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Township Financial Incentives

Community Improvement Plan

Provincial legislation enables municipalities to adopt a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) which offers financial incentive programs intended to encourage revitalization and redevelopment by the private sector. The Township has had a CIP in place since 2015. Several key policy issues have emerged since 2015, such as the need to increase rental housing supply, promote more economic growth/diversification, support more value-added agri-business, and improve the environmental sustainability of building improvements and development. As such, the Township recently completed a review, culminating in the preparation of an updated CIP, referenced as the 2023-CIP. The 2023-CIP provides financial incentive programs for properties within Township boundaries, not just in Urban Centres. 

A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a planning and economic development tool that establishes a framework for future municipal projects. It encourages private sector investment within key areas of the Township. 

The Township and the County retained RCI Consulting to conduct a comprehensive review and update of their respective CIPs to help ensure that these CIPs are better aligned and more responsive to current and future community improvement needs in Centre Wellington and the County of Wellington.

The goals and objectives of the Township’s updated CIP are to address:

  • Façade and Building Improvement
  • Efficient and Strategic Use of Land
  • Housing Supply
  • Economic Growth and Diversification
  • Agricultural and Agri-Business Uses
  • Design and Environmental Sustainability

The CIP Grant Program is designed to focus on improvement projects that go above and beyond regular maintenance and repair to a property. Repairs and maintenance relate directly to wear and tear or damage or maintenance of property whereas an improvement makes something better than it was originally or provides something in a new and more valuable form.

The CIP Grant Program is administered by the Township’s Economic Development Office.

The Community Improvement Plan (CIP) with maps is now available. A Notice of Adoption was posted on December 7, 2023. A twenty (20) day appeal period passed. A CIP Implementation Report will be presented to Council in 2024 outlining the administrative details surrounding the CIP, including the budget and incentives to be offered in 2024.

For Federal and Provincial financial incentives, click here 

Check back soon for available CIP programs in 2024 and application details.

Applications for all incentive programs will be reviewed by the Community Improvement Implementation Committee on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information and other Business Financial Incentives, please see our Start and Grow Your Business page.

The Urban Design Guidelines (UDG) will be a key implementation instrument for the Community Improvement Plan. They will provide a framework of principles and guidelines that will provide design direction for the development, redevelopment and enhancement of buildings, facades, streetscapes, public open spaces and natural areas. 

Draft Urban Design Guidelines

Urban Design Guidelines Fact Sheet

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