New Block Studies show main streets in need of support during critical holiday season
This week, we released the second round of Block Studies. These hyper-local portraits combine data and storytelling to present an in-depth analysis of 7 different blocks in Ontario and BC. The research reveals the extent to which main streets and small businesses are grappling with the effects of the pandemic, from extreme drops in foot traffic to reduced revenue for small businesses to an increase in safety issues.
Downtowns are economic and cultural hubs for cities across Canada. But with employees working remotely, transit ridership being down, and people staying home the future of downtowns is uncertain.
As part of Bring Back Main Street, we are launching Restore The Core, a new initiative that will bring together downtown stakeholders and urban leaders across the country to reimagine the future of downtowns.
Retail Main Street Study released by City of Toronto
The City of Toronto’s Retail Main Streets Study, prepared by Three Sixty Collective, looks into the current economic, policy and regulatory environment these streets operate in, the key issues they’re facing, and the types of supports that will be most helpful.
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Thank You to Our Partners
We are grateful to all of our partners for supporting us in building a stronger urban Canada.
Donors and Program Funders
Bring Back Main Street is supported by Business Improvement areas and Economic Development organizations across Canada, Vancity and Vancity Community Investment Bank
Beach Village BIA, BC LOCO, Black Business and Professionals Association, Bloor-Yorkville BIA, Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council, Canadian Business Resilience Network, Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Canadian Institute of Planners, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, CGLCC: Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce, City of Calgary, City of Edmonton, City of Toronto, City of Vancouver, Council for Canadian Urbanism, Develop Nova Scotia, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Downtown Hamilton BIA, Downtown London BIA, Downtown Victoria Business Association, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Downtown Yonge BIA, Fight Unemployment, Financial District BIA, Glebe BIA, ICOMOS Canada, Kamloops North Shore BIA, National Trust for Canada, Newtown BIA, OCAD University, Ontario Business Improvement Area Association, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Regina Downtown BID, Retail Council of Canada, Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, Rues principales, Save Canadian Small Business, St. Lawrence BIA, STEPS Initiative, Strathcona BIA, Tamarack Institute, Trinity Centres Foundation, The Waterfront BIA, Toronto Entertainment District BIA, Vancouver Economic Commission, Vancouver Island Regional Library, Wellington West BIA, West End BIZ, Wexford Heights BIA
Main Street Design Challenge Partners
Canadian Institute of Planners, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Council for Canadian Urbanism, ICOMOS Canada, National Trust for Canada, OCAD University, Rue principales, STEPS Initiative, Trinity Centres Foundation
360 Collective, Happy City, Simon Fraser University, Fathom Studio,
JC Williams Group, Environics Analytics
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