City Council passes Tax Incentive Bylaw

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Medicine Hat – City Council approved a Tax Incentive Bylaw at the July 4 meeting, providing a clear framework to ensure all development projects are treated in a fair and equitable manner, and creating a level playing field with other municipalities for attracting economic development opportunities in the province of Alberta.

The Municipal Government Act was amended in 2020 to allow municipalities to grant multi-year municipal tax exemptions or deferrals in respect of non-residential properties.

The City of Medicine Hat’s tax incentive bylaw is a targeted incentive program designed to align with council priorities and encourage development or redevelopment of brownfields that support diversification of the local economy and large-scale commercial or industrial development that result in tax assessment and job creation for the city.

The tax incentive bylaw supports the following incentives:

  • Brownfield Redevelopment Tax Incentive: will provide financial assistance to non-residential property owners to remediate brownfield sites located within the City of Medicine Hat by providing tax relief for a period of up to five (5) years. 
  • Non-Residential Tax Incentive: will provide financial assistance to property owners in the City of Medicine Hat to develop large-scale commercial or industrial developments that result in tax assessment growth and job creation.

Applications for the Tax Incentive program will open on Monday, July 11 at 10 a.m., and will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply online

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