Community Improvement Plan Update 2021

CIP Review & Update

The Town of New Tecumseth has undertaken a review and update to the current Community Improvement Plan (CIP). The updated CIP was approved by Council on March 15, 2021 and will take effect on January 1, 2022. Until then, applicants are still able to apply under the existing CIP.  To all those that took part in the review process, thank you for your input!

2021 Updated Community Improvement Plan

After a year of consultation and research, we are happy to provide you with the Council approved Community Improvement Plan 2021. We hope that you will take some time to review this document. 

During the review of the updated CIP, Council also considered the "Catalytic Development Priority Sites".  A number of sites were identified as proposed "Catalytic Development Priority Sites" using our site selection criteria. This criteria is described in Schedule D of the updated CIP. You can view the maps of the potential sites, as well as the site selection criteria.

Additional Information and Newsletters

Council Meeting Minutes - March 15, 2021

Downtown Community Improvement Plan Project Areas - By-Law #2021-026 

Community Improvement Plan By-law - By-Law #2021-027 

CIP Review & Update - Background and Needs Assessment Report

Fall 2020 - CIP Review & Update Project Newsletter

June 2020 - CIP Review & Update Project Newsletter

February 2020 - CIP Review & Update Project Newsletter

Past Events

October 21, 2020 - Proposed Final CIP - Public Meeting

The statutory public meeting for the proposed final CIP was held on October 21, 2020. You can view this meeting online though our YouTube link.

The Public Meeting notice was advertised in the New Tecumseth Times, on social media and the Town and CIP project webpage. 

July 22, 2020 - CIP Review & Update - Grant Logistics & Details Stakeholder Meeting

Please view the Grant Logistics and Details Stakeholder Meeting presentation

June 22, 2020 - CIP Review & Update Background Report and Needs Assessment

Read our Background and Needs Assessment Report!

Committee of the Whole on Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7:00PM. View the recording of the meeting through our YouTube link.

Spring 2020 - CIP Review & Update Visioning Workshop 

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Visioning Workshop.

The Visioning Workshop was open to key stakeholders and interested members of the public to provide an opportunity to participate in the identification of current CIP issues, future opportunities, and specific ideas and direction for the CIP Review and Update.

Key stakeholders were identified as:

    • Local Business Improvement Associations
    • Local Chambers of Commerce
    • Existing downtown businesses and property owners
    • Heritage Advisory Committees
    • Proponent or provider of affordable housing
    • Others

View the Visioning Workshop Presentation.

Additionally, please view the following workshop sheets:




CIP Review & Update Kick-Off Meeting - December 2019

A big Thank You to everyone who came out to our Kick-Off meeting!

The purpose of the meeting was to provide information on:

  • What a CIP is and what a CIP can do;
  • Background on New Tecumseth's CIP and the CIP Project Area; and,
  • CIP review process and timeline.

See a couple of photos below from our kick-off event:

Photo of information at Kick-off MeetingPhoto of information at Kick-off Meeting Photo of information at Kick-off Meeting







Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Community Improvement Plan (CIP)?

A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a community planning tool used by municipalities to revitalize areas of a community through programs, grants and incentives. These areas can include:

  • Traditional downtown areas;
  • Areas with significant heritage built form;
  • Employment/Industrial areas;
  • Community-wide to support affordable housing development;
  • Commercial areas; and,
  • Contaminated/Brownfield sites.

Through a Community Improvement Plan, municipalities can:

  • Focus public attention on local priorities;
  • Target areas in transition or in need of repair, rehabilitation and redevelopment;
  • Facilitate and encourage community change in a coordinated manner; and,
  • Stimulate private sector investment through municipal incentive-based programs.
Why did we do a review and update of our CIP?

In order for our CIP to remain relevant and competitive, it is important to undertake a review of our current program from time to time to be sure that it is working best for our communities.

On September 9, 2019, Council directed staff to undertake a review and update of our CIP to review the available program grants, past success, current program participation, project area, etc.

How does a CIP work?

The creation of a CIP is permitted through the Town's Official Plan, through the Planning Act. As such, an implementing By-law and program is formed to provide eligible participants with a suite of grants, incentives and loans to achieve targeting community improvements.

How does a CIP get funded?

CIP grants, incentives and loans are funded through taxpayer dollars. This funding is allocated to the program by Council through the Town's budget.

What types of grants, incentives and loans can be funded through a CIP?

Under the Planning Act, CIPs can provide funding for many different types of community improvement works. This can include, among others:

  • Preservation and adaptive reuse of heritage and industrial buildings;
  • Brownfield environmental assessment, remediation and redevelopment;
  • Commercial building façade improvements;
  • Downtown/core area revitalization;
  • Project feasibility studies;
  • Space conversion for residential and commercial uses;
  • Structural Improvements to buildings (i.e. Building Code upgrades); 
  • Upgrades for improved accessibility;
  • Property tax assistance for remediation purposes; and
  • Promote the development of affordable housing.
Do other municipalities have CIPs?

Almost every municipality across the province has some form of a CIP. As every municipality in Ontario is unique, so too is their CIP. 

How do I get more information about the CIP?

For more information about the CIP please contact the Planning department at:

When does the new CIP take effect?
The new CIP takes effect on January 1, 2022. Until then, applicants are still able to apply under the existing CIP. 
How can I apply for funding under the existing CIP?
The Town's current CIP is still active and accepting applications, subject to available funding. For more information please visit the current Community Improvement Plan webpage.