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Phone: 519-426-9497
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Titan Trailers building expansion

Titan Trailers of Courtland is moving ahead with the expansion of its manufacturing facility. The company has been posting progress on its new building on its twitter feed

Titan Trailers builds equipment to handle specialty hauling. From industry leading THINWALL™ trailers that include KEITH® WALKING FLOOR®, end dump, tippers and hoppers to a full range of specialized trailers. Titan trailers are renowned for long lasting strength in the most demanding jobs.

More about Titan Trailers at

Titan Expansion

Voth Truck Bodies receives site plan approval

Voth Truck Bodies has received site plan approval from Norfolk County Community Planning to construct an 4,819 square metre (51,871 square foot) addition to an existing industrial building.

Voth ChipperVoth Truck Bodies specializes in designing and building custom aluminum and steel truck bodies and pickup truck inserts geared to the landscaping, municipal, forestry as well as light and medium duty aggregate industries.

This approval allows the company to significantly expand their operations and will result in many new employees in the future. 

Voth Truck Bodies is certified through the Canadian Truck Equipment Association (CTEA) as an authorized OEM truck body installer (National Safety Mark Authorization Number T92). It is also a member of National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA), Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) and Landscape Ontario.


Council responds to high development volumes

Norfolk County Development and Cultural Services (DCS) will be restructuring in the very near future to better serve the public.

Norfolk County Council has approved moving two development technologists from Public Works and Environmental Services to a new Development Engineering Division within DCS, as well as hiring a third technologist and a manager for the new division.

A new planning technician and a two-year contract planner will also be added to the Community Planning Division.

These new positions and the new structure of our department are expected to significantly decrease the amount of time it takes to process a development application.

County Manager David Cribbs recommended the changes to Council in his report on July 11, 2017.


New Economic Development Coordinator

Norfolk County is pleased to introduce Chris Garwood as the successful candidate for the position of Economic Development Coordinator in the Tourism & Economic Development Division. His first day was Monday, July 17, 2017.

Chris Garwood Norfolk County

Chris Garwood, Economic Development Coordinator, Norfolk County

Chris has over 15 years of experience in economic development and business analysis, including seven years of business development and commercial banking experience with a focus on business start-ups, expansions, mergers and acquisitions. 

Chris previously worked as Senior Economic Development Officer for Haldimand County. Prior to that position, he worked as Account Manager for the Business Development Bank of Canada, and Franchise Development Coordinator for The UPS Store. He also has experience as a business consultant, and worked as a marketing executive for the Jamaica Trade Commission and Jamaica Promotions Corp.

As Economic Development Coordinator, Chris will coordinate our corporate calling program, create and implement business attraction initiatives, coordinate the Community Improvement Plan business incentives program, as well as other projects and strategies.

Chris Garwood can be reached by phone at 519-426-5870 ext 1264 or by email.

Norfolk County’s Student Start Up Program funds 107 young entrepreneurs

Norfolk County’s Student Start Up Program (SSUP) approved $28,200 in funds to 94 student businesses representing 107 young entrepreneurs in Grades 6 to 12.

The program has doubled in size since its pilot year in 2016, when 40 student businesses were funded, involving 52 students. Some of the student businesses are partnerships involving two or three young people. Last year, there were 87 applications, compared with 188 in 2017.

Student Start Up program Norfolk SSUPFunding for the program is provided by 27 sponsors, partners and supporters, including large and small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and local government. However, there was not enough funding to support all of the excellent proposals submitted.

To be eligible, each student business was required to submit a simple business plan which included a cash flow projection. Successful applicants received a $200 cheque at the beginning of the summer. If they file an end-of-summer report with Norfolk County, they receive an additional $100.

Family members, sponsors, Norfolk County staff and Mayor Charlie Luke applauded with enthusiasm at a presentation on July 6, when the cheques were handed to recipients. The Norfolk County Council Chamber overflowed with well-wishers.

“Norfolk County is proud of these young entrepreneurs,” said Mayor Charlie Luke, “and we are grateful for the many community-minded sponsors who stepped up to support these kids.”

