How Does The City Grow bulletin (Revised July 2018) provides an overview of where and how the City is growing.

Toronto is Canada’s most populous city, the focal point of development and growth, and the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. For many years now, Toronto has experienced a surge of both residential and non-residential growth. The How Does the City Grow bulletin examines how and where the City has been growing over the past five years and how it will continue to develop in the near future.

Toronto is growing with strong development prospects helping to bring more people and jobs into the City.

  • From 2013 to 2017, 376,480 residential units were proposed and for the first time, over 10 million m2 of non-residential GFA was proposed in the city of Toronto
  • There are 12,621 more units and 764,711 m2 more non-residential GFA in this pipeline compared to that reported on in the last How Does the City Grow? New projects submitted in 2017 are proposing more development than the average over the previous five years and revisions to older projects have increased in size.
  • 87% of new residential development is proposed in areas targeted for growth by the City’s Official Plan.
  • 290,039 residential units and 7.73 million m2 of non-residential GFA proposed have not yet been built.
  • The most growth was proposed in the Downtown & Central Waterfront, with 37% of the units and 40% of the non-residential GFA proposed in the city.
  • Among the Centres, Yonge-Eglinton Centre has the most residential activity with 41% of the units proposed in the Centres. North York Centre led non-residential development with 40% of all non-residential activity in the Centres.
  • 31% of the proposed non-residential GFA is in the Employment Areas.
  • 64% of the proposed residential units are located in an area covered by a Secondary Plan.
  • 727,707 m2 of industrial GFA is proposed in the Employment Areas, accounting for 84% of proposed industrial GFA in the city.
  • As the city’s Urban Growth Centres develop, they are progressing towards meeting the Province’s density targets. Most of that density is due to residential growth.

 

Proposed Residential Units in Growth Areas by Status

A bar chart outlining the proposed residential units in development projects with activity between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2017, broken down by development status and geographic area for the city of Toronto. For more information, please contact please contact Hailey Toft at City Planning by telephone at 416-392-8343 or by email at cityplanning@toronto.ca.
Source: City of Toronto, City Planning Division: Land Use Information System II

 

 

City of Toronto Proposed Non-Residential Development Map

A map describing the location, status, and scale of proposed residential projects across the city of Toronto between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2017. The Centres, Downtown, Central Waterfront, and the Avenues have been delineated on the map. The status (built, active, and under review) of the proposed residential units are visualized in different colours. The scale of individual projects is represented by relatively sized circles, the larger the circle, the greater the number of proposed residential units. The technology to convert the maps on this page to an accessible format is not currently available. These maps may not be compatible with screen reader software. If you are unable to access these maps please contact Hailey Toft, City Planning, cityplanning@toronto.ca, 416-392-8343.
Source: City of Toronto, City Planning Division: Land Use Information System II

Proposed units in development projects with activity between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2017. Built Projects are those which became ready for occupancy and/or were completed. Active projects are those which have been approved, for which building permits have been applied or have been issued, and/or those which are under construction. Projects under review have not yet been approved or refused, or are under appeal. Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding.

The technology to convert the maps on this page to an accessible format is not currently available. These maps may not be compatible with screen reader software. If you are unable to access these maps please contact Hailey Toft, City Planning, cityplanning@toronto.ca, 416-392-8343.

 

 

Proposed Non-Residential Growth Floor Area in Growth Areas by Status

A bar chart outlining the proposed non-residential gross floor area in development projects with activity between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2017, broken down by development status and geographic area for the city of Toronto. For more information, please contact please contact Hailey Toft at City Planning by telephone at 416-392-8343 or by email at cityplanning@toronto.ca.
Source: City of Toronto, City Planning Division: Land Use Information System II

* Employment Areas outside of Downtown, Centres, Avenues, and Other Mixed Use Areas only.** All Other Areas in this figure excludes Employment Areas.

 

City of Toronto Proposed Non-Residential Development Map

A map describing the location, status, and scale of proposed non-residential projects across the city of Toronto between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2017. The Centres, Downtown, Central Waterfront, and the Avenues have been delineated on the map. The status (built, active, and under review) of the proposed non-residential projects are visualized in different colours. The scale of individual projects is represented by relatively sized diamonds, the larger the diamond the greater the amount of non-residential gross floor area. The technology to convert the maps on this page to an accessible format is not currently available. These maps may not be compatible with screen reader software. If you are unable to access these maps please contact Hailey Toft, City Planning, cityplanning@toronto.ca, 416-392-8343.
Source: City of Toronto, City Planning Division: Land Use Information System II

Proposed non-residential GFA in development projects with activity between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2017. Built Projects are those which became ready for occupancy and/or were completed. Active projects are those which have been approved, for which building permits have been applied or have been issued, and/or those which are under construction. Projects under review have not yet been approved or refused, or are under appeal. Percentages may not total 100 due to rounding.

The technology to convert the maps on this page to an accessible format is not currently available. These maps may not be compatible with screen reader software. If you are unable to access these maps please contact Hailey Toft, City Planning, cityplanning@toronto.ca, 416-392-8343.

Toronto’s Official Plan, which came into force in June 2006, is the guide for development in the City over the next few decades. Its central geographic theme is to direct growth to appropriate areas and away from the City’s stable residential neighbourhoods and green spaces.

The Official Plan targets new development to approximately 25% of the City’s lands and strives to protect the remaining 75% from significant intensification. The locations recognized as being most appropriate for growth are those identified in the Official Plan’s Urban Structure Map as Avenues, Centres and the Downtown as well as other areas in the City designated as Mixed Use Areas and Employment Areas.

Past Bulletins

How Does the City Grow? – April 2017

How Does the City Grow? – September 2016

For copies other past bulletins available from 2011 onward, please contact Hailey Toft at City Planning by telephone at 416-392-8343 or by email at cityplanning@toronto.ca.