Councillor Bradford is hosting a preliminary community meeting for the modular housing project at Trenton/Cedarvale Ave on Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 pm. You can register for this meeting here.
The City of Toronto is moving forward on its plan to increase the supply of affordable housing across the city. As part of the HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, the City committed to create 1,000 new modular homes in Toronto.

The Modular Housing Initiative is an innovative and cost-effective way to build small-scale infill housing while providing a rapid, dignified response to connect people experiencing homelessness with homes and appropriate supports to help them achieve housing stability.

Modular housing, which is essentially prefabricated housing, is built off-site in a factory and transported to the site for assembly. City Council has approved the first two phase of the project that will create 100 modular homes on City-owned sites in 2020 and an additional 150 in 2021.

A three-storey modular housing building is proposed for the lot at the corner of Trenton and Cedarvale Ave. Each of the approximately 64 studio apartments would be self-contained with a twin bed, a private eat-in kitchen and bathroom. The building would also include a laundry facility, a kitchen and dining room, program space and administrative offices. The building is designed to support individuals who are exiting homelessness. A local non-profit housing provider will manage the building and provide support services to the tenants under an agreement with the City.

Preliminary artist’s rendering of the modular building – Looking south on Trenton Avenue. Final design subject to approval.
Preliminary artist’s rendering of the modular building – Looking south on Trenton Avenue. Final design subject to approval.
Preliminary artist’s rendering of the modular building – Looking northwest on Cedarvale Avenue. Final design subject to approval
Preliminary artist’s rendering of the modular building – Looking northwest on Cedarvale Avenue. Final design subject to approval.

Engagement Sessions

A virtual community engagement session with Councillor Brad Bradford and City staff is scheduled for Wednesday March 17, 2021 at 7 pm to provide additional information about the proposed project and answer your questions. Access details (online and by phone) for this meeting will be posted on this page on the day of the event.

Councillor Bradford is also organizing a preliminary community meeting for Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7 pm. Members of the public can register for that meeting here.

Due to COVID-19 safety requirements, the community engagement meetings for this project will be held online. You can join the meeting and ask questions using your computer, mobile device or telephone. For more information about how to participate, visit the Participate in City Virtual Engagement Events webpage.

If you are unable to participate in the meeting or have other questions and feedback you can contact the Community Liaison Office or the Councillor’s Office using the contact information provided below:

Community Liaison Office                             
Leah Snowden, LURA Consulting
647-578-8580
Councillor Brad Bradford
Ward 19, Beaches-East York
416-338-2755

Frequently Asked Questions

Project Announcement

Two sites that are part of the City’s modular housing initiative were formally announced on Tuesday, February 23  and stakeholder and community outreach started the same day. As part of the ongoing community engagement process meeting notices were distributed via Canada Post to more than 1,300 residents in the area starting on February 23.  This is part of phase 2 of the modular housing initiative initially approved by City Council in April 2020,  through which Council approved creation of 250 modular supportive homes on City-owned sites in 2020 and 2021, using Council approved criteria to select the sites. City staff were directed by Council to identify and expedite the development of modular supportive housing to alleviate pressures on the shelter system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consideration by City Council

An initial Planning report will be considered by Planning and Housing Committee on March 2 and City Council on March 10, which will be the first of two reports on the site. The second report, which will included feedback from the March community engagement meeting, is scheduled to be considered by Planning and Housing Committee on April 22 and City Council at the May 5-6 meeting.

Loss of Parking

The City’s Community Liaison team has reached out to many local stakeholders including local schools and groups that use Stan Wadlow park and East York Memorial Arena to have follow-up meetings specifically on this issue. The City is committed to engaging with local communities to hear and address their concerns about this project including the loss of parking. The City recognizes the use of the parking lot and is working to outline alternate parking options which will be discussed and shared with the community at the upcoming community meetings and the second staff report in April.

Community Feedback

As part of the engagement process, the City wants to hear and collect feedback and input on other areas such as building and site design elements (i.e. lighting, pathways, and landscaping);  ideas for how to support and integrate the new residents into the neighbourhood and to answer any questions or concerns they may have about this project. The City looks forward to engaging with local communities and encourages everyone to share their feedback with the Community Liaison team. Contact information on this webpage and please also consider signing up below to stay informed.

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A three-storey modular housing building is planned for the 175 Cummer Ave. to be located next to Willowdale Manor. Each of the approximately 64 studio apartments would be self-contained with a twin bed, a private eat-in kitchen and bathroom. The building would also include a laundry facility, a kitchen and dining room, program space and administrative offices. The building is designed to support individuals who are exiting homelessness. A local non-profit housing provider will manage the building and provide support services to the tenants under an agreement with the City.

