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November 26, 2019
Acton Businesses Benefit from Town CIP Assistance
HALTON HILLS, ON – The Acton Veterinary Clinic, currently located on River Street in Acton, will be relocating to the vacant building at 93 Mill Street East after extensive interior and exterior renovations. The exterior renovations fronting Mill Street and Frederick Street were funded in part by the Town’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Façade Improvement Grant program, which received supplemental funding in 2019 from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) under their Main Street Revitalization program. The improvements included replacement of the mansard roof, new windows and doors, new landscaping and exterior painting.
"We wanted to bring about a positive change to a building that was vacant for some time.” said business owners Janet Jeffrey and Stephen Hess. “The Town helped us through the process, and the grant Town is greatly appreciated to help with the costs of this major renovation project.”
A CIP Façade Improvement Grant was also provided to the owners of 13-15 Mill Street East in Acton which houses the Olympic Greek Souvlaki restaurant and the Mane on Mill Hair Studio. The funding was used to fortify and paint the brick as well as replace elements at the top and bottom of the building.
“I’m very pleased that our CIP program was helpful in bringing new life to old buildings in Acton’s downtown,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “Providing financial incentives through the Town’s CIP program revitalizes businesses. Having visited the building, I can say that the Acton Vet Clinic looks great inside and out, and we are looking forward to the opening of the vet clinic in its new location on Mill Street. The repairs to 13-15 Mill Street East also improve the look of the street and will support further business attraction.”
The CIP benefits Halton Hills by increasing property values, attracting additional private sector investment, fast-tracking the redevelopment of underutilized properties, supporting local jobs, and providing a return on the Town’s initial investment.
"I want to express my sincere thanks to the Town of Halton Hills and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for partnering to enhance our Main Street in Acton," said Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott. "By working together, we can accomplish so much more."
CIP applications are accepted year-round, subject to eligibility and available funding. For more information, contact the Town’s Economic Development Office at 905-873-2601 ext. 2353 or visit: www.investhaltonhills.com.
Photo: Acton Veterinary Clinic owners Stephen Hess and Janet Jeffrey receive a CIP cheque from Mayor Rick Bonnette (centre), while Regional Councillor Clark Somerville (left side),and Local Councillors Mike Albano and Jon Hurst (right side) join in.
Photo: 13-15 Mill Street E owner Rocky Soomal (second from right) receives a CIP cheque from Mayor Rick Bonnette (centre), joined by Acton Local Councillors Jon Hurst and Mike Albano (left side), and Regional Councillor Clark Somerville (right side).
Top Reasons to Expect Success by Locating in Halton Hills
Halton Hills is one of the best placed in Canada to start and grow your business. An ideal geographical location, competitive costs, and an enviable lifestyle are just a few of the reasons why you will succeed in your business when located in Halton Hills.
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Halton Hills has a thriving arts, culture and heritage scene. Increasingly, businesses are making locational and investment decisions based on quality of life factors, rather than simply on proximity to markets, space availability, space costs and proximity to suppliers. With an award-wining Cultural Master Plan in place, the Town with community partners, is actively implementing actions that are raising quality of life and leveraging the economic benefits of a vibrant cultural scene.
Easy access to Toronto, Canada’s capital for innovation, business and commerce, culture, sport, education and the arts. Just a one hour drive to downtown Toronto, with a GO Transit commuter train during am/pm rush. Just 30 minutes to Pearson Airport, Canada's second largest employment zone. (Downtown Toronto being the first.) Centrally located in Ontario's Innovation Corridor (Toronto to Waterloo.)
Halton Hills is ideally located in the Greater Toronto Region to make doing business easy. Air, Rail and Highway infrastructure ensure easy connection to markets and services across North America and around the world. Halton Hills is just 30 minutes west of Canada’s largest airport, Toronto Pearson International; and just 40 minutes from Hamilton's Munro airport, Canada's number one airport for freight/cargo. Halton Hills southern border lies on provincial highways 401 and 407, ensuring quick and easy accessibility to both Toronto and the U.S. border. Multiple freight rail lines ensure reliable freight and passenger service.
Halton Hills offers competitive costs of doing business, including lower development charges and commercial/industrial rental rates than most Toronto Region municipalities. And being located in Ontario, Canada, which offers the lowest corporate tax rates among the G7 nations.
Highly educated, professional workforce. More than 70 per cent of the population (ages 25 to 65) has a post-secondary education. One of the most educated communities in Canada and the world. Labour pool of over 3.5 million within a one-hour drive (Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas)
Industry clusters are taking shape in Halton Hills. Key sectors include Clean-Tech, Advanced Manufacturing, Agri-Food, and Tourism/Cultural industries . Halton Hills is home to many industry leaders including Bradford-White, CPI, Hayward Gordon, Kraft-Heinz Canada, Saputo, Sheridan Nurseries, Superior Glove, Unilock and more.
Premier Gateway and Two Downtowns
Premier Gateway is Halton Hills' new industrial park, with modern buildings adjacent to major provincial highways (401 & 407). Premier Gateway is a modern complement to Halton Hills' two other industrials areas in the townships of Georgetown and Acton. Additionally, Halton Hills enjoys two urban areas, Downtown Georgetown and Downtown Acton, both with charming streetscaping, active BIAs, and available retail/commercial space.