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 1985. 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:

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.

Area Served

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 municipalities:

 HCDC service area

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

What is a Community Futures Development Corporation?

The Haliburton County Development Corporation is one of 61 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in Ontario and apart of 269 across Canada. In Southern Ontario, the CFDCs work in partnership with FedDev Ontario and in northern Ontario with FedNor which operate as independent, non-profit organizations.

Community Futures, established in 1986, is a federal government initiative that assists rural communities to develop strategies for dealing with changing economic environments.  If you would like to read more about this program please read the following prepared by the Community Futures Network of Canada: