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A Secondary Suite:

  • Is a self-contained dwelling located within a single detached house
  • Has separate cooking, sleeping and bathing facilities
  • Has a separate entrance from the single detached house, either from a common indoor landing or directly from the exterior of the house

A Garden Suite:

  • Is a self-contained dwelling located above or attached to a side or rear of a detached garage, or detatched from the principal single detatched house
  • Is accessory to a single detached house
  • Has an entrance separate from the vehicle entrance to the rear detached garage, either from a common indoor landing or directly from the exterior of the structure
  • Has separate cooking, sleeping and bathroom facilities

The basic elements of the program are described below.

Eligibility of the Homeowner (Applicant)

  • Fund at least 50% of the eligible costs (without relying on other government funding)
  • Be the owner of the principal residential unit where the proposed suite upgrade is in
  • If the suite is currently rented, the existing tenant, regardless of income, will be permitted to remain in an upgraded suite
  • If the suite is not currently rented, it must be rented after the upgrades, to an eligible tenant earning within the maximum income threshold by household size in the city of Edmonton
  • Sign and commit to fulfill the terms and conditions of a five-year operating agreement
  • Have no tax arrears on the property
  • Hold title or have valid offer to purchase

Funding Parameters

  • There is a maximum of two grants per applicant per year
  • Maximum one-time grant of $20,000 per property
  • Up to a maximum of 50% of the eligible costs
  • Meet City zoning and Alberta Fire and Building Codes to permit a secondary suite
  • Suite must be located within the boundaries of the City of Edmonton
  • Eligible costs include: required servicing, building materials, qualified labour for construction to meet minimum health and safety code requirements for secondary suites, valid development and construction permits
  • Ineligible costs include: furnishings, appliances, and site development
  • Costs incurred prior to approval of Cornerstones grant funding are not eligible
  • Funding will be committed based on the figures submitted. Cost overruns will not be covered by the City of Edmonton
  • Must be an existing secondary or garden suite, and not the conversion of a basement space to a secondary suite. If converting existing basement space to a secondary suite, apply for Building a New Secondary or Garden Suite

Application Requirements (Required Documentation)

  • Completed application form, signed and dated by all parties on title
  • Copy of Notice of Directors or a Corporation Search if the property is owned by a company
  • Valid 2017 development and building permit form for a secondary suite
  • Two itemized estimates of the total construction costs of the proposed suite
  • Copy of a floor plan of the proposed suite approved by a City Plans Examiner
  • Copy of land title or valid offer to purchase
  • Copy of current property tax notice or assessment
  • Confirmation of project financing

Application Process

  • Apply for a development and building permit for a Secondary Suite. Once the development permit has been issued you may then schedule an initial inspection of your existing suite with the Real Estate, Housing and Economic Sustainability - Housing Branch by Building and Fire Safety Code Officers who will generate a report to determine any deficiencies that must be addressed in the upgrade
  • Submit a completed application package with all required documentation to: Real Estate and Housing, 2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Avenue NW
  • Approval of grant funding will be given in writing within an approval package which will contain an approval letter, four operating agreements, and schedule A for potential tenants to fill out
  • Schedule and pass regular inspections prior to completion
  • Schedule and pass final inspection
  • Submit copies of paid receipts/invoices and return the four copies of the operating agreement (with original signatures of all parties on title) to: Real Estate and Housing, 2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower, 10111 104 Avenue NW
  • City will issue cheque when all requirements have been met
  • A completion package will be sent shortly thereafter which will contain a completion letter, occupancy permit sticker, and a sealed operating agreement

Post-construction Obligations

  • The homeowner must maintain tenancy records for the term of the operating agreement, and make them available at any time the City requests to see them
  • The homeowner must notify the City when the suite is vacant during the term of the operating agreement
  • The City retains the right to access the property and monitor the project and ensure compliance with all terms and conditions of the operating agreement over its five-year term
  • The City may inspect a program-funded property on an annual basis
  • The homeowner and tenant must provide a City inspector access within one week of a request being made to enter the premises for up to five years after the receipt of program funding
  • A homeowner who breaches the terms of the signed operating agreement will result in full repayment of the entire grant amount

For More Information

Real Estate and Housing Services

2nd Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111 104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4




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