Tofino Main Street Revitalization 2.0

District of Tofino

Sources of Funding
ICET:$89,384
Resort Municipality Initiative Fund:$240,072
Federal Gas Tax Reserve:$103,324
District of Tofino:$20,877
Total Budget: $453,657

Tofino has grown and evolved over the past several decades, becoming a major tourism destination. While the community originally grew inland from the water, the advent of new highways and roads, rapid growth, and decades of development and redevelopment have resulted in a diverse mixture of building forms and functions. The need for improvements in downtown Tofino has been recognized by civic and business leaders.

This component of the multi-phase beautification and revitalization project will focus on the Main Street, considered to be the historic commerce centre of Tofino. The Main Street and harbour area are a key point of departure and arrival for many of the region’s First Nations as well as a departure point for attractions such as Meares Island Tribal Park and Clayoquot Sound. A new continuous pedestrian connection, redistributed parking, new landscaping, strategically-located public seating and amenity areas and weather shelters are part of the project. This builds on the success of the first phase of revitalization at Campbell and Fourth Streets, which has led to positive economic impacts including the sale of key commercial property, new business startups, new public facility redevelopment and a large increase in foot traffic resulting in increased business profits.

Completed in December 2017, the revitalized downtown now showcases Tofino's heritage and historic assets, stimulating investment in existing commercial properties, improving foot traffic to local businesses, and enhancing accessibility of the built environment. This phase of redevelopment has strengthen the visitor connection to the waterfront and will set the stage for the future development of a scenic waterfront walkway, highlighting Tofino’s working waterfront. 

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2018-19 Annual Report

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