Community Improvement Grants

Grants for Downtown Businesses and Organizations

Grants are now available for businesses, building owners, tenants (with property owner authorization) and not-for-profit groups in designated parts of Downtown Timmins, South Porcupine and Schumacher to stimulate improvements and new development.

Grant application forms are available online or from the Community and Development Services Department at City Hall.  A total of $50,000 has been approved by Council for these grants. Completed, eligible applications will be reviewed and approved for funding by the Community and Development Services Department on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Application forms are available from the Department or online.  Applications are being accepted in person at the Planning Division at City Hall.  All applications shall require two quotes for the work to be done as well as a building permit (if applicable).  These shall be included with the application form and if not, the application shall be considered incomplete.  In order to be eligible, there shall be no by-law or fire prevention deficiencies on the property and the property’s water and taxes are to be paid up-to-date.

Grant program amounts vary by program and there is a maximum grant amount of $15,000 per property.  This includes any previously awarded grants to the same property.

Grant Programs

  • Façade Improvement Grants can be up to 50% of costs to a maximum of $15,000 to enhance the outer appearance of buildings (including signage).
  • Energy Efficiency Grants can be up to 50% costs to a maximum of $15,000 for Window and Door Improvements, Insulation, Energy Efficient Lighting and Heating and Ventilation and Air Conditioning Improvements.
  • Building Code Upgrade Grants can be up to 50% of costs to improve accessibility, develop upper storey residential housing and improve health and safety for the building up to a maximum of $15,000.
  • Feasibility Study Grants can be up to 50% of costs up to $5000 for design, engineering or business plans.

Please note: there is a maximum of $15,000 in total grants per property, including any previously awarded grants to the same property.

In addition, Downtown Timmins, South Porcupine and Schumacher are a part of the Municipal “No Fee Zone” with the intent of providing rebates for developing, redeveloping or renovating upper storey residential and commercial lands and buildings. The program applies to the following municipal fees:

  • building permit fees including demolition and sign permits;
  • minor variances;
  • street occupancy permits;
  • official plan and zoning by-law amendments;
  • consents to sever;
  • site plan control and development agreements; and
  • plan of subdivision and condominium.

To view CIP areas please consult the interactive map:

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Commercial and Industrial Community Improvement Plan

On June 15, 2018, Timmins Council adopted the City of Timmins Commercial & Industrial Community Improvement Plan – setting grant programs for businesses and building owners throughout the City of Timmins. The grant programs’ aim is to promote redevelopment of brownfield sites, encourage mining redevelopment and promote the City’s underutilized Timmins Industrial Park.  For 2018, the City of Timmins has set aside $50,000 towards the Commercial & Industrial CIP.

The Commercial & Industrial CIP has three grants available which will be administered through the incentive programs:

  • Tax Increment Rebate Grant – a grant to eligible individuals who undertake significant development resulting in an increase in the incremental tax value based on the pre- and post-redevelopment assessment value as determined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).
  • Environmental Study Grant – a grant to help offset the environmental study costs associated with site remediation for properties that are contaminated.
  • Municipal Fee Rebate Grant – a grant which provides refunds for planning and building fees.

Grant application forms are available from the Community & Development Services Department. Completed, eligible applications will be reviewed and approved for funding by the Community & Development Services Department on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Interested applicants are encouraged to speak to the CIP Coordinator, Dave St.Onge, before submitting an application to ensure eligibility and the completeness of the application.

The Commercial & Industrial CIP incentive programs include:

  • Commercial & Industrial Redevelopment – promote redevelopment of former commercial and industrial brownfield sites by offering the tax increment rebate grant, environmental study grant and municipal fee rebate grant opportunities to applicants meeting the eligibility criteria.
  • Mining Redevelopment – promote development on properties that have been used as an active mine, mineral processing operation or previously used for mining purposes by offering the tax increment rebate grant and the municipal fee rebate grant to applicants meeting the eligibility criteria.
  • Timmins Industrial Park Development – promote development within the Timmins Industrial Park, City owned land which is located west of McBride Street north of Wal-Mart, by offering the tax increment rebate and the municipal fee rebate grant to applicants meeting the eligibility criteria.

The Commercial & Industrial Community Improvement Plan was developed after consulting with the public, local businesses, building owners and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and after reviewing other municipalities’ programs including Sudbury, North Bay, Cornwall, Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie.

Anyone interested is encouraged to contact the CIP Coordinator at the City of Timmins for an application form or for more information.

For more information call the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Coordinator, Dave St.Onge at 705-360-2600

Ext. 3347 / dave.st.onge@timmins.ca