April 11, 2018
Ontario is paving the way for more affordable housing by giving municipalities the ability to require that affordable units are created in new residential developments.
Inclusionary zoning is a planning tool that allows municipalities to require developers to include affordable housing units in residential developments. The province has worked with municipalities, housing advocates, and developers to create regulations that give municipalities the flexibility they need to maximize the benefit of this new tool.
Under the new regulations, municipalities will be able to mandate that affordable units for low- and middle-income families are included in new housing developments to create mixed-income communities.
Municipalities will have the flexibility to:
The new inclusionary zoning bylaws will apply to developments of 10 or more units, although municipalities could choose to set a higher threshold based on local circumstances. Municipalities can also apply inclusionary zoning to any type of residential development—both ownership and rental—based on local needs and priorities.
Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“Inclusionary zoning will give municipalities across Ontario a new tool to create more affordable housing. When people have access to safe and affordable housing, they have a strong foundation for better education, health and employment opportunities.”
— Peter Milczyn, Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy
“Inclusionary Zoning is an important tool that will help us increase the supply of affordable housing here in Toronto. This will help us ensure our future growth is more inclusive while maintaining our economic competitiveness. It is essential to keep our communities diverse and prosperous.”
—Ana Bailão, Deputy Mayor of the City of Toronto and Toronto's Housing Advocate
“We are pleased to see in these Inclusionary Zoning regulations Ontario giving the municipalities options and flexibility to create affordable housing that is appropriate to local needs. The government listened to the community and ACORN looks forward to ensuring these new municipal tools will be used to create the desperately needed affordable housing in Ontario’s cities.”
— Alejandra Ruiz-Vargas, Ontario ACORN Leader
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