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Background SpacerRural Business and Tourism Community Improvement Plan

The Rural Business and Tourism Community Improvement Plan (RBTCIP) is an innovative approach to supporting the local economy by focusing on Value-added Agriculture and Tourism related businesses.

For complete program details download the Pdf IconRural Business and Tourism Community Improvement Plan brochure or the entire program Pdf Icon Rural Business and Tourism Community Improvement Plan.

Eligibility is restricted to these types of businesses and uses:

Value-added Agriculture: grants for value-added agriculture related activities such as the creation of: on-farm retailing, small scale processing, and agri-tourism activities.

Businesses Operating in Hamlets: facade, landscape, and signage improvement grants are available to commercial properties in all designated hamlets (See Pdf IconSchedule C of the Haldimand County Official Plan). Building Restoration, Renovation and Improvement grants are available for the conversion of vacant space for use as a restaurant, market, or place of assembly related to arts, culture, or recreation.

Commercial Roofed Accommodations: defined as a year-round, permanent fixed roof accommodations including hotels/motels/Bed and Breakfasts; does not include camp grounds, cottage rentals or trailer parks.

Heritage Designated Properties with a Commercial Use: grant for preservation of heritage elements.

Steps to Apply to the Program:

  1. Confirm that your project is eligible with Haldimand County Economic Development staff.
  2. Download the Pdf IconRBTCIP Application Form 
  3. Gather materials required to complete the application. Depending on the project and scope, this could include two quotes for all work being proposed, site plans, construction drawings, and photographs of the existing property.
  4. Submit application to Haldimand County Economic Development and Tourism.
  5. Depending on the grant value, a staff report regarding your application will be submitted to Haldimand County Council for approval.


Zach Gable
Senior Economic Development Officer
Phone: 905-318-5932 Ext. 6315

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