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Economic Development

Developing Economic Strategies

The Municipality of Trent Lakes is committed to working with the business community to aid in developing economic strategies that will contribute to a positive environment for new businesses, expanding businesses, business relocations and investor tours.

Economic Development Committee

  • Mayor Bev Matthews
  • Councillor Dick Persson
  • Ruth LeBlanc
  • David Rivers
  • Christine Brickman
  • Amanda Payne
  • Matt Logan

Buckhorn Greenspace/Streetscape Design Plan Survey

The Municipality of Trent Lakes is undertaking an exciting project to revitalize the downtown area of Buckhorn. A public meeting was held on the evening of March 7, 2018 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Matthews Church in Buckhorn. The consultant project team from Skelton, Brumwell and Associates Inc., were pleased with the turnout and the amount of positive feedback from the public. A graphic of various words representing what people might wish for Buckhorn if they could. Words are walk, sidewalks, walkway, trails, safe trails, stroll year round, hike, parking, park land, shop, shopping, cafe, bistro, coffee, cycling leisure activity, cycle, seating, bank, fishing, bandstand, play, playground, picnic, boat, dock, sit, playground, kids, children, watch, explore, relax. launch, tennis, enjoy, dog, music, entertainment, shade, access, easily move, drink, transportation, easily move, active, outdoor, cultural, area scenery, safe, ride, public, visit., enjoy, SundaysThey also shared graphs of the responses to their online survey. A pdf document of the graphs is available at the link below.

Community Improvement Incentive Programs

Section 28 of the Planning Act permits a municipality to identify specific areas as a community improvement area and, in conformity with an implementing Community Improvement Plan, offer grants or loans to pay for part of the eligible costs of the community improvement to property owners.

Map of the designated area of the Community Improvement Plan for Buckhorn
Designated Community Improvement Area for Buckhorn

The Municipality of Trent Lakes has approved a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) for the hamlet of Buckhorn that provides guidelines and financial incentives to  property owners to improve, revitalize, and rehabilitate their properties within the Plan area.

Incentives programs are now available for:

  • Landscape Improvement Grant
  • Building Improvement Grant or Loan
  • Improved Signage Grant

Please refer to the Incentive Guide below for eligibility requirements and more information on the programs and a complete application package.

Other useful resources:


Please be advised that by Resolution No. R2016-245 the Council of the Municipality of Trent Lakes adopted By-law B2016-031, being ‘A By-law to Adopt a Community Improvement Plan for the Hamlet of Buckhorn, in the Municipality of Trent Lakes in accordance with Section 28 of the Planning Act, as amended’.

The Trent Lakes Economic Development Committee will be the oversight committee for the Community Improvement Plan. A copy of the adopted final plan is available at the link provided below:

Community Improvement Plan

Community improvement planning, one of the many sustainable community planning tools found in the Planning Act, can help municipalities address challenges as it provides a means of planning and financing development activities that effectively use, reuse and restore lands, buildings and infrastructure.

The Municipality of Trent Lakes in partnership with the Township of Selwyn developed a Community Improvement Plan for the Hamlet of Buckhorn.