Oak Tree Yoga

Main streets play a vital role in growing the Canadian economy and supporting local communities.

Oak Tree Yoga & Wellness is pleased to be receiving a non-repayable contribution of $10,000 through the My Main Street, Local Business Accelerator program.

This contribution will allow Linsey Hill of Oak Tree Yoga & Wellness to support findings from the market research provided by My Main Street to drive economic growth and attract new customers to the business and the entire Port Colborne community.

On behalf of Oak Tree Yoga & Wellness, we’d like to thank Olga Loeffen, the City of Port Colborne and the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) for supporting our local business. 

The My Main Street, Local Business Accelerator program is delivered by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario with an overall Government of Canada investment of $23.25 million through FedDev Ontario to support the recovery and strength of main streets and local businesses in southern Ontario.

Through its market report, Oak Tree Yoga & Wellness learned that there are approximately 2,610 residents in the immediate area that could be potential clients. Also, that these residents have a 12 percent higher attraction to nature and community involvement than the rest of Port Colborne. Oak Tree Yoga’s opening is significant for the community, which prior to this did not have access to a yoga studio in the immediate downtown core. The studio’s owner, Linsey Hill, hopes to collaborate with other health professional currently offering their dedicated services in Port Colborne, to build a community of like-minded people interested in improving well-being.

Access to the non-repayable funding, will allow Hill to purchase furniture for the boutique, yoga equipment, a high-end sound system to create a more immersive experience and, most importantly, a sign for the outside of her storefront so that she can be easily located.



“Main[FA(1]  streets play a vital role in growing local communities and economies for everyone. The Government of Canada will continue to invest in My Main Street and the small businesses the program serves, resulting in local economic growth and more vibrant neighbourhoods for Canadians and their families to call home.”

-       The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario


“Small businesses in Port Colborne play a vital role in the success of our local economy. Through My Main Street, our government, in collaboration with EDCO and CUI, is committed to helping communities bring their main streets back to life by supporting businesses that will reanimate our neighbourhoods, creating jobs and driving economic growth for local economies.”

-       Vance Badawey, Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre


“The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is delighted to be delivering the My Main Street Local Business Accelerator program to support local business and main streets across southern Ontario. Thanks to the support of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, local businesses will have access to resources to help create economic opportunities for these main street communities, which is an essential component to a successful local economy.”

-         Heather Lalonde, Chief Executive Officer for the Economic Developers Council of Ontario


“Being a part of the My Main Street - Local Business Accelerator program has helped my business grow faster than I ever imagined. Being able to purchase equipment that is needed to operate my business effectively and help with customer service has made growing my business easier. The incredible support I received through every step of the process was above and beyond. I’m grateful for the opportunity and support received for Oak Tree Yoga & Wellness in Port Colborne.”

-        Linsey Hill, Oak Tree Yoga & Wellness


“On behalf of the Economic Development Department and City staff, I would like to thank Linsey for choosing Port Colborne to open her business and congratulate her on being awarded non-repayable funding through the Main Street Local Business Accelerator program. We know the community will greatly benefit from her yoga classes, workshops, retreats, and expertise.”

-       Bram Cotton, Economic Development Officer, City of Port Colborne


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My Main Street



Edward Hutchinson

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario




Economic Developers Council of Ontario

The Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) is delivering the My Main Street, Local Business Accelerator program stream, which is supporting the revitalization of main street communities and provides non-repayable contributions for more than 650 local businesses across southern Ontario. The program focuses on creating and maintaining vibrant and inclusive local main streets while providing residents, new entrepreneurs, and existing businesses with economic opportunities in our communities.

About 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.

About the City of Port Colborne

Located on the south coast of the scenic Niagara Region, with a mission to provide an exceptional small town experience in a big way, Niagara’s Port of Call has found the perfect balance – successful industrial and commercial sectors, comfortable and scenic residential areas, white sand beaches, unique culinary choices, the world class Sugarloaf Marina, fishing, golfing, trails, shopping districts along the historic Welland Canal, and an energized festival and entertainment scene that includes live theatre – truly a community that adds to the overall Niagara experience. To learn how you can PORTicipate with us, visit our website.