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. A list of the proposed provincial regulatory changes can are in the table below

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. A list of the proposed provincial regulatory changes can are in the table below

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.


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    This section shows some Mississauga residents or “avatars”, each with their own housing story. Their fictional stories were designed to reflect real people with real needs. They were written to show the diversity of housing needs in the city.

    These stories will be adapted as we continue to hear from you and other residents. While each avatar is at a different point of their life, they all ask big questions on how their future housing needs will be met.  

    In this project we’re looking at how different low-rise housing options could fit a variety of needs. We’re asking you to put yourself in the shoes of typical households in Mississauga. This could be a family, retiree, couple, student, renter, owner, or first time homebuyer.

    As you read through this stories, think about the following:

    • How do you relate to the stories? Do they remind you of someone you know?
    • How are their stories different than your own?
    • What housing types and arrangements do you think could work for each of these stories?


    Noor – 64 years old – Owner – Intergenerational family

    My house means a lot to me. It is the first and only home I have known since immigrating to Canada with my husband. I have raised my two sons here and built community here. Now my sons have grown and are thinking about starting their own families.

    We live in a detached house. It is a good size for my husband and two sons now but I am not sure if it will be big enough for everyone as our family grows. My family and community are very important to me. I am looking for housing options that will allow me to keep both.






    Philip – 40 years old – Renter – Saving to buy a home

    I have been a renter for almost 3 years, living in the upper part of a house with my wife and two kids. We would love to purchase a home and live near bike trails as our family loves to bike. But we have been noticing everything seems fairly expensive and we are overwhelmed by the bidding wars.

    Luckily right now the house we live in is big enough for us. We share the backyard with the family living downstairs and take turns on household duties like garbage or gardening. Our kids play together which has been unexpectedly quite nice. For now we are renting as we save for a home and are looking for a way to purchase a home.






    Arthur – 60 years old – Retiree – Gardener – Owner

    My wife and I have lived in the same neighbourhood for almost our entire lives. We got married and started a family here. We held many birthdays and Chinese New Year celebrations in this house.

    I just retired and am thinking about our future living situation as seniors. We heard from friends how expensive senior homes can be, especially on fixed retirement income. My eyesight is not what it used to be, and I am interested in adapting my home to fit my needs. We are not sure where we will live in the future but know it is something to think about.






    Jo – 19 years old – Student – Baker – Renter

    I am entering my second year at the University of Mississauga and am looking for off-campus housing. Last year on campus housing was a great way to meet other students but it’s pricey.

    Also it does not give me enough space for my favourite activity, baking! I love testing new recipes and sharing the best recipes on my blog. What I would really like is a full sized oven that isn’t shared with 20+ students. I hope I can find the space I need with my student budget.






    Ahmed – 24 years old – Recent grad – Renter

    My partner and I are looking for a new space to rent. At the moment we live in a basement apartment but it is feeling a bit crowded. We have a lot of athletic gear like tennis racquets, mountain bikes, and snowboards and we need a place with extra room for our hobby equipment.

    I am excited to find a place that feels like home and is welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community. This home will mark a new chapter in my life with my first professional job and moving to a new home with my partner.






    Kiran – 35 years old – New to Mississauga

    I recently landed my dream job in Mississauga. At first I was a bit hesitant to accept the senior position in app development. It meant moving my husband and young toddler from Vaughan to a new city to settle. But I knew this job was too great to turn down.

    We sold our home in Vaughan and have started to look for a place to buy in Mississauga. We now realize that we are not too familiar with the neighbourhoods in Mississauga. I do not feel like we are quite ready to make such a big purchase and commitment. We need a place to live in now and are looking for options to rent while we explore Mississauga.





    Michal – 39 years old – Owner – Concerned about housing for elderly father

    I love the semi-detached house that I live in with my wife and teenage daughter. I enjoy the neighbourhood restaurants and great high school in the area for my daughter.

    Recently, I have been spending a lot of time visiting my 73 year old father. He lives alone but has been needing more help as he ages. I would like for him to live with me but my father needs his independence. Could my father live closer to me if there were more housing options on our street? Or maybe we could save money to change the layout of our house. Who knows, an additional unit may come in handy one day as my daughter grows older.




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