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Local improvements

A local improvement is a project that Council considers to be of greater benefit to an area of the city than to the whole city, and is to be paid for in whole or in part by a tax imposed on the properties affected by the project.

Replacement of infrastructure such as sidewalks, which have reached the end of their lifecycle, in your community will not require a local improvement contribution to the cost of that infrastructure renewal.

Local improvement process


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Initiating a local improvement

Property owners or The City can initiate local improvements. In either case, A Notice of Intention to undertake a local improvement is sent to affected property owners by The City after a valid petition has been received. This indicates the type of work proposed and the estimated cost to the property owner.

To initiate a local improvement you will need to obtain a "petition for" package (includes a petition form, rates sheet, initial estimated cost, map statement of witness and affidavit) by creating a Service Request or by calling 311.
eService - Request a Petition For package

  • To be valid, the petition form must be signed by at least two-thirds of the affected property owners who represent at least half the total assessment of the affected area. All signatures must be obtained within a 60-day period, in accordance with the provisions in the Municipal Government Act.
  • The owner of multiple properties within the affected area will count as only one vote.
  • The completed petition form, affidavit and statement of witness and affidavit must be completed and signed in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths. There is a Commissioner for Oaths available free of charge at the Local Improvement Office – by appointment only. Please call the number provided in the petition package to make an appointment. If you require the phone number, call 311 to obtain it. Once signed, return it to The City as indicated in the package.

Notice of intention: This is a letter sent by The City to property owners who are affected by the local improvement. This indicates the type of work proposed and the estimate cost to each property owner. Affected citizens have 30 days from the mailing date of this notice to appeal through the Petition Against process.

Common local improvements

The most common local improvements are for  back lane paving but the petition packages can be used for all types of local improvements.
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Petition against a local improvment

If you do not want a local improvement that has been requested, you will need to obtain a "petition against" package (includes a petition form, map, statement of witness and affidavit) by creating a Service Request or by calling 311. 

  • To be valid, the petition form must be signed by at least two-thirds of the affected property owners who represent at least half the total assessment of the affected area.
  • The owner of multiple properties within the affected area will count as only one vote. 
  • The completed petition form, statement of witness and affidavit must be returned to The City within 30 days of the mailing date of the Notice of Intention to undertake a local improvement. 

Local improvement FAQ

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Related documents

Local Improvements brochure