Local Foods to Health Care Facilities Initiative

A leader in promoting locally grown food, Norfolk County expanded its work into the County’s health care facilities. Norfolk County’s Local Foods to Health Care Facilities Initiative was funded by The Greenbelt Fund, a sister organization of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.

With funding from the Ontario Government, the Fund helped to increase the amount of Ontario food served in daycares, schools, universities and colleges, hospitals and long-term care facilities through its program, the Broader Public Sector Investment Fund: Promoting Ontario Food.

Simcoe Farmer’s Market

Open every Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm all year round. There are 30 – 50 vendors

 Farmers Market Logo

 History of Simcoe Farmers Market

As early as 1849 George Kent donated some land to be used for a market. The area between what is now known as Robinson, Head, Talbot and Market Streets, was an open-air market until 1868. At that time a building was erected, mainly to be used by the market butchers with the rest of the market, including live animals, outside.

Marketing Partner Programs

Visit our Partner Benefits page at http://www.norfolktourism.ca for the latest information on becoming a Norfolk County Marketing Partner.

Contact Norfolk County’s Business Development Coordinator at 519-426-5870 ext 1300 or email ted.willey@norfolkcounty.ca.

Tourism Marketing Partner Program

Businesses and organizations that focus on serving tourists are welcome to partner with Norfolk County on cooperative tourism marketing, through the annual Experience Guide, http://www.norfolktourism.ca, social media, trade shows and events, and other initiatives.

Farms, Wineries, Culinary and Food Suppliers

Norfolk County is the top producing area for farm fresh produce in Ontario. From asparagus to zucchini, Norfolk’s growers supply major markets across North America. In fact, Norfolk County’s farmers sold more than $400 million in commodities in 2005, making them key players in a global marketplace. Norfolk produce is safe, tasty and competitively priced. The goal of the “Direct from Norfolk” Norfolkfarms.com campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of buying local produce and other farm products.

Agriculture Advisory Board (AAB)

Overview

  • Advise Council on matters pertaining to agricultural issues in Norfolk County;
  • Develop alliances and partnerships between individuals, businesses, organizations and government through financial and other means to advance the County’s strategic plan for agriculture; and,
  • Provide a forum for discussion and coordination of agricultural initiatives and programs with other community groups and agencies.

The AAB meets at least four times per year. The Terms of Reference for AAB is located below the list of Minutes and Agendas on this page.

Tourism Directional Signage Program

Norfolk County’s Tourism Directional Signage Program is designed to achieve several objectives on Norfolk County municipal roads, including:

  • Elevate Norfolk County’s image as a tourist destination
  • Inform road users of Norfolk County’s tourism operations and attractions
  • Provide roadway directions to Norfolk County tourism operations
  • Increase the frequency and quantity of tourist visits
  • Present road users with consistent tourism signage information
  • Implement a customer service approach to the management and delivery of tourism signage
  • Protect the safety of road users

Policy

Norfolk County’s Tourism Directional Signage Policy outlines in detail the aspects of this program, who is eligible, and how to participate.

Tourism Marketing Partner Benefits

Join more than 250 Marketing Partners who collaborate annually with Norfolk County’s Tourism & Economic Development office to help promote their businesses and investment in the community as a whole. By working together, this innovative marketing partnership has won provincial and national marketing awards — not only for tourism promotions but for agricultural and economic development initiatives as well.

What is a Tourism Marketing Partner?

Marketing Partners help to drive Norfolk County’s marketing plan for tourism, agriculture and industrial growth, by investing in the partnership program and contributing financially to cooperative advertising and promotional initiatives.

Economic Development

“Innovation, dedication, commitment, perseverance and the entrepreneurial spirit of our citizens and Council are key. Spread the word, Norfolk County is open for business.”

– Mayor Dennis Travale, Norfolk County

 

Thinking Of Relocating?

We can provide site selection assistance for commercial and industrial land or vacant properties. We can also put you in touch with the right information and contacts to move your project ahead as quickly as possible.

Fire Department

Norfolk County is divided into 11 fire districts. These districts are based on the principle of providing the appropriate fire or rescue service in the best possible time frame. Each fire district is serviced by a fire station. Fire stations vary in size and capability according to the fire protection and rescue needs of the fire district. The fire districts do not operate independently since all operations are coordinated through a common fire dispatch centre and it is very common for firefighters and fire apparatus to respond from more than one station to an incident, depending on the need.