Economic Development Incentives

Incentives to support new and existing businesses operating within the Town of Virden are available. These incentives exist as a method of promoting growth and encouraging improvements. 

Storefront Improvement Grant

Grant Purpose  
The purpose is to support projects that focus on upgrading business façade improvements within the Town of Virden.

Who Can Apply
The registered owner or tenant of a business within the Town of Virden. Priority will be given to businesses located within the Revitalization Plan areas.

How It Works
The program will contribute up to 50% of total eligible project costs to a maximum of $5,000 per applicant over a 3-year period. Intention of this program is to financially assist property owners in renovations that will in turn encourage beautification, revitalization, and business to stay and grow in our community.

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How To Apply
Applications must be approved prior to work commencing. Complete the Storefront Improvement Grant application form. Submissions are open January 1 to April 30 each year. All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated after the closing date. All projects must be completed and final report and receipts submitted by June 30 of the following year. All successful applicants will be notified by May 31.

Storefront Improvement Grant Application Form
Storefront Improvement Grant Final Project Form

Eligible Projects

  • New/additional exterior lighting, or exterior decorative lighting
  • Painting
  • Window replacements
  • Awnings
  • Installation of new signage, including blade signs or improvements to existing signage
  • Façade cleaning and painting (as part of broader works)
  • Accessibility improvements (excluding ramps)
  • Landscape enhancements (excluding non-permanent fixtures)
  • Repair/replacement of cornices, parapets, brick or other exterior architectural features

Eligible Expenses

  • Purchase of materials and supplies
  • Equipment rentals
  • Trade and contractor fees
  • Engineering and/or design studies/drawings
  • Development and building permits (if required)

Development Incentives By-Law

By-Law Purpose
To provide taxation incentives for new multiple-unit residential development and new or expanding commercial or industrial development. Through the by-law, the Town of Virden's commitment and readiness to invest in the development of the community is demonstrated.

For more information and to apply, please utilize the links below:
Development Incentives By-Law Complete Details
Development Incentives By-Law Application Form

For More Information

To find out additional details regarding the Storefront Improvement Grant or the Development Incentives By-Law, please contact Candace Murray, Economic Development Manager at (204) 748-2440 or