Economic Development Reports
On May 24, 2017 Procter & Gamble (P&G) announced the closure of their Brockville production plant, affecting all of it 480 employees. The closure of the plant is to be phased with the final closure expected to be late in 2020. Following this announcement the City worked closely with Procter & Gamble, local stakeholders and Provincial ministries to provide assistance to the employees of the company and to look at programs which can reduce the impact of the closure.
The three primary outcomes for the project were:
The goal of the strategy presented in this report is to create opportunities for displaced workers and grow the overall quality of jobs in the regional economy. The region needs to focus on activities that leverage the human knowledge and knowhow potential in the region, creating more complex products, higher in the value chain.
"The Electrical Component Manufacturing industry is the industry neighbourhood to focus on to achieve incremental and sustainable economic growth. There are several competitive advantages for a company in that neighbourhood to relocate to the region, with the largest being knowledge through talented employees."
Updated annually, the Economic Indicator Report contains local statistics and information relevant to the local business climate, including vacancy rates, housing prices, general labour statistics, tax assessment comparisons, and tourism event and attraction visitation.
In 2016 Brockville participated in the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs “First Impressions Community Exchange,” a program that sees communities of similar size and demographics exchange unannounced visits. The program helps communities to see themselves the way tourists, prospective businesses, relocating families, and non-local shoppers might see them. The exchange paired Brockville with Pembroke and produced a report on how Brockville is perceived from an outside perspective, providing a list of items that Brockville does well, and areas that we can improve.
Rural communities in Ontario, and many across Canada, find themselves in a complicated situation when it comes to population growth, and the concomitant effects of such growth (or stagnation), on economic development. The City of Brockville is no exception. With a population that has been incrementally decreasing or staying relatively neutral since 2006, Brockville finds itself among the many municipalities across Ontario (and Canada) that seeks to create innovative ways of attracting residents and investment, both meant to ensure the long-term viability of the City.
In February 2016, the City of Brockville’s Economic Development Department in collaboration with the St. Lawrence Rideau Immigration Partnership received funding from the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration to investigate innovative ways to attract immigrant entrepreneurs (and more peripherally, foreign direct investment) to Brockville specifically, and to rural communities/small cities more generally. This toolkit is the result of nine months of research, analysis, consultation, and outreach into the central question of how the City of Brockville’s capacity can be further developed to attract and retain immigrant entrepreneurs to the area.
This toolkit is specifically designed to take the foundation laid by the City of Brockville and the umbrella organizations that make up the St. Lawrence Rideau Immigration Partnership, and move it forward into action by assessing the situation Brockville currently finds itself in vis-à-vis welcoming new immigrant entrepreneurs, helping them to get established, and providing an environment that allows them to remain and flourish as part of Brockville’s community and economy.
A Youth Friendly community is one that actively supports and provides opportunities for the growth and development of youth (ages 13-19) through play. Play Works defines play as anything a young person does in their free time that has elements of choice, leads to satisfaction, and encourages positive learning and enjoyment. Play can include any of the following: recreation, sport, arts and culture, drama, dance, music, volunteering, and leadership development.
In early 2019, the Brockville Youth Advisory Committee submitted an application to Play Works in order to be designated as youth friendly. Brockville received Bronze level designation, certifying that 7 out of 10 criteria were met for opportunities for youth play. The designation is valid for three years, and the city hopes to apply for a higher level the next time around.
In 2015 a facilitated workshop was conducted with Brockville’s community and business leaders to determine where future strategic directions are required to continue Brockville’s economic development growth. The results were captured and incorporated into the strategic update in addition to reviews of progress since the previous strategy and socio-economic data from Statistics Canada. This strategic update contains three primary components:
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