Core Area Updates and Engagement Opportunities

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Find updates and information related to initiatives to revitalize London's Core Area below. Engagement opportunities will also be hosted on this web page when input or feedback is requested by City staff.

Watch the Core Area Summer Forum - June 22, 2022

On June 22, 2022, the City of London hosted the Core Area Summer Forum, where City staff provided updates related to the Core Area Action Plan and new initiatives and programs coming to Old East Village, Downtown and Midtown. City staff also discussed actions to reduce Core Area vacancies, incentives and funding programs available to business owners, updates related to the Ambassador program and summer events and activations. Watch the recording.

Loans and grants

Check out loans and grants available to Core Area business owners.

The following loans and grants are available to businesses located in the Downtown and Old East Village Community Improvement Plan areas (see Figure 1 below). Please email CIPincentives@london.ca for more details.

  • Façade Improvement Loan - A loan from the City to improve building facades, including upgrades to windows, doors, brick repair, painting, lighting, and signage that is affixed to the façade. The loan will cover 50% of the cost of the improvements — up to a maximum of $50,000. This loan can be paid back at 0% interest over a 10-year period. In certain areas, a portion of the loan may be forgivable.
  • Upgrade to Building Code Loan – A loan from the City for improvements to the interior of your building, including upgrades related to plumbing, electrical, HVAC, mechanical, roof, fire protection systems, and other Building Code related work. The loan will cover 50% of the cost of the improvements — up to a maximum of $200,000. This loan can be paid back at 0% interest over a 10-year period. In certain areas, a portion of the loan may be forgivable.

Grants listed below are available to businesses located in the Core Area Community Improvement Plan area (see Figure 1 below). Please email CIPincentives@london.ca for more details.

  • Core Area Safety Audit Grant - This program is focused on assisting property owners and tenants with making safety improvements to their building by assisting with a portion of the cost associated with exterior lighting, exterior security cameras, and storefront gates to close front entrance alcoves and recessed entryways when the ground floor business is closed or the building is vacant. The one-time grant will cover 50% of the cost of the improvements — up to a maximum of $10,000.

  • Core Area Boulevard Café Grant - This program is intended to reduce the financial burden on business owners who operate sidewalk patios. This grant program eliminates the administrative and licence fees related to the operation of a patio on the public right-of-way. To be eligible for the program, the applicant must either apply for a Boulevard Café Permit or have an existing Permit with a Licence Agreement.

  • Core Area Sign Grant - This program is designed to offset administrative and licence fees related to sign permits, including the encroachment of signs on a City street or road allowance. Eligible fees that will be granted through the program include applications fees associated with Sign Permits, Encroachment Agreements for signs, and Annual Encroachment Licence Fees for signs. To be eligible, the applicant must apply for a new Sign Permit or have an existing Encroachment Agreement for a sign.

The following loans and grants are available to businesses located in the Downtown and Old East Village Community Improvement Plan areas (see Figure 1 below). Please email CIPincentives@london.ca for more details.

  • Rehabilitation and Redevelopment Tax Grant - This program rebates a portion of the municipal tax increase that results from the rehabilitation of an existing building or construction of a new building. A percentage of this tax increment is rebated back to the property owner each year for ten years.

  • Residential Development Charges Grant -
    This program is aimed at encouraging private sector investment in Downtown and Old East Village residential property development. A grant equal to a rebate of Development Charges (DCs) is provided for residential units constructed. DCs are required to be paid up-front at the time the building permit is issued. This program grants back a portion of the residential DCs paid by the applicant over a 10-year period until 100% of the residential DCs have been repaid to the applicant.

About the Core Area Action Plan

The Core Area Action Plan has been developed to address a number of complex challenges related to London's Core, outlining 69 short-, medium-, and long-term initiatives focused on improving homelessness prevention, enhancing safety and security, ensuring there is space for the economy to grow, and creating a positive space to attract visitors to our Core Area.

Core Area Action Plan Progress

The Core Area Action Plan has been developed to address a number of complex challenges related to London's Core, outlining 69 short-, medium-, and long-term initiatives focused on improving homelessness prevention, enhancing safety and security, ensuring there is space for the economy to grow, and creating a positive space to attract visitors to our Core Area.

Staff continue to work on delivering the Core Area Action Plan. Funding was provided to deliver 65 of the 71 actions listed in the plan and was approved through the 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget process. Three other actions are advancing in full or in part through other programs.


