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Port Hope’s Development Team

Port Hope’s Development Team is located conveniently under one roof at 5 Mill Street South. Here you'll find the departments of Economic Development, Planning and Development Services, and Works and Engineering.


This one-stop approach allows the departments to work closely together to coordinate and streamline processes for your project.The Development Team meets bi-weekly to discuss current and prospective business initiatives. We have the latest news on who's buying, selling and looking to grow or move.


Visit the office Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, call 905.885.2431 or email the Development Team here.


Heritage business improvement area (HBIA)

As a building or business owner in Downtown Port Hope, you are a member of the Port Hope HBIA which undertakes improvement, beautification and promotion of the heritage district. The HBIA represents approximately 137 businesses and properties in the Downtown Heritage District.


You can help shape the future of your business and the downtown core by becoming involved in the HBIA, attending meetings, serving on the executive committee and by supporting events and promotions.


For more information and contact details visit


Heritage Port Hope (HPH) Advisory Committee

The Heritage Port Hope (HPH) Advisory Committee provides advice to Council on local heritage matters.


The focus of the committee is to promote conservation practices by providing advice on conservation practices to property owners in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act, the Ontario Planning Act and Port Hope’s Official Plan and associated by-laws.


For more information and contact details visit


The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO)


The mission of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) is to help preserve buildings and structures of architectural merit and to protect places of natural beauty.


The Port Hope Branch of the ACO is one of the largest and most active branches in the province. Because of the work of our local branch, Port Hope can now boast one of the finest inventories of historically important homes and buildings in Canada.


Every year this active branch of volunteers raises and then donates tens of thousands of dollars for the cause of historical architectural preservation.The Port Hope ACO Heritage Fund actively solicits heritage restoration projects to finance, offering attractive financial terms and grants for qualifying projects.


For more information and contact details visit


Port Hope and District Chamber of Commerce

If you’re looking to connect and engage in the business community, you’ll want to chat with the Port Hope and District Chamber of Commerce – the voice of 200 local business members.


 By joining the Chamber, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with other area business owners through networking and events. The Chamber provides high value merchant services to members.They’re your ear to the ground at the provincial and national level – and an important resource for business trends and best practices in Canada.


For more information about membership, services or upcoming events visit


The Port Hope Young Professionals (PHYP) is an initiative of the Port Hope Chamber of Commerce to foster next generation leadership and professional development through civic involvement. It was established in 2013 and grew to 100 members in its first 18 months. In 2014 three PHYP members won Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, eight received nominations.


Visitor Centre and Tourism

Our year round calendar of much loved events is promoted regionally and throughout the GTA in radio, newspaper, magazines and on television. Social media and national consumer shows engage a new and loyal fan following.


Port Hope is featured on flash screens in Port Hope’s Onroute Service Centre as well as on train and subway platforms.


40,000 copies of the Port Hope Visitors’ Guide are distributed throughout provincial information centers, other tourist communities, Chambers of Commerce and trade shows.


We work closely with the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation, local and regional tourism industry and organizations as well as travel trade and motor coach associations to keep Port Hope’s heritage district buzzing by presenting new and long-time favorite events and activities.


The Visitors' Information Centre at 20 Queen Street is open weekdays 8:30 - 4:30pm and Saturdays 10 - 4 pm. Explore the website or call 905-885-2004.


The Tourism Team also promotes committee, community and service club driven events and helps ensure permits and plans are in place. Is your committee planning an event? Contact the Events Coordinator at the Tourism office to get started.


Regional partners

The Faster Forward business coaching program for small business owners is offered by our local Northumberland Business Advisory Centre. They’ll help you assess your business priorities and connect you with high-powered professional coaches to get you where you want to go. This program is best-suited for sound businesses looking to grow. For more information visit


 Northumberland Community Futures Development Corporation (NCFDC)  is a not-for-profit organization that provides financing and strategies to entrepreneurs. CFDC delivers an array of entrepreneurial development programs funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. The corporation manages an investment portfolio that drives business start-up, expansion, job creation, and local impact to GDP. For more information visit



If you don't find the answers to a topic of interest or if you have any concerns call 905-885-2431 or send an email here.