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Bells Corners Community Improvement Plan

Bells Corners Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Overview

The principal goal of the Bells Corners Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is to stimulate business investment, urban renewal and property upgrades in the area.

The plan provides incentives for property owners to encourage investment in redevelopment of lands and/or buildings that are underutilized, idled, or in need of repair or renovation. The program encourages these owners to update, renew and in some cases enlarge their developments. Beyond urban renewal through property improvements, the program is also expected to generate new commercial activity and improve employment opportunities.

Because the plan promotes revitalization and improvements to quality and variety of market offerings, eligible projects must contribute to a desirable community fabric. Applicants will be required to provide evidence that their project addresses an identified market need.

Owners of properties in the designated area who will be redeveloping their property for industrial, commercial and/or office uses will be eligible. The program would also apply to mixed-use land uses, where fifty percent (50% or more of the project, determined by floor area, shall be comprised of commercial, industrial, or office land uses.

For eligible projects, the Bells Corners 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.

Staff Report

By-law No. 2016-311 [ PDF 550 KB ] to designate a part of the area covered by the Official Plan for the City of Ottawa as the Bells Corners Community Improvement Project Area 

By-law No. 2016-321 [ PDF 350 KB ] A by-law of the City of Ottawa to adopt the Carling Ave. 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
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department
110 Laurier Ave., 3rd Floor,Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Tel: 613-580-2424, ext. 28991
Fax: 613-560-6028

Eligibility checklist

The information set forth in this checklist is provided solely as general guidance about the eligibility requirements of the Bells Corners Community Improvement Plan (“Bells Corners CIP”). It is not intended to constitute or replace the relevant By-laws and program documents. No information contained in this checklist, or any oral or written communication should be relied upon as a representation or warranty as to any matter related to the Bells Corners CIP and no liability shall attach to any person or entity as a result of such information. This checklist is indicative only. Complete information is contained in By-laws No. 2016-311and No. 2016-321and associated program documents.

  • The property is located in the Bells Corners Community Improvement Plan Project Area as described in By-law No. 2016-311.
  • The project is a redevelopment or replacement of an existing building and is not a Greenfield development.
  • The proposed work includes one or more of the following:
    • An addition of building space to an existing building;
    • construction of a new building, where a previous building has been Located;
    • Interior fit-up;
    • Significant alterations to an existing building resulting in improved marketability of the rental premises and a corresponding increase in assessed value;
    • Exterior façade improvement facing a public road right-of-way; and
    • Site works including landscaping and signage.
  • The improvements made to buildings and/or land shall be made pursuant to a building permit where required, and/or other required permits, and be constructed in accordance with the Ontario Building Code where applicable.
  • To be eligible for payment of a Bells Corners CIP TIEG grant, the amount of work undertaken on the property and/or buildings shall result in a minimum increase of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) in the assessed value of the property as determined through post-construction reassessment by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).
  • It can be demonstrated that the project would not otherwise have proceeded in the absence of the incentive.
  • It can be demonstrated that the project meets a need in the community for either job creation appropriate to the local labour market or goods/services provision to the local consumer or business market.
  • The owner’s financial account with the City is in good standing (including taxes, water, fines and all other accounts due).