No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:

Tax Reduction


The Brownfields Development Charge Exemption Program promotes brownfield redevelopment and Smart Growth on brownfield sites by providing a major economic catalyst in the form of an upfront reduction of the often large development charges that must be paid when a brownfield property is redeveloped.

Comments on Funding:

A property owner with an approved application under the Brownfields Rehabilitation Grant Program has the option of applying their approved grant amount to a 60% reduction in the development charges payable for that property (after any demolition charge credits are applied). The amount of the approved grant applied against the development charges payable will be deducted from the Brownfields Rehabilitation Grant to be paid.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Applicants must:

  • Applicants must be property owners with an approved application under the Brownfields Rehabilitation Grant Program. 
  • Only properties where an MOE acknowledged RSC has been filed in the Environmental Site Registry for the proposed use will be eligible for the Brownfields Development Charge Exemption Program. 
  • Existing and proposed land uses must be in conformity with the Official Plan, Zoning By-law, Secondary Plans, Community Improvement Plans, and other planning requirements. 

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:


have an approved Brownfields Rehabilitation Grant Program Application and Agreement in place;


make all improvements pursuant to a building permit, and constructed in accordance with the Ontario Building Code and all applicable zoning requirements and planning approvals.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    an application;
  2. 2
    for approval professional design/architectural drawing(s) which shall be in conformity with any municipally issued urban design guidelines, as well as impact studies such as traffic studies and studies of microclimatic conditions (sun, shadow, wind), if required;

Outstanding work orders and/or orders or requests to comply from the City must be addressed to the City’s satisfaction prior to development charge exemption.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    No deadlines found. For further information on this program, please contact Greg Atkinson, Senior Planner, Planning Department at (519) 255-6543 ext 6582 or via e-mail.
  2. 2
    This program is part of the Brownfield Redevelopment Community Improvement Plan.
  3. 3
    The owner of a brownfield may be a person, company, or organization, or the municipal, provincial or federal government. Besides, buying a brownfield and rehabilitating it might be of interest entrepreneurs.

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.
Click here to learn more about Moe's background and how he can help your business.


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