The Federal Government is treating Canadians to a grand April Fool's joke early this week with the scheduled increase in the federal carbon tax. It should lead to a 3 cent per litre increase in the price of gasoline and 4 cent per litre increase in the cost of diesel fuel. Unfortunately, it’s not a joke and the tax didn’t go away when the clock struck noon on April Fool's day, it just increased the cost of living for us all.

It was a pretty exciting month around the DBOT office as our own Diana Morris as well as regular DBOT contributor Bill McCutcheon speaking on behalf of the Dufferin Federation of Agriculture were quoted in a front-page Toronto Star article on some of the inequities on the aforementioned carbon tax. The Federal government quite arbitrarily decided that both Orangeville and Mono are urban areas so residents here will get their carbon rebate at a lower rate. I suppose the ever-popular Camilla to Relessey subway makes that fair.

The carbon tax is not meant to be a theme this month but DBOT is going to begin lobbying on your behalf regarding the small business carbon tax rebate. The rates are ambiguous at best and information on when it will actually flow is hard to find.

Keep watching the DBOT website and our social media channels for information on the upcoming Business Excellence Awards which will take place later on in May. A lot of work goes into this event behind the scenes in a great event that helps celebrate the excellence in our members.

Not long after that, you should start seeing information on our Annual Golf tournament. It is certainly one of my favourite DBOT events and a great chance to network with your fellow members. Hopefully one of these years soon #1 son will be good enough to carry team OPC back to victory!

Enjoy doing business in the county this month. I hope that the sunshine that is shining brightly outside my window as I type this makes for a busy spring for everyone!

Doug Harkness

Chair, Dufferin Board of Trade



DWIB Presents: Cocktails & Connect

Come join the Dufferin Women in Business on April 17th, 2024 at the Barley Vine Rail from 5 PM to 7 PM for an evening to have some cocktails & connect!

Appetizers will be served. 

CONNECT with local businesses. GROW your Business and your referral network! Meet with like minded people and BUILD relationships!


2024 Business Excellence Awards - Nominations have Opened!

The 2024 BEAs (Business Excellence Awards) celebrate exceptional local businesses and nonprofits that contribute to the local economy and community well-being. Community members nominate organizations they admire for their hard work. Winners are selected by judges from outside the area, based on how well nominees exemplify the award criteria.

Nominees embody their corporate values, have persevered through recent challenges, and actively improve our community. Nominations are open to both DBOT members and non-member businesses in Dufferin County, and nominees can be recognized in multiple categories.

Details to come! Start nominating today...

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Take Advantage of your 'Resources'

in the Members Portal

Do you have resources that will help your fellow local businesses thrive? Share your expertise here!

Available exclusively to DBOT Members.

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What's new in the 'Resource' tab of your Members Portal...

Fractional HR Support

How Business Reputation and Workplace Culture Impact on Employee Engagement and Retention

Recruitment Tips for small to mid-sized Businesses

What is an HR audit

and why do it?

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Level Up Dufferin

Free Training Coming Soon

LevelUp Dufferin is a group of businesses actively engaged in promoting corporate values and contributing positively to the community. They are dedicated to identifying and promoting their values through various initiatives and education.

Level Up Dufferin is a project of the Biz Hub, a social enterprise of the Dufferin Board of Trade.

Promote your business: Member Spotlight

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We had our Open House and Grand Re-opening of our social enterprise, The Dufferin Biz Hub on March 27th.

And we've launched a brand new website dedicated to the Dufferin Biz Hub -

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Navigating Menopause with Confidence and Grace

April 10th, 2024

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Ask the Expert - Bookkeeping

April 17th, 2024

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Small Town Big Ideas - In the Orbit of Big Cities - Small Towns & the Politics of Housing

April 25th, 2024

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Township of Mulmur - Spring Market

Calling all vendors!

Mark your calendars for May 31, 2024

Join us for a day of shopping, fun, and community spirit!

There's no cost to participate, so bring your own table/tent and get ready to showcase your goods.

Please note: we won't have electric hookups available, so plan accordingly. Spaces are limited, so don't wait!

Reserve your spot by clicking HERE or contact Jennifer Shephard at

Employers wanted! 2024 Shelburne Job Fair

Employers wanted for the 2024 Shelburne Job Fair – April 18, 2024 | Centre Dufferin Recreation Centre

Do you want an opportunity to maximize your business exposure, recruit the best candidates for your organization, connect directly with skilled professionals, newcomers to the area, students and individuals who are currently unemployed or thinking about a career change?

Look no further... visit for more information and to register.

Stir the Pot (The new and improved Soup Sisters event)

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Hello DBOT,

We are all in this together. If there is something you need please reach out to us.

Diana Morris, Executive Director | 519-941-0490 x 202

Jaemilyn Gavino, Communications Coordinator | 519-941-0490 x 204

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