If you're considering adding a legal secondary suite to your home or future home, we have news for you! The City of Calgary is working hard to combat the housing crisis and provide more housing for Calgarians, both veterans and newcomers, by offering an incentive to encourage and assist homeowners in building legal secondary suites. The Secondary Suite Incentive Program will provide qualifying homeowners with up to $10,000 to build and register a secondary suite. 

As always, this isn't a free-for-all, and there are some limitations and qualifiers. Let's review:

• The incentive only applies to suites built within the main dwelling - which means it does not apply for backyard or detached suites.
• Applications are limited to one per person, and you must own the property through the entire process.
• Qualifying homeowners can apply for the program if they have an active building permit for a secondary suite. 
The program will not fully fund construction of a secondary suite.

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Approved applicants will qualify for reimbursement for the cost of installing all required safety elements that aren't in the space when you apply. The qualifying safety elements are outlined in the table below.  More information about safety elements, i.e. egress windows, smoke alarms, exits etc., can be found at

* Maximum eligibility for safety items is $10,000 per home.

There is also additional funding available for accessibility and energy efficiency. You can get up to an additional $1,250 for ENERGY STAR certified egress window and split heat/separate air equipment and an additional $5,000 for accessible spaces to those with common mobility issues.

This incentive program is LIVE and now accepting applications! If you have an active building permit for a secondary suite, you are invited to apply for the program here

If you would like to learn more about secondary suites in Calgary, you can also review some other blogs of ours here:

As always, we are happy to chat anytime about your home or investment property, and whether adding a legal suite would be the right move to make from a return on investment standpoint! Feel free to Contact Us anytime!