Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods Study

New Proposed Provincial Regulation Changes

Recently, the Province announced potential changes to land use regulations that guide how municipalities can implement "gentle density.”

Most of the potential changes align with the IHCN study objectives. However, if the proposed changes come into effect, any recommendations from the IHCN study will need to be examined closely and potentially be revised to ensure they conform to the new Provincial legislation. A list of the proposed provincial regulatory changes can are in the table below

The Province is accepting comments from members of the public on the proposed changes until December 9, 2022. To read more about these changes and share your feedback with the Province, see the link on the Environmental Registry of Ontario webpage: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-6197

City staff have prepared a corporate report in response to the proposed legislation titled Bill 23 "More Homes Built Faster Act" and Implications for the City of Mississauga. It will be reviewed at a Special Council meeting on November 23 at 9:30 a.m. You can read a copy of the report here.

For additional information, please contact Brandon Williams, project lead.

Table 1: List of Proposed Provincial Regulation Changes regarding Gentle Density

Policy Area

Proposed Changes to Planning Act and Development Charges Act

Additional Residential Units (ARUs)

Three (3) residential units will be permitted per residential lot as-of-right (as long as the lot is served by City services), with no rezoning required. This newly includes up to all 3 units being in the same building (i.e. triplex), or 2 units in the principal dwelling plus an ARU (i.e. duplex and a garden suite).

Fees & Process

Exemption of the second and third residential units on the residential lot from Development Charges, Parkland contribution or Cash-In-lieu, and the Site Plan Control process. The principal dwelling will also be exempt from Site Plan Control.

Minimum Unit Sizes

The City cannot establish minimum unit sizes for ARUs. However, it should be noted that the Ontario Building Code provides for minimum habitable space regulations.

Parking Requirements

The City cannot require more than 1.0 parking space/unit for the three residential units permitted per lot.


Let's Plan For More Housing Together

We understand our city needs more diverse types of housing for families, workforce, older adults, and newcomers. The video below shows design ideas for the different kinds of housing this study is exploring. When looking at the concept designs and floor plans, try to think about your housing needs and how you, a family member, or friend would use the space.

Watch the video

Provide comments on the concept designs and floor plans below!

Provide Your Feedback With Konveio!

How To Use This Interactive Tool

  • Click anywhere in the PDF below to enter your comments
  • Select pins on the PDF below to read or reply to other comments
  • See each document in the table of contents or select next below
  • Skip the name and email fields to comment anonymously

Example Comments

We welcome your feedback, but please keep comments respectful. The City reserves the right to delete comments and/or block users that engage in inappropriate conduct. Please see the City’s website’s privacy statement here for more information. The intended age of comments for this project is 18 and over, or with parental supervision.

A summary of questions and comments received through Konveio will be posted at the end of this engagement. Thank you for participating!

  • "I think the yard space should look more like..."
  • "I like that the unit is accessible ..."

The personal information collected in this interactive PDF is collected under the authority of sections 11 and 227 of the Municipal Act, 2001. This information will be used for the purpose of administration of the Official Plan Review. If you have any questions about the collection of this information please contact Erin at engage@mississauga.ca or call 1-905-615-3200 x 8886


Learn More

Check out these perspectives on different housing types and arrangements being explored in the Greater Toronto Area and Vancouver:


Have Your Say

If you wish to mail your comments, please send them to:

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


New Proposed Provincial Regulation Changes

Recently, the Province announced potential changes to land use regulations that guide how municipalities can implement "gentle density.”

Most of the potential changes align with the IHCN study objectives. However, if the proposed changes come into effect, any recommendations from the IHCN study will need to be examined closely and potentially be revised to ensure they conform to the new Provincial legislation. A list of the proposed provincial regulatory changes can are in the table below

The Province is accepting comments from members of the public on the proposed changes until December 9, 2022. To read more about these changes and share your feedback with the Province, see the link on the Environmental Registry of Ontario webpage: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-6197

City staff have prepared a corporate report in response to the proposed legislation titled Bill 23 "More Homes Built Faster Act" and Implications for the City of Mississauga. It will be reviewed at a Special Council meeting on November 23 at 9:30 a.m. You can read a copy of the report here.

For additional information, please contact Brandon Williams, project lead.

Table 1: List of Proposed Provincial Regulation Changes regarding Gentle Density

Policy Area

Proposed Changes to Planning Act and Development Charges Act

Additional Residential Units (ARUs)

Three (3) residential units will be permitted per residential lot as-of-right (as long as the lot is served by City services), with no rezoning required. This newly includes up to all 3 units being in the same building (i.e. triplex), or 2 units in the principal dwelling plus an ARU (i.e. duplex and a garden suite).

Fees & Process

Exemption of the second and third residential units on the residential lot from Development Charges, Parkland contribution or Cash-In-lieu, and the Site Plan Control process. The principal dwelling will also be exempt from Site Plan Control.

Minimum Unit Sizes

The City cannot establish minimum unit sizes for ARUs. However, it should be noted that the Ontario Building Code provides for minimum habitable space regulations.

Parking Requirements

The City cannot require more than 1.0 parking space/unit for the three residential units permitted per lot.


