Investments Help Small Business and Tourism Grow
Residents and small businesses of the City of Kenora are seeing the benefit from the Government of Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative. This initiative makes an investment in Ontario communities’ main streets that will help support and grow small business and improve the aesthetic appeal of main street areas. The City of Kenora received $51,000 over two years, beginning in 2018.
With the support of the Main Street Revitalization initiative, three wayfinding kiosks were installed in the Harbourtown Centre: Husky the Musky in McLeod Park, Matheson Street South dock, and the Kenora Recreation Centre. The kiosks provide visitors and residents with a visual guide to the downtown core and pinpointing local business districts. These information kiosks are a continued implementation of the wayfinding program initially developed in 2017.
The funding is made available by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for all single and lower-tier municipalities to implement local Community Improvement Plans and invest in municipal infrastructure to improve their downtown and main street areas. Funding is upfront, allocation-based and projects are selected by municipal councils.
Investments in main street areas help small business and tourism grow by attracting residents and visitors to communities.
“I’d like to congratulate the City of Kenora on the enhancements made to the downtown core through the Main Street Revitalization Initiative. Vibrant main streets help attract visitors, create jobs and increase the competitiveness of small businesses, which are the backbone of our communities,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “The Main Street Revitalization Initiative helps communities enhance and revitalize main streets and demonstrates that Ontario is open for business.”
“The wayfinding signs throughout the City of Kenora help visitors to the area find the wonderful assets and opportunities that Kenora offers to visitors and residents alike,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora – Rainy River. “They have added an impressive visual mark to our streets in the City and reflect the heritage of our area through their impactful designs.”
City of Kenora Mayor Daniel Reynard says, “We are fortunate to receive this funding from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at a time when we are seeing many other improvements to our downtown core. The kiosk project was chosen for this funding to add to the appeal of our main street area and Harbourtown Centre, and encourage local business investment in downtown. The kiosks add value to the Harbourtown Centre experience for pedestrians who want to shop, dine, and sightsee in our beautiful City. We are thrilled to have received this funding, thanks to the AMO and the Government of Ontario.”
About the Main Street Revitalization Initiative
• The Ontario government’s investment through the Main Street Revitalization Initiative totals $26 million.
• 413 lower and single-tier municipalities are eligible for funding. Upper-tier municipalities (county and regional governments) and the City of Toronto are not eligible for funding.
• Ontario’s municipal governments own more of Ontario’s infrastructure than any other order of government.
• The Main Street Revitalization Initiative allocation formula provides equal base funding to all municipalities, allocates a portion of the funding based on population, and provides an additional allocation to communities with a population less than 25,000.
• A Community Improvement Plan is a planning tool provided for under the Planning Act, that identifies a designated geographic area within which a municipalities wishes to focus investment based on identified priorities.
• AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.