Economic Development Incentive Program

Thinking of building a commercial, industrial or seniors' housing development? Your project could be eligible for a tax incentive!

How it Works

1. Apply: Eligible developments can apply for the Economic Incentive Program when they submit their building permit application. 

2. Complete construction: Construction must be completed and an occupancy permit must be issued within 24 months. 

3. Receive your Tax Refund:  If the property has met all the conditions, the owner will be advised that the municipal portion of the property taxes have been refunded for the relevant period.

Eligible Projects*: 

  • Any development in a commercial district
  • Commercial development in a mixed-use district
  • Development in an industrial or business park district
  • Housing specific for seniors
  • 3 to 4 storey apartment buildings

*This is a general list. Specific qualifications and exclusions are listed in the Policy.

Economic Incentive Program

To Qualify:

  • The applicant must be the owner of the building
  • The application must be submitted before the policy expires on December 30, 2020.
  • All required permits must be completed and approved
  • Construction must be completed and an occupancy permit must be issued within 24 months of obtaining the building permit
  • The project must comply with the Land Use Bylaw and all relevant statutory plans.

All outstanding accounts must be paid in full and taxes levied on the eligible property must be kept current during the incentive period.

About the Policy:

Chestermere City Council passed an Economic Development Incentive Policy on Feburary 5, 2019. 

  • The purpose is to promote and incentivize economic development within the City of Chestermere.
  • The provisions allow for the municipal portion of supplementary taxes for new construction of commercial, industrial and specified residential buildings be cancelled, reduced or refunded.
  • Read the full policy here. 

Example of Potential Savings: 

A property owner has land that is assessed at $1 Million. The owner constructs a commercial building that is worth $10 Million, for a total assessed value of $11 Million. If they qualify for the Economic Incentive Program, the municipal taxes on the $10 Million building will be waived for 3 years. This could result in a total refund of approximately $235,000.

Download the Application Form