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Clifford - Business Incentives and Regulations

Community Improvement Plan

Community improvement planning activities are shaped by local needs, priorities and circumstances. Through community improvement plans, municipalities can:

    •  focus public attention on local priorities and municipal initiatives
    •  target areas in transition or in need of repair, rehabilitation and redevelopment
    •  facilitate and encourage community change in a co-ordinated manner
    •  stimulate private sector investment through municipal incentive-based programs.
(MAH, 2009)
View the Town of Minto's Community Improvement Plan, click here

Financial Incentives
Façade & Signage Improvement Grant Program

The purpose of this program is to encourage facade and signage improvements for privately owned commercial buildings in the Community Improvement Areas within the Town of Minto.

This is a matching grant program, which means that the applicant pays a portion of the improvement and the Town provides a grant for a portion up to a maximum of $3,000 for facades and $1,000 for signage. Costs in excess of the maximum grant and loan shall be the responsibility of the applicant.

This grant is awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis and applications are generally reviewed monthly. 

For a copy of the Town of Minto Facade and Signage Guidelines, click here.

For a copy of the Grant Terms and Conditions, click here.

For a copy of the Grant Application Form, click here.

For more information about the Façade & Signage Improvement Grant Program contact Business & Economic Manager

Belinda Wick-Graham at 519-338-2511 ext. 241.

Structural Grant Program

The purpose of the Structural Grant Program is to offer incentives to landowners, businesses and developers that propose significant commercial, industrial, residential or institutional projects that substantially renovate, restore, improve and update a prominent building or structure or key vacant property and accomplish more than one of the following:

  • Address structural and life safety issues to create usable and efficient floor space
  • Improve property standards or preserve architectural significance
  • Remediate a brownfield site, or improve the environment by planting trees, protecting habitat, or other methods to enhance the natural ecosystems
  • Upgrade public infrastructure such as sewer, water, storm, roadway, sidewalks
  • Preserve or enhance employment opportunities

Grant assistance is provided in the form of an up to 50% matching grant, which is paid upon completion of the previously approved work. Please review the specific grant program terms and conditions. 

This grant is awarded in two in-takes a year and is an extremely competitive process. The next in-take will be September 2, 2016.

For a copy of the Grant Application Form, click here

For a copy of the Evaluation Criteria, click here


The Town of Minto and the Minto Chamber of Commerce are proud to partner on LaunchIt Minto. LaunchIt Minto provides a Business Excellence Program offering training, coaching, mentorship and networking opportunities. LaunchIt Minto also provides affordable lease rates for new businesses looking to start or expand their business in downtown Harriston. For more details visit LaunchIt Minto's website.


The Town of Minto provides a zoning by-law for residents and business owners.

For information on zoning regulations related to the downtown contact:

Terry Kuipers
Chief Building Official
Town of Minto
519-338-2511 ext. 228

Municipal Business Taxes
Property taxes in Ontario are collected based on a percentage of your property's current market value assessment (CVA). Each municipality is required to collect property taxes, and set the tax rates for the various property types. Municipal tax rates vary depending on the property type. The tax rates in Minto for selected property types and the portions attributable to the County, School Boards and Town are shown in the following table.

Your annual tax bill is calculated by applying the tax rate against the current market value assessment of your property (Current Market Value Assessment x Tax Rate = Total annual taxes). For example, if your commercial property has a current market value assessment of $100,000, the annual taxes for 2015 would be $100,000 X 0.02836959 = $2,836

2016 Minto Tax Rates

View the Town of Minto 2016 Tax Rates.

Signage Regulations

The Town of Minto has a Signage By-Law.View the Signage By-Law or pick up a copy at the Municipal Office located at 5941 Hwy 89, Harriston.

Building Permit Process

A building permit is required when structural changes are being made to a building in the downtown core. Obtain the Building Permit Application or contact Chief Building Official Terry Kuipers at 519-338-2511 ext. 228.