Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Grant Program

By mmuise

The Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Grant Program covers a portion of the cost of a Phase 2 ESA including Designated Substances and Hazardous Material Survey, Remedial Work Plan and a Risk Assessment.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is 50% of the cost of an eligible environmental study to a maximum grant of:
1. $15,000 per study;
2. two studies per property/project;
3. $25,000 per property/project.

Deadline: -

Applicants must:

  • be owners of properties (and non-owners with written authorization from owners) within the urban area of the City of Windsor that meet the program eligibility requirements;
  • complete and submit to the City for review a Phase 1 ESA that demonstrates that site contamination is likely.
    Applications will be accepted only for properties where there is the potential for remediation and rehabilitation/redevelopment.
Application Steps:

Applicants must:

1. submit an application prior to the start of any environmental study to which the grant will apply;

2. provide written consent from the owner of the property to make the application and conduct the study, if the applicant is not the owner of the property;

3. complete and submit to the City for review a Phase I ESA that demonstrates that site contamination is likely.

All environmental studies shall be completed by a “qualified person” as defined by Ontario Regulation 153/04.

All completed environmental studies must comply with the description of the studies as provided in the grant application form.

Documentation Needed:

Applications will include:
1. a detailed study work plan;
2. a cost estimate for the study; and,
3. a description of the planned redevelopment, including any planning applications that have been submitted/approved.

One (1) electronic and one (1) hard copy of the study findings shall be supplied to the City for review.

Other Things to Note:

1. No deadlines found. For further information on this program, please contact Greg Atkinson, Senior Planner, Planning Department at (519) 255-6543 ext 6582 or via e-mail at gatkinson@citywindsor.ca .
2. This program is part of the Brownfield Redevelopment Community Improvement Plan.
3.The owner of a brownfield may be a person, company, or organization, or the municipal, provincial or federal government. Besides, buying a brownfield and rehabilitating it might be of interest entrepreneurs.

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