Former Rockport Customs House Property Acquisition within Reach


July 24, 2017 – Lansdowne, ON – It may have been a long process but it is drawing to a successful close. The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands Council voted on July 24, 2017 to move forward and enter into an agreement of purchase and sale with Public Works and Government Services Canada for the property known as the Rockport Customs House. The property will be purchased for the sum of $1.00.


In a Special Meeting called by Mayor Joe Baptista, Council discussed the agreement of purchase and sale of the waterfront property. “The Rockport Development group, and most recently, our CAO have worked diligently to acquire this historic piece of property,” expressed Mayor Baptista.


November 2015, Council was notified by Public Works and Government Services Canada, that the property was designated as surplus federal land. As a former Canadian Border Services Agency port of entry customs house, it closed in 2006. The property had been owned by the department of National Revenue since 1960.
December 2015, Council directed staff to arrange for a structural evaluation that concluded a significant investment of at least half a million dollars would be required to make the property safe and useable.
March 2016, the Rockport Development Group presented a deputation to Council expressing the Village’s desire to work with the Township to acquire the land, develop the property, and use it for the recreational purposes.
May 2016, Council passed a resolution to approve the creation of a sub-committee to negotiate with the federal department for the property acquisition.
Spring 2017, the Township CAO completed the necessary steps to finalize the agreement of purchase and sale of the property.
This success comes from the collaborative efforts of many individuals and groups. “For their support and contribution, we want to thank the Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety, and his staff; MP Gord Brown; the members of the Rockport Development Group; the members of Friends of Rockport Customs Community; and the members of the project sub-committee and staff,” concluded Mayor Baptista.

For more information, contact:

Greg Borduas, Chief Administrative Officer
Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands
613-659-2415 Ext. 213
[email protected]

Joe Baptista, Mayor
Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands
[email protected]