The City is launching two programs to encourage eligible property owners to develop secondary/laneway suites in Toronto and East York District. Details of each program are listed below.

The Development Charges (DC) Deferral Program for Ancillary Secondary Dwelling Units allows for a DC deferral for eligible property owners developing a secondary dwelling unit at the rear yard of a property. The DC would only be collected through creation of a new lot (Plan of Subdivision, Plan of Condominium and Consent to Sever) within 20 years of the issuance of the building permit. This Program was approved by Council in April of 2018.

Who Can Apply

  • must own a property within Toronto and East York District
  • must conform with applicable zoning and other by-laws as determined by Toronto Building through a zoning certificate or building permit
  • must enter into a DC Deferral for Ancillary Secondary Dwelling Units Agreement with the City

How to Apply

  1. Applicants must apply for a zoning certificate or building permit with Toronto Building.
  2. Once the zoning certificate or building permit has been approved, please contact the Affordable Housing Office (refer to Contact Information) to initiate the Agreement process.

The Affordable Laneway Suites Pilot Program provides funding in form of a loan of up to $50,000 for eligible property owners developing a laneway suite. The loan will be forgiven 15 years after construction completion. This Program was approved by Council in June of 2018.

Who Can Apply

  • must own a property within Toronto and East York District
  • must conform with applicable zoning and other by-laws as determined by Toronto Building through a zoning certificate or building permit
  • must enter into an Affordable Laneway Suites Contribution Agreement with the City

How to Apply

More details to follow.