Economic Development

The Dysart et al Economic Development Committee is Chaired by Councillor Walt McKechnie who is joined by Mayor Andrea Roberts (ex-officio), Deputy Mayor Pat Kennedy and Councillor John Smith.  Public appointments include Linda Baumgartner, Glenn Evans, Dennis Casey, Dale Walker and Bram Lebo.

The Committee met for the first time in January 2016 and presented the Community Based Economic Development Strategy to Council for adoption in May.   That strategy document is posted on the side bar if you are interested.

If you are interested in getting involved with any of the identified objectives within the plan, please contact the C.A.O. using the contact details on the side bar.


Total Dwellings: 7,083 (Primary:  2,891 : Seasonal: 4,192)

Population: Permanent: 6,280

In 2016, Dysart et al had a 5.3% increase in permanent population from the 2011 Census.  This compares to the national average growth of 5.0%.   Our population swells in the summer with the influx of seasonal residents and visitors.

In Dysart et al, there is a land area of 1,483.51 square kilometres with a population density of 4.2 persons per square kilometre.

Business Support in Dysart et al

Dysart et al works towards the development of fair policy and practices that support economic development in the Municipality.    Aside from professional planning and building staff at the Municipality, there are many other support bodies that work alongside the Municipality to make your business development experience positive.

There are two Canadian Banks in Haliburton, CIBC and Bank of Montreal as well as a full service TD Green Machine to support your financial needs.

The Haliburton County Development Corporation provides loans and grants and business support services.

The Haliburton Village BIA represents business owners in the Village of Haliburton and as  a group, they contribute towards the ongoing beautification of the downtown area and do a great job of hosting signature events such as Colourfest each October.

The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce supports its membership by providing collaborative marketing and training opportunities.

The Algonquin Gateway Business Association (AGBA) is based in the East Haliburton Highlands, just south of Algonquin Park, including the geographic township of Harcourt in Dysart et al as well as our neighbouring Municipality of Highlands East.   The AGBA is a community-based business association committed to promoting and improving the area through training, marketing and networking opportunities and support.

Aside from the overall support services for business, there are also not-for-profits and trade associations like the Haliburton County Home Builders that help business owners develop and maintain networks and keep up to date with the latest legislation and training requirements.

Whether you are considering a light manufacturing business in the Industrial Park or a home based service business or wish to open an art studio, we have the resources and connections to help guide you through the necessary steps.     Dysart et al… the Natural Place for Business.



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