Overall economic development strategies such as workforce development, strategic alliances and partnerships, business recruitment, tourism development, and downtown revitalization can contribute to a healthy and growing central business district.
Penetanguishene is home to major institutions such as the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, the Central North Correctional Centre and the upcoming expansion of Georgian Manor/Georgian Village. With major industries like Techform Products and CCL Containers, Penetanguishene has a stable and skilled workforce to offer. Educational facilities include six (6) elementary schools and two (2) secondary schools, under the jurisdiction of five (5) different school boards. Georgian College campus is located in the nearby Town of Midland.
The tourist industry is also a major employer with five (5) marinas and home of the Ontario Marine Operators Association. The Town operates a Tourist Information Centre at the Historical Port of Penetanguishene with marina and launching ramp. The Town also has over 69 hectares (170 acres) of parkland, three ball fields, several playgrounds and kilometres of trails.
Downtown Improvement Area
A vibrant downtown is the goal of any municipality and features multiple uses, services, and events. The presence of these attributes creates a connection and competitiveness downtown resulting in a healthy and energized community. We have several programs happening in the downtown improvement area including:
Downtown Beautification Program
The beautification of the Main Street corridor will help to enhance the revitalization of the downtown, which is essential for a healthy and vibrant community. The Town of Penetanguishene works with a dedicated group of volunteers to help beautify the downtown every year and there are some great ideas planned for downtown beautification!
We are the new Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS).
Our job is to help you:
The Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS), www.edcns.ca, was developed with the goal of creating one economic voice for the municipalities of Midland, Penetanguishene, Tay and Tiny. This voice, strengthened by the power of four municipalities, reinforces county-wide and provincial initiatives to drive growth and improve the environment for producing and offering goods and services from North Simcoe.
We are here to help you:
Work with our area partners to advocate for funding and political support
Grow our economy and attract business opportunities
Market our four municipalities within Simcoe County and beyond our borders
Foster a successful business environment within North Simcoe
The EDCNS focuses on four key industries - Advanced Manufacturing, Agribusiness, Health Care, and Tourism, - which we refer to as our "four pillars".
EDCNS advocates as "one voice" for all four municipalities, within the broader economic landscape of Simcoe County, to leverage funding & political support. By collaborating and sharing information, knowledge, and partnerships, we can identify and create business cases for funding applications around regional priorities (Huronia Airport, , regional health care institutions, investment in infrastructure, et cetera). The collaboration brings North Simcoe greater "critical mass" in its dealings - locally, regionally, with other levels of government, and with new business opportunities.
EDCNS is led by an 11 member Board of Directors comprising one member appointed from each of the four municipal councils, one member from North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation (NSCFDC) and six private sector members, with core funding from the County of Simcoe and the four municipalities. NSCFDC supports EDCNS with financial administration and office space.
By 2020, the four North Simcoe municipalities will be a growing, well-balanced, open community linked closely to Georgian Bay and economically founded upon:
A world-class, four-season tourism experience
An education-led innovative manufacturing base
A strong health care and life sciences service cluster
An efficient and growing agriculture and agri-business economy
To promote and foster balanced sustainable economic growth in North Simcoe.
EDCNS endeavours to enhance the economic and lifestyle well-being of North Simcoe residents by promoting progressive business practices while supporting environmental responsibility and sustainability. EDCNS is committed to embracing accessibility and accountability for the organization's actions by integrating corporate social responsibility into all activities.
Role of Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe
EDCNS brings corporate, government and community stakeholders together in projects and initiatives that promote economic growth, increase investment and attract business to North Simcoe.
Act as an industry and business community advocate and liaison
Collaborate on talent attraction, retention and workforce development strategies being led by others
Evaluate issues & policies critical to North Simcoe economic development
Manage research data, information and competitive intelligence to support the needs of the community
Foster strategic partnerships
Lead investment attraction efforts
Leverage business expansion efforts
Market North Simcoe as an ideal location for business
Support an entrepreneurial environment and innovation
Support business retention efforts
Core Services of EDCNS
Funds sourcing & administration
Liaison with business, investors & funding sources and Simcoe County
Marketing and Communication
Branding, Business database, Traditional media marketing & advertising (e.g. print, radio, television, billboard), Web & social media, Research & analysis
Sharon Végh, Economic Development Officer
Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe (EDCNS)
105 Fourth Street, P.O. Box 8
Midland, Ontario Canada L4R 4K6
+1 (705) 526-1371, ext. 114
Starting A New Business
Penetanguishene offers opportunity for a variety of businesses. Whether you are a small home based mom and pop or an industrial factory or anything in between, Penetanguishene has what you need!
If you are looking to start up or grow a business in the Town of Penetanguishene, view our Expand and Relocate page for more information and resources.
County of Simcoe Economic Development Office
Situated just north of the Greater Toronto Area stretching from the shores of Lake Simcoe to Georgian Bay, Simcoe County's combination of location, lifestyle and opportunity makes it a great place to live and do business. The region's diverse communities and natural amenities inspire residents and the business community.
With over 16,000 companies, the business community in the County of Simcoe is diverse and growing. These businesses are supported by a host of resources including 11 Chambers of Commerce, 4 Community Futures Development Corporations, 2 Small Business Centres, a Business Incubator, and many more business support organizations.