Community Futures executive director Lori Camire and City of Port Alberni economic development manager Pat Deakin work together to implement the city's new facade improvement program.

Community Futures executive director Lori Camire and City of Port Alberni economic development manager Pat Deakin work together to implement the city's new facade improvement program.

Facade improvement program deadline hits June 6

The deadline for receiving thousands of dollars to upgrade your Port Alberni storefront is coming up on June 6.

Want to give your business a face lift? The deadline for receiving thousands of dollars to upgrade your storefront is coming up on June 6.

“The facade improvement program is partly in response to the ‘Top 10 to Tackle’ list that was identified through our communication with the business community about a year ago where community beautification was important [to businesses],” said Community Futures executive director Lori Camire.

“It really recognizes that businesses are the foundation of the community and supports businesses, most of which have been here for a long time and both good times and bad times.”

Business owners within Port Alberni can receive up to $8,500 to upgrade the look of their business.

“The grant portion is up to 50 per cent of the improvement cost, up to a maximum of $5,000 for a single-face building. If it’s a corner building it could be up to $7,500. If it’s on a higher profile area like the Johnston corridor or the Third and Argyle area, then it’s an additional $1,000,” said Camire.

“The facade improvement directly relates to the business owners improving the front of their business. It’s a direct grant to support the improvement of the appearance of the business. We pay a portion of the facade improvement and we’ve also attached an architect to work with the approved business owners.”

According to the city, “the objective of this program is to make significant improvements to the appearance of our streetscapes, even if it is just one building at a time.”

According to Camire, a loan option is also available should a business need more funding than they can get from the grant.

“Community Futures has also attached a loan option for people who would need a loan to get their improvement completed,” she said, adding that the reaction to the program has been positive.

“It’s outstandingly busy, it’s been crazy busy. We probably have more than 20 businesses spaces already,” she said.

For more information on how to apply, visit http://www.portalberni.ca/business-fa%C3%A7ade-improvement-program. The deadline is June 6, 2016.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Gary Bender from Bailey Electric secures two art banners on lampposts at Argyle Street and Sixth Avenue in May 2020. Despite a delay due to COVID-19 measures, the Rotary Club of Port Alberni-Arrowsmith was able to collect and put up half of the art banners it usually does in the Rotary Arts District. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Rotary Arts District banner program switches to ‘paint at home’ for 2021

Arrowsmith Rotary Club needs 80 registrations to go ahead this year

(NEWS FILE PHOTO)
BUDGET 2021: City of Port Alberni looks at tax increase of 3.95 percent

City of Port Alberni held its first budget meeting of the year

Emma Nunn from Alberni Valley Rescue Squad waits at the summit of Mount Arrowsmith for the rest of the AVRS rope rescue team on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY DAVE POULSEN, AVRS)
UPDATE: Injured hikers among three rescued in the dark from Mount Arrowsmith

‘It was a very bad, very precarious spot to be able to locate them’

The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District and City of Port Alberni have chosen the Voyent Alert! app for emergency notifications. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Alberni, ACRD unveil new emergency alert system

Program is a response to criticism of botched communication after 2018 tsunami warning

Students from the junior leadership class at ADSS help homelessness and addictions advocate Mark Braunagel load backpacks and bags full of supplies into his truck on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Students collected supplies to be handed out to some of Port Alberni’s most vulnerable people. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Alberni high school students fill backpacks to help city’s homeless

Junior leadership students embraced service project, said teacher Mike Roberts

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout for delivery slowdown

Daily cases decline over weekend, 31 more deaths

Egg producers in B.C. aren’t obligated to reveal their production sites. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Officials say there’s not enough Vancouver Island eggs to meet demand

BC Egg Marketing Board doesn’t regulate labelling, supply needed from off-Island

A Courtenay resident labours to remove the snow build-up from around her car in February 2019. The area may see snow throughout the coming weekend. Black Press file photo
Snow, winter might not be done with Vancouver Island quite yet

Flurries, snow and cold temps predicted for the weekend for mid-Island

A female prisoner sent Langford police officers a thank-you card after she spent days in their custody. (Twitter/West Shore RCMP)
Woman gives Victoria-area jail 4.5-star review in handwritten card to police after arrest

‘We don’t often get thank you cards from people who stay with us, but this was sure nice to see’: RCMP

An elk got his antlers caught up in a zip line in Youbou over the weekend. (Conservation Officer Service Photo)
Elk rescued from zip line in Youbou on Vancouver Island

Officials urge people to manage items on their property that can hurt animals

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo
Small tin in Kootenay man’s jacket pocket saved him from stabbing: RCMP

The man was uninjured thanks to a tin in his jacket

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Chantel Moore, 26, was fatally shot by a police officer during a wellness check in the early morning of June 4, 2020, in Edmundston, N.B. (Facebook)
Frustrated family denied access to B.C. Indigenous woman’s police shooting report

Independent investigation into B.C. woman’s fatal shooting in New Brunswick filed to Crown

Delta Police Constable Jason Martens and Dezi, a nine-year-old German Shepherd that recently retired after 10 years with Delta Police. (Photo submitted)
Dezi, a Delta police dog, retires on a high note after decade of service

Nine-year-old German Shepherd now fights over toys instead of chasing down bad guys

Most Read