Industry & Employment

Hastings County is home to artisanal cheese makers, microbreweries, furniture makers, live theatre, multimedia producers and numerous artists.  Our agriculture and natural resources are adapting to a new economy which supports revitalized main streets and high speed Internet access. Hastings County is good for business.

Information about major business sectors:

Major employers

Investment goals

Through our recent Situation Analysis of our economy, and our Economic Development Action Plan, we developed our new Investment Marketing Strategy, 2010 - 2012.

Our key targets, are:

  • Lone Eagles - people with transferable skills and don't have to be in a big city to operate their business, and those that are seeking the excellent quality of life and extensive natural amenities we offer
  • Value-added agri-ventures - this includes artisanal cheese making and craft microbrewing

Other key targets include:

  • Downtown investment - working to promote investment opportunities in our eight main street districts
  • New tourism investment - such as in accommodations, attractions and other related types of investment
  • Forestry and related wood product opportunities - we are working with our Bancroft and Area Forestry Industry Association (BAFIA) and other partners to help identify specific opportunities that can be capitalized upon

Our Economic Development staff can help you invest wisely by providing the information you need and by introducing you to the right business and government leaders.

Employment links:

  • Career Edge provides a variety of employment services for both youth and adults. You can contact the Bancroft office at 613-332-3804 or in Belleville at 613-969-0192.
  • Loyalist College provides employment information, opportunities, events and services.
  • Meta Employment Services is an Employment Ontario funded program and part of the Employment Ontario network of organizations that provides help with all your job search needs.
  • Employment Ontario helps you get the training, skills and experience to achieve your goals. They connect people looking for work with employers looking for workers.
  • Job Bank managed by the Government of Canada provides the most jobs posted on the Internet.
  • Hot Jobs links to great job search sites