Bruce Grey Simcoe

We are here to help farmers like you! Regional partners in Simcoe, Grey and Bruce counties have been collaborating to support the agri-food sector with training, networking and capacity building since 2014. Project partners have included the Counties of Simcoe, Grey and Bruce, the cities of Barrie and Orillia along with Georgian College and local small business support agencies. To date, over 800 participants have taken part in some type of training facilitated by this regional collaboration.

Bruce

Bruce County is dedicated to helping farms with agricultural enhancements, innovations and supports, and are developing a number of programs and projects that will help with value added production, agri-food processing and rural development. There are more than 1455 family run farms within the Interior Region alone and with a few thousand acres ready for agricultural uses and development, there is no shortage of opportunities to grow!

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Region Contact:

Business to Bruce

info@businesstobruce.com

Grey

Grey County has a very diverse economy. Agriculture, food and hospitality alone contribute over 7,000 jobs and create $465M in exports. There are over 2,300 farms in Grey, with close to a half million acres in cultivation. We excel in cattle, apples, sheep, aqualculture and forage crops.

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Region Contact:

Economic Development Office

ecdev@grey.ca

Simcoe

Simcoe County farming is diverse, from the vegetable farming in the Holland Marsh, the cash cropping, livestock farms to agri-food processing facilities. Simcoe County works with partners to support the agri-food sector and help it expand and grow.

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Region Contact:

Economic Development Office

edo@simcoe.ca

Bruce Grey Simcoe is Thriving:

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Agri Business in Bruce, Grey, Simcoe

Take a look at our our visual story of why Bruce, Grey and Simcoe is the place your agri-food business can thrive!

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Hear From Our Farmers

Bruce, Grey and Simcoe counties commenced a regional Business Retention & Expansion (BR+E) study of the local agricultural sector. The purpose of the study was to investigate the needs of existing agricultural and agri-food businesses, while broadening partner knowledge of this important sector. Study insights will help to guide future initiatives that will ensure this sector can grow, collaborate and become more competitive. Take a look at how we are supporting agri-food producers like you!

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Farming Where You Vacation

Lake Huron and Georgian Bay surrounds us. Imagine living and working year-round in an area where you vacationed as a child. Imagine planting or tending the animals in the morning and jumping into the waves by dinner time. Bruce, Grey and Simcoe is where work life balance becomes your normal life.

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Hands on Business Support

You are not alone when you start or expand an agri-business in Bruce, Grey or Simcoe Counties. We have a team of mentors and coaches that can help you prepare your business plans and we also offer free seminars and workshops to farmers looking to expand their knowledge on a business-related topic. We welcome people who bring enthusiasm and expertise from around the world, and work with you to succeed.

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Farm Opportunities

Statistics

Bruce

Population

68 147

Community

  • Libraries: 17
  • Farmers Markets: 10
  • Schools: 27
  • Hospitals: 6
  • Abbatoirs: 2
  • Employment & Income

  • Number of Households:28870
  • Average Household Total Income:$91366
  • Percentage of Unemployment:5%
  • Farms:2259
  • Average Home Price:263,000
  • Average Cost/Acre:9,049
  • Environment

  • Frost Free Days:147
  • Plant Hardiness Zone:5
  • Elevation:430m
  • Avg Annual Percipitation:761
  • Grey

    Population

    93 830

    Community

  • Libraries: 9
  • Farmers Markets: 7
  • Schools: 25
  • Hospitals: 5
  • Abbatoirs: 5
  • Employment & Income

  • Number of Households:39560
  • Average Household Total Income:$81644
  • Percentage of Unemployment:3%
  • Farms:2304
  • Average Home Price:375,000
  • Average Cost/Acre:9,000
  • Environment

  • Frost Free Days:147
  • Plant Hardiness Zone:5
  • Elevation:430m
  • Avg Annual Percipitation:1,000
  • Simcoe

    Population

    479 650

    Community

  • Libraries: 30
  • Farmers Markets: 15
  • Schools: 171
  • Hospitals: 6
  • Abbatoirs: 3
  • Employment & Income

  • Number of Households:183540
  • Average Household Total Income:$97856
  • Percentage of Unemployment:5%
  • Farms:1974
  • Average Home Price:523,008
  • Average Cost/Acre:10,000
  • Environment

  • Frost Free Days:156
  • Plant Hardiness Zone:5
  • Elevation:540m
  • Avg Annual Percipitation:78