Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade – Site Readiness Program

Description:

The Site Readiness Program provides financial support to industrial landowners to complete a range of due diligence studies so site information is readily available for interested investors looking to invest or expand in Ontario.

Comments on Funding:

Funding will be in the form of reimbursement of 50% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $25,000 per application, upon completion of the program.

Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • be industrial landowners (be the Registered Owner of the Site);
  • complete a range of due diligence studies so site information is readily available for interested investors looking to invest or expand in Ontario;
  • agree to make the Site(s) available for sale/lease for at least one (1) year following the Date of Completion of the Program, unless sold.
  • Applications must be sponsored/endorsed by either the municipal or regional economic development organization and by the municipal Chief Planning Official or their delegate.
  • The Site must:
  • be publicly-owned and privately-owned land;
  • be vacant with no existing buildings or structures.
  • be located within an area designated for employment or industrial development uses in an in-effect Official Plan and zone to permit a wide range of industrial uses.
  • consist of at least five (5) acres or two (2) hectares of vacant, contiguous Net Developable Area.
  • have existing frontage and access from a public right-of-way.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit the following supporting documents:

  1. an aerial photo of the Site with parcel boundary clearly shown.
  2. a context map of the Site(s) with parcel boundary clearly shown, including:
  • infrastructure elements (e.g., roads and railways, provincial and national parks, place names, municipal and township boundaries, lots and concessions);
  • natural elements (e.g., lakes and rivers, falls, rapids and rocks, wooded areas, wetlands); and
  • surrounding uses within approximately 1-5 km radius.
  1. a topographic map – a detailed, accurate graphic representation of features of the Site that appear on the Earth’s surface, using contour lines at a scale of 1:50,000.
  2. Net Developable Area Map – a map showing the Net Developable Area of the Site(s) in accordance with the in-force Zoning By-Law.
  3. excerpts of the in-effect municipal Official Plan and applicable Zoning By-Law which include the date the Official Plan and Zoning By-law that came into effect.
  4. a property survey that includes all Lots that forms the Site.
  5. a parcel register report and the index map from the Ontario Land Registry Office.
  6. Utility Servicing Support Documents – supporting documents that confirms the Site’s utility servicing locations and serviceability as identified in pages 2-3, “Servicing and Utilities” section.
  7. Title Search Opinion/Certificate (If applicable, as directed by Program Staff) – Title Search or a Certificate of Title prepared by a solicitor for the Site. This should include any information for encumbrances, land claims and sub-surface/mineral rights if applicable as well as other legally relevant information such as encumbrances, encroachments and/or easements.
  8. Land and Division (for properties located in the Business/Industrial Parks) – a Draft Approved Plan of Subdivision that clearly identifies each Lot that forms part of the application.

Other Things to Note:

For program questions and advice on developing your application, please contact our office:

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