Confidentiality Agreement

The Municipality of the County of Colchester has implemented a Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) program to allow for the exchange of information that leads to real understanding by the Municipality of the County of Colchester of the opportunities and challenges facing local businesses. The Municipality of the County of Colchester may then develop and implement appropriate initiatives to address those challenges and encourage those opportunities.

Participation in the BRE program is voluntarily. If you wish to participate, we ask that you please take the time to complete the Questionnaire. You may respond anonymously. Your individual response will be kept confidential pursuant to the BRE Consent and Confidentiality Agreement. All participants must review and complete the BRE Consent and Confidentiality Agreement before participating.

We will be pleased to meet with businesses on an individual basis if they so indicate on the Questionnaire's final question.

Thank you for your participation.

Business Retention and Expansion Consent and Confidentiality Agreement

The Participant hereby consents to sharing personal and confidential information with the Municipality of the County of Colchester in its participation in the Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program questionnaire (the "Questionnaire").

The purpose of the Questionnaire is to gather information about opportunities and challenges facing local businesses to assist the Municipality of the County of Colchester in developing appropriate initiatives to address such opportunities and challenges. An aggregate summary of the results of the Questionnaire may be complied by the BRE Officer and either published and shared with the other employees, Councillors or the public provided that identifying information about any participant will not be used in any such summary.

You are free to choose whether or not to participate in the Questionnaire, free to choose not to answer any specific questions and free to discontinue participation at any time.

The Municipality of the County of Colchester shall use best efforts to keep confidential any personal or confidential information disclosed in the Participant's responses to the Questionnaire, in accordance with and subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Nova Scotia). No personal or confidential information shall be disclosed to any third party except with the prior written consent of the Participant. Only the BRE Officer will have access to the Participant's name and personal and confidential information provided.

Any physical responses to the Questionnaire will be securely stored in a locked filing cabinet on the Municipality of the County of Colchester's premises. Any electronic data will be stored on a password protected, secure file on the Municipality of the County of Colchester server. The raw data retention period for the responses to the Questionnaire is 5 years. After that time, information will be destroyed.