Ontario Revitalizing Sault Ste. Marie's Downtown
Province Improving Public and Commercial Spaces
Ontario's government is working for the people of Northern Ontario by supporting economic development in Sault Ste. Marie with an investment in streetscapes, buildings and public spaces, creating 20 new indirect jobs.
Today, Ross Romano, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, announced an investment of $600,000 to help the City of Sault Ste. Marie revitalize its downtown core.
The project includes helping downtown entrepreneurs develop vacant groundfloor space for new commercial businesses, creating residential space on upper floors and renovating building exteriors. The city will also enhance shared public spaces, creating new event and gathering spaces, adding street furniture and improving the streetscape along Queen Street.
"Ontario recognizes that developing downtown areas in northern communities helps attract residents, visitors and new businesses," said Parliamentary Assistant Romano. "The City of Sault Ste. Marie's ongoing work to revitalize the downtown is creating jobs in the area. We are sending a strong signal that Northern Ontario is open for business and open for jobs."
"The City of Sault Ste. Marie and City Council are committed to revitalizing the downtown area. The Downtown Development Strategy is a significant aspect of our efforts that is already having a positive impact, from streetscaping to façade improvements to beautification efforts," said Christian Provenzano, Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie. "I want to thank the Ontario government for recognizing the importance of our strategy and for supporting it."
- Since June 2018, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation has invested more than $63 million in 501 projects, creating or retaining over 772 jobs.