The City of Sarnia is now accepting applications for landscaping, renovation, building façade improvement, and additional residential unit projects in the Downtown and Mitton Village areas.

The purpose of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) is to stimulate redevelopment, address needs, and facilitate property improvements in the two designated commercial areas of the city. The CIP was developed through public consultation and was adopted by Sarnia City Council in December 2020.

As of June 24, 2021, owners and tenants of private properties located in these two areas are encouraged to apply for any of the following programs: the Landscape and Property Improvement Program, the Building Façade Improvement Program, the Renovation Program Grant, and the Additional Residential Unit Program. The programs include a mix of matching grants that can cover up to 50% of the cost of a project up to a maximum amount.

A total of $100,000 was allocated to this program for 2021 by Sarnia City Council as part of the budget process. All four programs are being launched simultaneously and will be open to applications on a first-come-first-serve basis until the $100,000 is exhausted. Any remaining funds at the end of the year are to carry over to support the continued funding of the incentive programs.

In addition to the grant programs, the existing Downtown and Mitton Village Fee Exemption Program was extended by City Council for another five years to 2026. The fee exemption program provides a 50% reduction to planning and building application fees for eligible properties.

More information about the grants and how to apply can be found on the dedicated CIP webpage

For more information about the Fee Exemption Program, please contact

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For further information, please contact:

Kelly Provost, Director of Economic Development or 519-332-0330 ext. 3343

Eric Hyatt, Manager of Planning or 519-332-0330 ext. 3285