DOING BUSINESS IN DOWNTOWN ORILLIA?
The Downtown Orillia Management Board helps new and existing businesses gain access to several programs and navigate signage decisions that support the beautification and development of Downtown Orillia as a heritage shopping attraction. Below are key resource kits and information that support doing business in Downtown Orillia.
Welcome to Downtown Orillia! The Downtown Orillia Management Board is located at 23 Mississaga St. West, on the 2nd floor, and is here to help you in the success of your new business location. In fact, part of the process of opening a store in the Downtown is to come and speak to us. There is a lot of information we need to share with you, especially regarding signage. We have an open-door policy at the DMB office, so please stop in and see us anytime. We can help you with everything from your businesses Grand Opening, obtaining signage permits, supporting ongoing special events and staying up to date on news and information that supports business downtown. For more information you can also download our Welcome Kit.
Downtown Orillia Board Election 2022
NOTICE OF ELECTION
The Downtown Orillia Management Board Election Day is Thursday, November 10, 2022
Offices to be elected:
The Downtown Orillia Management Board consists of 9 Directors: eight elected members and one representative from the Council of the City of Orillia. The directors are appointed by the Council of the City of Orillia at its first meeting in December of 2022, for a four (4) year term to expire November 14, 2026.
Timeline for the 2022 election:
Tuesday, September 21, 2022 – Nominations open at 12:00pm
Nomination forms will be emailed, mailed out or hand delivered.
Monday, October 11, 2022 – Nominations close at 5:00pm
Ballots will be mailed out or hand delivered. * In the event of a Postal Strike – Please refer to www.downtownorillia.ca for voting instructions.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 – Candidates Profiles will be emailed to the membership.
Thursday, November 10, 2022 – Voting Day 9:00am to 5:00pm
All ballots cast (whether by mail or in person) MUST be received before 5:00pm on Voting Day at the Downtown Orillia Office in order to be counted.
Who is eligible to run or vote? (Municipal Act, 2001)
- “Members of an improvement area consist of persons who are assessed, on the last returned assessment roll, with respect to rateable property in the area that is in a prescribed business property class and tenants of such property. 2001, c. 25, s. 204 (4)”
- “Each member of an improvement area has one vote regardless of the number of properties that the member may own or lease in the improvement area. 2001, c. 25 s.204 (6)”
- One ballot will be provided per member providing that member is deemed to be in good standing with respect to the BIA levy payable for the rateable property.
- Members listed under a corporate or business name or number shall, in writing, delegate the eligible vote to one person affiliated with the corporation or business. Such delegation shall be filed in writing with the ODBIA Manager by the principal or owner of the property for the purposes of creating and maintaining the Voters’ List. (Note: Such delegation does not provide the corporation or business with any authority to interfere in any manner with the secrecy of the delegated member’s vote.)
- On November 10, 2022, immediately following the close of vote at 5:00 p.m. in the Downtown Orillia Office, the ballot box shall be opened by two ODBIA staff members and the City Clerk, or designate, and all votes shall be counted.
- The unofficial results will be posted immediately following the count in the Downtown Orillia Office for a period of 10 days, and the results will then be forwarded to City Council requesting formal appointment.
For more information, please contact the Downtown Orillia Management Board office:
705.325.3261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please click on Application Package below to download the fillable forms, and submit them back to our office by email.
GRANTS FOR DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES AND PROPERTY
The Downtown Tomorrow Community Improvement Plan (DTCIP) was launched on January 1, 2017. This program seeks to encourage growth in Downtown Orillia, and includes 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.
The following five grant programs are now available:
- 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:
OBTAINING SIGNAGE PERMITS
“My sign is the single most important piece of advertisement for my business”
All signs, including window and sandwich boards in the City of Orillia require a permit. In the downtown core, special design requirements apply and include: no backlit signs, raised lettering, muted colours and flat paint.
The downtown section of the Sign By-law was adopted in late 2000 to create a cohesive look to define the downtown core and create a sense of arrival. It protects existing businesses as well as new businesses and ensures their marketability. Business owners strive to create a space that is welcoming and a sign plays a pivotal role in its success. The sign by-law is based on the same principle – it’s about co-operating and working with your neighbours to create a warm and inviting atmosphere in the core. It’s no different than merchandising your store, it has purpose, it tells a story of who you are and what you do. The sign by-law helps tell downtown’s story. It’s an atmosphere that encourages people to stay longer, look around and enjoy.
DMB approval is required before sign permit applications can be submitted to the City. Not obtaining approvals prior to sign installations could result in additional costs to redesign and reinstall non- compliant signage. DMB Staff are here to help you through this process and encourage you to contact us as a first step.
We understand that signs can be expensive, and for that reason the City has established a grant program. Please refer the downtown grants section for more information.
SIDEWALK DISPLAY PERMIT APPLICATION
To ensure Downtown Orillia remains accessible to everyone and the public is safely able to navigate sidewalks, businesses are required to apply for a permit each calendar for all objects placed on the city owned sidewalks.
RECOMMENDED HOURS OF OPERATION
The Downtown Management Board recommends
the following Standard Hours of Operations:
Monday to Thursday: 9:00 – 6:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 10:00 – 5:00 pm
HAVE YOU REGISTERED
YOUR BUSINESS WITH US?
Stay up to date on events, Downtown promotions and
other community announcements by making sure
we have your business name, address, postal code,
phone number, email address, website, hours of
operation and business description.
DOWNTOWN WASTE REMOVAL
Garbage, recycling and compost pick-up is Wednesday morning at 5 am. Therefore, it should be placed in front of your store on Tuesday AFTER 4 pm. Recyclables must be separated (paper and containers). All garbage bags, cans and bundles MUST have a City of Orillia garbage tag attached. Tags have been sent to all of the property owners; be sure to ask your landlord well in advance for your tags. Additional tags are available from City Hall, the landfill site and selected merchants around town. If your garbage does not have a tag on it, it WILL NOT be picked up. It is your responsibility to tag every bag that you put out for collection.
Starting February 7, 2022, Orillia is moving to a clear garbage bag program. Residents and business owners are to place their garbage in a clear plastic bag instead of an opaque (black or green) plastic bag. Residents/Business Owners can use up to two small privacy bags such as a regular-sized shopping bag to hide items they don’t want others to see. Rigid garbage containers are still able to be used, but if the garbage bin is lined, it will need to be lined with a clear garbage bag.
For more information: SOLID WASTE COLLECTION GUIDE
Monthly parking permits are available from the City for one of the numerous municipal lots located in the Downtown core. For more information visit https://www.orillia.ca/en/living-here/parking.aspx
If downtown business members and their staff use metered spaces, they take prime parking locations away from people who are coming to shop in our beautiful Downtown. Let’s all work together to make our Downtown as user friendly as we can.
BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Board meeting minutes are posted each month. Previous years have been archived. Click each icon to either download or view each document.
April 26, 2022 Special Board Meeting
Apr 26 DMB Agenda Pkg 2022
A recording of all DMB meetings will be available for two weeks following each meeting HERE.
Minutes will be posted following adoption at the next meeting.
ARCHIVED BOARD MEETING MINUTES
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