Downtown Tomorrow CIP

Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Logo

The Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) launched on January 1, 2017.  This program seeks to encourage growth in Downtown Orillia by providing grants designed to stimulate development.  Council approved $200,000 for the 2022 grant program to  offset costs of development in the downtown core for Tier 1 and Tier 2 projects such as façade improvements, signage, feasibility studies, building improvements and the creation of residential units.

Council has also approved $700,000 for a new suite of Tier 3 incentive programs geared towards much larger projects which would add jobs and housing to downtown Orillia. The Tier 3 programs include a Development Charge Grant Program, a Tax Increment Grant Program and a Brownfields Tax Assistance Grant Program.

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 that 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.

Applicants must have taken part in a mandatory virtual pre-consultation workshop with the Business Development Division.

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DTCIP Grant Recipients

For further information, please contact:

Business Development Division

705-325-4900

edc@orillia.ca

 Intake Deadlines

2022 Intake Deadlines

Applications must be submitted by 12 p.m. noon on the respective intake deadline date.

 

Intake #1 - Tier 1 & 2 Grant Programs - May 25, 2022 by 12 p.m. noon

Intake #2 - Tier 1 & 2 Grant Programs - August 10, 2022 by 12 p.m. noon

Intake #3 - Tier 1, 2 & 3 Grant Programs - October 28, 2022 by 12 p.m. noon

 

Before applying, applicants must take part in a mandatory pre-consultation with City staff, which is be completed through attendance at the Virtual Community Workshop that took place on May 10, 2022. Some exceptions may be made to accommodate pre-consultations for applicants who are unable to attend the Virtual Community Workshop. These pre-consultations may be scheduled up to two weeks prior to the intake deadline, however, pre-consultations outside of the workshop are subject to staff availability and cannot be guaranteed.

 

For applicants whose business/property is located in the downtown core Business Improvement Area (BIA), you may also schedule your mandatory pre-consultation with the Downtown Orillia Management Board (DOMB). Please email office@downtownorillia.ca or call 705-325-3261 to schedule a pre-consultation.

 

Since a pre-consultation is mandatory to apply, applicants are encouraged to attend the workshop or send a staff member, family member, advisor or consultant to represent their application on their behalf. 

 

 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. Please note that a Community Workshop qualifies as a mandatory pre-consultation meeting.

 

Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan

DTCIP Brochure (Includes an overview of the DTCIP Program)

2022 Funding Allocations (Includes available funds for each grant program)

2022 DTCIP Application

2022 DTCIP Application Guide 

DTCIP Project Area

DTCIP Evaluation Criteria

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

* Note: Feasibility/Design Study Grants, Fees Grants, Facade Improvement Program, Building Improvement Program and Residential Improvement Program Grants may be awarded once per property per year (from the date of grant approval) to a maximum of two grants for any five year period.  This includes grants awarded in 2020 and 2021 for the COVID-19 Patio and Public Realm Project.

 Be Prepared!
WSIB Clearance and Insurance Requirements

When applying for the program, applicants must ensure that potential contractors have Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Certification as well as proof of insurance.

 

Tip: When collecting quotations from contractors, request that they provide you with a copy of their WSIB certificate and proof of insurance to ensure that all potential contractors are eligible. Upon approval, the applicant will be required to submit a WSIB certificate and proof of insurance for the successful contractor to the Business Development Division.

 

Project Timing

The intent of the DTCIP is to stimulate developments and improve the visitor experience; as such it is important that improvements take place in a timely manner. The grant agreement will have an approved project timeline indicating the date at which the project must be completed to be awarded the grant funds.

 

Tip: When collecting quotations from contractors, communicate the timeline of the project to ensure that all factors are considered (weather, workload, etc.) in order to meet the projected deadline.

 

Receipt Submission

Applicants must submit proof of payment for all eligible expenses. Eligible invoices will only be accepted from qualified contractors, firms, and/or businesses.

 

Tip: Submit one receipt from each of your contractor(s) showing proof of payment for eligible expenses. Receipts from various retailers and/or building supply outlets will not be accepted. 

 Past Recipients

2017 - 1st Intake

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). The recipients hold a sign that says Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (CIP) orillia.ca/investdowntown

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.

 2017 - 2nd Intake


Jeff Pitcher, grant recipient, Susan Willsey, grant recipient, and Coun. Ralph Cipolla, are pictured at the announcement of the second round of grants as part of the Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan Grant Program on May 24, 2017. The recipients hold a sign that says "Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (CIP) orillia.ca/investdowntown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Jeff Pitcher, grant recipient, Susan Willsey, grant recipient, and Coun. Ralph Cipolla, are pictured at the announcement of the second round of grants as part of the Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan Grant Program on May 24, 2017. Grant recipients include Apple Annie's Café and Bake Shop at 101 Mississaga St. E. ($7,773), Jeff Pitcher at 75 Mississaga St. E. ($7,500), and Bob Robinson at 132 Mississaga St. E. ($2,210).

