How Does The City Grow? – Update 2019 bulletin was adopted by the Planning & Housing Committee on July 3, 2019, item PH7.12. The bulletin is provided in two parts Part 1 and Part 2.

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.

Key Findings

The highlights of development activity between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2018 are as follows:

  • 397,327 residential units and 11.1 million m² of non-residential gross floor area (GFA) are proposed in projects with development activity (pipeline)
  • Compared to 2018, there are 20,847 more residential units and 859,609 million m² more non-residential GFA in the pipeline
  • 89,577 residential units were constructed
  • Almost 308,000 units and 8.6 million m² of non-residential floor space are proposed, but not yet built
  • 84% of new residential development is proposed in areas targeted for growth by the City’s Official Plan
  • 90% of new non-residential development is proposed in growth areas including Employment Areas
  • The most growth is proposed in the Downtown and Central Waterfront, with 37% of the residential units and 39% of the non-residential GFA
  • 64% of the residential units and 52% of the non-residential GFA are proposed in areas covered by a Secondary Plan
  • 31% of the city’s proposed non-residential floor space is in the Employment Areas
  • The Urban Growth Centres are progressing toward, or exceeding the Province’s density targets

Proposed Residential Units in Growth Areas by Status

This bar chart shows that 82% of under review, 86% of active, and 87% of built units are proposed in the growth areas of the city. For more information, contact Lori Flowers at 416-392-8761 or lori.flowers@toronto.ca.
Source: City of Toronto, City Planning Division: Land Use Information System II

Proposed Residential Development Map

This map shows residential projects as graduated dots with their size based on the number of units they contain. Residential projects in all statuses are concentrated in Downtown, the Centres and along the Avenues throughout the city. For more information, contact Lori Flowers at 416-392-8761 or lori.flowers@toronto.ca.
Source: City of Toronto, City Planning Division: Land Use Information System II

 

The above map and chart show proposed units in development projects with activity between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2018. 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

This bar chart shows that 93% of under review, 88% of active, and 87% of built non-residential GFA are proposed in the growth areas of the city, including Employment Areas. For more information, contact Lori Flowers at 416-392-8761 or lori.flowers@toronto.ca.
Source: City of Toronto, City Planning Division: Land Use Information System II
*Employment Areas outside of Downtown, Centres, Avenues & Other Mixed Use Areas Only
** All Other Areas in this figure excludes Employment Areas

Proposed Non-Residential Development Map

This map shows non-residential projects as graduated hexagons with their size based on the amount of non-residential GFA they propose. For more information, contact Lori Flowers at 416-392-8761 or lori.flowers@toronto.ca. 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

 

The above map and chart show proposed non-residential GFA in development projects with activity between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2018. 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 came into force in June 2006 and has subsequently undergone a number of thematic amendments to bring it into conformity with the Growth Plan and the Provincial Policy Statement. The Official Plan is the guide for development in the city over the coming decades. Its central geographic theme is to direct growth to appropriate areas given their access to transit and other community services and facilities and away from the city’s stable residential neighbourhoods and green spaces.

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.

How Does the City Grow? – July 2018

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.