Business Façade Improvement Program

Let's work together to enhance the beauty and appeal of Esquimalt's commercial areas.

Why façades matter

A beautiful community instills pride in its residents and attracts visitors. That's why the Township of Esquimalt and the Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce have created the Business Façade Improvement Program (BFIP). This exciting initiative offers financial assistance and design support to help commercial buildings enhance their street-facing facades. 

Your storefront- a reflection of your business 

The commercial property's appearance speaks volumes about your business. An attractive facade can increase foot traffic, boost property values, and contribute to a vibrant commercial district. 

How the BFIP works 

We want to help you make impactful improvements to your building's appearance. Approved applicants will receive funding and professional design services to transform their storefronts. A dedicated Project Review panel will assess all applications to ensure they align with the program's goals.

Who can apply?

A commercial property owner or a business owner may apply. If the applicant is the business owner, the property owner must approve the application in writing, confirming that the applicant will pay for all improvements. If the property owner applies, the business(es) within the building must be operational and located within the Township boundaries. 

What improvements can I make? 

Commercial buildings, specifically street-facing façades and retail storefronts. 

Application process

Applications open March 4, 2024, and will be accepted until October 30, 2024, on the proviso that the project can be fully executed by December 15, 2024. 



The panel (representative from the Esquimalt Chamber of Commerce and Township of Esquimalt staff) will review your applications to confirm eligibility. All applicants will be advised, in writing, of the panel’s decision and, if successful, will be asked to move to the next step.

Interested in a mural?

Building owners and commercial tenants are welcome to contact ECAH to learn more about how Esquimalt's Business Facade Improvement Program can support mural creation. Eligible applicants may be able to receive subsidised and/or additional funding for mural projects. Contact Laura-Beth McDonald at [email protected] or call (604) 999-8427 by April 15 Project review panel


Read the complete Business Façade Improvement Guidelines for details about eligibility and timelines.