The Town of Whitby provides two types of incentive programs:
- Facade Grant Program
- Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program
Facade Grant Program
The Town of Whitby established the Façade Grant Program in 2005 to encourage commercial building owners and business owners in the Community Improvement Plan Areas (CIP) of both Downtown Whitby and Downtown Brooklin to restore and beautify their properties. Applications are considered as they are submitted and availability of funding which is established through the municipal budget. Priority will be given to applicants who have not received a facade grant in the past five years.
Under the program, the Town of Whitby will provide a one-time grant of up to 50% of the cost, up to a maximum of $5,000, to help commercial property owners and tenants improve the exterior appearance and/or the structural condition of their buildings. The grant is for eligible street-oriented exterior work and is focused on helping to cover construction costs associated with the improvements.
The Town of Whitby also offers a Design Assistance Grant that can be applied for in conjunction with a Façade Improvement Grant. The grant is 50% of the professional design fees required for preparation of a beautification/restoration project to a maximum of $1,500 that may be required when applying for a facade grant.
Newsletter - information of the facade grant program and recent examples of other properties that have participated.
CIP of Downtown Brooklin - this map will allow you to determine if you are within the boundary of the CIP and eligible to receive funding.
CIP of Downtown Whitby - this map will allow you to determine if you are within the boundary of the CIP and eligible to receive funding.
Application for Façade Grant - eligible property owners should complete this form after consultation with Planning Staff to ensure that facade improvements are consistent with Council Approved Guidelines
Council Approved Guidelines
Heritage PropertyTax Rebate Program
The Town of Whitby values its cultural heritage resources. To assist private property owners in the on-going maintenance, conservation and restoration of our history, the Town offers a property tax rebate for eligible heritage properties. This heritage property tax rebate program promotes conservation of our heritage resources for the benefit of the community.
Properties eligible for the Heritage Property Tax Rebate include:
- Individual properties designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act
- Properties designated as part of a heritage conservation district under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act. Currently the Town has one approved heritage district in Brooklin and properties rated as having excellent, very good, or good heritage value in the heritage district inventory are eligible (See the Heritage Inventory for Brooklin Heritage District).
Property Tax Rebate Amount
The amount of the annual property tax rebate is 40 percent on the heritage portion of the property for the Town portion of the property taxes. The province shares in the cost of the program by funding the education portion of the property tax rebate. The Region of Durham is not currently participating in this program.
The heritage portion of properties is determined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). As an example, if a property contained a heritage structure and an outbuilding that is not a heritage structure, the MPAC may determine that the rebate only applies to the historic structure and the lands associated with it.
In order to enrol in the Town's Heritage Tax Rebate Program, please complete an Application for Heritage Property Tax Rebate. Planning Staff will review the application to ensure the property meets all the requirements of eligibility. Further, staff will answer questions in regards to the application process before proceeding with the execution of a heritage conservation easement agreement.
Application Fee: $160 (this fee is for the preparation and registration of the heritage conservation easement agreement)
Application Deadline: November 15th of the calendar year in which the rebate is being sought.
Property owners enrolled in the program must provide renewal forms annually. This provides the opportunity for enrolled property owners to demonstrate that they have been ensuring their building(s):
- are being properly maintained
- have adequate insurance on their property
Renewals are mailed out by the Town in November of the calendar year and are due by December 31st of the same calendar year.
Timing of Tax Rebates
A tax rebate is issued as a credit to the property tax account in the fall of the following year after which the tax rebate has been applied for. If the account is in good standing (paid in full), the property owner has the choice to leave the credit for future instalments or request a refund check.