Wasaga Beach Economic Development Newsletter - June 3rd, 2022

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Economic Development Office

What Is In this Issue?

  • Wasaga Sundaes
  • Beachfront Summer Kick-Off
  • Patio Music Program
  • Open Patios Program
  • Façade Improvement Program
  • Trail Tunes
  • Congratulations and Welcome to Wasaga Beach!
  • Plus more resources and news!

Business & Economic News Highlights

Returning this year:


Enjoy a sundae on Sunday in Wasaga Beach! Wasaga Sundaes returns this summer.

Have you signed your business up yet? Fill out the form linked here.

Wasaga Sundaes is every Sunday throughout the summer from July 3rd to September 4th.This years map will show a trail of the featured ice cream treats to explore every Sunday throughout the summer. We encourage you to complete the trail and taste them all!

After a visitor purchases a sundae on a Sunday, they can enter to win great prizes with the receipt or a photo of the sundae purchased. They will also vote for their favorite sundae in Wasaga Beach or a chance to win prizes. Draws will be based on responses each week and will drawn on the following Tuesday.

Have questions? Email [email protected]

Click here to sign up now!

Beachfront Summer Kick-Off

Are you a business within the beachfront area? If so you'll want to participate in this! Sign up today.

Help celebrate that kick off to summer at Wasaga's beachfront! The Beachfront district has a special offering for residents. On June 25th, the Town will be offering free parking at four of the municipal parking areas. In addition, businesses will be offering special promotions for locals of Wasaga Beach.

Participating businesses can offer offer a promotion for locals (Such as a draw, a contest, a discount or a special offer!). Participating business will be included in our promo material and advertising. Want to participate? Fill out the form linked here.

Click here to register

Patio Music Program

The patio music program is back this year and will feature artists on the patios of local establishments throughout the summer until Thanksgiving or until the maximum amount of funding has been allocated. The Open Patio Music Program will provide a grant for 100% up to $200 for eligible music artist costs and will be paid directly to the artist. Wasaga Beach businesses are eligible to apply to the program up to two times.

The program is open to any business with a patio or seating space with the ability to accommodate an artist(s). Applications will be processed on a “first come, first served basis” from the now until Thanksgiving or until the grant funds have been full allocated.

Count us in! Apply now!

Open Patios Program 2022

Calling all restaurants! Have you applied for the 2022 Open Patio Program yet?

The Town of Wasaga Beach has continued the Open Patios Program into 2022. The program was introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is intended to support local restaurants by providing flexibility to restaurant owners and their seating options.

Apply now and set up your extended temporary patio.

Please contact the Economic Development office with any questions. To apply to this program please visit our website or contact [email protected].

Sign up now!
Façade Improvement Program

Are you a business looking to update your sign, hard landscaping, lighting or another improvement to the frontage of your business? If so, this program is for you!

The program is a first come, first serve basis and is accepting applications until funds have been fully allocated. Apply today!

The program will provide a grant up to 50% of the eligible costs up to $2,000 per project.

The Façade Improvement Program is a FREE municipal Grant Program Package that assists property owners looking to revitalize and/or restore the frontage of their existing commercial, institutional and mixed-use buildings in town. Projects can include side and rear facing facades that have high public visibility.

For more information please view the Façade Improvement Grant Webpage or contact Economic Development staff.
Count me in! Apply now.

Join us for Trail Tunes!

Get out on the trails this International Trails Day for Trail Tunes, a collaborative, regional event connecting over 100kms of trail and rich musical culture between Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, and Clearview Township. Taking place on Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. residents and visitors are encouraged to bike or hike, through Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Clearview enjoying free, live music at trailheads in each municipality, ending with a headliner concert at Centennial Park in Clearview! 

Click here to learn more about this year’s entertainers and to access a variety of trail maps for the region!

Congratulations and Welcome to Wasaga Beach!

Congratulations to Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic on its grand opening this week. Mayor Nina Bifolchi and members of council, as well as economic development officer Kait Monsma, attended the grand opening for Wasaga Family Foot and Orthotic Clinic. Congratulations to chiropodists Jacob Cook and Quinn Sallows, who have taken over from Norman Kew. Welcome to Wasaga Beach, Jacob and Quinn! The clinic is at 587 River Road West, Unit 8. Learn more here.

If you would like to invite a member of the Wasaga Beach town council to attend an event, official openings, ribbon cutting ceremony, or if you would like to request congratulatory certificates, town pins or the raising of a community flag, contact the Executive Assistant to the mayor and council or sign up for the Business Milestone Program here.

Cultural Competency Training

FREE 2-Part Session

June 9th and 16th - 9am to 11am

This training is an introductory examination of First Nation/Aboriginal issues in Canada today. The main purpose is to provide participants with the tools they need in order to begin to establish healthy, viable relationships with First Nation/Aboriginal communities and clients. It has been modified and improved over 15 years of interaction with audiences totalling close to 10,000 from diverse backgrounds. It has been described by participants as the most concise, clear and accessible training they have ever received.


In this presentation, facilitator Kelly Brownbill takes great care to prepare participants to view history from a balanced, guilt-free perspective. 

Click here to Learn More and Sign Up

Ask an Expert: How to Value a Business 

On June 16th at noon Wasaga Beach businesses are invited to Ask An Expert: How to Value a learn how to determine the value of a business for sale or purchase, and how to prepare to sell your business.  

Register Here!

Wasaga'Licous is back! The Chamber of Commerce has collaborated with restaurants to bring back this promotion.

Participating Restaurants:

  • Georgian Circle Family Restaurant
  • Chuck’s Roadhouse
  • Catch 22
  • The Iron Skillet
  • St. Louis Bar & Grill
  • Beacon Restaurant
  • Wild Wing

Wasaga Beach's Food Festival Celebrating Local Restaurants and Eateries.

Come try the diversity of delicious culinary experiences in Wasaga Beach.

This month-long event is geared towards promoting local restaurants, each offering its own unique specialties and style.

A prix fixe menu will be offered at each location providing wonderful food for a great value.

The menu will include an appetizer, soup or salad with an entree and dessert at set rates.

Learn more here!
Is your business.....

Celebrating an anniversary milestone? Expanding? Holding a grand opening? Achieving an industry innovation?

If so, the Town of Wasaga Beach wants to hear from you!

The Town of Wasaga Beach aims to acknowledge the many contributions of local businesses within the community. The Business Milestone Recognition Program aims to highlight local businesses and honour their achievements. Through this program businesses are recognized for celebrating special achievements such as grand openings, anniversary milestones, and other special achievements unique to their industry.

If you would like to participate in the program and learn more, please visit our website here.
Click here to find out more and apply!
Are you eager to launch a new business or expand your existing business in Wasaga Beach?

We have retail, commercial and industrial space, business supports, workshops, one-on-one counselling, and information about financial incentives to support your venture and help it thrive. On this page you will find local, regional, provincial and national resources to help you start or grow a business.

Follow our Facebook Page for more up-to-date resourses and programs!
Reach out to Economic
Development today!

In addition to sourcing and sharing these resources for you, our Economic Development Team is always ready and available to assist you and your business. Help us to help you. We welcome and encourage you to contact us with your questions, comments or ideas - we will do our best to steer you in the best direction as you look to start, grow or support your business - for today and tomorrow.

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