Halton Hills Economic Development Newsletter | July 2015
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Halton Hills is a global, innovative and distinct community.

 WATCH the video to see why Halton Hills is a great place to do business.

Community Improvement Plan

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The Town implemented a Community Improvement Plan in 2014.  Since that time, over $100,000 has been provided to local businesses to assist in improving their properties. Grants covering 70%, to a maximum of $12,500 for eligible works, are available. For every $1 dollar of Town investment, the private sector has contributed about $1.75 towards the revitalization, redevelopment and renewal of Halton Hills. Currently, the Façade Improvement and the Residential/Retail Conversion Rehabilitation programs are available for properties located in downtown Acton and Georgetown and the Guelph Street Corridor. In addition, a Landscaping program is available for businesses located in the Acton and Georgetown Industrial Parks. The application process is simple.  For more information, contact the Economic Development Office.   

Celebrate Canada 150

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Is your business planning to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, but you are not sure what to do? The Town, with enthusiastic partners, has many ideas to help you and your employees mark the big day. Join the 3 Things for Halton Hills initiative. This initiative is about choosing three things that you can do to make a difference – to make the Town of Halton Hills – one of Canada’s best small town communities – even better!  You can also contribute to making Halton Hills the most patriotic Town !

Sister City Partnership

SC.jpgIn June 2016, the Town and Wenjiang (China) entered into a formal Sister City Agreement.  Recently, this relationship was further cemented with the launch of a new sister city web page.

The Sister City Agreement emphasizes cooperation on issues of economic development and investment, sustainable development, renewable energy, tourism, culture, education and agriculture. Since its signing, a number of projects have either already been completed or initiated, including the “Canadians in Chengdu” photo exhibit that was held at the Helson Gallery, forums on international trade and sustainable development, a cultural festival and a partnership between elementary schools. “The Town’s sister city relationship is opening up doors for our local businesses and provides a wonderful opportunity to explore lasting cultural, knowledge and economic exchanges,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “The establishment of a dedicated web page will serve to foster dialogue, raise awareness of our historic sister city partnership and spur business investments to benefit both our municipality and the Wenjiang District.”

Wenjiang, one of nine districts that make up the larger, rapidly growing, City of Chengdu, is a leader in sustainable development, high-tech manufacturing, education, agriculture and tourism.

Global Competitiveness

h Building on its successful Business Retention and Expansion program, the Town is leveraging its strategic location and sustainability leadership to gain the benefits of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Expanded international trade, and supporting exchanges in tourism, education, knowledge, and arts and culture will help Halton Hills remain competitive in the global marketplace.

Current activities include the ongoing implementation of the Halton Hills – Wenjiang Action Plan, survey of local businesses to assess their import and export activities as well as their interest in expanding into the rapidly growing Asian market. If your business is interested in exploring international markets, contact the Economic Development Office.

Sold Out Economic Update Event


On April 27, the Town hosted a ‘sold out’ “Halton Hills Economic Update” for the Brampton Real Estate Board. This event is a valuable opportunity to highlight key Town initiatives that continue to make Halton Hills one of the best communities to live, work, play and invest. This year’s presentation focused on robust development activity in the Premier Gateway employment area; agriculture as an important part of the local economy; implementation of the Acton BIA’s Strategic Plan; success of the Community Improvement Plan program; actions being taken by the Town to ensure its competitiveness in the global economy (including its sister city partnership with Wenjiang, China); the Mature Neighbourhoods Character Study, key infill and intensification projects and transportation initiatives.

Armstrong Avenue Reconstruction

Construction has commenced on Phase 1 of the Armstrong Avenue rebuild from Mountainview Road N. to Sinclair Avenue. The work is scheduled to be completed by fall (subject to weather and construction delays) and will include new curbs, paving and a multi-purpose path for pedestrians and cyclists to access area businesses. Armstrong Avenue will remain open during construction, but there may be occasional delays.

Truck Strategy


The Town of Halton Hills is exploring opportunities towards a safe and efficient trucking strategy that supports economic and employment activities, while balancing the needs of the community. This study will identify a long-term strategy for truck movements and aligns with the Town’s 2014-2018 Strategic Action Plan Priorities. In 2017, the Town will consult with residents and businesses to develop solutions that will help direct truck traffic away from our downtowns and urban areas. More information is available here.

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