Commercial Façade Program

Commercial Façade Improvement Grant Program 2017

The Commercial Façade Improvement Program provides funding to commercial and private property owners to redesign, renovate or restore commercial or industrial building façades. The eligible improvements include, but are not limited to, brick cleaning, restoration, wheelchair accessibility, doors, signage, windows, lighting and masonry.

What are the benefits?

Improving the appearance of your building’s façade shows that you care about your property. In addition, your neighborhood streetscape is improved. This provides a more welcoming environment to work, shop and live.

How is funding calculated?

Half of the cost of eligible improvements to commercial or industrial building façades is covered and will be based on the lowest contractor estimate submitted with the application. The minimum funding is $2,500 with a maximum of $10,000 for non-corner properties. A corner property is eligible for maximum funding of $12,500.

Who is eligible?

    • You must be the property owner or have the permission of the property owner
    • Your building must be located in a Business Improvement Area (BIA) that has been in existence for five (5) or more years
    • You must not owe outstanding taxes to the City
    • You must not start your improvement project before the funding application is approved
    • You must have not received the maximum façade improvement funding for your property in previous years.

How do I apply?

  1. Applicant contacts the City's BIA Office to determine eligibility
    Phone 416-392-1005
    Fax: 416-392-1380
  2. Applicant completes and submits application form
  3. City reviews the application
  4. City approves or declines the application
  5. City issues funding cheques to successful applicants upon completion of the agreed-upon work


Commercial Facade Improvement Grant Application

Please complete and submit the 2017 Commercial Façade Improvement Grant application form. The submission deadline is Thursday, May 18, 2017 or when grant funds have all been committed. Should you have any questions, please contact Michael Saunders 416-392-1005 or



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