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Invest in Downtown Orillia

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This is your chance to be part of Orillia's charming downtown core. Nestled on the waterfront of Lake Simcoe, Downtown Orillia provides a unique opportunity to live and work in a four-season playground.Orillia is well-known for it's vibrant culture, historic Opera House, and award-winning festivals and events.

The City of Orillia was recently ranked as the fifth best place in Canada to invest in real estate, thanks in part to a number of recent high profile investments. Hydro One recently announced they will be developing their North American Advanced Technology Hub in Orillia, which will inject approximately $200-$300 million into the local economy. A new Recreation Facility will be located in the downtown core attracting hundreds of residents and visitors to the city's centre daily, and generating over $50 million in construction value. Private developments such as the new Costco Wholesale facility will draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to the City throughout the year and downtown developments like the much-anticipated Matchedash Lofts will increase the amount of people living and working in the City's core.

The City of Orillia also recently approved the new Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) which will invest $200,000 in grants towards development in the downtown core in 2018.

This is an exciting time to be Downtown Orillia. Join this growing market today!

We want you!

Through a recent third-party Retail Mix study, it was determined that the City of Orillia is under-represented in the following business categories based on both our current, and growing, population:

  • Restaurants
  • Culture, Entertainment and Recreation establishments
  • Convenience and Specialty Food stores
  • Furniture, Home Furnishings and Electronic stores
  • General Merchandise stores
  • Clothing Stores
  • Personal Care services

Now seeking Specialty Food Stores

See your Culinary Dreams flourish in Downtown Orillia

Join Orillia's bustling Arts, Culture and Recreation Scene


Information about Downtown Orillia

Orillia Fast Facts

Property Listings

City of Orillia Municipal Profile

Downtown Orillia Management Board (BIA) Website 

Downtown Orillia Store Directory

Downtown Tomorrow Plan (Strategic Plan for downtown and waterfront area)

Downtown Orillia Trade Areas (areas where a high volume of customers are derived from)

Downtown Orillia Customer Origins (License plate data)

Major City of Orillia Projects

We are happy to assist you in finding any additional information related to opening a business in Orillia. For more information, visit our Doing Business in Orillia webpage, or call the City of Orillia Economic Development Department at 705-325-4900.

Investment News

Orillia makes the list of Ontario's hottest anticipated real estate investment markets (March 8, 2018)

Waterfront Development Update (March 6, 2018)

Orillia's Economic Development initiative wins provincial excellence award (February 9, 2018)

Orillia Council envisions new 'neighbourhood' at waterfront (December 7, 2017)

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The Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) launched on January 1, 2017.  This program seeks to encourage growth in Downtown Orillia, and in 2018 will include the provision of $200,000 in grants to offset costs of development in the downtown core for projects such as façade improvements, signage, feasibility studies, building improvements and the creation of residential units.

Click here for details on the Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan.


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