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Goderich Benefits From Government of Ontario's Main Street Revitalization Initiative

Posted on Wednesday August 28, 2019


The Town of Goderich benefits from Ontario support for main streets
Residents and small businesses of Goderich have benefited from the Government of Ontario’s Main Street Revitalization Initiative. The 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 Town of Goderich received $44,394 over two years, beginning in 2018. The Town used these grant funds to revitalize several elements of the downtown Courthouse Square. Improvements to the fountain feature were made and several streetlight poles were replaced. The Town also partnered with the BIA to purchase new modern self-watering planters to refresh this streetscape element.
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 Town of Goderich on the many enhancements made to the downtown Courthouse Square 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 funding commitment by the Ontario Government is excellent news for Goderich residents and businesses,” said Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce. “These projects will draw more visitors to Goderich, help its small businesses grow and improve the Town’s infrastructure. The investment in ‘the square’ will ensure that it continues to be enjoyed for years to come.”
“AMO is pleased that the Government of Ontario has made funding available for our communities’ main street areas, which are often the anchors of local communities. The upfront, allocation-based funding recognizes that municipal governments are in the best position to work with local businesses to identify priority projects for this funding.”
-Jamie McGarvey, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO)

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Goderich Town Hall: 57 West Street, Goderich, ON N7A 2K5, Phone: 519-524-8344, Email: townhall@goderich.ca
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