Community Improvement Plans

A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a specific planning tool developed to focus municipal initiatives in identified areas in need of development and/or redevelopment. Adopting a CIP empowers the City to offer grants or loans to pay for the whole or any part of the cost of eligible development or redevelopment.

The Thunder Bay International Airport is recognized as being important to both the citizens and the economy of Thunder Bay and the region.

The Airport lands are approximately 345 hectares, or 850 acres in size. In 2003, these lands were designated by City Council as a Community Improvement Plan project area, as allowed under the Municipal and Planning Acts. This designation permitted the adoption of the Airport Development Grant Program in 2019.

 Airport Development Grant Program (2019)

The 2019 Airport Community Improvement Plan introduced the Airport Development Grant Program. 

This program allows the City to grant back to businesses all incremental increases in municipal property taxes resulting from new aerospace related development on Airport lands for up to 25 years. Aerospace-related is an adjective phrase that describes a use directly associated with or directly related to the operation of an airport

The total amount of municipal property tax increase rebates granted back cannot exceed the total value of all eligible development work, including any new buildings or structures.

The program is available to owners and tenants who submit their application by December 31, 2030.

How to apply

To be considered for a grant under this program, any property owner or tenant can contact Planning Services to set up a pre-consultation meeting. 

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