Love Your Laneways

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The words Love Your Laneways with a heart as the 'o' in the word 'Love'.

The vision of the Love Your Laneways project is that Borsa and Bourgeois Lanes are transformed into safe, functional and vibrant public spaces and contribute to a thriving downtown.

Short-Term Vision

The laneways and adjacent properties will show improvements that create a welcoming environment and keep people coming downtown during the King Street Infrastructure Renewal project.

Long-Term Vision

The laneways are an essential component of downtown economic and environmental sustainability. They integrate public and private spaces into a vibrant, pedestrian friendly area, supporting business retention and growth, and a variety of programs and events.

Getting It Done

'We want to help'

From the initial site analysis to the finished laneway celebration, the Love Your Laneways Action Committee and Design Team are here to support you, supply design expertise and planning throughout your project.

When undertaking improvements, arrange your projects by priority. Not everyone's priorities are the same. They may be based upon budget, time for project completion, and/or a level of aesthetic influence. Arranging projects will allow for a greater understanding of what can be completed within budget and time frame.

Completing improvements in order of priority and project-by-project will help to create a sense of continual improvement while helping to avoid ambitious all at once undertakings.

Design Assistance

The Love Your Laneways Design Team can assist the the design process for your space: from a consultation to completing an Inventory & Analysis of the space; we are here to help you achieve your vision.

Volunteer Assistance

The Love Your Laneways Action Committee can arrange for volunteers to help carry out your project from clean-up to painting to planting: many hands make light work. Think about this possibility as you work on your design plans.

Corporate Donations

Some products/supplies may be available at discounted prices. Before you make your purchases check with the Love Your Laneways Design Team.

Assistance Available

'Investing in the future'

The Town of Midland is offering a Community Improvement Program (CIP) Grant. Improved Pedestrian Access, Safety, Accessibility, Visual Appearance, Signage and Landscaping are the starting point to creating safe, functional and attractive spaces.

Our Offer

The grant program is designed to allow businesses of all shapes and sizes to participate; no matter the financial situation. The CIP grant program will cover 100% of the first $2,000 eligible costs and 50% of costs between $2,000 and $10,000. The minimum grant is $2,000 with a maximum of $6,000.

No Man Left Behind

Projects under $2,000 are also eligible for grant assistance. The BIA will help with funding projects below the CIP cutoff. 50% of costs for projects under $2,000 will be covered by the BIA while the other 50% is to be covered by the business/building owner.

Sign Me Up!

The CIP application can be found on this site under Important Documents - along with other useful information - or at the Midland Municipal Office at 575 Dominion Avenue. Don't hesitate to leave any questions, comments or concerns regarding CIP applications or the Love Your Laneways Program.

The vision of the Love Your Laneways project is that Borsa and Bourgeois Lanes are transformed into safe, functional and vibrant public spaces and contribute to a thriving downtown.

Short-Term Vision

The laneways and adjacent properties will show improvements that create a welcoming environment and keep people coming downtown during the King Street Infrastructure Renewal project.

Long-Term Vision

The laneways are an essential component of downtown economic and environmental sustainability. They integrate public and private spaces into a vibrant, pedestrian friendly area, supporting business retention and growth, and a variety of programs and events.

Getting It Done

'We want to help'

From the initial site analysis to the finished laneway celebration, the Love Your Laneways Action Committee and Design Team are here to support you, supply design expertise and planning throughout your project.

When undertaking improvements, arrange your projects by priority. Not everyone's priorities are the same. They may be based upon budget, time for project completion, and/or a level of aesthetic influence. Arranging projects will allow for a greater understanding of what can be completed within budget and time frame.

Completing improvements in order of priority and project-by-project will help to create a sense of continual improvement while helping to avoid ambitious all at once undertakings.

Design Assistance

The Love Your Laneways Design Team can assist the the design process for your space: from a consultation to completing an Inventory & Analysis of the space; we are here to help you achieve your vision.

Volunteer Assistance

The Love Your Laneways Action Committee can arrange for volunteers to help carry out your project from clean-up to painting to planting: many hands make light work. Think about this possibility as you work on your design plans.

Corporate Donations

Some products/supplies may be available at discounted prices. Before you make your purchases check with the Love Your Laneways Design Team.

