Invest / Improve


The Community Improvement Plan (CIP), adopted in 2004, provides a variety of financial incentive programs to encourage development/redevelopment in five (5) project areas in the City of St. Catharines, Downtown St. Catharines being one of the key areas. The grant programs available are intended to stimulate private sector investment in rehabilitation activities in the Community Improvement Project Areas.

The following grant programs are offered:

  • Residential Conversion and Intensification Grant
  • Residential Construction Grant
  • Façade Improvement Grant
  • Brownfield Financial Tax Assistance
  • Brownfield Tax Increment Based Incentive Grant
  • Tax Increment Based Incentive Grant
  • Municipal Application and Permit Fees Refund

For further information contact:

Community Renewal Co-ordinator

Planning and Development Services
City of St. Catharines
PO Box 3012, 50 Church St.
St. Catharines, ON L2R 7C2

Tel: 905.688.5601 x1723

Fax: 905.688.5873



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Are you affected by graffiti?  We encourage all property owners to report any act of graffiti vandalism on their property to the Niagara Regional Police as well as contacting the Association Office for assistance to remove the graffiti as quickly as possible.

To report graffiti in progress, call 911.

To report graffiti after the fact, contact the Graffiti Information Line at 905-688-5601, ext. 3138, as well as the St. Catharines Downtown Association at 905-685-8424.



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