The City of Duncan Enhanced Security Initiative Program is a program created as an incentive for commercial property owners to implement measures that would improve public safety and enhance protection and security of their buildings and surrounding properties.

The ESIP is a matching grant opportunity for property owners to apply for any new safety or security project that they choose with a 50% reimbursement up to a maximum of $1,000 (CAD).


The ESIP has been renewed for 2023!  Application timeline is as follows:

  • May 3 – Application process opens
  • July 9 – Application process closes
  • July 30 – Applicants notified
  • July 31-October 30 – Approved applicants complete enhancements
  • October 30 – Claim deadline for reimbursement $$$
  • SUCCESS!! – Share your ESIP success story!

How do I apply for the program?

Review the program guide to determine your eligibility. If you are eligible to apply, complete the application form, attach any required supporting documents and submit.

What are the key dates for the program?

The application process opens May 3, 2023 at 8:30 a.m.

The Review Committee will review applications and advise applicants of decisions by email or telephone.

Who reviews the applications?

A Review Committee has been established and consists of the Manager of Building & Bylaw Services, Corporate Services Coordinator of the City of Duncan, and the Manager of North Cowichan/Duncan Community Policing. The Committee’s primary responsibility is to review all applications, determine eligibility of enhancements, and make recommendations and decisions.

What types of security enhancements are eligible?

Any new safety or security project that you choose. Examples include; video surveillance equipment, security systems, enhanced exterior building/parking lot/lane-way lighting, gates and deadbolts or door locks.

Who is eligible to apply?

Commercial properties within City’s jurisdiction are eligible to apply, provided the applicant is in “good standing” with the City and meets all application requirements. Both owners and renters can apply. For those looking to enhance security on their rental, you must submit a ‘Letter of Consent’ from the Building/Property Owner’ with the application.

Please carefully review all information for eligibility requirements.

The 2022 ESIP intake closes on July 9, 2023.  The Review Committee will review applications and advise applicants of decisions soon thereafter.  We thank everyone that supports this initiative and look forward to seeing the program in action.

For more information please contact:

Rachel Hastings, Manager of Building & Bylaw Services
Phone: 250-746-6126  Email:  or