Randy Boissonnault

40 projects get $14m in Barrie, Bruce Grey Simcoe counties

eAwaz Local News

Barrie- Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance, on behalf of Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced a total investment of nearly $14 million for 45 projects in Barrie and the surrounding counties of Bruce, Grey and Simcoe. These investments, through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) and the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), will create and revitalize community spaces and enhance tourism attractions to welcome more visitors and build stronger, more vibrant communities.

Recipient Name Project Funding contribution Fund
Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) Revitalize the historic downtown core with large gateway arches, pedestrian signage, electrical and laneway improvements, and expansion of outdoor restaurant patio infrastructure. $425,000

TRF

Corporation of the Town of Midland Enhance the shoreline with repaired walkways, new lighting, air conditioning, public art and a welcome centre. $500,000

TRF

Hardwood Ski and Bike Purchase and retrofit a modular trailer with industrial kitchen equipment to create a full service food facility. $100,000

TRF

Orillia and Lake Country Tourism Create new virtual bike tour videos and enhance cycling and biking infrastructure in the Orillia and Lakes Country area. $30,000

TRF

Orillia Museum of Art and History Develop a public art plan and develop tourism products within the City of Orillia. $331,700

TRF

Putt Mini Golf* Install a gender-neutral washroom and sanitizing station; and implement a new digital system for online booking. $100,000

TRF

Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain Install new energy-efficient heating systems that power the hot and cold pools, walkway snow melt and in-floor heating systems in the facilities. $100,000

TRF

South Georgian Bay Tourism | Georgian Triangle Tourist Association and Convention Bureau Create a website to connect visitors to over 500 tourism operators in Simcoe and Grey counties, including culinary and Indigenous tourism experiences. $50,000

TRF

Talk Is Free Theatre Support the 2021 and 2022 “Bees in the Bush” festival at different outdoor locations throughout Barrie, through free live in-person programming. $170,000

TRF

The Corporation of the City of Barrie Create a Sport Tourism Strategy for the City of Barrie in partnership with Tourism Barrie to provide essential information and recommendations to attract sports events. $110,000

TRF

Blue Mountain Village Association Replace sections of an accessible boardwalk and add a floating stage at the Blue Mountain Village Mill Pond to host free musical performances. $750,000

CCRF

Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) Update and add new garden features, as well as installation of bike racks. $280,000

CCRF

Corporation of the City of Orillia Improve Wi-Fi and internet capabilities and create a new space to host events at J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park. $603,750

CCRF

Corporation of the County of Simcoe Construct a fully accessible trail through 100 acres of restored habitat and an outdoor pavilion area at Kirtland Warbler Habitat Restoration Project site. $285,745

CCRF

Corporation of the County of Simcoe Create a destination site called Wiidookdaadiwin to provide First Nations education with a viewing deck, and gathering spaces, accessible pathways, interpretive signage, Indigenous plantings and sculpture. $564,071

CCRF

Corporation of the Municipality of Grey Highlands Construct an outdoor, accessible three season community hub at the Burnside Parkette. $121,400

CCRF

Corporation of the Town of Hanover Renovate the Hanover Civic Theatre to improve accessibility, insulation, ventilation, electrical and fire infrastructure. $750,000

CCRF

Corporation of the Town of Midland Improve pedestrian access and expand Little Lake Park trails and amenities, including accessible ramps, an accessibility beach pathway and signage. $198,750

CCRF

Corporation of The Town of The Blue Mountains Build a new pavilion, concession stand and accessible washrooms at Moreau Park, as well as accessible playground equipment and improved access to the beach at Little River Park. $562,500

CCRF

Downtown Barrie Business Association (BIA) Install permanent road closure swing gates in a section of downtown Barrie to facilitate the closing of the road for events and programming. $216,810

CCRF

Elephant Thoughts Educational Outreach Create an accessible community garden, outdoor kitchen gathering space, as well as renovate an existing barn at the Riverstone Retreat. $103,235

