Economic Development Strategy (2016) 

It's time to update Brantford's Economic Development Strategy

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The City of Brantford is updating its Economic Development Strategy in 2016.

Brantford’s first Economic Development Strategy was completed in 2010 and provided a five-year comprehensive plan that outlined numerous strategic directions and recommendations aligned with short, mid and long-term goals for all business sectors. This strategy provided the foundation for the Economic Development and Tourism Department’s annual work plans and formed the basis for sectoral strategies aimed at business creation, retention, expansion and attraction of new investment opportunities for the community over the past 5 years.

For more information about the Economic Development Strategy Update or to be added to our list for email updates, please contact:

Nicole Drake, Manager, Tourism & Marketing
519-751-9900 ext 5049

In 2014, Brantford City Council updated its Community Strategic Plan “Shaping Our Future” and embraced the underlying goal of economic vitality and innovation as a key pillar within the community to achieve several long term desired outcomes for the local economy and its citizens. A key driver for this goal is the need for an updated economic development strategy that will ensure the municipality remains sustainable, diverse, prosperous and innovative over the long term.

What Will the Strategy Include?

The revised strategy will reflect both the current state and future direction of the City’s economic development efforts based upon a comprehensive review of existing corporate policies and plans in concert with a current competitive analysis and community consultation process. The resulting strategy will provide clear strategic directions and the associated resources required to implement the initiatives outlined for the entirety of the strategies life cycle.

The City has retained McSweeney & Associates, an economic development consulting firm based in Ottawa, Ontario, to undertake the strategy review and update. McSweeney & Associates have conducted a number of focus groups, interviews, and stakeholder meetings, and have established the following six key strategic themes:

  • Investment Retention and Attraction
  • Infrastructure (including Industrial Land and Downtown)
  • Tourism
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage (including Film and New Media)
  • Business Development
  • Education, Skills Training and Labour Development

How to Get Involved 

Community input has been a valuable part of this process, and we will continue to post updates on this webpage, including any public engagement opportunities or documents that are ready for review.

Public Meeting: Please join us for a public information meeting on Thursday, October 20th between 4:00pm and 7:00pm at the Brantford Visitor & Tourism Centre. Click here to view the meeting notice in a new browser window (PDF).  Representatives from staff and the consultant team will be on hand to receive comments and answer any questions.

To be notified by email of new opportunities to get involved, please sign up for the project email list.

Contact Us

If you require more information please contact us at:

City of Brantford Economic Development & Tourism Department
Brantford Visitor and Tourism Centre
399 Wayne Gretzky Parkway
Brantford, Ontario N3R 8B4
Phone: 519-751-9900
Toll Free: 1-800-265-6299

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