NEWS March 14, 2018
Ontario is helping the City of Hamilton attract investment and tourism, create jobs and enhance local economic growth by investing in the revitalization of many of the downtown and main street areas.
Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, joined partners from the Concession Street BIA and Mayor Fred Eisenberger in Hamilton today to make the announcement. The province is providing the City of Hamilton with up to $483,103 for a number of projects throughout the county through the Main Street Revitalization Initiative, to help revitalize downtown and main street areas.
Vibrant main streets help attract visitors, create jobs and increase the competitiveness of small businesses, which are the backbone of our 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.
“Our government is committed to ensuring our rural communities and downtown cores thrive today and for many years to come. Investments that support small businesses and main streets will help communities be better positioned to attract investment, create jobs, and grow their local economies.”
— Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale
“The Concession Street BIA is very pleased to see this investment for the Main Streets Revitalization.”
-Cristina Geissler Executive Director, Concession Street BIA
“Hamilton is undergoing a renaissance that is being driven in part by our small shops and unique restaurants. This timely program will only serve to accelerate our renaissance, creating more jobs and strengthening our economy.”
-Mayor Fred Eisenberger
“Our government understands the unique challenges faced by many small businesses all across Ontario. By supporting the development of healthy and vibrant main street areas, we can help to improve local economic development, strengthen small businesses, and create good jobs across the province.”
— Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Minister Responsible for Small Business
For more information, please contact:
Ted McMeekin 905-690-6552
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