Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods Study

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Project Background

The City is looking at how we create more housing choices in Mississauga’s neighbourhoods. We understand our city needs more diverse types of housing for families, workforce, older adults, and newcomers.

The Province of Ontario is now requiring municipalities to permit:

  • Two additional residential units on lots with a detached, semi-detached, or rowhouse. Examples of these are garden suites or garage conversions
  • A range and mix of housing types such as duplexes and triplexes, and different living arrangements such as co-ownership and home share

We want to know how you think we could improve housing choices in Mississauga.


Get Involved

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

Take the survey Have your say on what type of housing you want to see in Mississauga.

Share ideas and ask questions Contribute ideas on housing types and arrangements in the toolbox below.


Learn More

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


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

Elizabeth Bang, 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.


Project Background

The City is looking at how we create more housing choices in Mississauga’s neighbourhoods. We understand our city needs more diverse types of housing for families, workforce, older adults, and newcomers.

The Province of Ontario is now requiring municipalities to permit:

  • Two additional residential units on lots with a detached, semi-detached, or rowhouse. Examples of these are garden suites or garage conversions
  • A range and mix of housing types such as duplexes and triplexes, and different living arrangements such as co-ownership and home share

We want to know how you think we could improve housing choices in Mississauga.


Get Involved

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

Take the survey Have your say on what type of housing you want to see in Mississauga.

Share ideas and ask questions Contribute ideas on housing types and arrangements in the toolbox below.


Learn More

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


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

Elizabeth Bang, 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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    Montreal has many medium-density developments including duplexes, triplexes and low-rise condo/apartments. These communities encourage walking/biking because of their distances from business (e.g. grocery stores). Could Mississauga learn from and replicate Montreal's "missing middle housing"?

    1918919 asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for your question and for giving us feedback to consider Montreal's approach.

    Our study can certainly learn from Montreal as well as other cities in Ontario (e.g. Ottawa and Hamilton) to implement missing middle housing. 

    Something we’ll have to consider when looking to Montreal is that most of their development occurred between the 1800’s to early 1900’s. This is when small-scale apartments were a more desirable development form and a dense street network was being established. This created ideal conditions for duplexes, triplexes, and multiplexes, for example, to really establish themselves in Montreal’s neighbourhoods.

    In comparison, most of Mississauga’s development occurred post-war and took a more suburban approach that was dependent on cars. We’ve started to change this approach so that we’re creating completing communities where everyone can live, work, and go to school in the same city, as well as get groceries, go to the park, and access services within a shorter distance.

    Despite those differences between Mississauga and Montreal, we’re still looking at how duplexes, triplexes, and multiplexes could be implemented in the Mississauga context. As you’ve mentioned, these forms have potential to provide more housing choices in our city. We’re also investigating other housing forms like coach houses/garden houses, laneway suites, and garage conversions.

    We really appreciate your idea to look at Montreal’s approach to housing so we hope you can join us at future community engagements. These will be posted on the engagement page: https://yoursay.mississauga.ca/increasing-housing-choices-in-neighbourhoods-study

    There’s also a survey and photo submission exercise that you can participate in so we can get more feedback from you on how to implement these housing forms in the city: https://yoursay.mississauga.ca/increasing-housing-choices-in-neighbourhoods-study/news_feed/take-the-survey-and-share-your-photos

    Thank you again for your feedback and we hope you take care.

    Sincerely,

    Elizabeth

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    I am a single senior female living alone, and interested in knowing of any plans for seniors housing (own or rent) that would assist with independent living, in a multiple unit facility with perhaps one "custodian" or "supervisor" resident, who would be on call should an emergency occur. i.e. an apartment style building, with common area for meeting other people, but not a privately run care home. I believe this would provide social stimulation for seniors who do not need to live in a care home!

    Shirley L. asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your question and feedback on senior housing living preferences. Enabling Mississauga residents to age within their communities is a key goal for the City. Senior living like how you’ve mentioned can be done in different ways and be provided by various organizations. 

    There are retirement homes which seem to align with what you’re describing. They’re different from long term care homes and can accommodate independent living with some supports should residents need help. Retirement homes are usually operated by private companies and they could be found around Mississauga. This website lists those retirement home options and the different supports they may offer: https://www.mississaugahaltonhealthline.ca/listservices.aspx?id=10158.

    Another option is to inquire with the Region of Peel and their housing corporation, Peel Living. They have some options in Mississauga for senior housing for those 65 years old and over. Here is a link to their website and where you can find their contact information to ask about unit availability: https://www.peelregion.ca/peelliving/.

    The City of Mississauga’s Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhood’s study is also looking at different housing types and arrangements to implement in the city so that residents have more choice on where and how they live as they go through different life stages. For example, housing types like duplexes, triplexes, and multiplexes, as well as housing arrangements like co-ownership or home share could provide seniors with independent living options within communities. The outcome of this study is to create policies that allow more of these housing options to be developed in Mississauga. 

    We encourage you to continue coming back to this project page for updates, future engagement opportunities, and to post more questions or ideas we should consider: https://yoursay.mississauga.ca/increasing-housing-choices-in-neighbourhoods-study.

    I hope this answers your questions and provides a starting point for seeking different senior living options in Mississauga!

    Sincerely,

    Elizabeth

Page last updated: 15 October 2021, 10:15