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Urban Development Incentives

Urban Development Incentive Programs

A new suite of Urban Development Incentive Programs are available for the Central Peninsula area of Saint John that targets the redevelopment of vacant spaces for new residential development. The Central Peninsula includes the South End, Uptown and Waterloo Village, and is considered the employment and cultural hub of the City of Saint John and its surrounding communities. The Urban Development Incentives Suite of Programs includes three separate grant programs that address specific challenges of building in the historic urban centre of the City. Each program has a series of grants that facilitate reinvestment in the urban core.

The Urban Development Incentives are strategically structured to reduce financial barriers to development, and leverage new private sector investment. The main grant offered through the Urban Development Incentives Policy will rebate 5.25% of the cost of construction for approved projects over the course of five years. These projects may be eligible for two other complementary grants: the Construction Challenges Grant and the Building Permit Rebate Grant.

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Vacant Building Redevelopment


Infill Development Program

Upper Floors Redevelopment


Vacant Building  Infill  Upper Floors

Beautification Grant Program

Just looking to do a bit of work to the front façade of your building? No problem! The suite of programs includes an Urban Beautification Grant Program to help homeowners invest in the maintenance and repair of the façade of their buildings, including any enhanced front yard landscaping. The intention of the Program is to contribute to the beautification of the built environment and create more appeal and interest in the surrounding neighbourhood. The grant will offer 35% rebate of approved work, up to a maximum of $4,000 per project. Funds are limited. 


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Urban Development Incentives Map


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