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.

Strategic Plan 2020-2023

Mission Statement: The Haliburton County Development Corporation is a community-driven agency that supports economic development and encourages the development, implementation and sustainability of initiatives that contribute to job creation, a resilient, vibrant community, and a healthy natural environment. 

Strategic Statement: HCDC works with its community partners to build a resilient and vibrant community and contribute to the creation of jobs, growth, and prosperity through a set of strategic priorities. 

Strategic Priorities: Our priorities for April 2020 to March 2023 are:

  1. Identify opportunities and encourage and support new initiatives in business and community development that have strong potential for creating sustainable jobs and attracting professionals of all ages to Haliburton County. 
  2. Encourage and support innovation, diversification, and sustainability for new and existing businesses. 
  3. Support research that has the potential of leading to the development of innovative projects. 
  4. Work with municipalities and business associations to assist in creating conditions that will attract new businesses to Haliburton County. 
  5. Work closely with post-secondary institutions on the development of initiatives that will increase the number of students engaged in studies in the County and will provide the infrastructure required to support this growth. 
  6. Support the development of partnerships and initiatives that animate the cultural life of the community. 
  7. Support collaborative efforts of stewardship and environmental organizations to ensure the health of Haliburton County's lakes, forests, and ecosystems. 
  8. Support the development of opportunities of healthy, active living that contribute to the quality of life. 
  9. Investigate opportunities and support initiatives that will attract investment and partners to create a mix of housing in designated settlement areas and other suitable locations. 
  10. Support the County of Haliburton and community partners with initiatives that promote and develop tourism opportunities in the areas of outdoor adventure, arts and culture and culinary experiences. 
  11. Encourage and support initiatives of organizations and businesses that will lessen the carbon footprint of individuals, households, businesses, and institutions in Haliburton County and contribute to the development of businesses that address environmental challenges and climate change. 

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: