Community Improvement Programme

Invest Well

In 2018 The County of Wellington approved its first ever County-wide Community Improvement Programme (CIP) and branded the initiative “Invest Well”. The Invest Well Community Improvement Programme establishes a framework for support and implementation of programmes that will allow the County to participate financially in local grant and loan programmes aimed at revitalizing, beautifying, and attracting investment in Wellington.

What is the Community Improvement Programme?

A Community Improvement Programme (CIP) is intended to encourage rehabilitation initiatives and stimulate development.  A CIP allows the County to provide tax assistance, grants or loans to assist in the rehabilitation of lands and buildings within the defined Community Improvement Project Area.

Goals and Objectives

Through the County-wide CIP, Wellington County provides leadership in community improvement planning by offering incentives to eligible owners and tenants of lands and buildings in key sectors and areas of economic activity. The County’s Invest Well Programme works together with the Member Municipal Community Improvement Plans.

The Invest Well CIP Programme is based on countywide goals, guided by priorities identified in the Official Plan, Economic Development Strategy, Business Retention and Expansion findings, the Taste Real programme and the Investment Attraction Strategy. Countywide priorities may, for example, include support for downtowns, affordable/high density housing, diversification of economic activity, employment land development, strengthening specific sectors and building conversions and expansions.

Read the Invest Well Community Improvement Programme document

Member Municipal Community Improvement Plans

 Township of Centre Wellington

The Township of Centre Wellington has adopted a comprehensive CIP that is intended to encourage revitalization and redevelopment in its Urban Centres. 

View Centre Wellington's full CIP

 Town of Erin

The goal for the Town of Erin's CIP is to stimulate economic development and contribute to the municipality as a business friendly community and that we are “Open for Business”.

View Erin's full CIP

 Township of Mapleton

Mapleton's CIP provides a series of municipal funding incentives in order to stimulate physical improvements within their defined Project Area. The overall intent of the CIP is to revitalize Mapleton and strengthen the economic base of the community.

View Mapleton's full CIP

 Town of Minto
The purpose of the amended CIP is to provide a framework to guide public sector investment and stimulate private sector investment in the Town of Minto within the urban communities of Harriston, Palmerston and Clifford.

View Minto's full CIP

 Township of Puslinch

The Township of Puslinch Community Improvement Plan is intended to:

  • Assist with downtown/main street revitalization and beautification efforts;
  • Support renewal within the urban areas and the key industrial corridor;
  • Support new and existing business opportunities; and
  • Promote the unique economic development advantages of Puslinch.

The CIP project will result in a comprehensive, strategic, and flexible framework for local improvements to public and private properties throughout the Township.

View Puslinch's full CIP

 Township of Wellington North
The CIP provides a framework to encourage the rehabilitation of commercial, industrial and institutional buildings and their facades, improvement of commercial signage, and redevelopment of vacant and under utilized properties and buildings. This update builds on the initial Wellington North CIP (2011), an amendment adding a CIPA for Kenilworth (2014), and now broadens to include urban centres, hamlets and rural areas located within the Township.

View Wellington North's full CIP

For more information on the County of Wellington's CIP, contact Economic Development at 519.837.2600 x 2611 or e-mail Economic Development.

The Township of Centre Wellington has adopted a comprehensive CIP that is intended to encourage revitalization and redevelopment in its Urban Centres.

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