Commercial Façade Program
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 neighbourhood 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?
Applicant contacts the City's BIA Office to determine eligibility
Applicant completes and submits application form
City reviews the application
City approves or declines the application
City issues funding cheques to successful applicants upon completion of the agreed-upon work
The 2017 Commercial Facade Improvement Grant Program is now closed.
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