If your non-profit has a proposal for new affordable rental housing in Kitchener, you may eligible for exemption from the payment of certain development application fees, building permit fees and/or for a deferral of development charge payments.

On this page:

  1. About the program
  2. Application
  3. Eligible projects
  4. Resources

About the program

If your non-profit corporation is planning an eligible development in Kitchener, you can request exemption from:

  • development application fees
  • building permit fees

You can also request deferral of development charge payments.


Download the application form and email it to our planning division together with digital copies of the required supporting information as outlined on the application form.

If your application is larger than 10mb, please contact us to arrange for a file transfer.

As soon as possible after applying by email, please mail or courier the original, signed hard copy application form to:

City of Kitchener 
Manager of Development Review - Planning Division
200 King Street West, 6th Floor
Kitchener, ON
N2G 4R6

Eligible projects

Eligible projects will meet these criteria:

  • proponents must be a non-profit corporation
  • minimum of 20 percent of residential units must be set at or below 80% of average market rent in the region
  • projects must be within 450 metres of transit corridors across Kitchener (see eligibility area map)


To learn more about our affordable housing policies, use these links:

  • Development Application Fees and Building Permit Fees for Affordable Rental Housing
  • Development Charges Payment for Affordable Rental Housing

The Region of Waterloo is the service manager for housing in our area. Learn more about regional services and programs.

We developed a housing strategy aimed at addressing challenges to housing affordability in Kitchener across the housing continuum.

Get information about city permits and processes: