City Council approved 20 First Place program sites in 2006 as part of Edmonton’s long term multi-pronged housing strategy to help create a wider range of housing options to address our city’s growing needs. These sites are located in every quadrant of the City (see map) and will be developed on building sites declared surplus by local school boards.
The two communities of Canon Ridge and Greenview were selected in July 2008 to launch the first two sites of the program. Every First Place unit in those communities sold, demonstrating the need for such a program in Edmonton.
The City currently has 18 First Place sites on which development will proceed in stages. Development timelines may be subject to change, and will depend on our builders, who will choose when to develop, according to market conditions. Public engagement on these sites will be similar to the process used in the first two developments.
Please note: First Place program opportunities do not extend to all new condominium townhouse projects under construction in Edmonton, only to those on approved sites and with approved builders.
Growing city requires range of housing options
The innovative First Place Home Ownership Program is part of Edmonton’s multi-pronged housing strategy to help create a wider range of housing options to address our city’s growing needs. The program helps to ensure there is a range of entry-level homes available for ownership so Edmonton may continue to be an attractive city in which to invest, work and live.
Edmonton has a fast growing economy and the economic outlook remains strong. The need to create new entry-level home ownership opportunities in Edmonton is as valid today as it was when the program was first approved in 2006.
The First Place Program was created in partnership with the City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Public School Board, the Edmonton Catholic School District and the Government of Alberta. Its goal is to transform 20 undeveloped building sites into new town homes for qualified homebuyers whose household income places them just out of reach of the first-time homebuyers market.
Essential for labour attraction and retention
The First Place program targets employed first-time Alberta homebuyers with a combined household income of less than $117,000. The program is important for the City’s long-term ability to attract and retain a wide variety of skilled workers including (but not limited to): teachers, nurses, tradespeople, police, fire response, social workers, recent post-secondary graduates and many in the service and health industry.