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North Glengarry Community Improvement Plan (CIP)


Draft Amended CIP

Amended CIP as of September 20th, 2017

On-going intake underway

Information brochure

Application Form

North Glengarry CIP


 Community Improvement Plan Approvals Committee (CIPAC) Schedule 2017

Application Deadline CIP Approval Committe Meetings Recommendations Approved by Council

Monday January 23, 2017

Monday January 30, 2017

Monday February 6, 2017

Monday February 27, 2017

Monday March 6, 2017

Monday March 13, 2017

Monday March 27, 2017

Monday April 3, 2017

Monday April 10, 2017

Monday April 24, 2017

Monday May 1, 2017

Monday May 8, 2017

Monday May 29, 2017

Monday June 5, 2017

Monday June 12, 2017

Monday June 26, 2017

Tuesday July 4, 2017

Monday July 10, 2017

Monday July 24, 2017

Monday July 31, 2017

Tuesday August 8, 2017

Monday August 28, 2017

Tuesday September 5, 2017

Monday September 11, 2017

Monday September 25, 2017

Monday October 2, 2017

Tuesday October 10, 2017

Monday October 30, 2017

Monday November 6, 2017

Monday November 13, 2017

Monday November 27, 2017

Monday December 4, 2017

Monday December 11, 2017



What Financial Incentive Programs Are Available? 

A. Planning and Design Grant

To offset the professional fees associated with preparing plans and renderings.

B. Building Improvement and Infill Grant

To encourage property owners to implement aesthetic improvements, including restoration work, to their building facades and to encourage targeted infill projects.

C. Commercial Signage, Civic Address Signage and Commercial Awning Grant

To assist with the replacement and updating of existing signage, to encourage the replacement or addition of awnings and to improve the visibility of civic number signs.

D. Landscaping and Public Art Grant

To provide assistance for the upgrading of the property, including parking areas, visible from the street and other landscaping features between the building facade and municipal property. Also intended for the beautification of vacant and to encourage exterior public art on private property.

E. Building Permit Fee Grant

To offset the costs associated with the applicable building permit fees.

F. Tax Increment Grant (TIG)

To leverage the increased assessment and property taxation by assuming a portion of the municipal taxes (with some exclusions, such as education taxes) attributable to the increased property assessment over a five-year period

G. CIP Municipal Loan Program

To provide an interest-free loan to property owners to help finance the restoration, repair or renovation of the facade of a building that faces a street, park or public gathering space, or the construction of an infill project.

**Interest-Free CIP Loan Program through Desjardins Caiss Populaire de la Vallée

A CIP Interest-Free Loan Program is also offered through Desjardins Caisse Populaire de la Vallée for buildings occupied by a commercial vocation. For information please contact Elaine Oetelaar at 613-525-2141, ext. 7120234.


Please note:

> Projects must be submitted to, and approved by, the Township of North Glengarry prior to the commencement of any works.

> Projects must comply with the CIP Design Guidelines (Section 7.0)

> Applications will be received on a rolling, open-ended basis subject to the availability of funds, as approved by Council.

> Applications will be accepted, evaluated and determined on a first-come first-serve basis, with Phase 1 projects taking precedence over those of Phase 2 and Phase 3.

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Plan d'améliorations communautaires de Glengarry Nord (PAC)

Plan PAC modifié

Plan PAC modifié en date du 20 septembre 2017 (disponible en anglais seulement)

Les admissions en cours

Brochure d'information

Formulaire de demande

PAC de Glengarry Nord (la version francaise sera bientot disponible)


Quels programmes d'aide financière sont offerts?

A.      Aide financière pour planification et design

Pour compenser une partie des frais associés à la préparation des plans et dessins.

B.      Aide financière pour les bâtiments et projet d'insertion

Pour inciter les propriétaires d'immeubles à effectuer des améliorations esthétiques notamment des travaux de restaurations à la façade et pour encourager les projets d'insertion ciblés.

C.      Aide financière pour l'affichage commercial, les enseignes de numéros civiques et les auvents commerciaux

Pour favoriser le remplacement et la rénovation de l'affichage existant, encourager le remplacement ou l'ajout d'auvents et pour améliorer la visibilité des enseignes de numéros civiques.

D.      Aide financière pour l'aménagement paysager et l'art public

Pour fournir une assistance visant à l'amélioration de la propriété, incluant les aires de stationnement visibles de la rue et autres éléments paysagers entre la façade du bâtiment et la bande de terrain appartenant à la municipalité. Cette aide est aussi un incitatif pour  l'embellissement des vitrines de magasins et pour encourager l'art public à l'extérieur des propriétés privés

E.      Aide financière pour les honoraires de permis de construction

Pour compenser une partie des honoraires associés à la demande de permis de construction.

