What is a Community Improvement Plan?

What is a CIP?

Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Definition

A Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is a vehicle for facilitating revitalization and redevelopment efforts in a defined area(s). A CIP is a tool available to municipalities under Section 28 of the Planning Act that allows municipalities to establish grants, loans and other programs to encourage private sector investment in development and renovation projects which seek to improve areas in accordance with local goals and priorities.

Community Improvement Project Area (CIPA) Definition

In addition, a CIP can only take place in a designated Community Improvement Project Area (CIPA) which is an area which in the opinion of the council is desirable for redevelopment because of age, dilapidation, overcrowding, faulty arrangement, unsuitability of buildings or for any other environmental, social or community economic development reason. The Community Improvement Project Area for each of the Town’s three Community Improvement Plans (i.e. Downtown, Industrial Areas and Seniors Housing) can be found by clicking the link to each program.

More information on CIPs and CIPAs can be found on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s Website. General inquiries can be made to the Office of Economic Development.

For more information please contact our Office of Economic Development.