About SCOR EDC

The South Central Ontario Region Economic Development Corporation (SCOR EDC) is a regional partnership comprised of the Counties of Brant, Elgin , Middlesex , Norfolk and Oxford . SCOR was incorporated in 2010 as a means to provide planning and coordination for regional issues, implement regional economic development priorities, identify funding sources and to partner with other levels of government, and act as a regional catalyst for investment.

A strategic plan was created in response to the decline of the tobacco industry and the losses in manufacturing and related jobs between 2006 and 2009.  The Councils and Mayors of the  5 counties agreed to jointly focus on the transition in the local economies to take advantage of new opportunities.  With the extensive support of volunteers and stakeholders from across the region, SCOR EDC implemented its long-range strategic management plan.

The founding SCOR EDC Board of Directors recognized that continued investment and strong commitment to partners would be needed to best position the region and individual partner counties to take advantage of opportunities and to insulate the counties against other unforeseen economic downturns.  Continued commitment with long range thinking for the region are needed if we are going to reap the full benefits or our vision and labour

SCOR EDC is a legal entity which is governed by two representatives from each partner county.  SCOR has a responsibility to the partner to provide a regular forum for partner appointed officials to weigh in on current strategies and initiatives from each counties perspective and report back to the wider council. 

Founding Board of Directors were Ron Eddy – Brant County, Kevin Hodge-Brant County, Bob Habkirk-Elgin County, John Wilson-Elgin County, Jim Maudsley-Middlesex County, Wes Hodgson-Middlesex County, Dennis Travale- Norfolk County, Jim Oliver-Norfolk County, Stephen Molnar – Oxford County, Don Doan- Oxford County.  The inaugural executive consisted of Chair-Dennis Travale, Vice Chair Stephen Molnar and Treasurer Bob Habkirk

Fast Facts

Population and Markets

  • South Central Ontario Region is comprised of five counties and 28 local municipalities
  • Brant, Bayham, Middlesex, Norfolk and Oxford Counties
  • Regional population of nearly 1 million people and representing rural population of over 490,000
  • Employer healthcare contributions 1/3 the cost of the U.S. average (1)
  • Home to North America’s 2nd largest financial hub (1)
  • Exchange on Canadian dollar contributes up to 25% added cost advantage
  • 234 km of Lake Erie Shoreline
  • Among the mildest climates in Canada

Resources and Education

  • The region is home to diverse primary crop production. The area has grown strong agriculture and food opportunities.
  • The area is also home to many types of advanced manufacturing.
  • 25% corporate tax rate for manufacturing (1)
  • We have a strong network of post-secondary institutions in our borders and nearby
  • 68% higher education attainment (2)

Communities and Living

  • About 80% of the population lives in urban centres with populations between 30,000 and 300,000. The remaining 20% live in beautiful historic rural towns and villages.
  • Transportation is well served by road networks with 3 major highways that move
    people and freight across the Province as well as into the US markets
  • The region is served by two trans-continental railway systems serving Canada with inter-connections to the US market
  • Ontario cities rank among the best places to live and work in North America (Toronto #16 and Ottawa #19) (3)

Sources:

  1. Ernst and Young, 2018 MEDJCT Commissioned Study (with updates from MEDJCT)
  2. Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT) calculations using data from Statistics Canada and OECD. Select Markets 2017 (ages 25-64). Ontario breakdown: University 33.3%, College/Apprenticeship 34.4%. Not all jurisdictions count apprenticeship as postsecondary education.
  3. *MERCER – QUALITY OF LIVING, 2019