Below is a list of incentives and programs offered by the municipalities of North Simcoe. The Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene; Townships of Tay and Tiny offer a number of programs for property owners and developers to help offset costs of improvements and conversions of  heritage properties, core area properties and buildings.

Town of Midland
Town of Penetanguishene
Township of Tay
Township of Tiny

Town of Midland

The Town of Midland provides the following exemptions from municipal development charges:

  • Buildings for industrial uses
  • Lands zoned Downtown Core Commercial – DC-F2 in the Town of Midland Zoning By-law

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Town of Penetanguishene

On July 25, 2007, Town Council approved a Façade Improvement Program for businesses located in the Downtown Improvement Area. The purpose of this program is to encourage and assist our local merchants who wish to make improvements or updates to their storefronts.

Applications are accepted at any time and are done a first come first served basis.

By providing financial incentives to business owners and/or business tenants in the Downtown Improvement Area, the Façade Improvement Program seeks to:

  • Encourage the continued vitality and economic vitality of the commercial core in all seasons;
  • Make the Town more attractive, inviting and pedestrian-friendly by encouraging consistency in urban design and signage while recognizing the importance of the existing historical architecture and the distinctive character within the community;
  • Reinforce the commercial core as a focus for the community;
  • Increase the marketability of the local business area by assisting building owners to attract and retain tenants;
  • Provide incentives for redevelopment of Main Street as an attractive entrance to the Town; and
  • Build civic pride among the business community and contribute to the quality of life of residents, workers and visitors in the Town.

The Town of Penetanguishene offers a property tax rebate for eligible heritage properties.

The Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program applies to the heritage portion of properties that are designated as having cultural heritage value or interest under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (an individual property designation). Properties are designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and rated as having excellent, very good, or good heritage value.

Building community can be fueled by tangible projects that can be rallied around by all!

“Making Place” by unifying our downtown with colour and hospitality creates a welcoming venue for visitors, residents and business owners.

The goals of the Rejuvenate, Refresh Downtown Penetanguishene Program are to:

  • Beautify downtown with colour, naturalization etc. to provide a welcoming atmosphere.
  • Create a unified colour scheme for the downtown.

Working in cooperation with Heritage Penetanguishene, the Town will develop a colour pallet for the downtown that enhances building facades and rejuvenates heritage buildings in the downtown core.

A local sponsoring paint distributor will provide paint and supplies as required at cost.

Business owners can sign up for the program with their commitment to assist with painting other business facades.

Business owners enrolled in the program will volunteer their time to paint neighbouring business facades and in turn have their building painted (owner to purchase paint for their own façade). Helping hands helping each other.

The program also encourages business owners to purchase planters at cost and participate in a Main Street planting evening.

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Township of Tay

Economic development incentives are delivered through the Township of Tay’s Zoning By-law and Development Changes By-law and through policy set by Council; for example:

  • Parking exemptions for small scale start-up businesses in our 3 village cores in Port McNicoll, Victoria Harbour and Waubaushene.
  • As of right permitted uses for Bed & Breakfasts and Home Occupations in residential zones.
  • Reduction of non-residential Township of Tay Development Charges in our 3 village cores and full exemption for industrial uses and farm buildings.
  • Heritage Tax Rebate.

As well, the Tay Shore Trail is a valuable recreation and tourism asset that Council continually promotes as an economic driver by integrating the Trail into land use policy and land use development decisions.

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Township of Tiny

The Township Zoning By-law currently permits the following as of right in certain zones:

  • Home Occupation
  • Home Industry

They are defined in our By-law as:

Means the use of part of a dwelling unit for an occupation or business activity that results in a product or service and which is clearly secondary to the principal use of the dwelling unit.

Means a small-scale industrial use with no show/display room, such as a carpentry shop, a metal working shop, a machine shop, a welding shop, a tool and die shop or an electrical shop that provides services or wares to the rural community and which is an accessory use to an agricultural use or a single detached dwelling. For the purpose of this By-law, the repairing of motor vehicles, mobile homes, trailers, and/or boats are not a home industry.

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