Welcome Members

The mandate of the Downtown Orillia Management Board is to market, beautify,
maintain and develop the downtown core as a heritage shopping attraction
and as the primary regional centre for business in Orillia and area.

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.

New business support

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.

Business Welcome Package 2021

DOWNTOWN ORILLIA COVID-19 UPDATES, LINKS & RESOURCES

FACEBOOK PAGE

We have set up a Closed Facebook Group Page for you to communicate and collaborate with your fellow businesses. The page will allow us to post the latest resources, tips etc, but more importantly allow you to discuss best practices, ask questions, offer solutions, and facilitate mutually beneficial marketing campaign ideas with your neighbours. Simply go to the Downtown Orillia Facebook Page and click on the Visit Group Button to join.

Downtown Orillia Facebook Page

DIGITAL MAIN STREET

Digital Main Street will continually be compiling a list of relevant resources for your small business needs. Please let us know if you have any questions or require assistance.
Please visit the Digital Mainstreet Resources for Small Businesses website for free online training, including a Digital Starter Kit and Shopify Academy. The goal is to provide a list of resources, products, blogs and more that you can rely on during these times to help your business. The page will be updated regularly.
Our Digital Mainstreet Squad put these quick social media marketing guides  in the Spring of 2020:
Social Media Guide
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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:

DOWNTOWN TOMORROW CIPS

DOWNTOWN TOMORROW CIP BROCHURE

grants

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.

TEMPORARY SIGN PERMIT

PERMANENT SIGN APPLICATION

 

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.

SUMMARY OF SIGN RESTRICTIONS IN THE DOWNTOWN SIGN PERMIT AREA

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.

SIDEWALK PERMIT APPLICATION FORM

SIDEWALK USE POLICY

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.

CLICK HERE

DOWNTOWN WASTE REMOVAL

garbage collection

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

PARKING PERMITS

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.

parking permits

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.

January 18, 2022 Regular Board Meeting

6:00p.m.

Jan 18 DMB Agenda Pkg 2022

February 8, 2022 Special Board Meeting

2:00p.m.

Feb 8 DMB Agenda Pkg 2022

MEETING CANCELLED.  No Quorum.

February 15, 2022 Regular Board Meeting

6:00p.m.

Feb 15 DMB Agenda Package 2022

Feb 15 DMB Minutes 2022

March 3, 2022 Special Board Meeting

9:00a.m.

Mar 3 DMB Special Meeting Agenda Pkg 2022

Mar 3 DMB Minutes 2022

March 22, 2022 Regular Board Meeting

6:00p.m.

Mar 22 DMB Special Meeting Agenda Pkg 2022

March 22, 2022 Addendum

April 12, 2022 Special Board Meeting

6:00p.m.

Apr 12 DMB Agenda Pkg 2022

 

Draft minutes available on request HERE

April 26, 2022 Special Board Meeting

6:00p.m.

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

2012 Archive

2013 Archive

2014 Archive

2015 Archive

2016 Archive

2017 Archive

2018 Archive

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2020 Archive

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