About Us & the Community
The Haliburton County Development Corporation (HCDC) has been supporting community economic development, community planning, job creation and business development in Haliburton County since 1986. Managed by a volunteer board of 15 directors and 5 staff, HCDC is one of 61 Community Futures Development Corporations in rural Ontario. HCDC operates as an independent, not-for-profit organization working in partnership with FedDev Ontario, an economic development agency of the federal government.
HCDC provides support to businesses, individuals, community groups and local municipalities through the following services:
- Counselling and mentoring for businesses,
- Business loans,
- Special funding programs for business planning, skills development and hiring youth interns,
- Self Employment Benefit Program (SEB),
- Counselling for community groups and not-for-profit organizations,
- Funding for community economic development initiatives,
- Support for community planning.
HCDC works collaboratively with other agencies and community stakeholders to identify opportunities for development and to foster an entrepreneurial spirit within the County. We provide support for short term projects as well as long term community initiatives.
The Haliburton County Development Corporation provides services for businesses, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities in the County of Haliburton. The County is comprised of four municiplaities:
- Municipality of Algonquin Highlands
- Municipalities of Dysart et al
- Municipality of Highlands East
- Municipality of Minden Hills
Haliburton County is located at the south end of the Canadian Shield at the north end of southern Ontario —2 ½ hours north east of Toronto, 3 ½ hours west of Ottawa. Haliburton County is 4,025 square kilometres in size with a rugged landscape of lakes and hills which is habitated by 16,500 year-round residents and an additional seasonal population of approximately 45,000.