If you are building affordable housing in Kitchener, you may be eligible for one or more of our programs.

On this page:

  1. About affordable housing incentives
  2. Not-for-profit affordable rental and co-op housing incentives (pilot)
  3. Affordable rental housing fee waiver
  4. Resources

About affordable housing incentives

We have two types of affordable housing incentives:

If you're not sure where to start or have any questions, send us an email. We can assign your project to a project manager who will help you navigate the approvals process and meet your project timelines.

Not-for-profit affordable rental and co-op housing incentive (pilot)

This program will provide a grant for $10,000 per unit (up to a max of 50 units per project) for not-for-profit affordable rental or co-op housing units. The grant can cover non-capital upfront costs relating to site design and development approvals to help advance projects from an idea to being shovel ready.

Eligible projects would need to secure building permits by September 1, 2026.


Eligible projects will meet the following criteria:

  • projects will be subject to financial review and analysis to confirm project viability
  • applicant must be a non-profit housing developer
  • incentives only apply to the creation of new affordable dwelling units, as outlined in the program
  • eligible projects are those that are in the early stages of ideation or concept development through building permit review (projects with a building permit issued for the proposed new units are not eligible)
  • proof of ownership or legal right to develop on lands


Subscribe to this page to get an email when applications open.

Affordable rental housing fee waiver

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

  • development application fees
  • building permit fees


Eligible projects will meet the following criteria:


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

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


To learn more about our affordable housing policies, reference these policies:

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: