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Want to build a secondary suite? The City now offers funding support

June 16, 2014 -

The City is now offering the Secondary Suite Affordable Housing grant program: two new funding streams to encourage qualified homeowners to build secondary suites to contribute to the stock of affordable housing in Kingston.

"Affordable housing is a top priority for the City.  This program offers financial  support to homeowners so that they can create affordable rental units and enjoy the benefits of rental income. Secondary suites are a win for tenants and homeowners alike," says Lee Campbell, Acting Director, Housing.  Secondary suites are separate modestly-sized living quarters that provide alternative housing options for smaller households, seniors, live-in caregivers, and other households requiring alternative affordable living arrangements. 

Eligible homeowners can benefit from two new funding supports:

  • The Secondary Suites Municipal Fee Rebate:  provides a forgivable loan of up to $7,000 to cover costs associated with any required planning approvals, such as the application fee for a Zoning By-Law Amendment.
  • The Secondary Suites Affordable Housing Grant: provides a forgivable loan of up to $15,000 or 75% (whichever is less) for costs associated with developing a secondary suite in an owner-occupied home.

Each funding stream has its own conditions and requirements for project eligibility and is conditional on the finished rental unit being offered at an affordable rental price for a specific period of time. Full details and applications are available at www.CityofKingston.ca/secondarysuites

Want to build a secondary suite? Find out how at www.CityofKingston.ca/secondarysuites

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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