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Main Street Revitalization Initiative

Town of Petawawa benefits from Ontario support for Main Streets

Residents and small businesses of the Town of Petawawa have now benefitted 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 businesses and improve the aesthetic appeal of main street areas.

The Town of Petawawa received $54,720.21 (including interest) over two years, beginning in 2018.  Utilizing these funds, the Town of Petawawa installed landscape improvements such as solar powered lights and furniture (benches and garbage cans) to be placed along the twinned portion of the Algonquin Trail.  As well, additional banners and pole arms were purchased to be erected along the Town’s main streets.

The funding was 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 was upfront and allocation-based.

Investments in main street areas help small business and tourism grow by attracting residents and visitors to communities.

“Vibrant main streets help attract visitors, create jobs and increase the competitiveness of small businesses, which are the backbone of our communities.  The Main Street Revitalization Initiative helps communities enhance and revitalize main streets and demonstrate that all of Ontario is open for business.”

- Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“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)