Toronto Green Standard Version 4 was adopted by Toronto City Council on July 14, 2021 and will come into effect in May, 2022 for all new planning applications. The Toronto Green Standard Version 4 with all associated specifications, resources and templates will be published on the Toronto Green Standard page of the City of Toronto website in 2022.


The Toronto Green Standard is Toronto’s sustainable design requirements for new private and city-owned developments. The Standard consists of tiers ( Tiers 1 to 4) of performance measures with supporting guidelines that promote sustainable site and building design. Tier 1 of the Toronto Green Standard is a mandatory requirement of the planning approval process.

Financial incentives are offered through the Development Charge Refund ProgramĀ Version 3 or Version 2 for planning applications that meet higher level voluntary standards in Tiers 2 to 4.

Toronto Green Standard Version 3

Apply this standard to new planning applications received on or after May 1, 2018.

Toronto Green Standard Version 2

Apply this standard to new planning applications received by April 30, 2018.


A history and goals of the Toronto Green Standards.

Reports & Resources

Access staff reports, studies and resources.