Entrepreneur of the Year Award nominations open

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – December 3, 2018 – Nominations are now open for the Norfolk County Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Deadline is January 2, 2019.

To nominate a worthy individual, go to norfolktourism.ca/symposium.

“The award is a symbol of achievement and celebrates the demonstrated accomplishments of business leaders who have established new successful ventures or led existing ones into renewed growth,” said Chris Garwood, Economic Development Supervisor for Norfolk County.

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 Social Services: Cheque Pick-Up Information Due to Canada Post Work Stoppage

SIMCOE, ON – November 21st, 2018 – In light of the current Canada Post work stoppage, Haldimand-Norfolk Social Services, including Ontario Works, Children’s Services and Housing Services, the monthly social assistance payments for December 2018 will be available for pick up on November 28th, 29th, 30th at the following locations from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Haldimand residents please visit the Dunnville office at:

117 Forest St. E Dunnville, ON

Norfolk residents please visit the Simcoe office at:

12 Gilbertson Dr.

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,” 

Downtown Simcoe property approved for Norfolk County incentive

Simcoe, Ont. – October 30, 2018 – Norfolk County has approved Canmartco Holding Ltd (Knights of Columbus) for a project under the Landscaping, Signage and Property Improvement Program of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP).

Knights of Columbus will receive a grant of up to $2000 for signage on property located at 29 Peel 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.

Round tables will inform Norfolk County’s economic development strategy

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – October 19, 2018 – A series of evening round tables are scheduled across Norfolk County to gather more feedback about the future of the local economy for the municipality’s Economic Development Strategy Review.

Round tables held already in Delhi, Port Rowan and Waterford have been productive. Results from this summer’s community surveys, which received more than 1,500 responses, are being shared at the two-hour-long interactive meetings.

  • October 23 – Young Professionals / Youth Round Table
  • October 25 – Agriculture / Agribusiness Round Table
  • October 29 – Tourism Industry Round Table
  • October 30 – Simcoe Community Round Table
  • November 7 – Manufacturing / Food Processing Round Table
  • November 13 – Port Dover Community Round Table
  • November 21 – Emerging Economies Round Table

“This is an opportunity for citizens to provide direct input into the framework that will form the basis of the new economic development strategy,” said Clark Hoskin, Director of Tourism and Economic Development for Norfolk County.

What the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit wants you to know about cannabis legalization

SIMCOE, ON October 17th, 2018. The federal government has legalized recreational cannabis. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) wants to ensure the public knows what this means locally.

While recreational cannabis is now legal for adults, it is still illegal in Ontario for anyone under 19 to purchase, possess or use recreational cannabis.

“Legal doesn’t mean harmless. No drug is without risk,” said Michelle Lyne, program manager of Community Health at the HNHU.

Funds Still Available for Home Ownership Program

SIMCOE, ON – SEPTEMBER 17th, 2018 – Haldimand-Norfolk Housing Services would like to remind the community that the Home Ownership Program remains open with funds available for qualified applicants.

Available to residents of Haldimand and Norfolk, the Home Ownership Program provides down payment assistance to qualified low-to-moderate income households wishing to purchase a home. Funding is provided in the form of a 20-year interest-free loan registered on title and up to 10% of the purchase price of the home.

Downtown Simcoe business approved for Norfolk County incentive

Simcoe, Ont. – September 13, 2018 – Norfolk County has approved 2535621 Ontario Limited (Les Anderson) for a project under the Landscaping, Signage and Property Improvement Program of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP).

Les Anderson will receive a grant of up to $2000 for signage on property located at 22 Norfolk Street South, 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.

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.