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

 2017 - 3rd Intake

Councillors Ralph Cipolla, Ted Emond and Pat Hehn pictured with Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan grant recipient Kathleen Philip. They hold a sign that says "Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (CIP) orillia.ca/investdowntown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillors Ralph Cipolla, Ted Emond and Pat Hehn pictured with grant recipient Kathleen Philip. Philip was awarded $30,000 to transform vacant space behind and above the existing dental practice into new apartments.

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

 2018 - 1st Intake
 

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. They hold a sign that says "Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (CIP) orillia.ca/investorillia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.  

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

2018 - 2nd Intake

Grant Recipients:

Refillery District - $4,975 Facade Improvement Grant

Apple Annies - $15,000 Building Improvement Grant

2018 - 3rd Intake 

Mike Radonicich (left), owner of 58 Albert St. S., and Eric Sayle (right), representing St. Paul’s Centre, join Mayor Steve Clarke for the City of Orillia’s Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan Grant Program presentation on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. They hold a sign that says "Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (CIP) orillia.ca/investdowntown

Mike Radonicich (left), owner of 58 Albert St. S., and Eric Sayle (right), representing St. Paul’s Centre, join Mayor Steve Clarke for the City of Orillia’s Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan Grant Program presentation on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.

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

 2019 - 1st Intake

Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) grant recipients Chris Montgomery, owner of 27 Mississaga St. W. (left), and Bob Wilsey, owner of Mariposa Market (right), pictured with Coun. Pat Hehn and Mayor Steve Clarke at the DTCIP grant announcement on April 16, 2019. They hold a sign that says "Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (CIP) orillia.ca/investdowntown

Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) grant recipients Chris Montgomery, owner of 27 Mississaga St. W. (left), and Bob Wilsey, owner of Mariposa Market (right), pictured with Coun. Pat Hehn and Mayor Steve Clarke at the DTCIP grant announcement on April 16, 2019.

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

 2019 - 2nd Intake

From left to right are: Coun. Tim Lauer, Coun. Pat Hehn, Anitta Hamming of Creative Nomad Studios, Mayor Steve Clarke, Tracy Christie, owner of Bowood Properties and 160 Mississaga St. E., and Coun. Rob Kloostra. Behind them is a sign that says "Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (CIP) orillia.ca/investdowntown

The City of Orillia presented three recipients with grants as part of the Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan on May 30, 2019. From left to right are: Coun. Tim Lauer, Coun. Pat Hehn, Anitta Hamming of Creative Nomad Studios, Mayor Steve Clarke, Tracy Christie, owner of Bowood Properties and 160 Mississaga St. E., and Coun. Rob Kloostra.

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

 

2019 -3rd Intake

The City of Orillia presented five recipients with grants as part of the Downtown Community Improvement Plan on November 25, 2019.  From left to right are: Laurice & Fakhry Yousof, Raquel Ness, Jack Steenhof, Anna Proctor, Mayor Steve Clarke, Diane Cleaveley, Danny & Ryan Yousof. They hold a sign that says "Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (CIP) orillia.ca/investdowntown"

 

The City of Orillia presented five recipients with grants as part of the Downtown Community Improvement Plan on November 25, 2019.  From left to right are: Laurice & Fakhry Yousof, Raquel Ness, Jack Steenhof, Anna Proctor, Mayor Steve Clarke, Diane Cleaveley, Danny & Ryan Yousof.

 

 Media Coverage

News Release - Downtown Tomorrow CIP grant provides facelifts for two new business store fronts

News Release - Orillia launches 2022 Downtown Tomorrow grant program

News Release - Last chance to apply for City’s Downtown Tomorrow grant program in 2021

News Release - Orillia kicks off the 2021 Downtown Tomorrow program with grants for two exciting developments

News Release - Orillia launches 2021 Downtown Tomorrow grant program

News Release - Orillia grants more than $20,000 to local businesses through DTCIP

News Release - Phase 1 of Orillia’s patio and public realm initiative receives a green light

News Release - Orillia’s downtown grant program is breaking barriers to upper-storey development

Media Coverage - CTV Barrie - Orillia awards grants to downtown projects

Media Coverage - Four downtown projects awarded city grants totalling over $45,000

Media Coverage - Downtown property owners can cash in on grants (August 2018)

Media Coverage - CTV Barrie - Improving Orillia

Media Coverage - City investments in downtown Orillia 'fantastic'

News Release - Mayor Announces Recipients of DTCIP Grants

News Release - City of Orillia Grant stimulates creation of new apartments

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 - Stimulating development in Downtown Orillia with new grants 

News Release - Announcing Council adoption of DTCIP

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. Implementation of the following five grant programs began on January 1, 2017;

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

 

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

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