Grants help Orillia businesses jump-start construction

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Ontario Construction News staf writer

The City of Orillia has awarded $29,500 to two new projects through the 2022 City of Orillia Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) grant program.

“The Downtown Tomorrow CIP grant program continues to attract and support important projects and much-needed improvements throughout downtown Orillia,” said Mayor Steve Clarke.

“Grants awarded in this round of funding are for two exciting new businesses, which are transforming their spaces to meet their distinct requirements. The Downtown Tomorrow program helps make their visions a reality and supports bringing innovative enterprise to Orillia.”

Grants were awarded to:

22 Mississaga St. E. – Up to $5,000 (YJ Station)

  • Formerly a nail salon, this grant will help transform the property into a new health and wellness centre, known as YJ Station.
  • The exterior of this building will receive new windows, new doors, and other improvements to both the front and rear façades.

“I’m continuing to do what I love through teaching my classes and sharing my love for food, and I’m just happy that this grant will help to combine those two passions into one location,” YJ Hong-McParland of YJ Station said. “Through these improvements, my clients will enjoy a more welcoming atmosphere, and I’m excited to revitalize this property.”

64 Western Ave. – Up to $24,491 (Simcoe Mechanical)

  • A former small engine repair shop will be converted into a recording studio and arts hub.
  • Revitalization will include a new roof, new windows and interior walls.

“It’s such a beautiful city that has so much to offer, and it’s clear that there’s already a thriving arts community, and we just want to be a part of it,” said Simcoe Mechanical co-owner Nixon Boyd.

Funding “will really jump-start the construction process, and we’ll be up and running far sooner than anticipated, with fewer corners cut.”

The final intake deadline of 2022 is Oct. 28, 2022 at noon for DTCIP Tier 1, 2 and 3 programs. The City’s Business Development Division staff are eager to assist in the application process, and applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out well in advance of the intake deadline to verify eligibility and receive support in strengthening applications.

Applicants must have taken part in a virtual community workshop or pre-consultation with the City’s Business Development Division or Downtown Orillia Management Board (if their property is within the Downtown Business Improvement Area).

 

For more information on the DTCIP grant program, or to book a pre-consultation, contact the City of Orillia Business Development Division at 705-325-4900 or visit orillia.ca/downtownCIP.