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What is the Secondary Suites Grant Program?

The City of Calgary's Secondary Suites Grant Program was designed to stimulate the private and non-profit sectors to produce affordable housing though the provision of incentives. 

Since the Program's launch in 2009, The City has provided close to $6 million in grant funding to help homeowners develop safe, affordable secondary suites in Calgary communities. Grants were provided up to $25,000 to cover 70 per cent of the costs of developing or upgrading an existing secondary suite.

Program funding is now fully allocated for the Secondary Suites Grant Program. However, on April 9, 2012, Council approved additional funds to be specifically allocated to support property owners selected for the Suite Safety Approach pilot, which runs from May 2012 to April 2013. If you have been selected to be part of the Suite Safety Approach pilot and you are interested in bringing your suite up to code, contact us at or call 403.268.5406. We also encourage you to review the secondary suite grant process and the Workshop Materials.    


​​​​​​​​​​​​​New rent rules 
As of June 2012, grant recipients must rent their suite at no more than 90% of the average market rent for an apartment in Calgary based on the number of bedrooms. See the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's annual Rental Market Report for Calgary CMA.
Number of Bedrooms

2013 Average Market Rent

(for grants signed before June 2012)

90% of 2013 Average Market Rent

(for grants signed during or after June 2012)

Bachelor n/a ​$784 (which is 90% of $871)
​1-bedroom n/a ​$936 (which is 90% of $1,040)
​2-bedroom n/a ​$1,102 (which is 90% of $1,224)
Average accessory suite ​$936 ​n/a