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Brownfields Redevelopment Program

Brownfields are abandoned, vacant, or underutilized properties where past actions have resulted in actual or perceived environmental contamination and/or derelict or deteriorated buildings. They are usually, but not exclusively, former industrial or commercial properties. Brownfields can include old landfills, abandoned factories, dry cleaners, gas stations, storage areas, bulk fuel storage/oil terminals, asphalt plants and print shops. The Ottawa Brownfields Community Improvement Program (CIP) is a comprehensive framework for promoting brownfield development within the City's urban area boundary and designated villages.

The Brownfields CIP places the highest priority for brownfield redevelopment in the Central Area, Mixed Use Centres, along Mainstreets and within 600 metres of existing or planned rapid transit stations. This area is known as the priority area.

Recent Changes

On October 14, 2015, City Council approved changes to the Brownfields CIP. Applications to the Program that were received prior to October 14, will proceed under the previous version of the CIP.

All applications received after October 14, 2015 will now proceed under the new version of the CIP (PDF version coming shortly).

Existing 2010 BRCIP and Proposed 2015 BRCIP Incentive Programs
Program Eligible Items Program Item Features
BRCIP Year 2010 2015
Project Feasibility Study Grant Program

Grant equivalent to 50 per cent of the cost of an eligible project feasibility study.

Maximum grant of $5,000.

Maximum one study per property.

No Change
Environmental Site Assessment Grant Program

Grant equivalent to 50 per cent of the cost of an eligible environmental site assessment, remedial action plan or risk assessment.

Maximum grant of $15,000 per study.

Maximum of two studies per property/project.

Maximum total grant of $25,000 per property/project.

No Change
Property Tax Assistance Program **

Cancellation of the municipal property tax increase for up to three years.

Cancellation of the education property tax increase for up to three years *.

No Change
Rehabilitation Grant Program **

Grant equivalent to 50 per cent of the municipal property tax increase for up to 10 years

100 per cent Demolition Cost*

100 per cent Rehabilitation Costs*

50 per cent On-site infrastructure costs

Grant equivalent to 85 per cent of the municipal property tax increase for up to five years

50 per cent Demolition Cost*

50 per cent Rehabilitation Costs *

50 per cent On-site infrastructure costs

Building Permit Fee Grant Program **

Priority Area -Grant equivalent to 30 per cent of building permit fee *

Non Priority Area – Not Available

No Change
Development Charge Reduction Program *** For Priority Areas, up to 50 per cent reduction of development charges payable for eligible items 1 - 7 costs  and for Non Priority Areas, up to 25 per cent reduction of development Charges for eligible items 1 - 7 costs  For Priority Areas, up to 50 per cent deferment of eligible item costs and for Non Priority Areas, up to 25 per cent deferment of eligible item costs; towards development charges (items 1 to 7) through a Deferral Agreement with a preferred annual interest charge of the issued index interest rate. The term of the Agreement would be subject to a maximum of either two years after issuance of a building permit or three years after the approval by the Council of the BRCIP application by the developer, whichever one occurs first, at which time the payment of the Development Charge deferred amount would be made by the developer.

Notes:
*Total of items 7 – 12 under the Rehabilitation Grant Program and Building Permit Fee Grant Program may not exceed 15 per cent of the total eligible items under the BRCIP program.
**Large Phased developments will have their approved grant payment periods of either five or 10 year apply for each phase. Each Phase payment period will commence at the issuance of the first building permit.
***Development Charge Credit Program replaced with the Development Charge Deferral Program as outline above.
***Priority areas are in the Central Area, Mixed Use Centres, along Mainstreets or within 600 metres of existing/ planned rapid transit stations

Funding Limits

Applicants should note that as per the Ottawa Brownfields CIP, the total of all grants, property tax assistance and development charge reduction provided in respect of particular lands and buildings specified in the above-noted programs shall not exceed 50 per cent of the cost of rehabilitating said lands and buildings.

How to Apply?

With respect to any and all of the above-noted programs, applicants should ensure that they contact the City to obtain an application, submit a complete application, and receive written acceptance of that application by the City before commencing any study or remediation/rehabilitation works that will be subject of an incentive program application.

For more information about these programs and how to make an application, please contact Don Herweyer at 613-580-2424, ext. 28311 or Doug James at 613-580-2424, ext. 13856.