In response to the City’s End-to-End Review of its development review process and because development will play a vital role in supporting Toronto’s economic recovery post-COVID-19, the City is implementing a program called Concept 2 Keys (C2K).
C2K is transforming the City’s development review process from pre-application consultation to occupancy by reimagining organizational structures, processes and technology. C2K is implementing improvements to the City’s development review process in collaboration with development applicants, putting the needs of both the development community and City staff at the forefront of the review redesign.
The transformation of the City’s development review process is a large undertaking that will impact many City divisions and agencies as well as development applicants. For this reason, C2K is being implemented in phases, using an incremental approach that will allow changes and improvements to be tested and refined before rolling them out on a wider scale.
C2K will provide opportunities for increased collaboration between development applicants and City staff, create processes to resolve issues with applications earlier in the review process, improve the quality of applications and shorten review turnaround times.
In order to support the City’s objective of improving housing affordability and meet HousingTO Action Plan targets of 40,000 new affordable rental homes by 2030, Phase 1 of C2K is prioritizing affordable housing development applications. This focus will allow the City to test new processes and technology, including a new online application submission tool, before they are extended to all development applications.
In 2018, the City of Toronto hired KPMG Canada to conduct an End-to-End Review of the development review process. The review’s overarching objective was to identify recommendations to help create a development review process that is efficient and effective, clear and transparent and results in good city-building outcomes.
KPMG concluded that the fundamental challenge facing the City’s development review process was how to enable collaboration across and between staff, applicants and the public. Its analysis indicated that the main obstacles to collaboration were systemic and that their root cause was the overarching structure and organization of the development review process. KPMG’s report identified 31 largely systemic challenges impacting the efficiency, consistency, transparency, timeliness and outcomes of the development review process.
In response to KPMG’s End-to-End Review and because development will play a vital role in supporting Toronto’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery, the City implemented the Concept 2 Keys (C2K) program in 2020 to accelerate the development review process. Extensive consultation was conducted with the development community, City staff, external experts, academics and other jurisdictions to understand challenges posed by the City’s current development review approach, seek input on what can be improved and develop priority deliverables with meaningful impacts.
Concept 2 Keys will have a number of benefits for both development applicants and City staff. C2K will:
A new online application submission tool is being tested in Phase 1 of Concept 2 Keys. Participating applicants are using the tool to submit their application and City staff and applicants are offering feedback so it can be refined and improved before wider implementation. When the new tool is ready to be used for the submission of all development applications, it will be available on this web page.
Benefits of the new online application submission tool include:
Learn more about the new online application submission tool on the Review Process Changes page.