Welcome to the Big Shift Toolbox

Graphic: The Big ShiftThe Big Shift is a series of economic, environmental and social changes occurring in our community, which are shifting how we plan and manage growth in Waterloo Region.

This toolbox contains coordinated planning, infrastructure and financial tools, which are useful for residents, developers and other investors.

Please read the Big Shift Toolbox Report for a summary of the initiatives listed below.

Financial Incentives

Waterloo Region's area municipalities offer additional incentives. For more information, please contact your city or township economic development office.

Regional Planning and Infrastructure Tools

New tools being considered

  • Exploring Pilot Tax Increment Grant (TIG) Program for Uncontaminated Properties
  • Exploring Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
  • Regional Noise Guideline Form
  • Stationary Noise Mitigation
  • Enhancement of Transportation Demand Management in New Residential Development

Have a question? Please contact Keren Adderley at or call 519-575-4508.