No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:



The Municipal Incentive Grant Program waives planning application fees (eg zoning by law amendments, minor variances, severances, site plan control, etc.) and refund building permit fees as an additional incentive to spur construction activity in the Central Area.

Comments on Funding:

Planning application fees will be waived in the amount of 100% for new residential projects and 50% for non-residential projects while building permit and demolition fees will be refunded to a maximum amount of $50,000 per project.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Applicants must:

  • Applicants must be property owners within the Central Area Community Improvement Project Area. 

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:


arrange a pre-application meeting with Municipal Staff in order to determine program eligibility;


complete and submit an application form and ensure that their application includes the required supporting documentation, if authorized to apply for a grant. 


Applications and supporting documentation are reviewed by staff to ensure that they meet all of the eligibility requirements. If the application does not meet the eligibility requirements, applicants will be notified in writing.


Staff may request clarification or additional supporting documentation.


Staff will perform an initial site visit and inspection of the property, if necessary.


If the application is approved by Council, the Grant Agreement is then executed by the City. A copy of the executed agreement(s) is then returned to the applicants for their records.

Documentation Needed:

The applicant provides the City with proof of completion of project, including:

  1. 1
    photographic evidence of completed project satisfactory to City;
  2. 2
    other documentation proving completion of the project, i.e. engineer’s report (if required);
  3. 3
    all final reports and documentation as required.

Other Things to Note:

No deadline found. The 2017 Central Area Community Improvement Plan mentions the same programs as the 2021 Central Area Community Improvement Plan and usually these are programs that strech over years.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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