Development Application Fee Rebate Program

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Development rebate for developers in Georgina

The purpose of the development application fee rebate program is to encourage development and redevelopment in the Industrial, Commercial (excluding retail and service commercial) and Institutional Sectors.  This program is to reduce the financial burden on landowners and business owners who are expanding/relocating or creating new businesses. This program is intended to provide financial assistance to those developments that have the ability to have a significant impact on the creation of full time employment and an increase in the non-residential tax base.

The rebates will be up to 50 per cent of the application fee to a maximum of $10,000. A rebate may also be requested for multiple applications to a maximum of $20,000 per property.

Eligibility Requirements

All landowners/business operators who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply, subject to the availability of funding as approved by Council:

  1. Applicants must demonstrate that the development application(s) for which the rebate has been applied:
  • Has the potential to create or retain 5 full time jobs and/or:
  • Results in the creation of a minimum of 1,500 sq. ft. of new office, industrial or institutional floor area.
  1. Rebates may be provided for the following applications:
  • Minor Variance
  • Zoning Amendment
  • Official Plan Amendment
  • Site Plan Application
  • Industrial Plan of Subdivision/Condominium



Business Success Spotlight

W.M. Weller Tree service Ltd.

Tree service company in Keswick, Georgina Ontario
If you’re a longtime Georgina resident, you more than likely know someone who worked for Weller Tree Service growing up. The business is deeply rooted in the Town’s identity, being one of the longest family-run businesses in the area.
The company was founded by Robert Franklin Weller in 1917 and is now being run by a third generation. They are one of the largest privately owned tree companies in all of Ontario with more than 150 employees, working for different municipalities from Toronto to Midland and Hydro Commissions across Ontario. They sit on many industry boards and are a key partner in assisting the Canadian Food and Drug Agency deal with the Asian Long-Horned Beetle infestation. 
Rapid growth moved the company into a new phase of their story: expansion. Their first location near Keswick’s uptown business area outgrew their needs. A new location on McCowan Road in Georgina’s rural landscape was purchased and an exciting chapter began. 
The Economic Development and Tourism office worked closely with the Weller family to assist them in their new expansion plans. Weller Tree Service was one of the Town’s first Development Fee Rebate applications processed since the program’s approval by Council in 2018. 
A sense of pride — Weller Tree Service is a true Georgina business success story. Their rooted history and impressive portfolio of work will forever be part of the Town’s identity.  
To learn more about the expert tree services they offer, visit

If you have further questions regarding the Development Application Fee Rebate Program please contact Karyn Stone at 905-476-4301 ext. 2312, or Sean Columbus at 905-476-4301 ext. 2330,

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