F.       Aide financière - Crédit de taxes foncières (CTF)

Pour contrebalancer l'augmentation de la valeur de l'immeuble et des taxes foncières s'y afférents durant une période de 5 ans, en assumant une portion des taxes (à l'exclusion de certaines taxes telle la
taxe d'éducation) qui ont été imposées par cette augmentation

G.      Aide financière - Prêt municipal du PAC

Pour octroyer un prêt sans intérêt aux propriétaires d'immeuble en vue du financement de la restauration, réparation ou rénovation de la façade du bâtiment donnant sur une rue, un parc, un lieu de rassemblement public ou pour la construction d'un projet d'insertion.

**Programme de prêt sans intérêt offert par Desjardins Caisse populaire de la Vallée

Dans le cadre du PAC, un programme de prêt sans intérêt est également offert par Desjardins Caisse populaire de la Vallée pour les bâtiments à vocation commerciale. Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez contacter Elaine Oetelaar au 613-525-2141, poste 7120234.

Veuillez noter:

> Les projets doivent être soumis et approuvés par le Canton de Glengarry Nord avant le début des travaux.

> Les projets doivent respecter les lignes directrices de design telles qu'établies dans le PAC (Section 7.0)

> Les demandes seront reçues sur une base continue pour une durée illimitée et selon la disponibilité des fonds, tel qu'approuvé par le Conseil.

> Les demandes seront acceptées, évaluées et déterminées sur une base de «premier arrivé, premier servi », les projets de la Phase 1 ayant préséance sur ceux de la Phase 2 et de la Phase 3.


 What is a CIP?

A Community Improvement Plan is a tool that allows municipalities to direct funds and implement policy initiatives towards a specifically defined project area.

 **Pour la version francaise, cliquez ici.


  • Are shaped by community needs, priorities and circumstances.
  • Allow municipalities to focus attention on local priorities and municipal initiatives.
  • Target areas in need of revitalisation.
  • Stimulate private sector investment through municipal incentive-based programs.


Community Improvement Plan adopted on February 8, 2016

Following a year of gathering information through diverse surveys, historical research, inventories and public consultations, and further to the Town Hall meetings held in Alexandria and Maxville, as well as recommendations provided by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the comprehensive North Glengarry Community Improvement Plan (CIP) was adopted by Council on February 8, 2016, under By-Law 05-2016, and can be reviewed in its entirety below:

North Glengarry Community Improvement Plan

Appendix 1 - Re-Imagining Main Street reports and presentations may be viewed below

Appendix 2 - By-Law 65-2015 designating the CIP project areas

Appendix 3 - CIP Project Area Descriptions

Appendix 4 - Glossary of Terms


Town Hall Meetings:

Two Town Hall meetings were scheduled in Alexandria and Maxville to provide a detailed update to the community and seek input on the draft CIP.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:00pm - CIP Public Consultation, Sandfield Centre, 102 Derby Street W, Alexandria

Click here for the Alexandria Power Point Presentation


Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:00pm - CIP Public Consultation, Maxville Sports Complex, 25 Fair Street, Maxville

Click here for the Maxville Power Point Presentation


-Click here for the Notice of a Public Notice

-Pour l'Avis d'assemblee publique, cliquez-ici.


Alexandria Town Hall Meeting_February 3, 2016

CIP Maxville Town Hall - Feb 4, 2016 CIP Town Hall meeting

 Who is Involved in the CIP Process? 

Public involvement is essential to build consensus and community support and to develop a common vision. A CIP  Working Group comprised of township officials, buisness owners and residents has come together to spearhead the CIP process, but there will be public meetings, surveys and other opportunities for the community to contribute.

The CIP Working Group currently includes:

  • Audrey Evans, Member of the Maxville & District Chamber of Commerce
  • Loretta Landmesser, Member of the Maxville & District Chamber of Commerce
  • Jeff Manley, Councillor
  • Micheal Madden, President, Alexandria & District Chamber of Commerce
  • Kellie Pickett, Member of the Maxville Chamber of Commerce
  • Jean Vaillancourt, Downtown business owner and member of Alexandria & District Chamber of Commerce
  • Carma Williams, Councillor
  • Staff resources: Kerri Strotmann, Daniel Gagnon


Media Coverage


"Wine Business to Improve", The Glengarry News - December 21, 2016

"New Beginnings", The Glengarry News - October 26, 2016

"Community Improvement Plan in the Works for Hawkesbury", The Review - October 5, 2016

