Southwold Economic Development Committee

Committee Members

Chair:  Deputy Mayor Ian Chard

Voting Members:  Councillor Peter North                                          Steve Bushell

                             Chris Meyers                                                            Jim Carder

                             Valerie Cron                                                             Barry Harrison

                             Jack Vanderkooy 

                             Ernst Hoffsuemmer

Non-Voting Members:     Jeff Sheridan, Elgin Business Resource Centre

                                         Kate Burns Gallager, Elgin County Economic Development


Economic Development Committee Meeting Minutes 

2014  2015 2016 2017                        
January 9, 2014 February 17, 2015 January 14, 2016 March 28, 2017
April 10, 2014 April 14, 2015 February 24, 2016 April 26, 2017
June 11, 2014 May 12, 2015 March 30, 2016 June 28, 2017
August 13 2014 June 23, 2015 April 27, 2016 September 20, 2017
October 1, 2014 September 23, 2015 May 25, 2016 October 19, 2017
December 11, 2014 October 28, 2015 Notes from July 26,2016 November 22, 2017
  November 25, 2015 September 15, 2016                                  November 24, 2016  











Sustainability Plan

The Sustainability Plan was completed and adopted by Council at its regular meeting of July 8, 2013.  We are pleased to provide this plan to our residents via the website and at the office.

Sustainability Plan Yearly Update October 2016

Sustainability Plan Yearly Update  December 2017

Statistics Canada's data for the Township. 

You, the ratepayer, are a valuable contributor to our operations.

Your feedback is appreciated as we grow through the Sustainability Plan process.



Southwold Economic Development Committee Update March 2016



The Township of Southwold is a member of the St. Thomas & Elgin Home Builders' Association.

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Congratulations North Star Windows & Doors! 

The Township of Southwold extends CONGRATULATIONS to North Star Windows & Doors on the announcement that the provincial government of Ontario is investing $1.2M in plant upgrades and an expansion. 

Thank you to local area MPPs and all levels of government who worked hard to make this investment in North Star Windows & Doors and the community of Southwold a reality!

Big Changes to Talbotville Berry Farm!

Talbotville Berry Farm 3

On October 31, 2016 the current Talbotville Berry Farm produce stand, in operation since 1969, will close its doors for the last time. On November 25 a new market with a new vision will open in its place. 

Gerry and Shirley Simpson currently operate the produce stand and farm originally started by Shirley’s parents Peter and Mary Oostvogels. The pair work to keep the family dream alive. 

Expanding on their dream they sell home-grown produce, preserves and baked goods, support other local growers and producers, host school field trips, and run Fun Fall Family Weekends that include a corn maze (haunted after dark), and wagon rides during the month of October.


   The Township of Southwold wishes to congratulate Talbotville Berry Farm on the opening of their new market!