Amount:

No Fixed Amount

Type of Program:

Tax Reduction


Description:

The Brownfields Property Tax Assistance program provides a grant in the form of a cancellation of part or all of the property tax increase during the "rehabilitation period" and the "development period" of a property.

Comments on Funding:

Offers a freeze of City property taxes on a brownfield property for up to three (3) years during and after remediation and construction. Property owners may also apply to the Province for a matching freeze of education property taxes for up to 3 years.

The total value of the tax assistance provided under this program shall not exceed total eligible costs.

This includes the eligible costs of:

  • a Phase II ESA, Designated Substances and Hazardous Materials Survey, Remedial Work Plan, and Risk Assessment not disbursed by the ESA Grant Program;
  • environmental remediation, including the cost of preparing a RSC;
  • placing clean fill and grading;
  • installing environmental and/or engineering controls/works as specified in the Remedial Work Plan and/or Risk Assessment;
  • monitoring, maintaining and operating environmental and engineering controls/works, as specified in the Remedial Work Plan and/or Risk Assessment;
  • environmental insurance premiums.

When It Ends:

Ongoing

Deadline:

Rolling deadline

Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • be owners of properties within the urban area of the City of Windsor; 
  • have properties requiring environmental remediation and/or risk assessment/management. 

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:

1

submit an application to the City prior to the start of any remediation works to which the tax assistance will apply;

2

submit a Phase II ESA prepared by a qualified person that shows that the property does not meet the standards under subparagraph 4i of Section 168.4(1) of the Environmental Protection Act to permit a Record of Site Condition (RSC) to be filed in the Environmental Site Registry;

All property owners participating in this program will be required to enter into an agreement with the City that will specify the terms, duration and default provisions of the tax assistance. All Brownfields Tax Assistance Program applications and agreements must be approved by Council or Council’s designate. Should the owner of the property default on any of the conditions in the by-law, the tax assistance provided (plus interest) will become payable to the City and Province.

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  1. 1
    the application accompanied by a Phase II ESA, Remedial Work Plan or Risk Assessment prepared by a qualified person that contains:
  • an estimate of the cost of actions that will be required to reduce the concentration of contaminants on, in or under the property to permit a record of site condition (RSC) to be filed in the Environmental Site Registry under Section 168.4 of the Environmental Protection Act; and
  • a work plan and budget for said environmental remediation and/or risk management actions;.
  1. 2
    a Business Plan for redevelopment of the property (as applicable), with said Plan to the City’s satisfaction, if required.
  2. 3
    to the City proof that the RSC has been acknowledged by the Ministry of Environment (MOE). The owner shall file in the Environmental Site Registry a RSC for the property signed by a qualified person.

The property shall be rehabilitated such that the work undertaken is sufficient enough to result in an increase in the assessed value of the property.

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 at gatkinson@citywindsor.ca . 
  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 

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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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