Kingsville Kick-Starts Downtown Revitalization

September 15, 2008


Ontario is helping the Town of Kingsville enhance its downtown area and community gateways.

The community will use a provincial investment of $24,350 to make the area more attractive for visitors and residents with recycled plastic hanging flower baskets, and metal flower planters filled with locally grown and purchased plant materials. The town will also use a small portion of the funds to allow local secondary students to design festive decorations for the main street.

The funding is part of the Rural Economic Development Program which invests in community-based projects in three priority areas:

  • Improved access to health care services
  • Revitalized communities and downtowns
  • Enhanced skills training.


"I am proud to support a project that will not only revitalize the appearance of this community but will also use the resources of local high school students to enhance their skills training," said Essex MPP Bruce Crozier.

"This project will help us improve the streetscapes and aesthetics of the downtown, bringing new investment and retail opportunities," said Mayor Nelson Santos. "Renewing interest in the downtown will contribute to the retention and/or upgrades of many jobs within the community."

Quick Facts

  • Since 2003, Ontario has invested $60.1 million in 183 projects through the Rural Economic Development Program.
  • The Town of Kingsville is Canada's southernmost town and has some of the best access to solar resources in the country.

Learn More

Discover more about the Town of Kingsville.

Learn more about the Rural Economic Development Program.

For more information contact:

Sherry Persaud, Minister's Office, 416-326-6439
Brent Ross, Communications Branch, 416-326-9342

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