Think of this newsletter as your one-stop-shop for news and opportunities impacting your business.

In this Issue:

  • Get your patio listed on the 2023 Patio Map
  • Core Area Spring Town Hall
  • CFIB Health & Safety Refresher
  • Core Area Ambassador Feedback Survey
  • Sharps Disposal Kits Available
  • Digital Main Street Grant is Back!
  • How to Process Downtown Dollar Gift Cards
  • Monthly Event Calendar

Get your patio listed on the 2023

Patio Map 

Make sure you complete our form to sign up to be listed on our Downtown London 2023 Patio Map!

Deadline to be included on map: Wednesday, May 10

Core Area Spring Town Hall

Join the City of London for the virtual Core Area Spring Town Hall, where City staff will provide updates on the Community-led Health and Homelessness Response, the Core Area Action Plan, incentives and funding programs available to business and property owners, an overview of new businesses and residential properties and events coming to the Core Area this summer.

The presentations will be followed by an opportunity for businesses and residents to ask questions. You can join the virtual Core Area Town Hall on Thursday, April 27 at either 10 a.m. or 5 p.m.

CFIB Health & Safety Refresher

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business would like to remind you that as an employer, you play an important role in preventing workplace injuries and promoting a safe and healthy workplace. In fact, under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), you have a legal obligation to properly inform, instruct and supervise your employees and to do everything you reasonably can to protect them.

Core Area Ambassador

Feedback Survey

The City of London is currently collecting feedback from Core Area residents, businesses owners, workers, tourists, and visitors to understand their perspectives on the Core Area Ambassador program.

The Core Area Ambassadors play many roles, such as responding to concerns and complaints, providing guidance on how to access City services, sharing recommendations for events and activities, building ties with local businesses, and participating in beautification efforts.

The deadline to complete the feedback survey is Friday, April 21.

Sharps Disposal Kits Available

Residents and businesses in the Core Area can receive a sharps disposal kit from the City of London to help them safely dispose of sharps on their private property. These kits include tongs, gloves, a receptacle for sharps and information on how to safely pick up sharps.

Visit the Dundas Place Field House at 179 Dundas Street from Sunday to Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. to pick up a sharps disposal kit.

Digital Main Street Grant is Back!

The Digital Main Street Ontario Grants Program is back and available for all London businesses who qualify. This program provides Digital Transformation training, consultation and guidance, and the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $2,500. The London Digital Main Street Team is run through the Hyde Park BIA, but is available for all Downtown businesses.

Interested in signing up? Reach out to Hailey (
for support!

Get your event included in the monthly

Downtown Calendar!

Is your business putting on a public event in the upcoming months? Do you know of any public events you want to share with the community?

Submitting your downtown London-based event to the Tourism London website will ensure it’s included in the following Monthly Events Calendar! 

Important: You must submit your event happening to the Tourism London website before the 15th of the previous month to be included in the next month (Ex: you have an event in May, submit it before April 15). Your email will go directly to the team who will review this information. Please be advised if the event is outside of the downtown core, it may not qualify as a Downtown London event, and therefore not be included within the Monthly Events Calendar.

Downtown Dollar Gift Cards

Downtown Dollars encourage local spending and are a great gift for the “tough to shop for” people in your life. Sign up here to receive Downtown Dollar Gift Cards as a method of payment from customers. Reach out to for gift card set up and assistance!

Financial Assistance

Click here for information about grants and loans available to small businesses.