Assistance Available

'Investing in the future'

The Town of Midland is offering a Community Improvement Program (CIP) Grant. Improved Pedestrian Access, Safety, Accessibility, Visual Appearance, Signage and Landscaping are the starting point to creating safe, functional and attractive spaces.

Our Offer

The grant program is designed to allow businesses of all shapes and sizes to participate; no matter the financial situation. The CIP grant program will cover 100% of the first $2,000 eligible costs and 50% of costs between $2,000 and $10,000. The minimum grant is $2,000 with a maximum of $6,000.

No Man Left Behind

Projects under $2,000 are also eligible for grant assistance. The BIA will help with funding projects below the CIP cutoff. 50% of costs for projects under $2,000 will be covered by the BIA while the other 50% is to be covered by the business/building owner.

Sign Me Up!

The CIP application can be found on this site under Important Documents - along with other useful information - or at the Midland Municipal Office at 575 Dominion Avenue. Don't hesitate to leave any questions, comments or concerns regarding CIP applications or the Love Your Laneways Program.

  • September Update

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    17 Sep 2020
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    The deadline for submitting your applications for the Laneways CIP Grant Program has now passed. With that being said, we are still processing applications that are currently in the works and continuing the discussions with businesses involved in the Program.

    Various businesses who have participated in the Program have completed their work to their laneways and have helped to achieve the goals of transforming Borsa and Bourgeios Lanes into safe, functional, and vibrant public spaces that contribute to the development of a thriving downtown. We are eager to see the final transformation of the laneways and King Street following the completion of the King Street Rejuvenation Project. We are pleased to see the amount of participation and the transformations the program has supported!

    If you have any questions, we are still listening! Don't hesitate to reach out to one of our points of contact under our "We're Listening" section.

  • April Update

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    02 Apr 2020
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    The second phase of the King Street Rejuvenation Project began on Monday, March 30, 2020! With that being said, we are still accepting and processing applications for the Laneways CIP Grant Program.

    Although the Town Municipal Office closed to the public on March 18, 2020, in the best interest of health and safety for our community during this time, our application processing services are still available electronically. Any applications and inquiries about Love Your Laneways and the Love Your Laneways CIP Grant Program can be submitted via email to randerson@midland.ca.

    Additional information regarding the King Street Rejuvenation Project and impacts to Town Services during the ongoing COVID-19 situation can be found at the links below:

    Don't hesitate to reach out to our points of contact under our "We're Listening" section for further assistance.

  • February Update

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    20 Feb 2020
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    The Love Your Laneways team is still currently accepting Laneway CIP Grant Program applications!

    If your business falls within the Laneways CIP boundary as outlined on the map, you may be eligible to apply for grants to assist with the improvements you wish to make to your laneway. Application forms can be found under the "Important Documents" section of our page.

    Don't hesitate to reach out to one of our points of contact under our "We're Listening" section for further questions and assistance!


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  • Public Information Centre

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    07 Jan 2020
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    The Love Your Laneways proposal for laneway improvements has been delivered to Town of Midland staff and is now under consideration. A Public Information Centre (PIC) is being held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 to give everyone an opportunity to see the recommended plans. Representatives of the Love your Laneways Project and the Town will be there to discuss the drawings and supporting documentation. Also on display will be some of the drawings being used by downtown businesses to guide their laneway access improvements.

    Come and find out what’s being planned for next summer as we turn Borsa and Bourgeois Lanes into vibrant public spaces.

    Thursday, January 23, 2020

    5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

    Assembly Hall, Midland Public Library


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  • Love Your Laneways Design Assistance Coming to a Close!

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    19 Nov 2019
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    We are currently working with more than 30 downtown businesses on their laneway access improvements. The last date for booking design services offered by the Love Your Laneways project is November 27, 2019.


    Don't miss out on this free service!

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  • Love Your Laneways Handbook Now Available!

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    11 Jul 2019
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    Our Love Your Laneways Handbook is hot off the press and available for download! This handbook provides guidance and inspiration to business/building owners looking to tackle rear access improvements, as well as ideas for Town laneway improvement initiatives.


    Be sure to check it out by clicking here!