CCRF

Environment Network Improve Collingwood Sunset Point Park Playspace with social, sensory and physical experiences for all ages and abilities. $274,985

CCRF

Harmony Centre Owen Sound Retrofit the historic Harmony Centre Owen Sound building with energy-efficient heating and HVAC systems, windows and insulation. $555,000

CCRF

Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority Install and replace accessible platforms and safety railings at the Tiffin Pond. $13,000

CCRF

Rotary Club of Orillia Repair and replace the roof and exterior paint of the Rotary Train Station at Couchiching Beach Park in Orillia. $12,784

CCRF

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 545 Improve the interior and exterior of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 545 building in Port McNicoll. $243,750

CCRF

Singhampton Community Centre Improve energy efficiency and accessibility of the facility by upgrading the attic insulation, installing a new roof and attic vents, new insulated and accessible exterior entry doors, panic bars and custom windows. $16,500

CCRF

Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce Renovate and expand the Community Information Centre with accessibility features including ramps, automatic door openers and large print signage, as well as a digital booking kiosk and new canopy structures to host seasonal markets. $120,000

CCRF

Springwater Public Library Improve the Elmvale branch of the Springwater Library with new accessibility and safety features. $47,985

CCRF

The Bruce Trail Conservancy Improve the Hogg’s Falls, Grey Highlands portion of the Bruce Trail Recreation Network by adding new bridges, boardwalks, trails, stairways and signage. $119,930

CCRF

The Corporation of the City of Barrie Revitalize and construct play courts and playgrounds, as well as new energy-efficient lighting throughout the City of Barrie. $682,500

CCRF

The Corporation of the City of Barrie Rehabilitate the landscape at the John Edwin Coupe Park and renew the streetscaping around the Barrie Public Library in the City’s downtown core. $750,000

CCRF

The Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie Purchase and install accessible lifts at various facilities, including the Arran-Elderslie Municipal Office, the Paisley Community Centre, and outdoor pools located in the Town of Chesley and the Village of Tara. $213,750

CCRF

The Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie Replace and construct splash pads throughout the municipality, including in the main parks of Paisley and Tara. $393,750

CCRF

The Corporation of the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie Rehabilitate sidewalks within the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie by replacing existing interlocking brick sidewalks with concrete. $750,000

CCRF

The Corporation of the Town of South Bruce Peninsula Revitalize and improve accessibility of Bluewater Park, including dock and causeway repairs, washroom improvements, interpretive signage and a new amphitheater. $375,000

CCRF

The Corporation of the Township of Tiny Create an accessible entrance, parking area and pathways at the Simcoe community park. $30,000

CCRF

The Corporation of the Township of Tiny Rehabilitate the trail bridge on the Tiny Trail. $93,031

CCRF

The Karma Project Community Food Co Improve the community garden space at Talbot Park in Port McNicoll by installing bike racks, raised garden beds, accessible pathways and other features. $60,000

CCRF

The Lions Club of West Grey Durham Revitalize the Durham Trestle Bridge Park in Durham’s downtown. $158,043

CCRF

The Township of Georgian Bluffs Construct an accessible playground for children with disabilities by installing accessible slides and rings and an autism board. $56,250

CCRF

Tom Thomson Art Gallery Retrofit the exterior and interior of the Tom Thomson Art Gallery with accessible features, including an elevator, ramps, accessibility features in washrooms, ramps, new stairs and improved signage. $390,000

CCRF

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Construct a new site entrance and parking to access amenities at the Bolton Camp Site. $750,000

CCRF

Town of Innisfil Create a new outdoor public space which will include a multi-use ice skating trail, accessible stage, event space, washrooms and kiosks, a water feature, and accessible connecting trails. $750,000 CCRF
Township of Springwater Improve accessibility and safety of the North Simcoe Rail Trail. $750,000 CCRF

*Pending signed contribution agreement.