The Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program provides funding to commercial business owners and operators of empty storefronts (or those at risk of being vacant) to support interior improvements, helping businesses affected by COVID-19 to re-lease the space.

The program provides 50% matching funding for interior improvements to street-level commercial properties that are vacant. The maximum base grant amount is $20,000, which is awarded for a minimum of $40,000 worth of improvements. An additional $4,000 can be obtained for accessibility upgrades under the AODA standards, bringing the total maximum grant to $24,000. Multi-unit properties can receive up to $20,000 in additional funding ($4,000 per unit, for a maximum of five units).

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The Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program is available to owners and tenants of vacant properties or the risk of being vacant properties at street level, or properties at risk of becoming vacant (that have received funding from the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy program) within the city of Toronto, that are used for commercial purposes at street level, and that are locally owned and operated. A minimum of three eligible improvements must be made.Tenants who apply for the program must have written permission from the property owner to make any improvements to the property and receive grants.

Eligible Projects

The following projects would be considered eligible for a Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant:

  • Structural upgrades, interior light fixtures, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), plumbing, electrical, interior painting, flooring/ceiling/walls, permanently-affixed counters, merchandise displays and accessibility improvements, among others.
  • Architectural, engineering, certified Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”) specialist and Building Code Identification Number (BCIN) registered designer fees may be covered to a maximum of $2,000 per application as part of the base grant.
  • Multi-unit properties are eligible for additional grant funding of up to $4,000 per unit for each additional unit for which improvements are proposed, to a maximum of $20,000.
  • Additional grant funding of up to $4,000 is available for interior accessibility improvements which meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (“AODA”) design standards.
  • A minimum of three eligible improvements must be made to each unit.

Ineligible Projects

  • Maintenance to fix broken windows, interior lighting or security systems, clean clogged plumbing, or replace ceiling panels.
  • Only one application for a business chain or for any franchise organization is permitted.
  • Applications for work totaling less than $5,000 are ineligible.
  • The program is not to cover maintenance costs of existing interior property elements.
  • Places of worship, institutional buildings, not-for-profit commercial buildings and residential buildings are ineligible for the program.
  • Moveable furniture, window coverings, equipment, appliances, computers, IT expenses or elements such as tiling outside of the front door, are ineligible.

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Text: Funded by Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario; Logo: Government of Canada