City Planning has an important role in ensuring the provision and maintenance of a diverse range of housing across the city in terms of building form, tenure and affordability. Through development review we secure new affordable housing and protect the rental housing stock. We also conduct research and analysis to develop and recommend policy that meets the City’s future housing needs.

Among other important objectives, our work helps preserve and increase the City’s affordable housing stock. With the limited supply of new rental housing and rising home ownership costs, the City prioritizes preserving and replenishing rental housing in Toronto.

Please note that we are currently in the process of adding more information to this page that relates to the City’s policies and processes to protect and increase rental housing. Please check in again soon.

Through the City’s development review work, we implement the Official Plan housing policies to protect rental housing from demolition and/or conversion and secure new affordable housing. We do this by coordinating development review with Community Planners and reviewing applications to demolish or convert rental housing required by the City’s Rental Housing Demolition and Conversion Control by-law in Chapter 667 of the Municipal Code.

City Planning staff work with other City Divisions and agencies, and a range of stakeholders to review and update the City’s Official Plan housing policies. Through our research and analysis we support Council decision-making by leading or providing input into key studies impacting housing affordability and availability in Toronto. Some of our recent work includes:

City Planning staff undertake comprehensive public engagement and stakeholder consultations as part of updating and implementing the City’s Official Plan housing policies. Public meetings, open houses and workshops are held to provide updates and share emerging directions with community members and to ask the community to provide feedback on their priorities. Upcoming events are detailed below.

Second Units – Draft Official Plan Amendment

Public Consultation Meetings

The draft Official Plan Amendment clarifies the Official Plan second unit permissions across the City. The draft amendment aligns the Official Plan with provincial policy changes to the Planning Act and Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 and reflects provincial direction to further encourage the creation of second units. Here is the report and draft policy.

Learn more and provide input at the following public consultation meetings:

All meetings are 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Monday May 7
Metro Hall, Room 310
55 John Street, Toronto

Tuesday May 8
North York Civic Centre, Committee Room 3
5100 Yonge Street, North York

Wednesday May 9
Etobicoke Civic Centre, Main Boardroom
399 The West Mall, Etobicoke

Thursday May 10
Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room
2 150 Borough Dr, Scarborough


We would like to hear from you!

To comment, or if you are unable to attend, contact:
Jeremy Kloet, Senior Planner
Tel: 416-392-7863

More information

Planning and Growth Management Committee’s decision, April 5, 2018.


Our public meeting locations are wheelchair accessible. Please contact us 72 hours in advance to arrange additional accommodation.