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Looking for business ideas in Bruce County? We’re a blend of entrepreneurial opportunity that spans energy, tourism, agri-business, culture, technology, and retail. We look forward to innovative ideas and helping you expand on the success you’ve created.

We’re here to help you find a business opportunity in Bruce County. Our business guides offer:

Start an Energy Business
Bruce County is the clean energy capital of Canada. We’re home wind, solar, and nuclear power, including Bruce Power, one of the world’s largest nuclear generating stations producing 1/3 of Ontario’s electricity. Our Nuclear Innovation Institute is Canada’s leading-edge applied nuclear research facility, encouraging innovation and business development.

Start a Tourism Business
In 2018, 2.5 million people visited Bruce County, spending nearly $300M at destinations like Bruce Peninsula National Park, Fathom Five National Marine Park, Sauble Beach, and more. Read the 2018 Economic Impact of Tourism Report. We’re home to the Ontario Tourism Innovation Lab, supporting innovative entrepreneurs with sustainable tourism ideas.

Start an Agri-Food Business
Bruce County is home to more than 2000 farms, on 600k acres, and produces 22% of Ontario’s beef. Find craft breweries, Farmer’s Markets, dairies, fruit farms, pastured pork and poultry, and certified organic veggies. The Agri-Food Asset Map makes it easy to find exactly what you’re looking for.

For business support, connect with one of our business guides today.


Match Your Business with a Community

Find the community that matches your business and lifestyle goals – try the Match Your Skills tool on this site!


Local Entrepreneurs

Josie Myles

Josie tells us her business journey and why she’s thankful it happened here in Bruce County.

After graduating university, I decided to move back to Wiarton to start my family. Although my education was in Environmental Studies, a bit of good timing and a lot of courage resulted in me purchasing a clothing store on the main street.

Over twenty years later and I’ve bought the building, expanded my space and built a loyal customer base. Wiarton has been a wonderful place to have a business and the best part is that everyday on my drive down the hill, I get to look out over the escarpment and crystal clear water in the bay and be reminded of how blessed I am to live in such a beautiful place.

Gaby

Gaby discusses how she’s started and grown a successful business.

Starting your own business begins with a dream and the desire to create something special. Even though I had no formal business training, I was passionate about my dream and making it my reality. I am proud to say that The Harbour Rose Boutique is in its 9th year of business with many more to come.

Before starting my business I had to conduct my own research; that involved exploring my town to find out what it had to offer in the retail business and what was missing. What was the town’s demographic make-up? What was my business plan? Conducting this research was invaluable to establishing my business identity and assisting me in creating a business plan to ensure sustainable growth in my business for its future success.

    Bruce County is located in southwestern Ontario, Canada.