The Downtown Milton Business Improvement Area received $73,000 from Regional Tourism Organization 3 (RTO3) through FedDev Ontario to attract visitors and help make downtown merry and bright for visitors this winter.

Milton, ON – The Downtown Milton Business Improvement Area (DMBIA) received $73,000 to install new light displays along Main Street East and additional activities, such as rides and music programming. This is part of the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). RTO3 received $5 million from FedDev Ontario to help local tourism organizations and businesses safely welcome back visitors, recover from the impacts of the pandemic and prepare for future growth.

Beautiful new ‘Snow Spark’ light displays are now in place along Main Street East in Milton’s historic downtown. Shoppers, diners and visitors will enjoy the warm, welcoming atmosphere no matter the temperature outside!

Through this initiative, there will also be a variety of fun activities happening in December, including the Winter Twinkle Express, providing free train rides, music and fun family activities in the parking lot at Brown St. and Main St. E. on two different dates. The Milton Jeep Club will be displaying their vehicles decorated for the holidays. Cash donations will be accepted to support the Women’s Centre of Halton and Miracle on Main Street. The Winter Twinkle Express events are happening on Saturday, December 10 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Friday, December 16 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Plus, visit the DMBIA booth for games and give-aways at Miracle on Main Street, happening on Friday, December 9 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.

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“The Government of Canada’s $78-million investment through the Tourism Relief Fund is helping communities across southern Ontario. With this funding, southern Ontario’s Regional Tourism Organizations and Indigenous Tourism Ontario are providing hundreds of local businesses and organizations with the support they need to create jobs, attract more visitors and grow local economies, now and into the future.”
The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Rachel Shuttleworth
Executive Director
Downtown Milton Business Improvement Area

Edward Hutchinson
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

Downtown Milton Business Improvement Area

The Downtown Milton Business Improvement Area (DMBIA) works to enhance and restore Downtown Milton and promote it as a vibrant and growing business community. We support local businesses, property owners and the community through beautification efforts, special events, marketing and promotions and strategic partnerships. For more information, visit

Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association

Hamilton Halton Brant Regional Tourism Association is an independent, industry-led, not-for-profit organization, responsible for working with tourism partners to enhance and grow this region’s tourism products and marketing activities, with the intent of increasing visitors, generating more economic activity, creating more tourism jobs and sustainability, capturing unique product clusters and integrating existing brands and partnerships.  Learn more about the organization via Explore all there is to do in the region via Stay connected via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook.

FedDev Ontario

For 13 years, the Government of Canada, through FedDev Ontario, has worked to advance and diversify the southern Ontario economy through funding opportunities and business services that support innovation, growth and job creation in Canada’s most populous region. The Agency has delivered impressive results, which can be seen in southern Ontario businesses that are creating innovative technologies, improving productivity, growing revenues, creating jobs, and in the economic advancement of communities across the region. Learn more about the impacts the Agency is having in southern Ontario by exploring our pivotal projects, our Southern Ontario Spotlight, and FedDev Ontario’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.