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Program Details

The Alley Renewal Program outlines a cost effective, long-term strategic approach to renew and rebuild alleys. The program, approved in December of 2018, aims to improve the conditions of alleys across the City over the next 25 years. 

The approved strategy will require approximately $22.3 million (by 2022) annually for the next 25 years. This program will be funded by an increase to the Neighbourhood Renewal Tax Levy. This levy includes a City-wide contribution and not just a contribution from property owners with back alleys. 


  • Address surface drainage issues in the alley
  • Alleys will have a 4-metre wide width, where possible
  • Alleys will have a paved surface
  • Existing alley lighting will be upgraded to LED fixtures

Construction Impacts

Other Alley Renewal Options 

Separate from the Alley Renewal Program, the Alley Reconstruction Local Improvement process will remain an option for residents who wish to accelerate the renewal of their alley. If an Alley Reconstruction Local Improvement initiative is successful, it is 100% property owner funded.

Additionally, alleys will continue to be reconstructed in the event of an emergency (water main or gas-line repair) by the City’s utility partners.

The City will continue to maintain alleys with grading and pothole repair. Specific alley concerns can be addressed by contacting 311.

For More Information

Building Great Neighbourhoods


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