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Land for non-market housing

Land for non-market housing

Normally, when The City has extra land it is sold at full price. But every two years up to 10 sites are sold at a lower price to groups that make affordable housing.

See also: Non-Market Housing Land Disposition Policy

Non-market housing land disposition program

Through the program The City has helped eight non-profit housing groups build almost 400 new affordable homes through three discounted non-market land sales.

The upcoming fourth sale aims to add a minimum of 289 additional affordable homes. Depending on the design of the buildings more may be added. For more information, visit The City of Calgary Newsroom.

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Fourth non-market land disposition was announced March 2024

The city is selling five locations suitable for affordable housing.

Non-profit groups that have experience building and running affordable homes can apply.

There will be two application phases: 

  • The first (March 18 to April 25, 2024) is for Indigenous housing providers.
  • The second (May 30 to July 10, 2024) will be open to ALL (including Indigenous) qualified non-profit housing providers.

As part of the first phase, we will plan to award a minimum of one site. The remaining sites will be available for the second phase.

Additional Funding Information

Successful applicants will be eligible for City funding through the Non-Market Housing Land Sale Funding program.  Once the selection process is complete, successful applicants are eligible to claim City financial support of up to 20% of eligible project hard costs to a maximum of $75,000 per non-market residential unit.  Eligible projects hard costs include:

Development Costs

  • Land
  • Site grading
  • Environmental remediation
  • Utility servicing – deep and shallow
  • Utility upgrades – onsite or offsite
  • Levies
  • Surface concrete work
  • Fencing
  • Landscaping
  • Street lighting
  • Bus shelter

Building Construction Costs

  • Foundation
  • Structural
  • Roofing
  • Cladding
  • Glazing
  • Exterior Envelope
  • Partitions and Doors
  • Finishes
  • Fittings and Equipment
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical

Successful applicants will be required to close on the sale of the land and enter into a Funding Agreement with the City of Calgary to formalize terms and conditions.  All development and building construction costs not directly related to the delivery of non-market residential units (i.e market rate commercial space or equivalent) will be proportionally excluded from funding support under the Non-Market Housing Land Sale Funding Program. 


A public event announcing the successful recipients of the non-market land disposition event will occur later this year following evaluation, selection, and corporate approval of the successful purchasers.

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