Elgin County delivers Provincial Offences Act (POA) administration and prosecution on behalf of St. Thomas and Elgin’s member municipalities. We provide administration for all provincial offences and prosecution services regarding Part I and Part II Provincial Offences Act charges. These charges include tickets issued pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act, Liquor Licence Act, parking tickets and similar provincial statutes. All fine revenue is passed along to our municipal partners net of costs and a 10% administrative fee. The impacts of COVID resulted in fewer charges being laid in 2020 but matters scheduled for POA court grew as in 2020 in-person court hearings were postponed. Audio trials commenced in July and video trials will being in 2021 as we begin to work through the back-log.
Making prudent investments in critical infrastructure is a key priority of County Council. The County is further developing and actively implementing its Asset Management Plan to extend the lifecycle of critical infrastructure and enhance the quality of its facilities and to ensure that they can be safely accessed by the public. Elgin is continuously improving the safety of its roads and bridges notably with the construction of a new bridge in Port Bruce Bridge (completed in 2020) and the rehabilitation of the historic King George the VI Lift Bridge in Port Stanley (to be completed in 2021).
Through the Elgincentives Community Improvement Plan, Elgin County Economic Development offers grants to eligible business owners and tenants of lands and buildings in key sectors and areas of economic activity in order to:
*This value does not include an ask for the TIEG Grant.
**This value includes one (1) TIEG grant work of $683,481.
The Tax Increment Equivalent Grant (TIEG) is utilized for major projects and Brownfield developments, and is intended to stimulate major investment by deferring part of the increase in property taxation as a result of a redevelopment or rehabilitation project.