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Incentives and Programs

The City of Lethbridge is committed to the long-term process of revitalizing the Downtown. Through the Heart of Our City committee and the Urban Revitalization Department, numerous programs and incentives are available to provide financial assistance that will stimulate growth and development in the Downtown. 

For more information on any of the incentive programs please contact: Andrew Malcolm, Urban Revitalization Manager – or call 403-320-3926.

Patios and Parklets

Animated streets help create an exciting, vibrant, and safe experience in the downtown. A Patio and Parklet Support Program has been established as an extension of the Main Street Program to provide support to businesses that are interested in converting sidewalks and roads into expanded outdoor seating.

> Patios and Parklets Support Program

Urban Core Property Improvement Grant Program

A 50 percent matching incentive up to a maximum of $175,000 per property for improvements in the urban core, including: quality façade improvements, permanent interior and exterior space improvements, rehabilitation of key aspects that support the functionality and re-use of buildings, and barrier free/accessibility improvements.

> Policy

> Application Form

Urban Core Housing Incentive Program

    • A grant for development of attractive, self-contained market-rate dwelling units within the urban core. 

> Policy

> Application Form


Targeted Redevelopment Incentive Program

A tax based incentive for targeted redevelopment (minimum $500,000) that reduces the effect of an increase in municipal taxes attributable to the differential between pre-construction and post-construction assessment in the urban core. 

> Policy

> Application Form 


Business Improvement Loan

Provides interest-free loans up to $15,000 for downtown businesses to improve the appearance and/or function of their business, with interest paid for by Heart of Our City.