Digital Main Street Program
The Ontario government is investing $10 million towards the Digital Main Street program for 2021-22. Small businesses across Ontario with a brick-and-mortar location and one to 50 employees can apply for a $2,500 Digital Transformation Grant. The grant funding can be used to purchase new technology, digital services and marketing.
The Digital Transformation Grant is open to any business that meets the following requirements:
Must be a business that:
Has a permanent 'brick-and-mortar' establishment in Ontario
Is employing 1-50 employees
Has not received a DTG previously
Is paying commercial property tax (commercially assessed), either directly or through commercial rent
Is a registered business in Ontario and/or is incorporated
Is open for business/operating at the time of application (not a start up)
Is NOT a business supplying digital services to other businesses (e.g. website design/development, SEO, programming)
Is NOT a franchise, including those individually owned and operated
Is NOT a not-for-profit/ charitable organization
Is NOT renting office space on a temporary basis (month-to-month)
Is NOT in a shared workspace such as a hot desk or dedicated desk
Is NOT a purely online business
Start your application for the Digital Transformation Grant here. It is suggested that you apply for this grant early as it is expected to be in high demand and funds are limited.
Support is available through the County of Lennox and Addington office for this grant. Please contact us with any questions.
COVID-19 Tourism Adaptation Fund
Lennox and Addington County tourism-based businesses located within the RTO 9 Tourism Region (Greater Napanee, Loyalist and Stone Mills) can now apply for a non-repayable grant of up to $20,000 (excluding HST) through the Covide-19 Tourism Adaptation Fund. Please click here for eligibility requirements and to apply.
Tourism Recovery and Innovation Program (TRIP)
Addington Highlands tourism-based businesses can apply for funding through the Tourism Recovery and Innovation Program (TRIP) - Capital Projects. This program offers funding of up to 80% of eligible capital expenses to a maximum of $20,000 in non-repayable funding. Find out more and apply here.
These two funding opportunities above are available through FedDev, delivering programs and services to support innovation and economic growth in Southern Ontario.
Community Development Project 2016
The Community Development Committee was established by Council on December 7, 2015 with a mandate to obtain input from residents and business owners respecting how the Township of Stone Mills could increase revenues to the municipality to help offset the ever increasing costs for services, thereby maintaining a relatively constant level of property taxes for property owners. The Final Report developed by this Committee reflects the input received from the community.
Land O' Lakes Tourist Association
The Township is located within and a proud member of the Land O' Lakes Tourist Association. This association, which was formed in 1943, encompasses 9 municipalities which include over 5000 lakes. While visiting the Land O’ Lakes, you can savour local delicacies, shop in quaint villages, explore through caves, attend a festival, or find a retreat oasis. If fishing and boating are on your agenda, there are guides that can "hook" you up because Your Adventure Awaits in the Land O’ Lakes.
The four-year strategic plan was adopted by Council November 2015. The strategic plan provides a vision for the municipality together with goals and objectives to achieve this vision. To view the full plan, please click here.
County of Lennox & Addington Economic Development Office
Business owners and entrepreneurs interested in making Stone Mills the location for their business have access to a full gamut of services from the Lennox & Addington Economic Development Office. Their Business Coaching service is free and confidential and can help familiarize you with the community, and aid in finding the appropriate people and resources to help your business or idea succeed.
The County office can also assist with real estate searches, community statistics, as well as grant and financing opportunities. They connect businesses in finding research & development partners to support growth; this could apply innovative technologies to better streamline operations, while always trying to leverage funding to ease the cost burden on the entrepreneur.
Buying Local Builds Communities
As required by the Local Food Act, 2013, the Minister of Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, Minister Jeff Leal, has established three goals to help increase access to local food:
- Increase opportunities for all Ontarians to choose local food;
- Increase the variety of local food offerings to celebrate the diversity of Ontario and its foods; and
- Increase collaborations and strengthen partnerships among producers, communities, and the public and private sectors to enhance local food availability.
Applied locally, Stone Mills offers numerous opportunities to buy direct. Foodland Ontario helps by providing an Availability Guide to help purchase "in-season" fruits and vegetables and provides many more interesting facts relating to food as well as links to other related websites.
