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Business Incentives

Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Incentives

Norfolk County’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP) establishes a framework for support and implementation of programs that may be utilized to encourage the maintenance, rehabilitation and redevelopment of the county. Up to $20,000 in grants and interest-free loans are available to local businesses.

Notice: 2017 Intake Closed

Funds available from Norfolk County Council are fully subscribed for 2017. Applications will not be considered until January 2018.

Projects Approved to Date

Map of Approved Projects

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More information

Download Brochure Contact Economic Development Coordinator at 519-426-5870 ext 1264.


Study / Pre-Development Incentives:

Architectural and Design Grant (DCS-15):  Purpose is to offset the costs associated with preparing the necessary plans and drawings that will outline the extent of the improvements being applied for.

  • The program is available in the urban, hamlet, agricultural, and lakeshore areas.
  • Norfolk County will provide a one-time grant, per property, based on a 50/50 matching cash contribution of the applicant to a maximum of $1,500.
  • More about Architectural and Design Grant

Environmental Site Assessment Grant (DCS-12):  Purpose is to promote the undertaking of Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) so that more and better information is available with respect to the type of contamination and potential remediation costs on eligible properties. Phase I ESAs are not eligible for funding under this program. The program is designed for Phase II and Phase III ESAs.

  • The program is available in the urban, hamlet, agricultural, and lakeshore areas.
  • The maximum Environmental Site Assessment grant amount is $15,000 per property (excluding HST) and is based on a 50/50 matching cash contribution of the applicant.
  • More about the Environmental Site Assessment Grant

Planning Application Fee and Building Permit Fee Grant (DCS-20):  Purpose is to stimulate and encourage development and property improvements, and to provide assistance with the associated costs.

  • The program is available in the urban, hamlet, agricultural, and lakeshore areas.
  • Grants will be provided in the amount of 50% of the eligible planning and building permit fees, to a maximum of $3,000 in building permit application fees; and a maximum of $1,000 in planning application fees. This provides for a potential total grant of $4,000 to cover application fees.
  • More about Planning Application Fee and Building Permit Fee Grant

Building / Property Improvement Incentives

Agricultural Buildings and Facilities Improvement Program (DCS-16): Purpose is to provide assistance towards the conversion and re-use of existing agricultural buildings for new or expanded value-added agricultural activities.

  • The program is available in the agricultural area.
  • Maximum loan amount is $20,000 per property (excluding HST) and is based on a 50/50 matching cash contribution of the applicant. Loans will include a forgivable portion (grant) of 25% of the total loan amount. The loan will be interest free and carry a five year term. The forgivable (grant) portion will be conditional on the full repayment of the repayable portion of the loan.
  • More about Agricultural Building and Facilities Improvement Program

Building Façade Improvement Program (DCS-03):  Purpose is to assist property owners of existing buildings to maintain their long-term viability and to assist property owners of vacant properties/spaces in increasing the marketability of their property in order to secure tenants.

  • The program is available in the urban, hamlet, and lakeshore areas.
  • Maximum loan amount is $15,000 per property (excluding HST) and is based on a 50/50 matching cash contribution of the applicant. Loans will include a forgivable portion (grant) of 50% of the total loan amount. The loan will be interest free and carry a five year term. The forgivable (grant) portion will be conditional on the full repayment of the repayable portion of the loan.
  • More about Building Facade Improvement Program

Landscaping, Signage and Property Improvement Grant (DCS-17): Purpose is to provide assistance for upgrading the open areas associated with the property.


Structural Improvement Grant (DCS-19):  Purpose is to offset the costs associated with structural improvements to the interior of buildings for existing commercial operations.

  • The program is available in the urban, hamlet, agricultural, and lakeshore areas, although it would not be available for participants in the Agricultural Buildings and Facilities Improvement Program. 
  • Norfolk County will provide a one-time grant, per property, based on a 50/50 matching cash contribution of the applicant to a maximum of $5,000.
  • More about Structural Improvement Grant

Residential Conversion / Rehabilitation Grant (DCS-18):  Purpose is to assist with the conversion of unused or underused upper floor or rear space to new residential or commercial use.

  • The program is available in the urban, hamlet, and lakeshore areas. 
  • Norfolk County will provide a one-time grant, per property, based on a 50/50 matching cash contribution of the applicant to a maximum of $4,000 per dwelling unit or new commercial unit created, to a maximum of $8,000.
  • More about Residential Conversion / Rehabilitation Grant

Tax Increment Incentives:

Property Tax Increment Grant (DCS-07):  Purpose is to provide an economic incentive for the rehabilitation of properties by providing a grant to the owner of the property to pay a portion of the local taxes (excluding education taxes) attributable to the increased assessment over a five year period. 

  • The program is available in the urban, hamlet, agricultural and lakeshore areas.
  • The grant is calculated based on the increased assessment value after the renovation/construction, as determined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), at the tax rate that was applicable in the year the renovation or construction was completed. The site specific funding agreement will stipulate the pre-improved and post-improved assessed value, applicable municipal tax rate of that year, the amount of the grant in that year, the method to be used to calculate the grant in the subsequent four years using municipal tax rates to be determined in each of those years, and the anticipated delivery dates of the grant.
  • More about Property Tax Increment Grant

Commercial Heritage Incentive

The purpose of the Commercial Heritage Restoration Incentive Program is to assist owners of commercially designated heritage properties within the boundaries of each Central Business District (CBD) in Norfolk County.  Norfolk County’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP) enables this policy framework which will provide an annual grant equal to 20% of the municipal taxes levied on the property to assist eligible Owners with the ongoing maintenance and restoration of their heritage designated properties.  This Program is a 5-Year Pilot Project which will cease on January 1st, 2018.

More about Commercial Heritage Property Restoration Incentive Program