The City of Toronto is reviewing the opportunity to permit and regulate laneway suites on the City’s many public laneways across the Toronto and East York area of the City.

What are Laneway Suites?

A laneway suite is a self-contained residential unit located on the same lot as a detached house, semi-detached house or townhouse, and generally located in the rear yard next to a laneway.

Laneway suites are generally smaller in scale and completely detached from the main house on the lot.

Laneway suites may provide new rental housing opportunities within established neighbourhoods, providing a wider range of low-density housing options while enhancing neighbourhood and community character.

In Canada, laneway suites have been implemented in Ottawa, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Calgary. In Toronto, some laneway suites already exist, but are limited in number due to a variety of factors. This initiative is reviewing the laneway suites work of other cities and examining Toronto’s local opportunities and limitations.