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The Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance (SOMA) has returned from a successful trade mission to China and Japan.  The purpose of the mission was to promote the SOMA region as a competitive manufacturing and investment location and to strengthen trade relationships.  Read more.


Join us October 11, 2017, for the Ingersoll BIA's Annual General Meeting. Come out to learn more about the Business Improvement Area, its projects, events, and initiatives. Please also join us for special guest speaker Cassie Krygsman of Social Scope to learn more about how to harness social media and online marketing to improve your brand and reach new customers. A representative from Erie Thames Powerlines will also be on hand to speak about small business initiatives and electrical savings programs. All are welcome to attend! For more information, please see the poster here.

On May 11, 2017, the Oxford Workforce Development Partnership (OWDP), in support of Future Oxford's Sustainability Plan's Economy Pillar, hosted the Community Action Planning Workshop.


The workshop focused on guided conversations on key areas drawn from a number of important local sources, including but not limited to:

  • the annual Employer One Survey (completed by over 135 Oxford County employers)
  • the Oxford Community Wellbeing Survey

The workshop allowed OWDP and MDB Insight, to develop an Action Plan. This Action Plan represents the feedback that was received, the areas for increased collaboration, challenges, and next steps that align with the existing strategies that are currently in place across Oxford County. 


At the event, it was also announced that the Oxford Workforce Development Partnership (OWDP) will be aligning and working directly with the Economy Pillar of Future Oxford. Over the summer, alongside the Economy Pillar of Future Oxford, OWDP will be:

  • assessing the identified action items from the report
  • reaching out to community stakeholders for their participation in moving action items forward

For the full report, please see here. 

Are you an employer looking to hire skilled labourers? Siemens is hosting a job fair at the Tillsonburg Community Centre on August 3, 2017, from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm. If your business is looking to hire, please contact Tushar Arora at 519-515-3474 to book a space or for more information.

Oxford County is considering a change to the existing commercial and industrial vacant unit
tax rebate program. Under the proposal, the vacant unit tax rebate program would be
phased-out over a three year period, beginning in 2018.

The vacant unit rebate would be eliminated over the current four-year property assessment
cycle to allow affected property owners to manage the rebate reduction into future budgets.
The intent of this policy change is to incent use of vacant properties that could either be
sold and put into active use, or rented by lowering fees and/or mixed with multi-use rentals
including residential which would result in more vibrant and sustainable communities.

There are no proposed changes to the 30-35% sub-class discounts for commercial and
industrial property tax classes (vacant/excess lands) respectively due to the economic
development competitive advantage for our region and the fact that these vacant/excess
lands impose less demand on municipal service levels.
Oxford County is receiving comments on the proposed changes until June 15, 2017
All comments received by the deadline will form part of a staff report to Oxford County Council on June 28, 2017.
At that meeting, Council will give final consideration to a locally designed vacant unit rebate policy for a submission to the Ontario Minister of Finance by the July 1, 2017 deadline.
Visit for more information and to submit your comment.
You can also send a written submission by June 15, 2017 to:
County of Oxford
P.O. Box 1614, 21 Reeve Street
Woodstock, ON N4S 7Y3

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