"More CIP Work", The Glengarry News - July 13, 2016

"Caisse comes through with CIP Loans", The Glengarry News - July 13, 2016

"Fourth CIP Job Approved", The Glengarry News - June 08, 2016

"More Perky Look Brewing",The Glengarry News - May 25, 2016

"Centre de Santé on the move", The Glengarry News - April 27, 2016

"North Glengarry Downtowns: An Invitation to Revitalize", Echo of the Glen - March 2016

"Free Money - A Call for Applications", The Glengarry News - February 17, 2016

"CIP is a Go", The Glengarry News - February 17, 2016

"Businesses warm to CIP", The Glengarry News - February 10, 2016

"Invest your money in your future", The Glengarry News - February 10, 2016

"People-Friendly Places", The Glengarry News - February 10, 2016

"NG Pushes for Lower Speed Limit", The Glengarry News - February 10, 2016

"Alexandria's Downtown: Nothing like a fresh coat of paint", Cornwall Standard-Freeholder - February 7, 2016

"CIP Revealed", The Glengarry News - February 3, 2016

"Relief for Truck Congestion", The Glengarry News - January 27, 2016

"CIP to be Unveiled at February Meetings", The Glengarry News - January 20, 2016

"Saving Sites", The Glengarry News - December 22, 2015 

"Signs seen as way to divert trucks away from downtown", The Glengarry News - December 16, 2015

"Community Improvement Plan to be presented to public in early 2016", The Glengarry News - December 9, 2015

"Legal Remedy in Works", The Glengarry News - October 28, 2015

"Maxville Park Group Elated", The Glengarry News - October 21, 2015

"Community Improvement Plan", The Glengarry News - October 21, 2015

 "New Artists in Alexandria", The Glengarry News - October 7, 2015

"Functional Art", The Glengarry News - September 9, 2015

"By-Pass Dilemma", The Glengarry News - August 26, 2015

"Visual Blight Eliminated by New Signs", The Glengarry News - August 12, 2015

"By-Pass Study", The Glengarry News - August 12, 2015

"Exciting Park Embellishment", The Glengarry News - July 22, 2015 

"Grand Ideas", The Glengarry News - July 1, 2015

 "Trucks Targeted", The Glengarry News - July 1, 2015

"You can't please everyone",  The Glengarry News - June 24, 2015

"CIP Meetings Next Week", The Glengarry News - June 17, 2015

"What you think of Main Street", The Glengarry News - June 10, 2015

"Dressing up Main Street" , The Glengarry News - May 13, 2015

"Community upgrade plan: 'Its going to happen' ", The Glengarry News - April 15, 2015

"North Glengarry revival: Plan now for Spring launch", The Glengarry News - February 4, 2015


Re-Imagining Main Street Town Halls - June 2015

As part of the revitalization process of both Alexandria and Maxville Main Streets, the Township of North Glengarry held two Re-Imagining Main Street special Town Hall meetings that took place on June 23rd in Alexandria and June 24th in Maxville.

Re-Imagining Main Street used historic and current photographs to provide an overview of the history and physical evolution of our two downtown cores. Participants were guided through an analysis of the downtown environment and discussed the elements which give Main Street its unique charm and flavour. They then broke into working groups to brainstorm how we may re-imagine Main Street for the future.

These public sessions are a critical step in the preparation of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) and will help identify opportunities and design solutions, in the goal of creating a Main Street which is a remarkable place to shop, live and do business.

A special thank you is extended to the various individuals and organizations for their invaluable contributions to both evenings and to the inventory of historic photographs that was gathered for these visioning exercises.

Final Reports**

Re-Imagining Main Street Alexandria

Annex 1: Re-Imagining Main Street Alexandria, Presentation of June 23, 2015

 Re-Imagining Main Street Maxville

Annex 1: Re-Imagining Main Street Maxville, Presentation of June 24, 2015


**Veuillez noter que les versions francaises seront disponibles bientot.


CIP Timeline:

March 2016

March 1, 2016 - End of CIP Appeals Period. Intake begins.


February 2016

February 8, 2016 - Adoption of By-Law 05-2016 authorizing the adoption of a Community Improvement Plan for the Corporation of the Township of North Glengarry.

-Click here to consult By-Law 05-2016

February 4, 2016 - Town Hall Meeting in Maxville to present the final draft of the CIP

February 3, 2016 - Town Hall Meeting  in Alexandria to present the final draft of the CIP


December 2015

December 14, 2015 - Adoption of By-Law 65-2015 designating the Community Improvement Project Areas within the Corporation of the Township of North Glengarry

-Click here to consult By-Law 65-2015

December 10, 2015 - Meeting of the CIP Working Group

-Click here for meeing summary

December 3, 2015 - Meeting of the CIP Working Group

-Click here for meeting summary


November 2015

November 18, 2015 - Mini Re-Imagining Main Street Alexandria with students from Ecole catholique Le Relais 

 Mini Re-Imagining Main Street 


September 2015

September 30, 2015- Meeting of the CIP Working Group

-Click here for meeting summary


August 2015

August 24, 2015- Presentation of the Re-Imagining Main Street results to Council

-Click here for Power Point Presentation.


