Downtown Community Improvement Plan

The City of Brantford has prepared a Downtown Community Improvement Plan (CIP) to promote development and investment in the Downtown.

The Downtown Community Improvement Plan is intended to support Downtown revitalization and bring more people to live and work in Downtown Brantford. Its programs will help property owners to improve or redevelop their properties within the Downtown Brantford Urban Growth Centre (UGC), as shown below.

To review the eligibility requirements of the Downtown Community Improvement Plan Programs, please review sections B.3 and B.4 of the Council-adopted Amended Downtown Community Improvement Plan .

Downtown Urban Growth Centre and Downtown Community Improvement Project Area
Figure 1: - Downtown Urban Growth Centre (Downtown Community Improvement Project Area)

Two programs are offered as part of the Downtown Community Improvement Plan:

The Property Tax Increment-Based Grant program provides property owners with a financial incentive to redevelop their properties within the UGC. Eligible redevelopment projects may include new buildings or substantial additions for residential uses or mixed uses (with both residential and commercial units) that will result in an increase in the assessed value of the property. Depending on the provision of affordable housing units in a redevelopment project, the grant may be enhanced to provide a greater financial incentive. It is envisioned that these redevelopment projects will provide for a variety of types and tenures of residential units, including affordable housing, support existing and new commercial and institutional uses, and contribute to a complete community in the heart of the City.

The Downtown Façade & Safety Improvement Grant Program is designed as a financial incentive for property owners to complete façade and safety improvements, in alignment with CPTED principles (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). The intent of the program is to improve the aesthetics and appeal of commercial and/or mixed use buildings and associated publicly accessible spaces within the Downtown Urban Growth Centre, and enhance the feeling of safety and security for residents and people working or visiting Downtown.

For more information or to apply to a program, please contact:

Planning Department
City of Brantford
58 Dalhousie Street, Brantford, Ontario N3T 2J2
T. 519-759-4150