Community Improvement Plan

Please note: As a precaution against COVID-19 the City has implemented a corporate policy to cancel all upcoming public meetings and open houses. The legislated public meeting scheduled to be held at City Council on April 6, 2020 for the proposed new 2020CIP has been cancelled. Staff will provide an update on a new public meeting date when available.  

In spring of 2019 a pause was placed on the City's Community Improvement Plan (CIP) in order to undertake a full review of the CIP in terms of program focus, alignment with strategic plan objectives, long-term sustainability and maximizing value.

Since 2004, the uptake in CIP programs and project approvals granted by the City has been significant and successful in supporting community renewal. Long-term administration and implementation of approvals, however, have been problematic and renewal objectives and strategies have been evolving.

The CIP has reached a juncture where project eligibility and criteria are being revisited, re-defined and re-aligned to ensure the overall intent of CIP is maintained, and to have regard for evolving community renewal objectives and strategies. Community engagement will be a critical part of this process.

CIP Review Public Information Session 

As part of the Community Improvement Plan review, the City is conducting public engagement.

Thanks to those who attended the public information session held Thursday, Dec. 12 to learn more about the proposed changes and provide feedback.

Input provided as part of the review will be considered in the preparation of a staff report and recommendations that will go to Council for consideration of approval, and the process also includes a statutory public meeting. The goal to bring forth the report and recommendations to Council in late February or March of 2020.

Thank you to those who attended the initial public information session on Sept. 18 and shared their questions and feedback.

2015 Community Improvement Plan

The 2015 Community Improvement Plan, approved Nov. 17, 2014, offered five municipal financial incentive programs to the private sector to stimulate new investment in community renewal.

The financial incentive programs are intended to offset a portion of costs incurred by property owners in undertaking redevelopment projects, brownfield remediation projects, facade improvement projects, and residential/office conversion projects.

Guidelines for each of the programs, which set out plan details, eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria, complete application requirements and process, are as follows:

Project Contacts

If you have any questions regarding the Community Improvement Program and the review process, please contact:

Bruce Bellows

Senior Planner

Planning and Building Services

905.688.5601 ext. 1706


Margaret Josipovic

Project Expeditor

Economic Development and Tourism Services

905.688.5601, ext. 1723


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