July 2015

July 29, 2015 - Meeting of the CIP Working Group

 -Click here for meeting summary


June 2015 

June 24, 2015 - Town Hall: Re-Imagining/Ré-imaginer Main Street Maxville (poster / l'affiche)

June 23, 2015 - Town Hall: Re-Imagining/Ré-imaginer Main Street Alexandria (posterl'affiche)

June 13, 2015 - Public Survey: "What do you LOVE about Main Street?" (Maxville)

The results of the short public survey, held during the Maxville Sidewalk sale are available below. 

Congratulations to Iona, winner of the Township of North Glengarry shirt and baseball cap. Iona LOVES the old houses on Main Street.

More than 30 participants provided their feedback on what they LOVE about Main Street Maxville and how they would RE-IMAGINE Main Street. The word clouds below illustrate the recurring themes that emerged from the assemblage of the individual answers. The size of a word or of a phrase is proportional to the number of times it was used by the participants. 


What do I LOVE about Main Street?

What I Love about Main Street Maxville_word cloud


How would I RE-IMAGINE Main Street?

How would I re-imagine Maxville Main Street_Word Cloud


May 2015

May 1 - 3, 2015  - Public Survey: "What do you LOVE about Main Street?" (Alexandria)

The results of the short public survey, held during the Alexandria Home & Trade Show, are available below. 

Congratulations to M. Bingham, winner of $50 Chamber Dollars, graciously donated by the Alexandria & District Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Bingham LOVES the outdoor fountain in Mill Square Park.

Thank you to the more than 100 participants who provided their feedback on what they LOVE about Main Street and how they would RE-IMAGINE Main Street. The word clouds below were created to illustrate the overarching and recurring themes that emerged from the compilation of the individual answers. The size of a word or of a phrase is proportional to the number of times it was used by the participants. 


What do I LOVE about Main Street?


 What I LOVE about Main Street Word Cloud 


How would I RE-IMAGINE Main Street?


 How would I RE-IMAGINE Main Street Word Cloud



May 2015 -  Confidential Business Community Survey - Sondage confidentiel auprès les Gens d'affaires

As part of the CIP process, we are requesting the participation of the Main Street business owners in a brief survey that is of importance to the revitalization of our Main Street and the renewal of our community. The primary goal of this survey is to undertake a qualitative diagnostic of the commercial sector (strengths and weaknesses) from the perspective of the business community.  Your responses to the questions in this survey will remain confidential. Only statistical extracts of this research will be used for reporting purposes.

Dans le cadre du processus du Plan d'améliorations communautaire (PAC), nous demandons la participation des gens d'affaires à ce bref sondage qui est important à la revitalisation de Main Street et le renouvellement de notre communauté. L'objectif principal de ce sondage est d'entreprendre un diagnostic qualitatif du secteur commercial (les forces et les faiblesses) du point de vue de la communauté d'affaires. Les informations que nous recueillons dans ce sondage sont confidentielles. Seul l'extrait statistique de cette recherche sera rapporté aux fins d'étude. 


April 2015

April 22, 2015- Joint Meeting of the Arts, Culture & Heritage Advisory Committee and the CIP Working Group

-Click here for meeting summary

April 3, 2015 - Completion of the photo inventory of Maxville Main Street

April 2015 - Arts Culture & Heritage Advisory Committee (ACH) commences an architectural inventory

The ACH committee will be conducting fieldwork to identify the buildings that are of architectural heritage significance within the CIP areas of Alexandria and Maxville. This inventory will serve to document our main street buildings and will provide guidance to a future CIP approvals committee.


March 2015

March 25, 2015 - Completion of the photo inventory of Alexandria Main Street

March 9, 2015 - Council approval of the working committee, CIP scope, phasing and areas.

-Click here for Council Minutes
-Click here for Power Point Presentation


February 2015

February 26, 2015 - Meeting of the Working Group

-Click here for meeting summary

February 11, 2015 - 1st Meeting of the Working Group

-Click here for meeting summary



Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information on the CIP, or should you have any historical photos or documents of our downtowns.  


Kerri Strotmann, Economic Development Officer

Tel: 613-525-1313613613-525-1313-525-1313 or Email:


  Maxville Main Street_pre-1921_Source Glengarry Archives **Pour la version francaise, cliquez ici. Alexandria Main Street Heritage Photo