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Affordable Housing Community Improvement Plan

Through the Affordable Housing Community Improvement Plan, we provide financial incentives to stimulate the construction of affordable housing in our community.

Providing affordable housing is a major social issue and a priority for most urban communities across Ontario. By providing relief on fees for planning approvals, development charges, and property taxes, we can help lower rents, creating more affordable housing for residents. The Affordable Housing Community Improvement Plan also embraces home ownership models.

Affordable Housing Community Improvement Plan programs

There are several programs under the Affordable Housing Community Improvement Plan, including:

  • Municipal Incentive Program – waives municipal fees such as planning application fees, parkland fees, and cash-in-lieu of parking fees for affordable housing projects.
  • Development Charges Program – waives the payment of development charges for any new affordable housing units, subject to available funding.
  • Tax Increment Grant Program – an annual grant to property owners, reimbursing a portion of the municipal property tax increase resulting from increased assessment over a period of nine years.

Please see our Affordable Housing Community Improvement Plan application package that outlines the programs and provides the application form for the available incentives.

National Housing Strategy

Canada's overall plan is the National Housing Strategy. Canada's initiatives help you create new housing supply. The online Affordable Housing Centre has resources from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.