Development Charges Rebate Program
The City of Kingston was selected to participate in the Ontario Ministry of Housing's Development Charges Rebate Program. This funding will allow the City to provide rebates on development charges to eligible projects to stimulate the creation of more rental housing. Although the availability of this program is subject to funding confirmation from the Government of Ontario following the provincial election on June 7, the City is preparing by requesting Expressions of Interest.
Learn more about the Development Charges Rebate Program at a drop-in information open house on Wednesday, June 6 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the INVISTA Centre, meeting room C.
Apply for the Program
Applications, through Expression of Interest (EOI), are open from May 29 to June 25.
Any applications must demonstrate that:
- the units will remain as rental units for a minimum of 20 years and
- initial rents are no more than 125 per cent of the average market rent in Kingston
Units that meet this minimum affordability criteria may be eligible for additional rebates if they are:
- located in close proximity to an Express Route transit stop,
- provide accessible units beyond the Ontario Building Code requirement, or
- meet enhanced emissions targets
About the Program
How will rebating development charges create more purpose-built rental housing in Kingston?
Kingston has one of the lowest rental vacancy rates in Ontario, making it difficult to secure reasonably priced rental housing. The Housing Development Charges Rebate Program will provide an incentive for the creation of more units by refunding to developers a portion of the development charges, the fees collected at the time a building permit is issued. In addition, the City will waive municipal land use planning fees for multi residential projects when twenty-five percent or more of the units are considered affordable, in accordance with the affordability policies of the Official Plan. Together, these refunds represent thousands of dollars of savings to assist towards ensuring rental housing is constructed in Kingston – and is guaranteed to remain rental housing for a minimum of 20 years. Creating additional purpose-built rental housing supply will help address Kingston's extremely low vacancy rate.
How much will the rebates be for?
There are opportunities through this program for purpose-built rental housing developments to receive rebates based on a variety of enhancements; affordability, proximity to express transit routes, accessibility and sustainability.
To help illustrate the impact of the available rebates the following scenarios have been prepared:
- Scenario 1: If an 80-unit apartment building within 400 to 600 metres of express transit service provides 15 eligible units, including 2 one-bedroom accessible units in addition to the building code's minimum requirement, the project would be eligible for a total development charge rebate of approximately $130,000.
- Scenario 2: If a 120-unit apartment building within 400 meters of express transit service provides 40 eligible units and meets enhanced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets the project would be eligible for a total development charge rebate of approximately $249,500.
- Scenario 3: If a 10-unit apartment building provided five one-bedroom apartments with starting rents established between $976 and $1,121 per month, the project would be eligible for a total development charge rebate of approximately $35,989.