“All schools in Norfolk County supported the Student Start Up Program, with some schools requesting multiple presentations,” said Jerry Sucharyna, Economic Development Analyst for Norfolk County, who coordinates the program and raised awareness among schools.

Sponsors include:

  • (5-Star Sponsors – $1,500 each) Annex Media, Libro Credit Union, MHN Lawyers, Ross & McBride LLP, Simcoe Lions Club, Staples Simcoe, Titan Trailers, Van Amerongen & Son, Venture Norfolk
  • (3-Star Sponsors – $900 each) Rassaun Services, Inc., South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corp., Southwestern Ontario Tourism Corp., Toyotetsu Canada Inc.
  • (1-Star Sponsors – $300 each) The Beach House Restaurant, CarStar Collision Services, Creative Design Ink, Harvey’s / Swiss Chalet, Norfolk County Fair & Horse Show, Norfolk Rotaract Club, Picard Foods
  • (Supporters) Attaboy Window Washing, Long Point Eco-Adventures, MyFM, Simcoe Reformer, Whistling Gardens
  • (Partners) Haldimand County Economic Development & Tourism, Grand Erie Business Center.

For more information about Norfolk County Student Start Up (SSUP) Program, visit






Simcoe Chamber Survey: Opinion on Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act

Several aspects of Bill 148 may impact your business and accordingly, the Simcoe & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors feel it is critical to solicit from its members opinion and feedback of the proposed legislation.  

The SDCC has prepared a brief survey and asked that all members take a few moments to complete the questionnaire and share thoughts. All replies are anonymous and confidential. The survey link contains more information about the proposed legislation for reference. The survey will be available until July 14, 2017.

Survey at

Norfolk County farmers lead Canada in tech, jobs, growing fruit and vegetables

Latest agriculture data from Statistics Canada confirms that Norfolk County is a leading farming region in the nation from several perspectives, including technology use, fruit and vegetable production, and employment.

Ag Report Cover

Norfolk County is located along Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario. Farms around Port Dover, Turkey Point, Simcoe, and Delhi produce fruit and vegetables consumed by the Greater Toronto Area, located just 90 minutes away.

Norfolk County farmers grow the most asparagus, cabbage, tart cherries, ginseng,  peppers, pumpkins, rye, squash and zucchini, strawberries, and other vegetables in Ontario.

The region is also a major source of apples, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, lettuce, raspberries, sweet corn, and tomatoes. Wineries and craft breweries are sprouting up in Norfolk County.

“Our farmers use more technology per acre than any other region of Canada,” said Clark Hoskin, Economic Development Manager for Norfolk County, who analyzed the data.

Technology includes usage of computers and laptops, smartphones and tablets, GIS mapping and GPS technology.

Norfolk County farmers employ more than 7,600 workers, the highest number of any region in Canada.

“Our farmers and people who work in agriculture, food production and agribusiness should be proud of the very positive, lasting contribution they make to prosperity and well-being in our communities every day and into the future,” Hoskin said.

The report Census of Agriculture: Norfolk County by the Numbers is based on a detailed analysis of the Census of Agriculture 2016.

For more information or to download the report, visit


  • Total land in crops: 196,403 acres
  • Number of farms: 1,307
  • Number of farm operators: 1,860
  • Average age of farm operator: 55.7 years
  • Total farm market capital: $3.29 billion
  • Total farm gross receipts: $519 million

Number 1 Grower in Canada 

  • Asparagus, Tart Cherries, Ginseng,  Peppers,  Pumpkins, Other Vegetables

Number 1 Grower in Ontario

  • Asparagus, Cabbage, Tart Cherries, Ginseng,  Pepper, Pumpkins, Rye, Squash and Zucchini, Strawberries, Other Vegetables

Leader in Farm Employee Numbers

  • #1 in Canada – Total Number of Employees
  • #1 in Canada – Total Number of Seasonal or Temporary Workers

Leader in Farm Receipts & Capital Value

  • #1 in Ontario – Number of Farms reporting Gross Farm Receipts over $2 million
  • #2 in Ontario – Total Farm Capital Per Acre of Land in Crops

Leader in Technology Use

  • #1 in Canada – Highest usage per acre  – Computers & Laptops, Smartphones & Tablets, GPS Technology, GIS Mapping

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is much more info on our website.

