One of the Top 10 Canadian Small Cities to Live – Money Sense

There’s never been a better time to open a business in charming Downtown Orillia. Recently ranked 5th best place to invest in real estate in Canada, the City of Orillia is set up to support your business and its success though financial incentive programs, forward thinking planning policies and market research including a third-party retail mix study identifying businesses we need to serve the current and future population.

Why Downtown Orillia?  

Downtown Orillia is located just an hour from the Greater Toronto Area, off of Hwy 11. Nestled near Lake Couchiching and positioned at the gateway to cottage country, Downtown Orillia is a thriving shopping area rich in culture featuring special events and festivals all year long. Businesses benefit from the affordable real estate and high traffic visiting the Farmers’ Market, The Opera House, Port of Orillia and Orillia Public Library!

The backdrop of a waterfront playground brings talent, technology and expertise of the big city to Downtown Orillia. With affordable real estate above many of the downtown merchants and the appeal of a heritage office charm in combination with a family-friendly lifestyle, you’ll find every expert you need: accountants, lawyers, consultants, IT services, etc.

Business in Downtown Orillia, is supported by the DOMB. With a mission that includes making Downtown a primary centre for business in the region, it offers a wide range of services, support and innovative marketing programs to help local businesses owners. Acting on behalf of business owners, the DOMB is your starting point to having a successful downtown Orillia business

Invest in Downtown Orillia

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

For more information:

Invest Downtown

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Grants for Downtown Businesses and Property

The Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) launched on January 1, 2017. This program seeks to encourage growth in Downtown Orillia, and in 2016 will include the provision of $185,000 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.

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

• Feasibility/Design Study Grant Program

• Fees Grant Study Program

• Façade Improvement Grant Program

• Building Improvement Grant Program

• Residential Grant Program

For further information on the DTCIP Program:

Downtown Tomorrow CIPs

Downtown Tomorrow CIP Brochure

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