Economic Development Week

The City invites the community to celebrate Economic Development Week May 9–13 through activities linked to the City’s 2022-2026 Economic Development and Tourism Strategy.

What is Economic Development Week?

Economic Development Week is an international campaign created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life. Economic Development Week celebrates all things economic development.

Running dates: Monday, May 9 through Friday, May 13, 2022

Full schedule

Monday, May 9

Theme: 2022-2026 Economic Development and Tourism Strategy

The City of Guelph Economic Development and Tourism team recently launched the 2022-2026 Economic Development and Tourism Strategy which guides our efforts to support economic development, tourism and the Guelph Junction Railway over the next five years. Everyone is invited to watch the strategy video premiere.

Activity: Watch the video to learn more about our plans to support a thriving local economy then send any questions or feedback to [email protected].

Tuesday, May 10

Theme: Support local

Champion innovation and celebrate entrepreneurs by exploring local businesses. Guelph Shops Business Spotlight Profiles are a great way to learn about the variety of local businesses in Guelph, including Secret Garden Boutique, our newest profile launching Tuesday.

Activity: Check out local business profiles or reach out to [email protected] to feature your business.

Wednesday, May 11

Theme: Tourism

Council recently approved a Municipal Accommodation Tax stays in hotels, bed and breakfasts and shared accommodations. The four per cent charge is expected to generate $500,000-$950,000 a year and will be used by the City and the Guelph Chamber of Commerce to support new tourism initiatives, visitor attraction and infrastructure improvements in the community.

Activity: Visit the online tourism town hall and share your ideas for making Guelph a must-visit destination in Ontario.

Thursday, May 12

Theme: Workforce development

Guelph Works Epic Job Fair focuses on matching local talent with local employers hiring part-time, full-time and seasonal positions. This event is open to everyone, and all job seekers and employers are encouraged to participate.

Activity: Register today to attend the Guelph Works Epic Job Fair on May 12, 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Friday, May 13

Theme: Celebrating the local business community

“Our business community has accomplished so much, especially through the pandemic, and this is a week to celebrate them,” notes Christine Chapman, Guelph’s manager of Economic Development. “We want to hear why you love our local businesses through your stories and experiences, and why you think people should come visit Guelph.”

Activity: Share your love for local businesses and your local business success stories on social media using #GuelphShops and #GuelphEcDevWeek22 and follow @InvestInGuelph and @VisitGuelph to join the conversation.

Get involved

The partner package below has been developed for businesses, organizations, and residents that would like to get involved with promoting Economic Development Week. The partner package includes sample social media posts, hashtags, sample newsletter content, and images.

2022 Economic Development Week Partner Package

For more information

Kurtis Wells, Marketing and Events Coordinator
Economic Development and Tourism
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2079
[email protected]