The most significant density of residents and industry is in Kitchener's downtown, the heart of the city. Downtown exemplifies an urban identity with arts, culture, recreation and commercial spaces that contribute to an excellent quality of life for all citizens. Since 2004 the city and its many partners have invested heavily in downtown Kitchener.

The city updated its economic development strategy, Make it Kitchener in 2016. To make it urban the city will continue to develop a dynamic downtown, and promote urbanization across the city, lead the way in the redevelopment of our own properties and work with the private sector to apply these same standards, and facilitate and encourage sought-after urban amenities, like outdoor movies and rooftop terraces.

Shape DTK 2020

The city in partnership with the Downtown Kitchener BIA are in the process of updating Downtown Kitchener's  Action Plan (2012-2016). In April 2016 more than 1,500 participants provided input on downtown Kitchener's future. Based on the community's feedback a new vision for downtown was drafted, including three strategic priorities:

  • 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

Read the full strategy: Shaping DTK - A Vision for 2020

Financial Incentives

The city offers financial incentives to assist local businesses in successfully reaching their goals. View the city's financial incentives.

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