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Orillia launches 2021 Downtown Tomorrow grant program

Posted on Friday January 29, 2021
DTCIP Grant - Creative Nomad
In November 2020, City of Orillia Coun. Mason Ainsworth (L), Coun. Ted Emond and Mayor Steve Clarke presented Anitta Hamming and John Menear of Creative Nomad Studios with a Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) grant cheque. The 2021 DTCIP grant program is launching with a virtual community workshop on Feb. 11, 2021.

Orillia’s popular Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) Grant Program is launching the 2021 funding programs through its first Downtown Tomorrow CIP Community Workshop, happening on Feb. 11, 2021. 

The DTCIP, now in its fifth year, encourages growth in the core of the city by providing grants designed to stimulate development. Council approved $240,000 for the 2021 grant program to offset costs related to façade improvements, signage, feasibility studies, building improvements and the creation of residential units. 

“Financial incentives, like the ones offered through the Downtown Tomorrow grant program, not only help spur revitalization of our city’s core, but they also stimulate local spending that helps our community during these difficult times,” said Mayor Steve Clarke. “Completed projects to date have an actual return on investment of 1:14, meaning that for every $1 of funds granted by the City, an additional $14 was invested by private business and property owners.” 

The first application deadline of 2021 is Feb. 26, 2021. Before applying, applicants must take part in a mandatory pre-consultation with City staff, which can be completed through attendance at a virtual community workshop. The first virtual community workshop will take place on Feb. 11, 2021 from 4 to 5 p.m. Interested applicants are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn more about the DTCIP programs, intake dates, and funding amounts, as well as how to fill out their application.

 Registration for the workshop is open at


DTCIP Community Workshop


Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021

4 to 5 p.m.

(Registration at 3:45 p.m.)


Live GoTo Webinar (meeting link will be emailed to registrants)


“In the fifth year of the program, we want to enable more projects that create new space in the downtown core or revitalize existing space that isn’t currently useable,” said Laura Thompson, Senior Manager of Business Development. “These are projects that directly impact job and housing creation in the City’s core and our new funding model and scoring criteria reflects that.” 

Since the DTCIP program’s inception, staff have approved 36 applications and granted more than $724,000 to local businesses to stimulate private investment and revitalize the downtown core. 

To date, the creation of 32 jobs has been supported through the program. New and innovative residential development is also taking place through the program with funding approved for 31 new residential units. 

DTCIP application deadlines in 2021 are scheduled for Feb. 26, 2021, April 30, 2021, and Oct. 29, 2021. For more information on the DTCIP Grant Program, contact the City of Orillia Business Development Division 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
Senior Manager of Business Development

Jennifer Ruff
Director of Business Development and Communications
705-238-9209 (cell)