Raise Awareness

Help raise awareness of the importance of agriculture in Norfolk County by encouraging colleagues, coworkers and others to subscribe to our Agriculture News email updates.


Internet Service Survey

The SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Network wants you to tell them about your internet service to help them build broadband for everyone.

To connect everyone as effectively and efficiently as possible, SWIFT is collecting information about how residents, farms, businesses and public sector organizations currently use of internet across the region. This information will help us determine where we will invest our funding and support SWIFT in achieving its goals of building “broadband for everyone.”

Below are links for those interested in voluntarily completing a User Survey for the SWIFT Initiative.

Who can participate?

Anyone and everyone! SWIFT is collecting information from three main groups of respondents.

Each group has their own survey link, which can be found by clicking the buttons below.

Residential /Farm Survey:  This survey is for HOUSEHOLDS OR RESIDENTIAL PREMISES in Southwestern Ontario, Caledon and Niagara Region. This includes FARMS AND SEASONAL DWELLINGS. Link to Residential / Farm Survey.

Business Survey:  This survey is for BUSINESSES of all sizes located in Southwestern Ontario, Caledon and Niagara Region. Link to Business Survey.

MUSH/Public Sector Organization Survey: This survey is for ORGANIZATIONS IN THE MUSH SECTOR (Municipal, Utility, Schools and Hospitals). SWIFT will also be sending surveys by email to MUSH users across the region. Link to MUSH / Public Sector Survey.

What is SWIFT?

SWIFT logoThe SouthWestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Network is a forward-looking, financially sustainable plan to help the region connect, compete and keep pace in a digital world by building a holistic, ultra-high-speed fibre optic network across the region. Spearheaded by community and businesses leaders across southwestern Ontario, Caledon, and Niagara Region, SWIFT will build an ultra-high-speed fibre optic regional broadband network for everyone. Regardless of the size of your community, your age, education, or where you work, you deserve affordable access to high-speed broadband – and SWIFT is working to build and deliver critical infrastructure to our communities by connecting over 350 communities across 41,286 km2 through 3000 Points of Presence and offering up to 1 Gbps access for $100/month.

The project was initiated by the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) in 2011 and was quickly joined by additional partners, including the City of Orillia, the Town of Caledon, the Region of Niagara, Grey Bruce Health Services, and Georgian College. In 2016, SWIFT received $180 million in funding support from the federal and provincial governments.

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Norfolk Development News – June 29, 2017

The latest edition of Norfolk County Development News email has been published and is on its way to subscribers.

Latest headlines:

  • Strong construction start in Q1
  • Permits issued for industrial expansions and farm buildings
  • Job-matching platform free for employers and job-seekers
  • Open House July 6
  • Norfolk farmers lead in technology use
  • Council approves Official Plan for provincial review
  • Properties for Sale

Subscribe to Norfolk Development News to receive the latest edition, and future editions.

Building Permit Update – June 2017

The following major non-residential projects were recorded by the Norfolk County Building Division between late May and late June 2017:

  • Toyotetsu Canada, Simcoe – 120,620 sq ft – Value: $6,359,000 – Industrial expansion
  • Voth Sales & Service, Courtland – $1,750,000 – Industrial expansion
  • 2391605 Ontario Inc, former Townsend Twp – 77,026 sq ft – $750,000 – Greenhouse
  • Komienski Ltd, Delhi – 24,789 sq ft – $420,000 – Farm processing building
  • DeCloet Greenhouse Mfg, Delhi – 11,474 sq ft – $279,000 – Warehouse
  • Shabatura Farms, former Windham Twp – 11,248 sq ft – $550,000 – Farm building addition

For information about our Building Division, go here.