Brownfields Community Improvement Plan

The Town of Oakville has developed a Brownfields Community Improvement Plan to encourage private sector reinvestment in brownfields that will bring environmental, economic, and social benefits to the community.

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

Environmental Study Grant (ESG) Program

This program would provide for a grant equal to 50 per cent of the cost of eligible environmental studies to a maximum

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

Tax Increment Grant (TIG) Program

This program would provide 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.

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

Tax Assistance Program (TAP)

This program would allow 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 assist with the cost of environmental remediation.

Note – 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 will be required to have a pre-application consultation meeting with staff to determine program eligibility, scope of work and project timing.

For more information:
Economic Development Office

What are Brownfields?

Brownfields are undeveloped or previously developed properties that may be contaminated. They are usually, but not exclusively, former industrial or commercial properties that may be underutilized, derelict or vacant (PPS, 2014).

What is a Community Improvement Plan?

Community improvement plans allow the town to address areas, such as brownfield sites or downtown main streets, which could be improved by rehabilitation. A community improvement plan can be developed for designated areas and put in place incentive programs to assist with improvements.

Brownfields Community Improvement Plan (CIP)

The Town of Oakville is undertaking a comprehensive and coordinated cross-departmental approach to addressing public and private brownfields in Oakville. This is known as the Comprehensive Brownfield Management Project (CBMP) and is broken into the following three phases:

  1. Address the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) 3260 requirements for public lands
  2. Evaluate departments’ activities related to contaminated site management of both public and private lands
  3. Develop an approach to support the assessment, remediation, and redevelopment of privately owned contaminated sites

The town retained RCI Consulting to assist with Phase 3 of the CBMP. A Brownfield Strategy was developed in 2017 and presented to Planning and Development Council on September 11, 2017. The Strategy provided direction for the development of the Brownfield Community Improvement Plan.

Two stakeholder workshops were held in 2017 for input into the development of the strategy and community improvement plan. A public meeting was held on Monday, July 24, 2017 to provide information about the project to the public and provide an opportunity for input into the development of the strategy and community improvement plan.

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

A 'Community Improvement Project Area' is the geographic area or boundary where a Community Improvement Plan applies. It is recommended that the Community Improvement Project Area (CIPA) for this Community Improvement Plan be designated as “all land within the urban area of the Town of Oakville, as amended from time to time”. The CIPA is designated by a by-law passed by Council.

Within the CIPA are three priority sub-areas:

  • Priority Area 1 = All Employment Areas, Major Transit Station Areas and Midtown Oakville
  • Priority Area 2 = Nodes and Corridors
  • Priority Area 3 = Rest of the Urban Area

Employment areas, Major Transit Station Areas and Midtown Oakville are given the highest priority because brownfield redevelopment in these areas address all of the key issues identified in the Strategy – environmental, financial and economic development. The priority areas are reflected in the Tax Increment Grant Program.

The following map shows the Community Improvement Project Area boundary and the location of the priority areas.

Community Improvement Project Area Boundary Map (pdf)


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