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Testimonials

Read the stories of just a few of the Caledon property and business owners who have benefited from the CIP Financial Incentive Grants.

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John Sklavos

John SklavosJohn Sklavos manages 334 Queen Street, which was a 70s building owned by his family.

There were considerable issues with the building and the decision was made to reconstruct on the same footprint.

John learned of the Bolton Community Improvement Plan grants and applied for:

  • Façade Improvement (including signage)
  • Landscape Improvement
  • Energy Efficiency Retrofit

The Sklavos family invested $1.5 million to rebuild the 7 unit building and were approved for grants totaling $33,458.50. The building is now attractive, accessible, modern and energy efficient.

Video: John's story


Jimmy Pountney

Jimmy Poutney

Jimmy Pountney and Luci Verdile own Innovations the Salon located in the Bolton Heritage Conservation District.

They saw an opportunity to renovate and restore the façade of their home and business property with the Bolton Community Improvement Plan grants.

They applied for:

  • Façade Improvement (including signage)
  • Energy Efficiency Retrofit

They were approved for $17,049 which offset the cost of improving the energy efficiency of their building and transforming the facade.

Video: Jimmy's story 

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Tony Rummo

Tony Rummo

Tony Rummo owns 5 to 9 Queen Street North in Bolton. Tony knew that to increase the value of his commercial property and attract good long-term tenants he would have to renovate his building.

Without the grants available through the Bolton Community Improvement Plan it would have been cost prohibitive to do the extensive renovation.

Working within the guidelines of the Heritage Conservation District, and together with one of his commercial tenants (which was also approved for a grant) Tony restored and improved the façade of his building.

He applied and was approved for $12,500 through the Façade Improvement grant.

Video: Tony's story

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Paul Morin

Paul Morin Paul Morin, artist, writer, and teacher, has had his business, Paul Morin Studio, in the Alton Mill Arts Centre for years.

When he saw an opportunity to purchase a beautiful historic building in the same village, it captured his imagination, but he knew the cost of the renovations would be a challenge.

He learned of the grants available through the Six Villages Community Improvement Plan (CIP), met with staff and submitted a complete application.

Paul applied for the following grant programs:                     

  • Property Conversion and Reuse
  • Energy Efficiency Retrofit
  • Planning and Building Fee

Paul was approved for $4,979.43 which was used toward the next phase of his improvements.

Video: Paul's story

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Donna Pace

Donna Pace - jade Holistic spa ownerDonna Pace, owner Jade Holistic Spa, moved into her new location at 50 Queen Street N (rear unit), Bolton in 2015. She knew that the space would create a serene and relaxing environment for her clientele.

This property is owned by Guila Investments Inc. who applied for the Bolton Community Improvement Plan (CIP) Financial Incentive Grants in late 2014.

Guila Investments Inc applied for the following grant programs:                                

  • Building and Façade Improvement
  • Application and Permit Fee 

After the required pre-consultation meeting with Town staff to discuss the plan for improvement, a complete application was received in October and approved in November, 2014.

The project was completed in March, 2015. An investment of close to $40,000 was made by the owner of the property and grants totaling $12,700 were received from the Town of Caledon.

In return, a business owner is enjoying success in a beautiful space and the owner has increased the value of his property, has a very happy tenant and the area fronting the municipal parking lot has been improved.

Video: Donna's story

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Dr. David Bettio 

Dr. Bettio - CIP photo thumbnail

In 2013, Dr. David Bettio owner/operator of Bolton Vision Centre purchased 238 Queen Street South to be the new location for his business. The site needed major renovations.

Fortunately, Dr. Bettio learned about the grants available through the Bolton Community Improvement Plan (CIP).

Dr. Bettio applied for the following grants:                 

  • Building and Façade Improvement (and sign)
  • Application and Permit Fee
  • Landscape Improvement 
  • Energy Efficiency Retrofit

After meeting with Town staff to discuss the plan for improvement, a complete application was received in May, 2014 and approved two weeks later.

After unexpected delays, the project was finally completed in 2016. An investment of close to $250,000 was made and grants totaling close to $40,000 were received from the Town of Caledon.

Dr. Bettio is now enjoying renewed business success in a beautiful space and has vastly increased the value of his property.

The community has also benefited from the revitalization of this corner lot in the commercial area with a building which is now energy efficient, attractive and fully accessible.

Video: Dr. Bettio's story

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Bob Inman 

Rob Inman

Northwest Holdings Ltd. has been developing properties in Bolton for many years. The father and son team of Bob and Paul Inman take great pride in the properties they develop and maintain.

The availability of Financial Incentive Grants through the Bolton Community Improvement Plan (CIP) set in motion improvements to the landscape, façade, and energy efficiency at several properties.

The most recent project was a green field development at the corner of Simona Drive and Pillsworth completed in May, 2017.

With the purchase of the land and development of 3 multi-unit buildings the investment is in the millions. Grants totaling $35,000.00 were received from the Town of Caledon which offset the cost of development charges and application fees.

This development is used as an example of good industrial/commercial urban design and increases the inventory of available industrial units for lease.

Video: Bob's story

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About the CIP Financial Incentive Programs:

Caledon Council has adopted 3 CIPs:

The Financial Incentive Programs within these plans, for the most part, are for commercial/industrial properties within designated areas in these settlement areas.

For more information about the CIPs contact: Sandra Dolson, Economic Development Officer (905) 584-2272 x. 4152

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