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City of Orillia announces second round of Downtown Tomorrow Grants

Posted on Wednesday May 24, 2017

Three additional projects in downtown Orillia received funding today as part of the City of Orillia’s Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP).

Coun. Ralph Cipolla announced approximately $17,500 in funding as part of the second round of the DTCIP Grant Program, which launched in January 2017. The program includes financial incentives designed to stimulate development in the City’s core.

“The Downtown Tomorrow Grant Program is creating opportunities for businesses in the downtown to make investments in their properties that they may not have otherwise been able to fund” said Coun. Cipolla. “Council is committed to investing in the downtown waterfront area and helping small businesses do the same.”

The three recipients of the second round of the DTCIP Grant Program are: 

  • 101 Mississaga St. E. - $7,773
    • Apple Annie’s Café and Bake Shop
    • Façade improvement and building improvements, interior renovations, rear façade improvements
    • Accessibility ramp for front entrance.
  • 75 Mississaga St. E. - $7,500
    • Jeff Pitcher (building owner)
    • Façade improvements including new windows and a mural.
  • 132 Mississaga St. E. - $2,210
    • Bob Robinson (building owner)
    • Façade Improvements, new windows.

“So far this year we’ve awarded over $75,000 for façade improvements and building improvement projects,” said Laura Thompson, Manager of Real Estate and Commercial Development. “As we gear up for the third intake in October, we have another $90,000 available for those building owners in the downtown core who wish to add residential units above or behind their storefronts.”

To date, $76,549 of the $185,000 in grant funding approved by Council has been used to assist eight local business and property owners with façade and building improvements. All façade and building improvement grant funding has now been awarded for 2017. There are funds remaining in the Residential Grant Program, Feasibility and Design Study Grant Program, and Fees Grant Program with an application deadline of October 31, 2017. Pre-consultations with the City’s Economic Development Department are mandatory and businesses are encouraged to apply to the earliest possible intake as funds are limited for this competitive program.

For more information on the DTCIP Grant Program, contact the City of Orillia Economic Development Office at 705-325-4900, or visit

The City of Orillia is a city of 31,000 people in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe. Visit our website at


Laura Thompson
Manager of Real Estate and Commercial Development

Melissa Gowanlock
Manager of Communications
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