Let's Plan For More Housing Together

We understand our city needs more diverse types of housing for families, workforce, older adults, and newcomers. The video below shows design ideas for the different kinds of housing this study is exploring. When looking at the concept designs and floor plans, try to think about your housing needs and how you, a family member, or friend would use the space.

Watch the video

Provide comments on the concept designs and floor plans below!

Provide Your Feedback With Konveio!

How To Use This Interactive Tool

  • Click anywhere in the PDF below to enter your comments
  • Select pins on the PDF below to read or reply to other comments
  • See each document in the table of contents or select next below
  • Skip the name and email fields to comment anonymously

Example Comments

We welcome your feedback, but please keep comments respectful. The City reserves the right to delete comments and/or block users that engage in inappropriate conduct. Please see the City’s website’s privacy statement here for more information. The intended age of comments for this project is 18 and over, or with parental supervision.

A summary of questions and comments received through Konveio will be posted at the end of this engagement. Thank you for participating!

  • "I think the yard space should look more like..."
  • "I like that the unit is accessible ..."

The personal information collected in this interactive PDF is collected under the authority of sections 11 and 227 of the Municipal Act, 2001. This information will be used for the purpose of administration of the Official Plan Review. If you have any questions about the collection of this information please contact Erin at engage@mississauga.ca or call 1-905-615-3200 x 8886


Learn More

Check out these perspectives on different housing types and arrangements being explored in the Greater Toronto Area and Vancouver:


Have Your Say

If you wish to mail your comments, please send them to:

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


  • New Proposed Provincial Regulation Changes regarding Gentle Density

    Recently, the Province announced potential changes to land use regulations that guide how municipalities can implement "gentle density.”

    Most of the potential changes align with the IHCN study objectives (i.e. permitting a wider range of ground-related dwelling options). However, if the proposed changes come into effect, any recommendations from the IHCN study will need to be examined closely and potentially be revised to ensure they conform to the new Provincial legislation.

    A list of the proposed provincial regulatory changes is provided in the table below.

    The Province is accepting comments from members of the public on the proposed changes until December 9, 2022. To read more about these changes and share your feedback with the Province, see the link on the Environmental Registry of Ontario webpage: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-6197

    City staff have prepared a corporate report in response to the proposed legislation titled Bill 23 "More Homes Built Faster Act" and Implications for the City of Mississauga. It will be reviewed at a Special Council meeting on November 23 at 9:30 a.m. You can read a copy of the report here.

    For more information from City Staff, please contact:

    Brandon Williams, MCIP, RPP

    Planner, Planning Innovation, Planning and Building Department

    T 905-615-3200 ext. 8753

    brandon.williams@mississauga.ca


    Table 1: List of Proposed Provincial Regulation Changes regarding Gentle Density

    Policy Area

    Proposed Changes to Planning Act and Development Charges Act

    Additional Residential Units (ARUs)

    Three (3) residential units will be permitted per residential lot as-of-right (as long as the lot is served by City services), with no rezoning required. This newly includes up to all 3 units being in the same building (i.e. triplex), or 2 units in the principal dwelling plus an ARU (i.e. duplex and a garden suite).

    Fees & Process

    Exemption of the second and third residential units on the residential lot from Development Charges, Parkland contribution or Cash-In-lieu, and the Site Plan Control process. The principal dwelling will also be exempt from Site Plan Control.

    Minimum Unit Sizes

    The City cannot establish minimum unit sizes for ARUs. However, it should be noted that the Ontario Building Code provides for minimum habitable space regulations.

    Parking Requirements

    The City cannot require more than 1.0 parking space/unit for the three residential units permitted per lot.


    Sincerely,

    The Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods project team.

  • Presentation and Avatar Stories Now Available!

    Three people standing from the torso up with thought bubbles. The first figure on the left is a South Asian woman smiling and wearing a pink head scarf and shirt. Their thought bubble shows 2 adults, two children, and a newborn baby. Figure 2 shows a white male in an orange sweater. Their thought bubble shows a grey 2 story house with a question mark. The last figure is a Black woman wearing a pink shirt and white apron. Their thought bubble shows books and baked goods (bread, cupcakes, and cookies.

    On June 23, we held a virtual community meeting as part of the Official Plan Review on “How can we increase housing choices in neighbourhoods”.

    We explored your ideas on housing options. We also hosted small room discussions on different Mississauga housing stories through illustrated “avatars”.

    The meeting recording, presentation slides, and “avatar” housing stories are now available:


    Thank you for your participation!

  • Help Us Create More Housing Choices in Mississauga

    We are exploring ways to increase housing options in residential neighbourhoods. We hope to provide a broader range of housing choices for families, workforce, older adults, and newcomers while improving affordability. Join the conversation on housing options in Mississauga!


    1. Complete the survey

    We want to understand your current and future housing needs. Take the anonymous survey to let us know how housing choices in Mississauga could be improved while balancing other priorities such as affordability, neighbourhood character, services and parking.

    Take the survey


    2. Send us a photo

    What is important to you in your neighbourhood? Share a photo of what makes your neighbourhood special to help us find the right mix of housing choices that are affordable, fit within the feel of the neighbourhood, and have access to services and amenities like parking, stores, and community centres.

    Share your photo


    Thank you for your participation!

Page last updated: 24 Nov 2022, 11:34 AM