Revitalizing Rural Main Streets, Helping Small Businesses Grow
Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and the Minister Responsible for Small Business, made the following announcement at the Rural Ontario Municipal Association Conference in Toronto:
Vibrant main streets help attract visitors, create jobs and increase the competitiveness of small businesses, which are the backbone of small, rural communities. That’s why the province is helping municipalities enhance and revitalize their downtown and main streets through improvements such as the installation of pedestrian crosswalks or landscaping. Municipalities can also direct funding to local businesses to improve the appearance of their storefronts by installing lighting or new signage.
Supporting small businesses and communities across the province is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
What can you do? Communicate with your municipality some of the ‘shovel-ready’ projects you have in your Strategic Plan. You could encourage them to support your efforts by adding some of your BIA’s budget money to increase the return on the investment.