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.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    We understand our city needs more diverse types of housing for families, workforce, older adults, and newcomers. This survey will show design ideas for the different kinds of housing this study is exploring. When answering the questions, try to think about your housing needs and how you, a family member, or friend would use the space. Please complete the survey by August 31, 2022. 

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  • From April to December 2021, an online survey was released for the Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods study. The purpose of this survey was for the City to receive feedback on how housing choices in Mississauga could be improved while balancing other priorities such as affordability, neighbourhood context, infrastructure and parking. The survey consisted of four parts that asked respondents about their demographics and household characteristics, current housing situation, future housing needs, and preferences of various low-rise housing forms. 714 unique responses were received. 


    • To access a high-level summary of the survey results, please go here.
    • The technical document can be found here.


    The survey feedback is one of the many ways the project team is collecting feedback on how to improve housing choices while balancing other values. Other engagements are planned throughout the study to gather further perspectives and test housing options. Please continue to visit this project page for updates on future engagement opportunities.


    Thank you for participating in our survey on Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods!


    Sincerely, 


    The Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods project team.

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