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!

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.

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.

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
Recreational Centres: 22
Abbatoirs: 5
Processors: 51
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
Recreational Centres: 108
Abbatoirs: 3
Processors: 15
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