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Downtown Tax Exemption Program

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Download the Program Guidelines for the Downtown Tax Exemption Program.

Download the Municipal Property Tax Exemption Program for New Commercial Development in Downtown Fort McMurray Bylaw No. 20/018.


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In 2019, Council re-established the Development Incentives Program and approved a 100 per cent subsidy for the off-site levy for non-residential development within the downtown until Dec. 31, 2020.

Downtown revitalization is one of Council’s top priorities.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is one of the first municipalities in Alberta to take advantage of the recent changes to the Municipal Government Act, which now allows for property tax exemptions on eligible developments.

In order to stimulate investment in downtown Fort McMurray, the Downtown Tax Exemption Program offers a tax exemption for up to five years to qualified properties. The tax exemption applies to new commercial developments and new additions to existing commercial properties.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Stimulate downtown revitalization and economic development.
  • Ensure the Municipality stays competitive.
  • Attract private investment to the downtown.
  • Encourage growth in the tax base and assessed values in the downtown.

The program will exempt eligible commercial developments from paying 100 per cent of the municipal portion of property taxes for a period of five years. The education and senior citizen portions of the property tax are not exempt; the Municipality will continue to collect these taxes on the land and any existing building.

Eligible properties need to be:

  • Located within the Downtown Tax Exemption Area. View the program area map.
  • Used for commercial purposes as defined in the current Land Use Bylaw 99/059.
  • A newly constructed building.
  • A new addition to an existing building.

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