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Mayor announces recipients of Downtown Tomorrow Grants

Posted on Thursday March 22, 2018
Mayor Steve Clarke and Coun. Ted Emond pictured with the recipients of the first 2018 intake of the Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan Grant Program at the Economic Development Office at Orillia City Centre on March 22, 2018.


For immediate release (March 22, 2018) – Four projects in downtown Orillia were awarded grants today thanks to the City of Orillia’s Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) Grant Program.

Mayor Steve Clarke announced the four grants totalling $75,000 in funding as part of the first 2018 intake of the DTCIP Grant Program. The program, now in its second year, includes financial incentives designed to stimulate development in the City’s core.

“Council is making a number of strategic investments in the downtown waterfront area and we want to help small businesses do the same. Working together with our local businesses will result in a stronger, more vibrant downtown that will ultimately attract new residents, visitors and businesses to the area,” said Mayor Clarke.

The first four recipients of the 2018 DTCIP Grant Program are:


  • 76 Mississaga St. W. - $57,500
    • Façade improvements and renovations to create 4 new residential units


  • 181 Mississaga St. E.- $7,500
    • Roof and façade improvements including accessibility upgrades to front entrance of Ledgers Orillia


  • 103 Mississaga St. E. - $5,000
    • Feasibility and design study grant for architectural drawings to facilitate construction of a second storey renovation above Manticore Books


  • 62 Albert St. - $5,000
    • Feasibility and design study grant for a study that will facilitate the addition of one new two-bedroom residential unit within the existing building

“Businesses who have taken part in the program so far have told us that the grant allows them to undertake projects sooner that they could have without a grant,” said Laura Thompson, Manager of Real Estate and Commercial Development. “As we prepare for the next intake, we encourage those interested to apply by the next deadline, which is April 30, 2018.  

There is $125,000 in DTCIP grant funding remaining for 2018. The Economic Development Department will host a DTCIP Community Workshop at the Orillia City Centre in the Tudhope-McIntyre Boardroom at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Attendance at this workshop qualifies as a pre-consultation, which is a mandatory requirement of the application process.

For more information on the DTCIP Grant Program, and to R.S.V.P. for the DTCIP Community Workshop, 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
705-238-9209 (cell)