Kitchener’s downtown is the core of our community, full of homes, parks and businesses. Our downtown strategy is building an urban core that attracts newcomers from around Canada and the world.

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On this page:

  1. Our downtown strategy
  2. A new action plan
  3. Financial incentives

Our downtown strategy

We’re building a vibrant downtown. Through our Make it Kitchener economic development strategy, we’ll promote urbanization across the city, especially in our downtown core. We’re supporting redevelopment and working with businesses to encourage a wide range of amenities.

A new action plan

We’re working with the Downtown Kitchener BIA to update our Downtown Kitchener Action Plan. After consulting with the community we heard three priorities emerge:

  • ignite downtown as a platform for the next generation of urban shops, restaurants, businesses and services
  • foster heartfelt urban experiences
  • champion a caring and collaborative community

We used what we heard to build our strategy: Shaping DTK - A Vision for 2020.

Financial incentives

We offer financial incentives to help businesses reach their goals. View the city's financial incentives to learn about what is available.