The Business Help Centre of Middlesex County, Ontario, a Community Futures Development Corporation, has launched Main Street Middlesex programming for 2015-2016. The initiative is funded by the Community Futures Program through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). The Business Help Centre will be offering downtown revitalization support and matching grants to the communities of Ailsa Craig, Dorchester, Lucan and Parkhill until March 31, 2016.
The National Trust’s trademarked Main Street program is a comprehensive community revitalization strategy that empowers elected officials, merchants, residents and other citizens to shape the destiny of their downtown, capitalizing on the community’s unique identity, historic buildings and cultural traditions as ready-made tools to generate economic, social and cultural activity. Middlesex’s program joins province-wide Main Street programs in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Quebec. All three programs were established with the assistance of the National Trust.