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Heart of the City Program


Cornwall’s Heart of the City initiative supports revitalization projects that occur in the central core, or “Heart of the City”. These areas include the downtown business district (Pitt Street and adjacent roadways) along with the Le Village shopping district.

The Heart of the City program has a number of tools to help landowners undertake property improvements, with a special focus on aesthetic improvements, and the upgrading and renovation of commercial properties and ancillary residential units.

Rehabilitation Tax Increment Grant Program

A land owner is reimbursed part or all of the increase in municipal taxes paid as a result of improvements made to a building. The grant allows for a reimbursement, on a sliding scale, in part or in full for up to 10 years (based upon each individual case).

Building Restoration & Improvement Program

A landowner receives a loan, either forgivable or interest free, to help with interior improvements to buildings for 50% of the total cost to a maximum of $30,000.

Project Design Study Grant

A landowner is provided a grant of 50% of the cost of such things as feasibility studies or concept drawings to a maximum of $7,500.

Facade Improvement/ Sign Grant

A grant can be available to assist with improvements to a building facade or for new signage. Funding is based on 50% of the costs to a maximum of $10,000 for facade work and $2,000 for new signage.

Municipal Planning/Development Fees Grant

A landowner upgrading or redeveloping a property can receive full reimbursement for such items as an Official Plan/ Zoning Amendments and Building Permits.

Discretionary Municipal Tipping Fees Grant

A developer is given a reduction in the cost of dumping nonhazardous waste at the municipal landfill site. The grant is for 50% of the assigned fee with a total dollar amount as determined by the City.

More Information

Dana McLean
Development Coordinator
City of Cornwall
100 Water St East, 1st Floor
Cornwall, Ontario
K6H 6G4

613-930-2787 ext 2105