All new planning applications including; Zoning By-law Amendment, Site Plan Control and Draft Plan of Subdivision are required to meet and demonstrate compliance with Tier 1 of the Toronto Green Standard.


The following tabs contain further detail on the correct version of the TGS to apply to a project, instructions on how to document Tier 1 TGS compliance, application documents and details on Energy Report submissions.

The Tier 1 Toronto Green Standard performance levels are designed to work with the regular development approvals and inspections process. Compliance with Tier 1 of the TGS is verified on plans, drawings and in reports provided as part of your regular planning application submission. Tier 2 of the TGS is a higher voluntary standard, verified during and after construction. Applications that target Tier 2 may be eligible for a Development Charge Refund.

Further documentation requirements are set out in the Development Guide.

The TGS Checklist, Statistics Template, plans and reports work together to document compliance and are reviewed by City Divisions prior to issuing planning approvals.The TGS Checklist is required as part of a Complete Application.


Toronto Green Standard Versions

The draft of the Toronto Green Standard Version 3, (see attachments 2, 3 & 4 of the report) was adopted by City Council at the December 5, 2017 City Council meeting. City Council.


Applications must use the documentation required for the version of the Toronto Green Standard in effect at the time of the initial application.

TGS V1.0:  no longer in effect. Older applications must be upgraded.

TGS V2.0:  new applications received between January 1, 2010  and April 30, 2018.

TGS V3.0: new applications submitted on or after May 1, 2018.



Application Instructions

Complete the following four steps to demonstrate TGS compliance and to help expedite our review of your application:

Step 1. TGS Checklist

Complete the TGS checklist that applies to your development type, in full, and submit the Checklist with your development application. Update the TGS Checklist with each resubmission of the application. Include adequate detail about how each performance measure is addressed and where City staff can locate more information on plans, drawings and in reports.

Step 2. Statistics Template

Complete the TGS Statistics Template that applies to your development type. For Site Plan Control Applications complete the full Statistics template. For stand- alone Zoning By-law Amendment applications, only complete the statistics identified with an asterisk. Copy the completed Statistics Template directly onto the Site Plan or Statistics Plan submitted with your development application.

Step 3. Notations

Ensure that the plans, drawings and reports submitted with your development application clearly demonstrate compliance with TGS performance measures and include adequate detailed notations and legends. Tier 1 must be met to receive Site Plan approval.

Step 4. Energy Report

For buildings greater than 2000 m² a Design Development Stage Energy Report is required to be submitted to the Community Planner prior to Site Plan Approval. The Energy Report summarizes the projected energy performance of a new building and is aligned with drawings and documents submitted during the Site Plan Control stage.

Low-Rise Residential

This standard applies to residential development, up to 4 storeys with a minimum of 5 dwelling units. Processing and application submission requirements are found in the “Application Instructions” tab on this page.

For applications received after January 1, 2014 use the following documents:

Mid to High-Rise Residential and Non-Residential

This standard applies to residential apartment buildings 4 storeys and higher and all Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) developments. Processing and application submission requirements are found in the “Application Instructions” tab on this page.

For applications received after January 1, 2014 use the following documents:

Energy Performance Targets

Planning applications submitted after January 1, 2014 are required to include a Design Development Stage Energy Report demonstrating 15% energy efficiency improvement over the Ontario Building Code (OBC). An as-constructed Energy Report demonstrating 25% improvement over the OBC is required for Tier 2 compliance.

See the Energy Report Terms of Reference and Guidelines for details on the report submission requirements.

The City’s Energy Efficiency Office (EEO) will review the Energy Reports and determine if the buildings have been designed to achieve TGS energy requirements.

Projects may be eligible for a financial incentive for the energy savings achieved in the fulfillment of the TGS requirements. The High Performance New Construction Program offers design assistance and substantial financial incentives for building owners and design decision makers who exceed the electricity efficiency specified in the OBC.
Contact the Energy Efficiency Office (416-392-1500) for more information