Inclusionary Zoning for Affordable Housing Study

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Project Background

The City is growing. We know that it can be a challenging to find affordable housing within Mississauga. In 2020, we saw that:

70% of households couldn't purchase any type of housing without spending >30% of their household income.

Only 10% of the population could afford a detached dwelling with an average price of over $1.2 Million.

Renter households are having difficulty finding housing that suits their needs.


Image showing the increase in housing prices from 2018-2020.The cost of housing continues to increase.

We've also seen how this affects the City's ability to balance growth, support the workforce and achieve complete communities.

Since the adoption of Making Room for the Middle – A Housing Strategy for Mississauga in 2017, the City has been working collaboratively with the Region of Peel to develop tools to improve housing affordability in Mississauga.

Inclusionary Zoning is one such tool.

It allows the City to require a portion of new units in future developments located in protected major transit areas to be provided at affordable rates. Inclusionary Zoning could help to bring more affordable housing units to the City over the long term.


Inclusionary Zoning Study Area Map

The blue areas indicate where Inclusionary Zoning might be implemented in the City.

See draft Major Transit Station Area boundaries in this interactive map. Draft boundaries are subject to change.


Get Involved

Over the coming months, the project team is hosting several virtual community meetings. More Information on inclusionary zoning and how it can be designed to achieve new affordable housing while lessening the impacts on the housing market will be explored.

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Have Your Say

COVID-19 Community Engagement Update: While we continue to respond to this pandemic, we are working hard to deliver essential services and projects to keep our City moving and safe. While we can’t connect in person at this time, we still want to connect!

Please find the ways you can keep updated on this project’s progress and share your opinions and ideas on this site. If you wish to mail your comments, please send them to:

Catherine Parsons, City Planning Strategies, 7th FL - Planning and Building, City of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1.

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Banner text: Inclusionary Zoning for Affordable Housing Study. Image: Purple 5 story building, green 4 story building, orange 7 story building. Blue LRT train with 4 carts. Transit map in background with green and orange lines intersecting.

Project Background

The City is growing. We know that it can be a challenging to find affordable housing within Mississauga. In 2020, we saw that:

70% of households couldn't purchase any type of housing without spending >30% of their household income.

Only 10% of the population could afford a detached dwelling with an average price of over $1.2 Million.

Renter households are having difficulty finding housing that suits their needs.


Image showing the increase in housing prices from 2018-2020.The cost of housing continues to increase.

We've also seen how this affects the City's ability to balance growth, support the workforce and achieve complete communities.

Since the adoption of Making Room for the Middle – A Housing Strategy for Mississauga in 2017, the City has been working collaboratively with the Region of Peel to develop tools to improve housing affordability in Mississauga.

Inclusionary Zoning is one such tool.

It allows the City to require a portion of new units in future developments located in protected major transit areas to be provided at affordable rates. Inclusionary Zoning could help to bring more affordable housing units to the City over the long term.


Inclusionary Zoning Study Area Map

The blue areas indicate where Inclusionary Zoning might be implemented in the City.

See draft Major Transit Station Area boundaries in this interactive map. Draft boundaries are subject to change.


Get Involved

Over the coming months, the project team is hosting several virtual community meetings. More Information on inclusionary zoning and how it can be designed to achieve new affordable housing while lessening the impacts on the housing market will be explored.

Sign-up Stay up-to-date on all things related to the project by subscribing above to stay informed.


Have Your Say

COVID-19 Community Engagement Update: While we continue to respond to this pandemic, we are working hard to deliver essential services and projects to keep our City moving and safe. While we can’t connect in person at this time, we still want to connect!

Please find the ways you can keep updated on this project’s progress and share your opinions and ideas on this site. If you wish to mail your comments, please send them to:

Catherine Parsons, City Planning Strategies, 7th FL - Planning and Building, City of Mississauga, 300 City Centre Dr, Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1.

Help shape our city! Get involved and share your thoughts using the tools below.

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  • Does the city/region also use this sort of strategy for subsidized housing as some other communities do? If no, why not? If yes, would new developments have both social housing and IZ? Condominium buildings already have challenges between owners and renters. Will the policy framework address the issue of neighbour resistance (NIMBYism) that can occur before or after developments are completed? If there were costs to developers beyond the value of any incentives offered, is the developer community currently well positioned or not-well positioned to assume such a financial cost given the state of the marketplace. (ie. Have their revenues been rising faster than their costs or vice versa?)

    WmPitcher asked about 1 month ago

    Currently, social housing is offered through the Region of Peel and other community housing providers (e.g., non-profit housing providers). Inclusionary Zoning is anticipated to target middle-income households, who make too much to qualify for social housing programs but are still struggling to find affordable housing in Mississauga given their income. 

    The goal of Inclusionary Zoning is to promote social integration. Staff will be seeking input from community members to understand and address concerns around affordable housing, and this feedback will be incorporated into the policy framework.

    The financial feasibility analysis completed by NBLC on behalf of the Region of Peel and the local municipal governments identified areas in the City where developers can / cannot reasonably absorb an IZ policy. The Inclusionary Zoning policy framework will be guided by the financial feasibility analysis, with the objective of ensuring developers are still motivated to build. It is also important to keep in mind that the reduced revenues or “costs” of Inclusionary Zoning will result in downward pressures on land value. A developer will not pay the same price for land if there are, for example, extra costs of environmental clean-up, and the same can be said for the impact of an Inclusionary Zoning requirement on the price the developer is willing to pay for the land. 

Page last updated: 25 October 2021, 08:29