Government of Canada celebrates first recipients to receive support to revitalize main streets in their communities

Economic Developers Council of Ontario and Canadian Urban Institute’s My Main Street program supports over 100 placemaking projects and 65 main street communities  

January 12, 2022 – Ottawa, Ontario

Today, the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), celebrated the first recipients of the My Main Street program at a virtual event hosted by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) and the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI).

Minister Jaczek highlighted the importance of supporting our main streets and neighbourhoods, and the vital role they have in keeping the economy strong while reiterating the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to supporting our communities, local businesses and entrepreneurs.

The Minister recognized the recipients of the first round of this support, including 106 placemaking projects through the Community Activator stream. This program was designed to renew the connection between people and commercial spaces in their neighbourhoods by supporting activities, events, and local improvements that will encourage the return of foot traffic to neighbourhoods, when it is safe to do so.

Additionally, support for the 65 main street communities taking part in the Local Business Accelerator program was announced. Through the program, main street communities wil receive support through the hiring of a local Main Street Ambassador, customized market research, data analysis and direct business support. Resources provided through both streams can also be used to prioritize equity-seeking groups. A list of all of the successful Community Activator projects and Local Busines Accelerator communities can be found at mymainstreet.ca/news.

Announced in August 2021, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, provided EDCO and CUI with a $23.25-million investment to support almost 5,000 businesses and nearly 4,500 jobs across southern Ontario over the next two years.

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