Façade Improvement Program

Purpose

The Façade Improvement Program encourages commercial building owners in Business Revitalization Zones to invest in façade renovations and storefront improvements by providing matching grants to cover a portion of renovation costs.

This program is intended to:

  • Make city streets a more inviting and interesting place to walk and shop
  • Help building owners attract and retain tenants
  • Build civic pride among the local business community
  • Contribute to the quality of life of residents, workers and visitors
  • Improve the marketability of the local business area

Exterior improvements funded by the program help businesses make a better first impression, showcase merchandise and services, and attract new customers.

Before

Taipan Cafe before image

After

Taipan Cafe after image

Taipan Café, 10627 – 97 Street
Façade improvement completed 2011

Available Financial Incentives

The following Façade Improvement Program matching grant financial incentives may be available to property owners in Business Revitalization Zones and other Council supported initiative areas:

  • a reimbursement grant up to 50% of eligible construction costs to a maximum amount of $30,000 per building façade.
  • a reimbursement grant up to 50% of eligible construction costs to a maximum amount of $60,000 on a corner building. The corner building must have at least two façades facing a public road right-of-way and the improvements must significantly enhance the pedestrian street view on each façade.

How to Apply

The Façade Improvement Program Information Package provides a detailed summary of the program's eligibility criteria, design guidelines and eligible improvements. Interested business and property owners are encouraged to contact the Program Manager for assistance in preparing an application.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis; however, the next deadline for applications to be considered for current funding is April 25, 2016.

For More Information

Lara Pinchbeck

City of Edmonton 
Sustainable Development
12th floor, 10250 101 St. NW
Edmonton AB T5J 3P4

Title Manager, Façade Improvement Program
Telephone

780-496-6196

Email lara.pinchbeck@edmonton.ca, facade.improvement@edmonton.ca