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The First Place Home Ownership Program is a City of Edmonton program that gives home buyers who have never before owned property in Alberta the opportunity to purchase their first home.

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.

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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.

20 school sites in 19 neighbourhoods were declared surplus in 2006 and have been designated for the First Place housing program. The proposed 2018-2019  implementation schedule outlines where each site is in the development 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.

First Place Program

For More Information

First Place Homes


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


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