The following incentives are available in Kitchener and issued by the City of Kitchener unless otherwise noted. Visit the Incentives page to learn about other incentives, or the Downtown Kitchener, Central Neighbourhoods of Kitchener or Waterloo Region pages to learn about incentives available in those areas.
Joint Tax Increment Grant
Issued by: Region of Waterloo and City of Kitchener
Description: A grant to assist property owners with the remediation of brownfield sites throughout the City of Kitchener. Payments are made after the site has been remediated, redeveloped and reassessed.
Amount: Total amount is generally based on eligible remediation costs. Yearly payments are made to successful applicants (each application for a maximum of 10 years) based on post-development tax assessment increases.
End date: There is no set end date, but it is at the discretion of either Regional or City Council to cancel the program at any time.
Further information: Visit regionofwaterloo.ca/brownfields or contact Carolyn Crozier, Principal Planner at 519-575-4757 x3657 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Robert Morgan, Capital Investment Advisor at 519-741-2200 x7734 or email@example.com
Designated Heritage Property Grant Program
Description: Owners of property designated under the Ontario Heritage Act may be eligible to receive grants toward the conservation of the built heritage resources of their property.
Amount: 50 per cent of the cost of eligible projects, minimum of $500, maximum of $3,000
End date: No end date. Application period is January 1 to March 31. Subject to availability of funds.
Further information: Visit Kitchener's Heritage Funding page or contact MIchelle Drake, Heritage Planner at 519-741-2200 ext 7839 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Designated Heritage Property Tax Refund Program
Description: Owners of property designated under the Ontario Heritage Act and subject to a heritage conservation easement agreement or a preservation and maintenance agreement may be eligible to receive a tax refund.
Amount: 40 per cent refund of the municipal and school board portions of property taxes
End date: No end date. Application period is February 1 to 29. Subject to availability of funds.
Further information: Visit Kitchener's Heritage Funding page or contact Michelle Drake, Heritage Planner at 519-741-2200 ext 7839 or email@example.com
Development Charge Rate - Industrial Buildings
Description: Reduced rates for a new industrial building or an enlargement of more than 50 per cent of the gross floor area of an existing industrial building. Please see Development Charge By-law 2014-068 for details.
Amount: From July 1, 2014 to March 1, 2019 industrial development will be charged 50 per cent of the City of Kitchener's non-residential development charge rate. After March 1, 2019 industrial development will be charged the non-residential development charge rate. Please refer to City of Kitchener's Development Charge web page for the current development
End date: By-law is in force until it is repealed or replaced by a subsequent by-law, no later than July 1, 2019.
Further information: Please contact the Building Division at 519-741-2312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: The purpose of these program summaries is to provide readers with a quick reference of financial incentives potentially available in each area. They do not constitute complete program descriptions. To determine eligibility, please review the detailed program descriptions or contact the appropriate staff person. It is at the issuers' discretion to cancel an incentive at any time. Information is subject to change and accuracy cannot be guaranteed.