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 North Core, South Core, and Westfort Business Area are designated as Community Improvement Plan project areas, as allowed under the Municipal and Planning Acts. This designation permitted the adoption of the Planning and Building Fee Grant Program and the Strategic Core Area Grant Program in 2016. These programs are available for eligible projects in 2020.

Thunder Bay's Strategic Core Areas are our main city centres. They are the public, cultural, social and economic engines of the City. The purpose of this assistance program is to promote new life and growth in core areas to encourage public and private investment overall. This will support the long-term economic, social and cultural health of these Strategic Core Areas.

Planning and Building Fee Grant Program
This program waives planning application fees and rebates building permit fees for eligible development projects. 
Strategic Core Area Grant Program
This program provides a one-time grant for construction projects that require a building permit and that include a minimum investment of $10,000 or more. These projects are eligible to receive a grant worth 5% of their construction costs up to a maximum grant of $25,000. 

Please see the new Strategic Core Area CIP Guide.

Is your project eligible?

Projects must require a building permit and must represent an investment of at least $10,000.  They must be located within the boundary of the defined project areas.

To determine eligibility for the program, individuals should contact the City’s Planning Services Division to determine if a property falls with the defined project areas.

If a property or building received a grant, loan or tax rebate under a previous Core Area Program, that property/building is still eligible to receive a grant under this new program, provided that the total amount received collectively does not exceed $25,000 or the value of the construction work done.

Project areas

When are grants issued?

Total grant amounts are payable upon final inspection and/or occupancy, and/or upon completion of a planning process (by-law passed, decision rendered, or agreement signed).

How to apply

To be considered for a grant under this program, any property owner or tenant can contact Planning Services to discuss your proposal and its eligibility for a grant program. Please review the application form for both programs below:

If you require a PDF in an accessible format, contact our Municipal Accessibility Specialist.


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