Find updates and information related to initiatives to revitalize London's Core Area below. Engagement opportunities will also be hosted on this web page when input or feedback is requested by City staff.

Watch the Core Area Summer Forum - June 22, 2022

On June 22, 2022, the City of London hosted the Core Area Summer Forum, where City staff provided updates related to the Core Area Action Plan and new initiatives and programs coming to Old East Village, Downtown and Midtown. City staff also discussed actions to reduce Core Area vacancies, incentives and funding programs available to business owners, updates related to the Ambassador program and summer events and activations. Watch the recording.

Loans and grants

Check out loans and grants available to Core Area business owners.

The following loans and grants are available to businesses located in the Downtown and Old East Village Community Improvement Plan areas (see Figure 1 below). Please email CIPincentives@london.ca for more details.

  • Façade Improvement Loan - A loan from the City to improve building facades, including upgrades to windows, doors, brick repair, painting, lighting, and signage that is affixed to the façade. The loan will cover 50% of the cost of the improvements — up to a maximum of $50,000. This loan can be paid back at 0% interest over a 10-year period. In certain areas, a portion of the loan may be forgivable.
  • Upgrade to Building Code Loan – A loan from the City for improvements to the interior of your building, including upgrades related to plumbing, electrical, HVAC, mechanical, roof, fire protection systems, and other Building Code related work. The loan will cover 50% of the cost of the improvements — up to a maximum of $200,000. This loan can be paid back at 0% interest over a 10-year period. In certain areas, a portion of the loan may be forgivable.

Grants listed below are available to businesses located in the Core Area Community Improvement Plan area (see Figure 1 below). Please email CIPincentives@london.ca for more details.

  • Core Area Safety Audit Grant - This program is focused on assisting property owners and tenants with making safety improvements to their building by assisting with a portion of the cost associated with exterior lighting, exterior security cameras, and storefront gates to close front entrance alcoves and recessed entryways when the ground floor business is closed or the building is vacant. The one-time grant will cover 50% of the cost of the improvements — up to a maximum of $10,000.

  • Core Area Boulevard Café Grant - This program is intended to reduce the financial burden on business owners who operate sidewalk patios. This grant program eliminates the administrative and licence fees related to the operation of a patio on the public right-of-way. To be eligible for the program, the applicant must either apply for a Boulevard Café Permit or have an existing Permit with a Licence Agreement.

  • Core Area Sign Grant - This program is designed to offset administrative and licence fees related to sign permits, including the encroachment of signs on a City street or road allowance. Eligible fees that will be granted through the program include applications fees associated with Sign Permits, Encroachment Agreements for signs, and Annual Encroachment Licence Fees for signs. To be eligible, the applicant must apply for a new Sign Permit or have an existing Encroachment Agreement for a sign.

The following loans and grants are available to businesses located in the Downtown and Old East Village Community Improvement Plan areas (see Figure 1 below). Please email CIPincentives@london.ca for more details.

  • Rehabilitation and Redevelopment Tax Grant - This program rebates a portion of the municipal tax increase that results from the rehabilitation of an existing building or construction of a new building. A percentage of this tax increment is rebated back to the property owner each year for ten years.

  • Residential Development Charges Grant -
    This program is aimed at encouraging private sector investment in Downtown and Old East Village residential property development. A grant equal to a rebate of Development Charges (DCs) is provided for residential units constructed. DCs are required to be paid up-front at the time the building permit is issued. This program grants back a portion of the residential DCs paid by the applicant over a 10-year period until 100% of the residential DCs have been repaid to the applicant.

About the Core Area Action Plan

The Core Area Action Plan has been developed to address a number of complex challenges related to London's Core, outlining 69 short-, medium-, and long-term initiatives focused on improving homelessness prevention, enhancing safety and security, ensuring there is space for the economy to grow, and creating a positive space to attract visitors to our Core Area.

Core Area Action Plan Progress

The Core Area Action Plan has been developed to address a number of complex challenges related to London's Core, outlining 69 short-, medium-, and long-term initiatives focused on improving homelessness prevention, enhancing safety and security, ensuring there is space for the economy to grow, and creating a positive space to attract visitors to our Core Area.

Staff continue to work on delivering the Core Area Action Plan. Funding was provided to deliver 65 of the 71 actions listed in the plan and was approved through the 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget process. Three other actions are advancing in full or in part through other programs.


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