Brownfield Community Improvement Plan

A plan to encourage private sector reinvestment in brownfields.

Our Brownfields Community Improvement Plan encourages private sector reinvestment in brownfields to bring environmental, economic, and social benefits to the community.

Brownfields are undeveloped or previously developed properties that may be contaminated. They are usually, but not exclusively, former industrial or commercial properties.

The community improvement plans allow the town to address areas which could be improved by rehabilitation. 

The Brownfield Community Improvement Plan was approved by Town Council on July 9, 2018. The plan outlines incentives to promote the assessment, remediation, development, redevelopment and adaptive reuse of brownfields by the private sector.

The program is a proactive approach to support the remediation and redevelopment of brownfields through three financial incentive programs:

Environmental Study Grant Program (ESG)

Provides for a grant equal to 50 per cent of the cost of eligible environmental studies to a maximum:

  • grant of $3,000 for a Phase 1 ESA
  • grant of $20,000 for any other eligible environmental study
  • of two studies per project and $30,000 per project

Environmental Study Grant Program Guide (pdf)

Tax Increment Grant Program (TIG)

Provides for an annual grant equal to between 60 per cent and 100 per cent of the municipal property tax increase generated by the project for up to 12 years after project completion.

TIG only applies to properties requiring environmental remediation and/or risk assessment/management.

Tax Assistance Program (TAP)

Allows for a cancellation of the property tax increase (municipal and education property taxes) on a property that is undergoing or has undergone remediation and development to help with the cost of environmental remediation.

TAP only applies to properties requiring environmental remediation and/or risk assessment/management, and requires the approval of the Provincial Ministry of Finance. 

How to apply

Applicants are required to have a pre-application consultation meeting with staff to determine program eligibility, scope of work and project timing. 

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