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Investment Ready Properties

Ontario's Investment Ready- Certified Site Program is an opportunity to market your industrial property.

Ontario's Investment Ready: Certified Site Program is an investment attraction program that was launched by the Province in December 2013. This program aims to identify, via a website, all lands in Ontario that are in fact investment ready. It will be a tool used by many, especially site selectors, to see what parts of Ontario are in a position to quickly move to an investment stage.

The initial launch of this program in December, 2013 was well represented by Windsor-Essex with over 50% of the applications from Southwestern Ontario coming from our region alone! The Ministry was both impressed and encouraged by this response remarking on both the variety and sizes of sites from our region. The second intake for applications closed on April 15th. An additional intake of the program has occurred since 2014.

 The certified site program

The Certified Site Program is open to public and privately owned properties that are industrial zoned sites consisting of 10 acres or more. The program provides financial and international marketing support for the property.

This program is extremely beneficial in that, a property with an Investment Ready: Certified Site designation is attractive to investors and site selectors because it:

  • Provides important background information on the site's availability, utilities, transportation access and environmental record;
  • Encourages faster site selection decisions;
  • Can help Greenfield or expansion projects get started.
  • Investment ready sites also benefit from:
  • An international marketing campaign aimed at the site selection community;
  • A profile on the Invest in Ontario website;
  • promotion at key global real estate, site selection and investment attraction events.

Once the property is certified, it maintains the designation for 2 years and you can apply for an additional 2 years once the designation expires. Your site will be promoted on the Province's website for as long as it is certified, or until it is sold. See the link below for full information on the Program and criteria.

Some of the primary criteria for the Pre-Screening Application process includes:

  • The minimum property size for sites must consist of at least ten (10) acres of adjoining developable land;
  • Applications must be submitted jointly with whether a municipality or an Economic Development Organization;
  • There is no limit to the number of applications that these 2 organizations can sponsor, but keep in mind that they and municipalities are limited to two (2) sites for potential funding with re-imbursement. If a community wishes to certify more than 2 properties per year, additional sites can be certified without receiving reimbursement;
  • All applications/sites will be scored on their own individual merits;
  • A site must be free from easement, liens and development constraints.

The Program has someone on hand at all times to respond to questions by e-mail or telephone. Visit the Investment Ready website or send your inquiry via email.