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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.


Re-Imagine Downtown Activation Grant

The Re-Imagine Downtown Activation Grant Program aims to support businesses, entrepreneurs, organizations, and community-minded individuals in implementing initiatives, events, and/or programs that seek to activate vacant, underutilized, and under-programmed private and public spaces and places.

Intake 3 has now closed. Please check back for future intake announcements. 

For more information on the grant and application process, please contact Candis Harper at

Final Reporting Process:

For initiatives successfully funded in Intake 3, please utilize the FINAL REPORT to fulfill your final reporting commitment which will release the final 30% payment. 

Patios and Parklets

Animated streets help create an exciting, vibrant, and safe experience in the downtown. The 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.

> Patio and Parklet Support Program Details.pdf

> More Information - Public Spaces

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.

Please reach out to Grant Administration Support to discuss the scope of your project prior to submitting your application. 

> 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.


> Application Form

Industrial Municipal Tax Incentive Program

An incentive to attract new industry and promote substantial redevelopment and expansion of existing industry by cancelling a portion of the increase in municipal taxes attributable to the differential between the pre-construction assessment and the post-construction assessment.

> Policy

Application Form