Provincial government doling out cash to local communities for main street revitalizations
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Multiple communities in Muskoka are getting some cash from the province for town upgrades. The Ontario government has a main street revitalization program, which aims to attract investment and tourism through vibrant downtown cores. The province says the money can go into installing pedestrian crosswalks, landscaping, new lighting, or improving storefront appearances.
Ontario is investing up to $26 million in total, and cash is doled out based on population.
Ontario’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Minister Responsible for Small Business, Jeff Leal, says main streets are at the core of small and rural communities and are home to thousands of small businesses across the province.
Some of the Muskoka communities receiving funding are:
- Town of Bracebridge – $49,604
- Town of Gravenhurst – $46,471
- Town of Huntsville – $52,828
- Town of Penetanguishene – $43,634
- Township of Armour – $37,241
- Township of Lake Of Bays – $38,726
- Village of Burk’s Falls – $36,874
There’s no word yet on the exact projects each municipality has planned for the funding.