The principal goal of the Orléans Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is to attract major knowledge-based employers (e.g., clean technologies, photonics and life sciences) to the area and to encourage the creation of new high quality jobs. In so doing, the Orléans CIP would result in significant improvements to the job-to-household ratio in Orléans. Additionally, the CIP aims to attract new employment-related private sector investment for lands and/or buildings that are underutilized, idled, or in need of repair or renovation.
The plan provides financial incentives for property owners that would encourage investment in the redevelopment of properties that currently, or in the past have been developed. Eligible projects must target a minimum of 15 net new knowledge-based jobs within 10 years of project completion and result in a minimum of 15 immediate net new jobs at time of project completion.
For eligible projects, the Orléans CIP offers “Tax Incentive Equivalent Grants (TIEG).” These grants are based on the increase in the property’s contribution to municipal property taxes resulting from the value created through re-development. After the taxes have been paid each year, and all other accounts with the City are in good standing, the City then reimburses 75% of the increment in the municipal property tax each year for a period of 10 years. The plan does not apply to greenfield development.
Documents and Resources:
- Eligibility Checklist
- Staff Report
- By-law No. 2013-292 [ PDF 347.35 KB ] to designate a part of the area covered by the Official Plan for the City of Ottawa as the Orléans Community Improvement Project Area
- By-law No. 2013-293 [ PDF 733.3 KB ] A by-law of the City of Ottawa to adopt the Orléans Community Improvement Plan. This by-law includes program details.
For more information on this program, including the complete eligibility criteria, or to obtain application forms please contact:
Chris Cope. Economic Development Officer
Economic Development and Innovation Department
110 Laurier Ave., 3rd Floor,
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 28991