Fuel Innovation

Affordable Housing Webinar presented by CMHC, hosted by City of Orillia

Hear from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) advisor on Affordable Housing Federal funding programs and loans available. Hosted by the City of Orillia  


During this webinar, CMHC advisor will discuss the following: 

  • Overview of the National Housing Strategy 
  • Federal funding for the construction and preservation of affordable housing 
  • Program requirements and opportunities to collaborate with housing providers to build strong communities 
  • Examples of successful partnerships with different levels of government in Ontario. 


Please join us and register for this free webinar May 29th from noon – 1 pm on Teams.  

To register: https://events.teams.microsoft.com/event/e21e218a-e39d-4684-be12-62e1ba80d23e@558ca041-6720-45eb-8198-5f863b065b16




The Fuel Innovation (formerly the Innovation Collective), which will be managed by the City’s Business Development, Tourism and Modernization Division and supported by a Fuel Innovation Operating Committee, will look to streamline processes and support to make it easier and more accessible for local and regional entrepreneurs to participate in and grow their business through the innovation economy.

Fuel Innovations create and support new ideas, products, and services. The goal of the Fuel Innovation is to attract and support entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds, skills, and experiences to collaborate, explore and implement digital technologies that create new solutions to solve existing challenges and problems, which results in innovative economic growth. This type of environment fosters creativity, experimentation and risk-taking, which are all essential components of innovation.

Operating Committee Information

The Innovation Collective will be supported by an operating committee consisting of members from Lakehead University, Orillia Area CDC, Georgian College, Simcoe County, the City of Orillia and two innovation experts from the local community. Orillia Council will provide its support through a liaison team of Mayor Don McIsaac and Coun. Whitney Smith. The liaison team will also include an additional business leader within the community who will be responsible to report back to Council semi-annually with progress updates on the objectives and outcomes of the Innovation Collective.

See information on the Innovation Collective Operational Committee Expression of Interest.

Past Events



City of Orillia Grant Writing 101-Webinar: April 10, 2024


Writing a grant is a big undertaking. If you are new to grant writing or are looking for ways to improve this skillset, join us for a free upcoming Grant Writing 101 Webinar. During this virtual seminar, City of Orillia Grant Writers Janette McGee and Sarah Melody will discuss the following:

  • Grant writing basics and tips for grant writers.
  • City staff will discuss grant writing best practices and help you understand what to know at various stages of the grant writing process.
  • Share some available grants that you can apply to.
  • You will learn how to find grants, prepare materials, write budgets, decode what the funders are asking for, and more.

These tips will help increase your understanding of grant writing for non-profits and for profits and improve your odds of success.

Please join us and register for a free virtual seminar on April 10th from noon- 1 pm on Zoom.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mDp6ZO-gQVS7PDsQdtYRwQ#/registration



Business After 5: March 20, 2024


Fuel Innovation is excited to meet the community as it hosts the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce Business After 5 event on March 20, 2024, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Lakehead University (500 University Avenue). 


This event will serve as an avenue for the public and members of Orillia’s business and entrepreneurship community to meet the team behind the new innovation collective, Fuel Innovation, and learn about its services. 


Admission is free, but registration is required: https://www.orillia.com/events/details/business-after-five-march-2024-847?calendarMonth=2024-03-01


Cybersecurity Workshop: October 10, 2023


Calling Simcoe County’s business community! Are you aware of the cybersecurity risks that could be lurking within your business?

In today’s digital age, protecting your business from cyber threats is non-negotiable.

Join us on October 10, 2023 from 4pm-5:30pm at the Orillia Public Library for a Cybersecurity Workshop, where we’ll empower you with the knowledge and tools to safeguard your business from potential risks.

What You’ll Gain:

  • Practical knowledge to assess and identify cybersecurity risks
  • Strategies for mitigating these risks effectively
  • Personalized risk mitigation plans for your business
  • Increased awareness and preparedness in the face of cybersecurity challenges

Our expert project team, in collaboration with Orillia Area CDC and White Tuque is dedicated to helping you protect your business from cybersecurity threats.

Information & Resources

News Release - March 1, 2023: Orillia to launch Innovation Collective

Council Report - February 28, 2023: Innovation Collective

For more information, please contact innovationcollective@orillia.ca