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Downtown Development Incentive Program (DDIP)

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The City of Medicine Hat is dedicated to the revitalization of the downtown core and its vision for a vibrant city centre where people live, work, and play. The Downtown Development Incentive Program (managed by the City's Land and Business Support Department) is designed to contribute to this vision by encouraging building improvements and new residential and commercial development in the City’s core.

Depending on your intended Downtown project, funds may be available to redevelop a mature retail space, upgrade a second floor living space, or develop a new multi-use retail/office/residential building.

 

Where are grants available for?

click below (PDF) to see eligible area:

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You must be the owner of a qualified property located in the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan. (See map)

You must not be in arrears in municipal taxes or utilities.

Upon project completion, property must meet all applicable safety codes, development requirements and comply with zoning requirements.

You must fund the project yourself, and then submit your paid invoices to Land and Business Support. Any grants for which you have been made eligible will be paid after you submit your paid invoices.

Any given civic address is eligible for a maximum of $50,000 in total grants through the DDIP.

The total funding of the DDIP for 2018 is $200,000 and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Grant disbursement will end when the budgeted funds are fully subscribed.

Simply submitting an application does not guarantee grant funding. Applications are reviewed, and those which do not fit the criteria or are not completed correctly will be returned to the applicant. If, after review, an application is eligible for funding, it will be applied to the grant in order of the time stamp (when it was received).

 The 2018 Downtown Development Incentive Program will not accept requests for funding after December 31, 2019. City Council may or may not renew the program in 2019.

 
What types of grants are available?
 
The intent of these grants is to encourage the revitalization of downtown by providing a grant to landowners who construct new developments, or renovate (redevelop) existing properties in the city centre. Whether the project is redeveloping an older retail space, upgrading a second floor living space, or perhaps developing a new multi-use retail/office/residential building, the DDIP may be available to provide some financial help.
 
There are five options for financial assistance:

 


Up to $25,000 is available per property towards major renovations or new construction of a commercial building. This includes an addition to an existing commercial building.

Eligible costs include:

  Offsite levy fees

  Architect fees

  Engineering fees

  Utility infrastructure upgrades to service the property

  Development permit fees, building permit fees and/or other permit fees required for the installation of related building services

 

Ineligible costs:

  Construction costs

  Debt servicing

  Utilities

  Taxes

  Demolition



Up to $25,000 is available per property towards redevelopment or new construction of a multi-family project, which will result in 4 or more residential units. Individual residential units must be a minimum size of 72 square metres (800 square feet). This includes redevelopment in an upper story of commercial buildings.

Eligible costs include:

  Offsite levy fees

  Architect fees

  Engineering fees

  Utility infrastructure upgrades to service the property

  Development permit fees, building permit fees and/or other permit fees required for the installation of related building services

 

Ineligible costs:

  Construction costs

  Debt servicing

  Utilities

  Taxes

  Demolition



Up to $5,000 is available per property towards development of a residential living space connected to their commercial building. The residential space must be a minimum size of 93 square metres (1000 square feet).

Eligible costs include:

  Offsite levy fees

  Architect fees

  Engineering fees

  Utility infrastructure upgrades to service the property

  Development permit fees, building permit fees and/or other permit fees required for the installation of related building services

 

Ineligible costs:

  Construction costs

  Debt servicing

  Utilities

  Taxes

  Demolition



Up to $5,000 is available per property towards facade and exterior building improvements.

Eligible costs include:

  Development permit fees, building permit fees and/or other permit fees required for the installation of related building services

  Awnings, glazing, general repair or replacement of exterior finishes

 

Ineligible costs:

  Debt servicing

  Utilities

  Taxes

  Demolition



Up to $20,000 is available per property towards environmental site assessments and the completion of a remedial or risk management plan.

Eligible costs include:

  Environmental assessment

  Completion of a remedial or risk management plan

 

Ineligible costs:

  Construction costs

  Debt servicing

  Utilities

  Taxes

  Demolition 

 


Download the 2018 application form and complete it.

You may apply in person, or email your completed form to:

Land & Business Support
Third floor, City Hall
580 1st Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB  T1A 8E6
Ph. 403.529.8373
business@medicinehat.ca

Do not assume you are eligible for a grant.

You are encouraged to meet with the Business Support Officer to discuss your intended project and the details of the incentive program.

Simply submitting an application does not guarantee grant funding. Applications are reviewed, and those which do not fit the criteria or are not completed correctly will be returned to the applicant. If, after review, an application is eligible for funding, it will be applied to the grant in order of the time stamp (when it was received).