2021 Facade Improvement Program is now open – Apply NOW!

2021 Facade Improvement Program is now open – Apply NOW!

The Facade Improvement Program provides up to $15,000 for 50% of the total cost of a facade renovation, with up to a $12,500 base grant, and an additional $2,500 available for accessibility upgrades that meet AODA Standards.

Though the Deadline is Thursday, May 06, 2021, this program is first-come-first-serve, and we encourage businesses and property owners who wish to take part in the program to act fast to take advantage of this opportunity.


Consider the following types of facade improvements for your business:

  • Improved Signage
  • Projecting Signage
  • Awnings & Canopies
  • Exterior Lighting
  • Accessible Entrances
  • Improved Windows & Doors
  • Sliding or Garage Doors
  • Millwork & Exterior Decoration
  • Brick Cleaning & Repointing
  • Architectural Redesign Services
  • Tile-work
  • Other Approved Renovations

You will need to prepare the following documents to apply:

  • Two contractor quotes for each of the 3+ improvements that you wish to make to your building facade.
  • If you are a commercial tenant; a letter from your landlord granting you permission to undertake these renovations.
  • A simple drawing of what renovations you want to make to the facade.These drawings do not need to be done by an engineer.

General information, FAQ’s and application form can be found HERE

For more information and general assistance with the Facade Improvement Program – please contact:

Michael Saunders at 416-392-1005 orMichael.Saunders@toronto.ca

FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1.  Will the City consider grant applications for improvements to curb lane patios?

A1. While we did consider, we decided that improvements to curb-side patios or any patios on any public lands will not be considered as they are temporary in nature and would not fall within the intent of the Community improvement Plan (CIP) provisions of the Planning Act.


Q2. Will the City consider grant applications for interior improvements to buildings?

A2. The City is currently considering this as a way of property owners and businesses to meet improved public health standards and as a way to encourage to lease up of vacant space as we begin to emerge from COVID.  However, this would require amendments to the CIP by-law relating to the program and would need to pass a “public interest test” as required under the Planning Act. We expect to report out on this later this year. There has to be a compelling public interest case to consider this as municipalities are not allowed to offer tax dollars to private business outside of the CIP provisions in the Planning Act. EDC believes there is a public interest to at least consider this but require advice from City Planning and City Legal.


Q3. Will the City consider permanent patio improvements on private property?

A3. The current guidelines were amended a few years ago to address this issue. Specifically, Section 5.1.2 sets out eligible improvements. The last bullet refers to:

• Other site and exterior building improvements as agreed to by the General Manager of Economic Development and Culture


The City will therefore allow permanent patio improvements on private property (already established or not) provided they are visible from the street i.e., not rear patios to be eligible. All other program eligibility requirements apply.


If you have nay more questions, please also feel free to reach out to Michael Saunders (416-392-1005 orMichael.Saunders@toronto.ca) or the BIA office at any time.


Tasneem Bandukwala, BIA Manager
Gerrard India Bazaar BIA Office

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