for the virus since 2009, this serves as notice that the virus continues to circulate in the area.

Eastern equine encephalitis virus (sometimes called “Triple E” or sleeping sickness) is a virus that effects mostly horses and birds and is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. 

HNHU: West Nile Positive Mosquitoes for the First Time in Five Years

August 1st, 2018 Simcoe, ON The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) has recorded its first batch of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus in five years. These positive mosquitoes came from one of the HNHU’s mosquito traps located in Simcoe.

Mosquito trapping is done as part of the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit’s West Nile Program to monitor and report local activity and to mitigate the risk of people contracting West Nile virus. The HNHU is committed to the ongoing surveillance program throughout the active mosquito season to determine risk of West Nile virus transmission to our community.

39 student businesses funded by Norfolk County and sponsors

Norfolk County’s Tourism and Economic Development Department, in partnership with local sponsors, has funded 39 student businesses through the municipality’s Student Start Up Program (SSUP).

Student Start Up Program Norfolk County SSUPStudents in Grades 6 to 12 applied to the program in mid June. This year, 97 student businesses applied to the program. There was enough funding for 39 recipients.

This year’s sponsors are: Norfolk County, Venture Norfolk, Rassaun Services, Titan Trailers, EZ Grow Farms, Owl Ops, South Coast BBQ Fire Pits, G.

Long Point Causeway Bridge Update

LONG POINT, ON – June 22, 2018

Work is ongoing on the Long Point Causeway Bridge.  Effective Friday June 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm, Norfolk County will be removing the load restriction from the Long Point Causeway Bridge. The bridge will remain under a reduced speed limit.  Larger vehicles such as septic haulers, water haulers, fuel trucks, construction vehicles, etc. may resume normal operations.

Work on the temporary solution will continue and both lanes will be opened as soon as practical (anticipated to be in the next three weeks).

Long Point Causeway Bridge Update and Furniture and Appliance Pickup Update

LONG POINT, ON – June 14, 2018

Norfolk County is pleased to announce that works are under way on the interim solution for the Long Point Causeway Bridge.  Once the work is completed, the weight restriction will be removed and the reduced speed will remain in place.  It is anticipated that the weight restriction will be able to be removed next week.

Furniture and Appliance Pickup date has been rescheduled to Monday, June 25, 2018.