Community Improvement Plans

Community Improvement projects are no easy task. They are, however, essential for any municipality looking for financial, industrial and residential growth. A healthy central business district attracts investors, tourists and special events, further contributing to a healthy and vibrant community.

Age-Friendly Community Plan

The Penetanguishene Age-Friendly Community Plan was developed using the World Health Organization’s 8 dimensions of an age-friendly community which include: Outdoor Spaces & Buildings, Transportation, Housing, Respect & Social Inclusion, Civic Engagement and Employment, Communications & Information and Community & Health Services.

A vital component of the study was a robust consultation strategy which engaged over 300 residents and stakeholders including Town Council and Staff, community organizations, local clubs, and service providers. This strategy incorporated various public meetings, surveys, coffee chats and in person interviews to properly gage the needs of our community.

Community Improvement Plan (CIP)

The Town of Penetanguishene has developed a Community Improvement Plan for our historic downtown.  The Community Improvement Plan provides a set of municipal leadership programs and financial incentive programs to support the beautification, improvement and revitalization of the Town of Penetanguishene.

CIP Qualifying Area

North Simcoe Community Safety and Well-Being Plan

Municipalities have the flexibility to complete this task individually or in partnership with neighbouring municipalities to develop a joint plan. The Town of Penetanguishene has partnered with the Town of Midland, Township of Tay and the Township of Tiny to develop a joint North Simcoe Community Safety and Well-being Plan.  The Plan will focus on the following three (3) areas of risk:

1. Mental Health and Addictions
2. Attainable Housing
3. Education (with a focus on skilled trade)

CSWB planning involves a collaborative approach including consultations with various sectors, agencies and organizations, including but not limited to, police services, health/mental health services, educational services, community/social services and community services to children/youth and custodial services to children/youth. 

The goal of the CSWB Plan is to outline strategies and actions to improve safety and well-being for the community.  

Heritage Tax Rebate

The Town of Penetanguishene offers a property tax rebate for eligible heritage properties. 


The Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program applies to the heritage portion of properties that are designated as having cultural heritage value or interest under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (an individual property designation). Properties are designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and rated as having excellent, very good, or good heritage value.  

Property Tax Rebate Amount

The amount of the annual property tax rebate is 40 percent on the eligible portion of the property (historical portion) for the Town and school board share of the property taxes.

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