Property owners can use Local Improvement Charges to fund certain types of infrastructure projects in their neighbourhood. Two thirds (66%) of the properties which represent 50% of the property value that benefit from the project, must agree through a written petition.
The projects may include the construction or installation of:
- street lighting, or
- water and wastewater infrastructure.
The full list of potential projects is listed in Ontario Regulation 586/06 under the Municipal Act, 2001. Click here to access the province of Ontario’s webpage on Local Improvement Charges.
Local improvement charges are paid by the properties that benefit from the project. Payments can be made through an addition to their property taxes over a 10 year period, or they can be paid as a lump sum.
Please note: if a property owner votes against a local improvement and the petition is successful, that property owner is still required to pay their share of the improvement.
How the process works
- A property owner requests in writing, to the address below, for a project to be constructed as a local improvement.
- The request is evaluated by Engineering Staff to determine if a petition is to be issued.
- Once Staff determine if a petition is to be issued, a report is then prepared identifying the properties which benefit by the local improvement and specifically the owners names, address, lot and registered plan numbers, latest assessment provided by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), the equivalent frontage measurement of their property, and the cost estimate that each property owner would be expected to contribute.
- A petition will be prepared and forwarded to the requesting property owner with a set of instructions on how to complete the petition following the requirements of the Ontario Regulation.
- After Staff receive the signed petition, each signature is evaluated for sufficiency. All proper signatures and corresponding assessment is then totalled and a certificate of sufficiency is completed and signed by the City Clerk who is responsible for evaluating, calculating and certifying the results of the petition.
- The results of the petition are then forwarded to the City Engineer. Once evaluated, design and construction of the works will commence subject to available funding and municipal council approval. All benefiting property owners are also notified of the outcome of the petition.
Send written requests for Local Improvement petitions to: Kevin Graham, email@example.com ext 4793.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What does signing a local improvement petition mean?
That you are interested in obtaining the services/works petitioned for on your street and you aware that there is a cost associated with obtaining these improvements.
2. Who pays for a local improvement?
The property owners are financially responsible for a local improvement, with a minimum of 25% of the total project costs covered by the City.
3. What happens when a petition against undertaking a work as a local improvement is deemed sufficient by the City Clerk?
The works will not be constructed and you cannot petition for a local improvement on your street for a period of two years.
4. Can I withdraw my signature from a petition in favour of undertaking a work as a local improvement?
A person who has signed the petition can only withdraw their name from the petition if they file a written withdrawal with the City Clerk before the City Clerk certifies that the petition is sufficient. The petitioners acknowledge that if the work proceeds, the owners' share of the cost of work will be assessed to the applicable lot(s).