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With financial institutions, office supply stores and post office services, business owners can take care of ‘business’ at a convenient and less hurried pace. Aylmer is a community that prides itself on supporting local. Our Chamber of Commerce and local BIA offer services to knit businesses into the community while supporting their endeavours. In Aylmer, community spirit and support is hallmark to our hometown.

Elgin-St. Thomas Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC)

The Elgin-St. Thomas Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) offers small business support including consultations, information sessions, business plan guidance, access to small business network events, grant programs, and more. The SBEC operates as part of the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation with the support of Elgin County Economic Development and the Province of Ontario.

For more information, visit the Elgin-St. Thomas Small Business Enterprise Centre website.

Elgin County’s Business Retention and Expansion (BR+E) Program

Elgin County has introduced this initiative to support businesses operating in the County of Elgin. Through confidential interviews using a standardized survey, the goal is to understand the unique needs of local businesses and to help them thrive. By participating in this program, business owners can share insights, receive support for operational challenges, and unlock resources at the federal, provincial, and local levels to enhance business operations.

For more information, visit Elgin County’s Business Retention and Expansion Program website.

Elgincentives Community Improvement Project

Want to expand your business or give your building a much-needed facelift? You could be eligible to receive up to $15,000 in financial assistance for converting converting vacant space into new commercial space, upgrading your façade, signage and property and more!

Pre-consultation for projects is required. If you are an Elgin County business owner and have a project you would like to review for possible financial support, please contact the office at 519-631-1460, ext. 133 or [email protected].

For more information, visit

2023 Elgincentives CIP Financial Incentives Application Package

Business Supports

The Aylmer Chamber of Commerce is a forum for networking, political policy change, a unified voice and a promotional tool to attract people to the area. Monthly events organized by the Chamber are helpful to meet local business owners and promote local businesses.

51 Talbot Street East
Aylmer, ON N5H 1H3
Phone: 519-773-5655
Fax: 519-773-5622
Email: [email protected]

Aylmer Chamber of Commerce

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Grants, loans, private and public sector financing and leveraging personal assets.

Business Grants and Financing

BizPal is a convenient, time saving online service that will help you figure out what permits and licences you need from the government of Canada, the Ontario government and participating local governments, including the Town of Aylmer.

Best of all, it’s free!

The Elgin Business Resource Centre provides business support services through one-on-one counselling, networking, workshops and self-employment training programs.

New and existing businesses in Aylmer and surrounding area can take advantage of the Elgin Business Resource Centre that provides services such as:

  • Business loans
  • Business Counselling
  • Self-Employment Training
  • Office Space
  • Meeting Room Rental
  • Networking Events

Elgin Business Resource Centre

51 Talbot Street East
Aylmer, ON N5H 1H3
519-633-7597 ext. 337
Toll Free: 1-877-450-2128

Elgin Business Resource Centre Website

Information for entrepreneurs who want to start and run a business in Ontario. Learn how to register your business, apply for funding and tax credits, and get free, personalized help to start your business.

Provincial Business Guide

Elgin/St.Thomas Small Business Enterprise Centre

Rural Economic Development Grant

Sand Plain Community Development Fund

Southwestern Ontario Development Program

Contact Town of Aylmer Staff

Chief Administrative Officer
46 Talbot Street West, Aylmer, ON N5H 1J7
519-773-3164 Ext. 4901

Director of Legislative Services/Clerk
46 Talbot Street West, Aylmer, ON N5H 1J7
519-773-3164 Ext. 4913

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