Resources available for businesses who are hiring, looking for grants and funding

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If you’re starting a business, or already operating one, figuring out what resources are available to help you hire new employees can be time consuming and sometimes maybe a bit confusing. Business owners are already busy with the regular day-to-day operations and may not have the time to figure out what’s available.

Here at Hastings County, we are a member of the Ontario East Economic Development Commission (OEEDC) and recently they compiled a list of business resources to help grow your business. Below I summarize some of the opportunities that can support those situated in Hastings County or wanting to open a business here. Nonetheless, please do not hesitate to contact us directly and our wildly supportive staff will be more than happy to help discuss your plans and opportunities available.

Benefits Finder

Don’t know which business resources, supports, and services you need? Use the Business Benefits Finder to help you find the right program or service. Useful whether you’re just starting out or if you’ve been in business for a while and are ready to grow. 

Loyalist College Free Job Posting Service

If you’re hiring in Hastings County, post a job on the Loyalist College Free Job Posting Service. The process is straightforward and gets your job posting in front of motivated job seekers. The job board is free of charge. 

Employment Ontario

There are several Employment Ontario programs to support hiring and training local job seekers, including adults, youth, and summer students. The amount of the wage subsidy is based on a candidate’s skills and the complexity of the job/training required for the job.

The average wage subsidy can range from $1200-$2500 depending on the program. Employment Ontario funding is meant to be short-term to support new hiring and the onboarding process. 

Talent Opportunity Program

The Talent Opportunities Program (TOP) provides up to $7000 in funding for employers hiring post-secondary students on work placements. Employers must be Ontario Chamber of Commerce members to apply.

Canada Summer Jobs

Applications for this summer program are closed at the time of writing this post however, you can bookmark this page for future seasonal hiring. The Canada Summer Jobs program is a youth employment and skills strategy initiative, providing flexible services to help all young Canadians develop hireable skills and get paid work experience to facilitate their transition into the labour market. 

Ontario cutting WSIB premium rates

On October 6, 2021 the Ontario government announced Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is cutting premium rates in 2022. A rate reduction helps employers invest the savings into wages for staff.


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Quinn's of Tweed

345 Victoria St. North Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0

Visitors often ask about the building and it’s name, Quinn’s of Tweed. In fact, tradition dictates that we keep, with honour,  the name Quinn’s of Tweed, the original name of the store and building. The Quinn’s of Tweed building is one of the town’s oldest and most beautiful historic stone structures, dating back to the 1880s. The twelve foot walls allow us to hang paintings in the traditional French salon style. You’ll marvel at the craftmanship of the ash and maple staircase, the old bookeeper’s office, and the stained glass that brings one back to an era when a handshake and promise were as good as gold – today, we still believe in those principles.

gaylord hardwood flooring

228 Victoria St N, Tweed, ON K0K 3J0

Charles Frederick McGowan sold the lot in 1907 to William James Lawrence for $600.00. Shortly thereafter Mr. Lawrence erected the building which still stands there today. He conducted a furniture business until 1912, when he sold the property to the Traders’ Bank of Canada, which within the year, was taken over by the Royal Bank of Canada. It operated out of the building until 1942, when the war forced consolidations and closures due to a lack of tellers (men). The property changed hands a couple more times before local Tweed family, Gaylord Forest Products secured the property in 2003. Since then, they have evolved every inch of the interior into an experience. Each room throughout the building is a real life ‘showroom’ from top to bottom; you simply have to see it to believe it. The stairwell in particular holds a lot of history!

Marmora and Lake Inn

Come as strangers. Leave as friends.

29 Bursthall St, Marmora, ON K0K 2M0

Experience the charm of our 1906 mansion, nestled in the village of Marmora, Ontario, an historic town celebrating 200 years in 2021. The large and stately home was built by Ed Shannon for lumber baron Henry Reginald Pearce (known as “Reginald”) and his family, who purchased the lot for $200. It remained a private family dwelling for many decades and eventually was converted to a Bed and Breakfast by Chris and Lilly Boldly.

It now operates as Marmora And Lake Inn B&B and boasts beautiful, spacious bedrooms with quaint old-world craftsmanship for a luxurious stay. Onsite amenities include an exceptional indoor swimming pool, bubbler tub, infrared sauna, large screen SMART TV’s in each room, wireless internet access throughout, and generous sized gathering rooms. And being a small town, the pool is open to the community and friends for a nominal fee (pre-booking is required).

Our guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast including locally baked breads and pastries, yogurt and fresh fruit, an extensive beverage and tea/coffee bar featuring a wide variety of flavours and blends. Great outdoor patio area for fair-weather relaxation and large private events.

Whether planning a romantic weekend for two, a small wedding, a family reunion or a week-long visit to bask in the natural beauty of the region, the Marmora And Lake Inn B&B will help make it a time to remember. (Please note that all bedrooms are on the upper levels and we don’t yet have accessibility assist.)