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Economic Development

Houston is an amazing place to invest and do business 

The District of Houston offers a variety of initiatives to encourage businesses and developers to create commercial activity and development in local growth areas.

Construction Tax Exemption Program  The purpose of this tax exemption program is to provide development incentives for builders and property owners to encourage development in commercial areas. The process is simple: submit an application form to the District of Houston office. Enter into a tax exemption agreement with the municipality. Obtain a certificate of tax exemption for the amount your project is eligible for. Successful applicants to this program will be exempt from paying a percentage of taxes on the assessed value of improvements for new construction projects. The exemption starts at 100% and gradually decreases over a 10-year period. This program is subject to conditions. For more information, contact the Director of Finance at finance@houston.ca or visit the Municipal Office on 3367 12th Street.


Renovation Tax Exemption Program  The purpose of this renovation tax exemption program is to provide incentives for business and property owners to encourage the revitalization of commercial areas and increase accessibility. The process is simple: Submit an application form to the District Office. Enter into a tax exemption agreement with the municipality. Obtain a certificate of tax exemption for the amount your project is eligible for. Successful applicants to this program may be eligible for tax exemption of up to 40%of total Class 6 assessed value. This program is subject to conditions. For more information, contact the Director of Finance at finance@houston.ca or visit the Municipal Office on 3367 12th Street.

Learn more about the Tax Exemption

Business Facade Improvement Program 

The purpose of the Business Façade Improvement Program in the District of Houston is to encourage business owners and tenants to invest in façade and storefront improvements. A more inviting appearance to residents and visitors will help build civic pride, increase assessed property values and stimulate the local economy. A healthy business district plays an important role in the vitality of a community. Each application will be reviewed to determine eligibility for approval.
Funding for the District of Houston Business Façade Improvement Program is provided by Northern Development Initiative Trust.

Business Facade Program

Business & Investment Assistant 

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Business & Investment Assistant