Brownfields are abandoned, vacant, derelict or underutilized commercial and industrial properties, where past actions have resulted in actual or perceived contamination.
The City of Cornwall has a number of programs to help developers revitalize brownfield sites.
Rehabilitation Tax Increment Grant
The developer pays the full cost of redevelopment as well as the annual increase in property tax which results. The City then reimburses (or rebates) the developer an annual grant equivalent to all or part of the municipal portion of tax increase.
Environmental Site Assessment
Assistance is provided to specify the extent of contamination through partial funding of an Environmental Site Assessment (Phase 2 or 3). Funding is available on a matching basis for 50% of study costs, to a maximum of $15,000.
Project Feasibility Study
Assistance is provided to determine the feasibility of the project. Eligible studies include traffic impact analysis, concept drawings and market feasibility. Funding is available on a matching basis for 50% of study costs, to a maximum of $7,500.
Brownfield Property Tax Cancellation Assistance
This program provides assistance to landowners by removing the cost of property taxation. There are added opportunities to have a combined cancellation of both municipal and education portions of tax over a predetermined time period.
Municipal Planning / Development Fees Rebate
This program is designed to assist developers by rebating up to 100% of municipal planning and development fees.
Discretionary Municipal Tipping Fees Grant
Assistance is provided to developers through the reduction of tipping fees related to removal and disposal of non-hazardous material at the City landfill site.
Payment-in-Lieu of Parkland Dedication Program
This program exempts a landowner from providing a cash-in-lieu payment for parkland dedication purposes.
City of Cornwall
100 Water St East, 1st Floor
613-930-2787 ext 2105