Real Estate & Development Services

Land for non-market housing

City of Calgary real estate transactions are normally negotiated on the basis of market value and in accordance with clearly defined Real Property Bylaw procedures and processes.

By Council policy, there is an exception to this practice; the Non-Market Housing Land Disposition Policy  allows for the sale of up to 10 parcels of surplus City-owned land at below market value to experienced non-profit affordable housing developers every two years.

Non-market housing land disposition program

The first two land disposition events concluded in 2018 and 2020 allowing non-market housing providers to leverage The City’s contribution of $8.4M to obtain approximately $39 million in philanthropic and federal funding. The first two land disposition eventsyielded 285 affordable homes for vulnerable Calgarians.

An upcoming third non-market housing land disposition event forecasts an additional 104 affordable homes (@ 800 sq. ft per home) with the hopeful opportunity to expand that deliverable through creative land use redesignations and building design formats.

Next Steps – Third non-market land disposition

A Council presentation is tentatively planned for Q4-2022. With Council approval, details on a formal application process would subsequently be announced.  It is anticipated that applications would be open to any bona fide non-profit organization with successful and proven track record of providing and operating affordable housing facilities.

It is also anticipated that a public event announcing the successful recipients of the non-market land disposition event would occur in Q1 2023.

This page will be updated and serve as the major source of current program status as opportunities for future programs become available.


For more information on the role The City of Calgary plays in providing and facilitating the provision of affordable housing, visit calgary.ca/housing.

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