A rebate currently available to landlords who own properties with vacant units is staying in place for at least the next two years as decided unanimously by County Council on April 4.
Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, was among a group that appealed to Council to keep the Vacancy Rebate Program in place. De Silva made the point that the program represents an opportunity for Sarnia-Lambton to attract investors and entrepreneurs to the area. She said the Chamber’s view came together after a roundtable discussion among members and resulted in the Chamber’s letter to County Council that can be seen HERE.
Other presenters included Steve Park, a Realtor and president of the Sarnia Lambton Real Estate Board, and Alex Jongsma, a past chair of the Chamber and a well-known property owner.
Plans are underway to work with members on responding to vacancy challenges, taking into account opportunities that will help the economy grow.