Heritage and Community Improvement Plan

On December 14th, 2015, the Council of Russell Township adopted the Community Improvement Plan (CIP) and began accepting applications on January 1st, 2016.

The CIP is an exciting opportunity that enhances existing businesses and may result in an increased range of services.

The CIP also provides direction on a unified vision and design guideline for the study areas and may attract more businesses, tourists and visitors to the community and, develop underutilized areas.

Various grant programs currently available:

  • Façade Improvement

  • Signage Improvement

  • Accessibility Improvement

  • Residential Conversion to Commercial Use

  • Parking Area and Landscaping Improvement

  • Architectural/Engineering Design

  • Municipal Application / Permit Fees Rebate

  • Tax Increment

Documents and Resources:

For additional information, please contact Dominique Tremblay, Director of Planning & Building and Economic Development by email or at 613 443-3066 extension 2317.


The purpose of the heritage study in 2015 was to provide the Township Council with an impartial third-party professional evaluation of potential Township heritage properties that may qualify to designation under the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA) which provides requirements and directions for this work.

The results include ten properties, 3 within Embrun and 7 within Russell, which are recommended for consideration for designation under part IV of the OHA (individual property designation).

The purpose of a Heritage Conservation District (HDC-OHA Part V) is not to prevent development, but to provide the community with tools to help appropriately manage change within a historic area.

For all the results and more, consult the Heritage study report 2015.


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