Aerial photo of Port Hope downtown looking east towards rural Port Hope

The Port Hope Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a series of funding incentives available to property owners and business owners within the Downtown CIP Area. These incentives encourage redevelopment of aging buildings and provide funding for various projects.

How do I apply?

Simply contact our Business Outreach Coordinator by email to discuss your proposed project. We will advise you of the programs that you may be eligible for and guide you through the application process. We accept funding applications on an ongoing basis.

Complete your CIP Pre-Application Form here

Eligibility

  • Commercial properties within the CIP Area
  • You must be the property owner or have explicit permission from the property owner
  • Project must not have been started as you cannot apply for funding once you have applied for the building permit

Programs

The Downtown Community Improvement Plan includes multiple incentives. All grants may be “stacked” or applied for together, with the exception of the Tax Increment Grant Program and the Development Charge Grant Program.

Urban Design Study Grant Program

The Urban Design Study Grant Program offers a grant equal to 50% of the cost of an urban design study, professional architectural and design drawing(s), and/or heritage impact assessment to a maximum grant of $3,000. Only one Urban Design Study Grant application per property or project is permitted.

Façade Improvement Grant Program

The Façade Improvement Grant Program offers a grant equal to 50% of the cost of eligible front, side and rear façade improvement and restoration works to a commercial, institutional and mixed-use buildings. There is up to $12,500 available for front facades and up to $7,500 for side and rear façades.

Building and Property Improvement Grant Program

The Building and Property Improvement Grant Program has two components:

  1. promoting building improvements
  2. promoting parking area and landscaping improvements

The building improvement component offers a grant equal to 50% of the cost of eligible interior and exterior building works to commercial, institutional and mixed-use buildings up to maximum grant of $12,500.

The Property Improvement component offers a grant equal to 50% of the cost of eligible exterior property improvement, such as landscaping and paving, to a maximum grant of $7,500.

Upper Storey Conversion Grant Program

The Upper Storey Conversion Grant Program offers a grant for the following types of projects in the upper storeys of existing commercial, institutional and mixed-use buildings.

Renovating existing residential units to bring these units into compliance with the Building Code, Property Standards By-law, and the Fire Code.

Constructing new residential units or new live, work, or studio space. The grant offered is $15 per square foot to a maximum grant of $15,000 per residential unit, live workspace or studio, and a maximum of four residential units. The grant can be increased to $24 per square foot for affordable residential units.

Brownfield's Tax Assistance Program

The Brownfield's Tax Assistance Program offers the cancellation of Municipality property taxes for up to three years on a property that needs an environmental site assessment and environmental remediation in order to redevelop the property.

Tax Increment Grant Program

The Tax Increment Grant Program offers an annual grant for up to 10 years after project completion to help reduce the property tax increase that can result in larger rehabilitation, redevelopment, infill and intensification projects in the Project Area. This grant is only available to projects that meet the Municipality's minimum performance requirements for a “catalytic project”. If the applicant chooses to apply for this grant, Council will determine if the project meets this criteria.

Please note

A property owner must choose between applying for the Tax Increment Grant Program and the Development Charge Grant Program.

Development Charge Grant Program

The Development Charge Grant Program offers a grant that reduces the Municipal Development Charges payable on projects in the Project Area. This grant is only available to projects that meet the Municipality's minimum performance requirement for a “catalytic project”. If the applicant chooses to apply for this grant, Council will determine if the project meets this criteria.

Fees Grant Program

The Fees Grant Program offers a grant equal to up to 100% of the fees paid on planning and development applications, demolitions or building permits, and a range of other permits for projects approved and completed under any of the CIP Incentive programs up to a maximum of $5,000.

Completed projects

The CIP funding has been used by many local business and property owners:

  • 45 Mill Street South
  • 19 Ontario Street
  • 33 Mill Street South (Fall 2021)
  • 10 Robertson Street
  • 78 Walton Street
  • 26 Ontario Street

History

In 2018, the Municipality of Port Hope embarked on the implementation of a major Downtown Revitalization Project. A key part of this exciting project is the Downtown Port Hope Community Improvement Plan (CIP). The Planning Act and Municipal Act, 2001 provided the legislative basis for municipal community improvement planning. The Act enables municipalities to start community improvement activities to improve the physical landscape, either through municipally-driven or incentive-based programs. We adopted the CIP to help promote the revitalization and redevelopment of our Downtown.