Economic Development

The 2017 EmployerOne Survey is Now Open

Calling All Employers.

The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin has launched the 3rd annual Employer One Survey. It runs now until January 31, 2017.

The EmployerOne Survey* is an online survey of local employers focused on the demand-side of the local labour market. It is designed to collect information annually on a range of workforce issues such as labour turnover, hard-to-fill positions, recruitment difficulties, and current and future skill shortages.

Employers in our region have been saying there is a skills gap and that they are having a difficult time finding a skilled workforce to fill available positions. As an example, the 2016 results showed that 62% of manufacturer sector respondents indicated that they had hiring challenges. Top reasons why positions are hard to fill include "too few applicants" and "lack of technical skills".

Valuable information gathered in the EmployerOne survey is used by the Workforce Planning Board and over 30 community stakeholder organizations to seek local solutions to local challenges. Make sure your sector has a strong voice!

*The survey is confidential and all results are reported in aggregate form. The survey is straightforward and takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

For more information please visit: Our EmployerOne Wesbite:

Survey Link

Economic Development Committee

Jamie Cheyne (Vice Chair), Allan Alls (Mayor), Rob Smith (Councillor), Dave Doan, Maria Britto (Chair) , David Spencer, Chris Bailey, Trevor Crystal, Jim Boyd, Robyn Mulder (EDO)

Absent Keith McKinnon

Economic Development Officer: Robyn Mulder 519-855-4407 ext 241 or email

Economic Development Committee meetings are usually held the 2nd Wednesday of the Month at 6:45 PM  (unless scheduled differently)

Location: Town of Erin Municipal Office

Council Rep: Rob Smith 519-833-9630 or email and Mayor Al Alls 416-200-9153 or email

Erin Rotary Riverwalk Feasibility Study

"Development of a "Riverwalk" trails network within the community has the potential to draw additional visitors to the community, expand opportunities for commerce and reinvigorate locals interested in walking or riding the trail."  Quote by SKA 


Rotary Riverwalk Trail Feasibility Study Report Overview - September, 2016

Live and Work Erin Portal

This department provides business-related information about the Town of Erin to inform potential new businesses and assists business persons wishing to locate in the Town of Erin to secure land, buildings or leased space and comply with local regulations. The Department works with community organizations to enhance socio-economic development potential and increase visitor attraction to the area.

For Economic Development inquiries please contact Robyn Mulder, Economic Development Officer Telephone: 519 855-4407 ext. 241 | Fax: 519 855 4281 Email:


This plan establishes a roadmap, not otherwise available, for promoting increased collaboration in the community and across the region and a variety of projects designed to strengthen the Town as a great place to live, work, play and run a business.

Momentum Action Plan Powerpoint Presentation

Momentum Town of Erin Action Plan

Guides & Documents

Equine Economic Development Task Force Report

Report and findings demonstrating sustainable and innovative economic development in Erin, leveraging the existing local equine industry as a starting point.

  • Part I Equine Economic Development Report
  • Part II  Appendices A-D Rural Economic Development Program
  • Part III Appendices D1-D11 Survey Findings

Economic Development Survey Results

The Town of Erin has completed the Erin Business Retention + Expansion (BR+E) study that we undertook in conjunction with the County of Wellington. The Business Interview and Action Plan and the summary of the key findings is below:

External Links of Interest

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs - CONNECTS - Resources for Agriculture and Rural Economic Development - April 20, 2015 Issue

New 2016 Headwaters Visitor Guide

Wellington County Economic Development Information