Central Manitoulin Community Improvement Plan
Grants and loans been developed and approved by Council to respond to local business property investment needs. Applicants are encouraged to read the Community Improvement Plan Detailed Program Documentation.
This Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is intended to promote and sustain quality of life and long-term economic growth in the Municipality of Central Manitoulin. The Plan represents part of the Municipality’s broader economic development and diversification planning as well as effective land use and use of existing community infrastructure. Existing municipal policy as well as Provincial policy is in full support of these goals.
A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a tool available to municipalities under the Planning Act to help facilitate revitalization and redevelopment. Grant, loan and other programs have been developed and approved by Council to respond to local business property investment needs, such as:
- Program 1: Façade, Landscape and Signage Improvement
- Program 2: Building Restoration, Renovation and Improvement
- Program 3: Planning and Related Fees
- Program 4: Tax Increment Grant
- Program 5: Environmental Site Assessment
The CIP also targets Commercial Fixed-roof Accommodation such as Motels, Hotels, Tourist Cabin Establishments and Bed & Breakfast properties. In recognition of the fact that the development of these assets is essential to tourism development in Central Manitoulin.
View the Community Improvement Plan - Detailed Program Documentation to see the full eligibility and opportunities available.
The following are General Eligibility Requirements that must be met by all applications before being considered by the Evaluation Committee. The General Eligibility Requirements must be read in association with the program-specific eligibility requirements detailed in Schedule A.
The decision to fund and the amount of funding will generally be determined through the application of minimum criteria which measure each application based on the quality of the proposed property enhancement and/or development project. Eligibility will be on a discretionary basis and based on the merits of each application. Screening criteria include:
- Only eligible properties located within the boundary of the Central Manitoulin Target Zones, as defined in Section 5 of this Plan, are eligible for financial incentive programs offered under this CIP;
- Applications which are in default of any By-law of the Municipality of Central Manitoulin as well as applicants with any property tax arrears, or who are involved in ongoing litigation with the Municipality or the Manitoulin Planning Board will be screened from further consideration, until such time as these defaults are remedied;
- All applicants shall also be in good standing with regard to any other municipal fees and levies liable on the property. Applicants will be given the opportunity to reinstate their applications once tax arrears and outstanding municipal bills have been cleared.
- Under Section 28(7) of the Planning Act, eligible applicants must be either a registered property owner, assessed property owner or a tenant of a property to whom the owner has assigned consent to receive assistance under the CIP.
- Eligibility will be on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis. In addition, the decision to fund, and the amount of funding, will generally be determined through the application of minimum criteria which measure each application based on the quality of the proposed property enhancement and/or development project. Such criteria will be determined by the Evaluation Committee and adjusted from time to time as required. The development of these criteria and their use in evaluation of applications which have successfully passed the screening test, will be at the sole discretion of the Evaluation Committee in performing its mandate under this Plan.
The decision by Council to fund property enhancement through the instrument of this CIP is entirely at the discretion of the Council of the Municipality of Central Manitoulin. The Council reserves the right to determine the level of funding which shall be received by an applicant, whether to fund at all or in part, and what conditions, obligations and other requirements are attached to funding allocations.
Additionally, Council reserves the right to amend the process of application and evaluation, at any time and for any reason, without the requirement to amend the approved Community Improvement Plan. If during the course of construction, the applicant is in default of relevant By-laws or payments to the Municipality, and fails to remedy this within a reasonable period determined by the Municipality, the applicant will be required to repay any received grant assistance in part or in whole at the discretion of the Municipality. Such a requirement will be a condition of approval of funding, signed and acknowledged by the applicant.
The Municipality can help you with the process and answer your questions.
Community Improvement Plan Administration
Community Development/Outreach Coordinator
6020 Highway 542
Submit and Application