Incentives supporting a vibrant business community 

About Brantford

Brantford Downtown Harmony SquareThe City of Brantford, Ontario is a community of 100,000 residents located in the heart of southern Ontario and situated on the banks of the picturesque Grand River, one hour west of Toronto. With its diverse manufacturing sector and growing post-secondary presence, Brantford is transforming itself to meet the opportunities of the new economy. Offering metropolitan amenities with a charming small town feel, Brantford is a lively community brimming with historic neighbourhoods in Ontario’s economically dynamic Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Downtown Brantford Urban Growth Centre

Downtown Brantford Street view

Downtown is a mixed-use, amenity-rich, commercial, residential and civic-oriented area easily accessed by a public transportation system. It is a vibrant commercial and employment centre that is compact and walkable. Downtown is an organized business community through the Downtown Brantford BIA. It is a networked and cohesive entrepreneurial community, working closely with the growing post-secondary institutions within its midst.

Live, Work, Play and Learn

Bike to work. Walk to lunch. Downtown Brantford is a quaint city centre with pleasant older neighbourhoods surrounding an architecturally rich core. The City features acres of parks and miles of trails along the picturesque Grand River. Downtown is also conveniently located within minutes of highways 403 and 401. Support services and market access for your employees and/or customers is easily available in one of southern Ontario’s most affordable and attractive business centres.

Development Charges

Relief from Development Charges is offered in the former Downtown CIP/BIA area.

Parking Exemption Area

Relief from normal parking requirements is offered in Parking Exemption Areas 1, 2 and 3 as described in the Zoning Bylaw.

Cash-in-Lieu for Parking

Community Improvement Plan AreaThere is provision for taking cash-in- lieu. A By-law enables the owners of properties within the defined area to enter into written agreements with the City of Brantford to make a cash-in-lieu payment for off-street parking and the loading spaces for all new developments, redevelopments or changes of use that are unable to meet the normal requirements.

Brownfields Community Improvement Plan

The Brownfields CIP is a toolkit with a variety of solutions for brownfield properties. Click for further details.

Brantford Brownfields Financial Tax Incentive Program

Brantford location map 1 hour from TorontoThe Brantford Brownfields Financial Tax Incentive program (BFTIP) provides tax assistance for the rehabilitation and redevelopment of brownfield properties. The BFTIP will allow successful applicants to obtain rebates on the municipal and school portion of property taxes paid on remediated brownfield properties. The Brantford BFTIP is designed to work in conjunction with the provincial version of the Brownfield Financial Tax Incentive Program. The contributions are outlined on the city’s website.

Development Charge By-law - Brownfields

The remediation of select brownfield properties may be eligible for credits under Brantford’s Development Charges By-law.

Infrastructure Upgrades

The City of Brantford Environmental Services Department is offering a grant program to help off set the cost of upgrading private lead water service and private sanitary sewer laterals in the CIP area.