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Economic Development

We want to ensure Bruce County’s future is strong and bright. We learned that we need to unite our local voices behind a stronger Bruce County story. We learned that we need to spend more time working together with our communities and local leaders. We learned that local businesses need more support. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Here’s to Economic Development – for you.

Find Yourself in Bruce County

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Traditional economic development activities have not changed much over the years and yet the trends impacting both rural and urban economies have changed significantly. The onset of a global business landscape coupled with innovation and extreme advances in technology cannot be overlooked when developing a strategy to improve a community’s economy, no matter how large or small. Essentially, it is the new reality of business.

It makes sense then, that the more successful economic development strategies are those where there are no stand-alone initiatives. Instead, all activities are part of an overall comprehensive approach that if developed appropriately, should be as unique as the community it is built to impact. With this in mind, the five-year “Find Yourself in Bruce County” Economic Development Strategic Plan was adopted in 2016 to help create a realistic pathway for sustainable economic growth with collaboration with our local municipalities, leaders, and stakeholders.


Economic Development Annual Report

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Bruce County's Economic Development Annual Reports measure the performance of programs, the value they have on our communities, how well we are supporting local business growth each year. The 2020 Economic Development Annual Report details the progress made towards the goals outlined in the “Find Yourself in Bruce County” Economic Development Strategic Plan. To do this, the report highlights activities within each program area and the results achieved through these initiatives. 2020 was undoubtedly a unique year with the onset of a worldwide pandemic that pushed the business plan to focus its attention on how to first stabilize the economy and then work towards developing mechanisms to rebuild and grow – a priority that is ongoing.


Economic Impact of Tourism Report

Economic Impact of Tourism 2019

Assessing the Economic Impact of Tourism in Bruce County is an annual undertaking of the County by its Planning and Economic Development department. The framework initiated in 2018 integrates data from multiple sources – shared data from major tourism operators, business surveys, and a visitor survey. In 2019, the Economic Development team worked on conducting over 500 surveys of our visitors, as well as 87 local tourism-related businesses to develop the Economic Impact of Tourism Report.


Workforce Development and Attraction Strategy

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The County’s long-term economic success depends on the strength of businesses in their efforts to attract, retain, and build skills in order to stay open, expand, and hand over to the next generation. This Strategy will guide the collective to set the stage for a solid future.

Read the Workforce Development & Attraction Strategy 2021-2025.


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