Downtown Tomorrow CIP


Department of Planning and Development
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50 Andrew Street South, Suite 300
Orillia, Ontario
L3V 7T5

Phone: 705-325-2622
Fax: 705-329-2670

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 Downtown Tomorrow CIP Logo

The Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) launched on January 1, 2017.  This program seeks to encourage growth in Downtown Orillia, and in 2016 will include the provision of $185,000 in grants to offset costs of development in the downtown core for projects such as façade improvements, signage, feasibility studies, building improvements and the creation of residential units.

Over time, the DTCIP is expected to increase tax assessment, employment opportunities and housing options in the City's core as part of a longer term plan to revitalize the downtown and link it more closely to Orillia's waterfront.

A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a tool authorized by the Planning Act and Municipal Act which allows municipalities to offer financial incentives such as grants and loans to property owners and business tenants in order to encourage downtown, neighbourhood and community revitalization.Lorne VanSinclair attends the DTCIP Community Workshop

The DTCIP Plan was presented to, and adopted by, Council at the Public Planning Meeting on June 27, 2016. Implementation of the following five grant programs will began on January 1, 2017;

  • Feasibility/Design Study Grant Program
  • Fees Grant Study Program
  • Façade Improvement Grant Program
  • Building Improvement Grant Program
  • Residential Grant Program

For further information on the DTCIP Program, please contact Laura Thompson, Manager of Real Estate & Commercial Development at 705-325-4900.


Congratulations to the first five recipients of the Downtown Tomorrow CIP Grant Program!

Photo of grant recipients

Mayor Steve Clarke pictured with the recipients of the first intake of the Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan Grant Program in the Economic Development Office at Orillia City Centre on March 20, 2017. Grant recipients include the new micro brewery opening at 162 Mississaga St. E. ($24,050), Mariano Tulipano at 27 Mississaga St. E. ($20,570), Enertest Corporation at 53 Andrew St. S. ($9,600), Impression House at 42 Mississaga St. W. ($4,245), and Crossroads Staffing at 17 Mississaga St. W. ($601).

Read full details in the News Release regarding the DTCIP Grant Announcement.


DTCIP Program Guides and Application Package

All applicants are required to review the Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan AND participate in a mandatory pre-consultation meeting with City of Orillia program staff.

Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan

DTCIP Brochure (Includes an overview of the DTCIP Program)

DTCIP Program Guide and Application Package (Includes Frequently Asked Questions, information related to grant values per program type, and the DTCIP Application Form)

DTCIP Application Form

DTCIP Project Area 

DTCIP Evaluation Criteria

Information on Sign Permits, Applications, By-laws and Fees

* Note: Feasibility/Design Study Grants and Fees Grants may be awarded once per property within a two year period (from date of grant approval).

Facade Improvement Program, Building Improvement Program and Residential Improvement Program Grants may be awarded once per property per year (from date of grant approval) to a maximum of two grants for any five year period.


2017 Status of Grant Funding

A total of $185,000 has been allocated to the Downtown Tomorrow CIP Grant Program for 2017. Within the first intake period, approximately $60,000 in Downtown Tomorrow CIP Grants were awarded to five worthy projects. The following is a summary of the current grant balances available for 2017. Applications must be received by April 30 (April 28 for hard copy applications) in order to be considered within the second intake. A third intake deadline is set for October 31, 2017.

  • Facade Improvement Grant Program - $17,210.14
  • Feasibility/Design Study Grant Program - $13,450
  • Building Improvement Grant Program - $273
  • Residential Grant Program - $90,000
  • Fees Grant Program - $5,000
  • Total remaining budget for 2017 - $125,933.14


DTCIP Community Workshop

A Community Workshop was held on Wednesday, February 8, 6-8 p.m. at the Orillia City Centre.

DTCIP Community Workshop Presentation


Media Coverage

News Release - City of Orillia announces second round of Downtown Tomorrow Grants

Media Coverage - Community improvement plan helping unlock Orillia's potential

Media Coverage - Approximately $125,000 in Downtown Orillia Grant funds still available in 2017

Media Coverage - Downtown Orillia incentive program well worth the money

Media Coverage - Downtown Orillia Improvement Grants

Media Coverage - $60K in grants announced for downtown Orillia projects

News Release -  DTCIP Grant Announcement

Media Coverage - City of Orillia helps downtown business and property owners

News Release - Stimulating development in Downtown Orillia with new grants

News Release - announcing Council adoption of DTCIP

Municipal Monthly Column: Keeping downtown Orillia open for business

News Release - introducing the Downtown Tomorrow CIP Project


Additional Resources

Local Consultant Resource List

Report to Council Re: DTCIP Adoption and 2017 Implementation Plan (includes presentation)


Development of the Downtown Tomorrow CIP

The Downtown Tomorrow CIP project began in June 2015 with a review and inventory of the project area.

On July 14, 2015, the community was invited to learn more about the Downtown Tomorrow CIP and how it could benefit downtown Orillia at a public information session. RCI Consulting, a leader in the development of CIP's, was on-hand to facilitate a group workshop where challenges and opportunities were captured for consideration in the next phase of the project.

These ideas were captured in the Downtown Tomorrow Consultation Summary.

DTCIP Public Information Session

The project team brought forward  the first draft of incentive programs and associated documents to Council Committee on September 21, 2015, for consideration. A second Public Information Session took place on Tuesday, October 27, where the community provided input on the draft incentives and draft design principles. 

A Special Council Committee meeting was held on November 12, 2015, where Council made additional changes and revisions to the CIP programs in order to increase the flexibility of the programs.

The draft Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan package was sent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for comment in February 2016.

Between February and May 2016, the staff project team worked with community stakeholders developing recommendations related to implementation for 2017, including details related to proposed budget allocations and potential evaluation criteria for awarding grants.

The final DTCIP Plan and 2017 Implementation Plan were presented to, and adopted by, Council at the Public Planning Meeting on June 27, 2016.


Report to Council Re: DTCIP Official Plan Amendment - April 25, 2016

Report to Special Council Committee - November 12, 2015 (includes revised draft incentive package)

Report to Council Committee Sept. 21, 2015 - includes draft incentive package and consultant presentation