The Stone Mills Marketplace is a site independent from the Township website and is maintained by local volunteers dedicated to their community. In addition to a business directory, additional local information can be found on the Stone Mills Marketplace site.
Work From Anywhere
The County of Lennox and Addington Economic Development Department new marketing initiative, "Work From Anywhere" is aimed at those entrepreneurs who are presently working from home offices in urban centres, and takes a fun look at where entrepreneurs could potentially start or relocate their business. this new initiative includes a new website, YouTube advertising, Google AdWords, boosted Facebook posts as well as television ads that targets the Greater Toronto Area and Ottawa markets. The campaign also highlights work, living, and support opportunities for entrepreneurs in Lennox and Addington. For more information visit: http://workanywhere.ca/.
Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA)
In accordance with the requirements of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) a procurement entity shall publish a notice of its participation with a buying group at least annually on one of the tendering websites or systems designated by its Party, and that notice shall direct potential suppliers to the buying group tender notices website if it is different from the websites or system of the procurement entity.
To this end, the Township of Stone Mills may choose to participate in one or more procurements conducted by the Local Authority Services (LAS) between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 for indefinite term projects. For further information and access to LAS request for proposal (RFP) notices, please review the website at www.las.on.ca.
Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucas
The Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucas is comprised of the Wardens and the CAO's of the Counties and Single Tier governments from across Eastern Ontario which includes:
- County of Frontenac;
- County of Haliburton;
- County of Hastings;
- City of Kawaratha Lakes;
- County of Lanark;
- United Counties of Leeds and Grenville;
- County of Lennox and Addington;
- County of Northumberland;
- County of Peterborough;
- United Counties of Prescott and Russell;
- County of Prince Edward;
- County of Renfrew; and
- United Counties of Stormont Dundas and Glengarry.
The Terms Of Reference provides the following Mission and Vision Statements for the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucas"
The Mission of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Inc. is: “To monitor federal, provincial and municipal legislative, regulatory and government information and to conduct research and analysis for purposes of influencing and advocating enhanced municipal service delivery in Eastern Ontario.”
The Vision of the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Inc. is: “To work collectively to enhance recognition for municipalities as an order of government thorough meaningful communication and representation with the federal and provincial governments, and each other.”
The Eastern Ontario Economic Development Strategy released in February 2014 identifies the opportunities, challenges and strategic priorities for Eastern Ontario.
One of the primary priorties for the EOWC is the development of fast and reliable internet service for the entire region. To help achieve this priority, the Eastern Ontario Regional Network was established with a goal to provide higher internet speeds and bandwidth to at least 95 per cent of homes and businesses in Eastern Ontario and provides an evidence-based economic strategy in order to move the region forward.
A publication identified as the Mapping The Innovation Ecosystem In Eastern Ontario was released on March 31, 2016. This publication was the result of a study commissioned on behalf of the Eastern Ontario Wardens' Caucas and their partners being the Ontario East Economic Development Commission (OEEDC), Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) and the Eastern Ontario Mayors Committee (EOMC).
For additional information and a listing of the current priorities for the Caucas, please refer to the website at: www.eowc.org.
Telecommunication Towers And Systems
Jurisdication respecting the development of telecommunication towers rests with the Government of Canada under the authority of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. While the Township of Stone Mills recognizes this distinct authority, there are provisions that allow a local municipality to enact controls for public consultation. When a local municipality has established a public consultation process, a proponent of a telecommunications tower must follow this consultation process when a telecommunication tower is being considered within that muncipality.
The Township of Stone Mills adopted Bylaw 2016-846 on November 7, 2016 and provides for a public consultation process for the development of telecommunication towers. The intent of this bylaw is to ensure local residents, as well as certain public bodies are provided with the opportunity to express any concerns respecting this form of development. Upon the satisfactory completion of the consultation process, the Township provides the proponent with a letter of concurrence that states that the proponent has complied with the requirements of Bylaw 2016-846.
While the Township recognizes the importance of this form of development to address the communication demands of our residents and local business, the Township further recognizes the obtrusive nature of telecommunication towers on the rural landscape. It is therefore important to recognize that although Bylaw 2016-846 provides for a process of public consultation, the final authority to allow or dis-allow telecommunication towers remains with the Spectrum Management Operations Branch of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.