Business Retention and Expansion Initiative

Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) programs provide an in-depth look at the health and vitality of a specific sector of the local economy. The process involves conducting confidential interviews with business owners and operators to gather insights into their needs, challenges, and growth potential.

The County's Community Development Department extended the BR+E program to the local arts, entertainment, and recreation organizations in 2018-19. Seventy businesses were interviewed over the course of four months. 

Download the final report (PDF 2.87MB) 


If you have questions, please contact to Grace Nyman, Community Development Coordinator, at 613.476.2148 extension 2502.

The municipality has studied other sectors as part the BR+E program: the manufacturing and construction sectors in 2016 and the professional services and health-care sectors in 2017. More information about each one can be found on the municipal projects webpage.