Economic Development


Economic Development Plan

The Town of Erin's Economic Development Plan will look to achieve how to best attract and retain business in the Town and which industries and sectors to target, along with setting key goals and objectives for economic development activities

Economic Development Plan Final Draft

Community Improvement Plan (CIP)

September, 27, 2019


A CIP is an Economic Development tool and the adoption of the CIP is a requirement for making incentive programs available. Allows a municipality to implement certain tools, such as providing grants and loans to businesses and landowners. A plan or framework to improve, restore, redevelop, and rehabilitate public and private properties (non-residential).


Stimulate economic development and contribute to the Town of Erin as a business friendly community and that we are “Open for Business”.

Encourage and support the growth of existing business opportunities in key areas of economic activity throughout the Town of Erin; and Assist with revitalization and beautification efforts to make the Town of Erin a more inviting destination.

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Guides & Documents

Economic Development Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) 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:


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


Town of Erin featured in Business Leader Magazine, Wellington County


Town of Erin featured in Business View Magazine

The Town of Erin makes a splash in the January edition of Business View Magazine.


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Economic Development Partnerships

Check out the Town of Erin’s abundant amount of partners and resources below:

Business Centre Guelph-Wellington

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC)

East Wellington Chamber of Commerce (EWCC)

Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC)

Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO)

Elora Cataract Trailway Association (ECTA)

Erin Business Improvement Area (BIA)

Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO)

Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA)

Greenbelt Foundation

Headwaters Tourism

Innovation Guelph

Let’s Get Hillsburgh Growing (LGHG)

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural affairs (OMAFRA)

Rural Ontario Municipal Association (ROMA)

Wellington Waterloo Community Futures (WWCF)

Workforce Planning Board (WPB)


External Links of Interest

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

Visit Headwaters page for information on events, trip planning and much more on exploring the area.

New 2017 Headwaters Visitor Guide

Wellington County Economic Development Information