Brampton has been approved for a $945,000 non-repayable contribution through the My Main Street Local Business Accelerator program to support the revitalization of six main street communities in Brampton: Downtown, Mount Pleasant, Uptown, Kennedy Road (from Orenda Court to south of Glidden Road), Bramalea GO and Queen Street (Centre Street to 410, Dixie Road to Bramalea Road and Torbram Road to CN rail line).
These six main street communities will be supported by a dedicated Main Street Ambassador within the City’s Economic Development Office. As part of the program, the communities will also receive customized market research, data analysis and non-repayable funding contributions to support new and existing small businesses.
The program will be delivered over two years and focuses on creating and maintaining vibrant and inclusive local main streets while providing residents, new entrepreneurs, and existing businesses with economic opportunities in the main street communities.
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown says it will help support local business while the city attempts to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.
“Brampton is a City of Opportunities, and we are dedicated to supporting our local businesses as we work to overcome the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic together,” Brown said.
He also stressed on the importance of collaboration between the municipal, provincial and federal government in this recovery effot.
“Collaboration with all levels of government and community partners plays a key role in this,” said Brown. “We are grateful to receive $945,000 for six communities across our city through the My Main Street Local Business Accelerator program. It will help us to support local business and elevate market opportunities in our great city.”
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced a $23.25-million investment to the Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) to establish My Main Street — a two-year program to support the recovery and revitalization of main streets and local businesses in southern Ontario through two program streams.
EDCO is delivering the My Main Street Local Business Accelerator program stream, which supports the revitalization of 65 main street communities and provides non-repayable contributions for more than 650 local businesses across southern Ontario.