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First Place for First-Time Buyers

Homes for first-time buyers

Many Edmontonians dream of owning their own home but don’t have the financial resources to make it happen.

Young professionals, single parents and residents in middle income brackets can find it particularly tough to break into Edmonton’s housing market, which is one of the most expensive in Canada.

The City of Edmonton strives to be a place where people of all walks of life feel welcome and safe. Sustainable infrastructure – including affordable housing – is an important part of making the city livable for everyone.

First Place Program

The City’s First Place program teams with banks and builders to develop attractive townhouses on land declared surplus by school boards in conjunction with an extensive public information and engagement process.

Of the 20 school sites declared surplus in 2006, 19 have been designated as First Place housing. The proposed 2016 implentation schedule outlines current steps in this process. 

Completed projects across Edmonton have allowed many people to realize the dream of home ownership while integrating with communities that helped design the look and “fit” of the developments.

These families benefit from the opportunity to call a place their own and get ahead financially, but the community at large benefits too. Owning a home keeps families rooted in neighbourhoods, something that's needed for communities to flourish over time.

The homes are market priced, with a five-year deferral on the land portion of the mortgage, making them more accessible to first time buyers.

A public engagement process precedes development, along with opportunities for community involvement in project design. 

To determine if you can participate in the program, please review our eligibility requirements.

For More Information

First Place Homes


In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

Email firstplace@edmonton.ca