Preliminary artist’s rendering of the modular building – Looking east on Cummer Avenue. Final design subject to approval.
Preliminary artist’s rendering of the modular building – Looking east on Cummer Avenue. Final design subject to approval.
Preliminary artist’s rendering of the modular building – Front entrance looking east. Final design subject to approval.
Preliminary artist’s rendering of the modular building – Front entrance looking east. Final design subject to approval.

Engagement Sessions

The first community virtual engagement session with Councillor John Filion and City staff is scheduled for Tuesday March 9, 2021 at 7 pm to provide additional information about the proposed project and answer your questions. For more information about how to participate, visit the Participate in City Virtual Engagement Events webpage.

Due to COVID-19 safety requirements, the community engagement meetings for this project will be held online. You can join the meeting and ask questions using your computer, mobile device or telephone. Visit this page on March 9 for instructions on how to participate.

If you are unable to participate in the meeting or have other questions and feedback you can contact the Community Liaison Office or the Councillor’s Office using the contact information provided below:

Community Liaison Office                             
Leah Snowden, LURA Consulting
647-578-8580
Councillor John Filion
Ward 18, Willowdale
416-392-0210

 

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The three-storey modular building includes 44 studio apartments, common rooms, a dining room, program space and administrative offices. This modular building is designed to support people who are existing homelessness by providing affordable homes with support services. The building opened on January 28, 2021, approximately nine months after being approved by City Council.

External view of the modular building at 321 Dovercourt
External view of the modular building at 321 Dovercourt Rd.
View of a modular unit (kitchen and dining room) at 321 Dovercourt Rd.
View of a modular unit at 321 Dovercourt Rd.

See more images and B-roll of the modular building at 321 Dovercourt Rd.

Public Engagement Process

Community Update

August 4, 2020

September 10, 2020

September 16, 2020

Community Liaison Committee Meetings

October 6, 2020 – Meeting Notes 

November 16, 2020 – Meeting Notes

Engagement Sessions

Two engagements sessions were organized with Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão and City staff to provide additional information about the proposed project and answer your questions.

  • Wednesday June 17, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Presentation

Watch a recording of the first information session.

  • Wednesday June 24, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Presentation

Watch a recording of the second information session.

Background Information

The three-storey modular building includes 56 studio apartments, common rooms, a dining room, program space and administrative offices. This modular building is designed to support people who are existing homelessness by providing affordable homes with support services. The building opened on December 19, 2020, approximately eight months after being approved by City Council.

Construction of the modular building underway
Construction of the modular building underway
View of a modular unit at 11 Macey Ave
View of a modular unit at 11 Macey Ave

See more images and B-roll of the modular building at 11 Macey Ave.

Meet the Operators

Rob Hewitt, The Neighbourhood Group

Hi, my name is Rob Hewitt and I am the Senior Property Manager for The Neighbourhood Group.

My role at 11 Macey Avenue will be to assist residents in achieving stable tenancy. I will be committed to maintaining property management standards, which include providing a clean, safe and well-maintained supportive home for residents.  I am dedicated to creating a vibrant community and to helping improve the lives of our residents.

With a 100-year+ history serving Toronto neighbourhoods, The Neighbourhood Group specializes in owning and operating high-quality affordable and supportive rental housing. We look forward to engaging with our neighbours and working with our partner, Cota.

 

Ryan White, Cota Health

Hi, my name is Ryan White and I am the manager of the support services that Cota will be providing to the tenants at 11 Macey Avenue.

Through these services we hope to develop a thriving tenant community where each individual feels a sense of belonging and is supported to achieve housing stability and their fullest potential. Having an affordable place to call home and some supports to rely on is what we all need in life to be successful. And Cota is pleased to play a vital role in offering these things to the tenants at 11 Macy Ave.

Cota is an accredited, not-for-profit, community-based organization that has been supporting adults to live well within their communities for over 45 years.

Public Engagement Process

Community Update

July 30, 2020  PDF

August 13, 2020 PDF

September 16, 2020 PDF

Community Liaison Committee Meetings

October 5, 2020 – Meeting Notes 

Engagement Sessions

Three engagements sessions were organized with Councillor Gary Crawford and City staff to provide additional information about the proposed project and answer your questions.

  • Tuesday June 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Presentation PDF

Watch a recording of the first information session Opens in new window.

  • Tuesday June 23, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Presentation PDF

Watch a recording of the second information session Opens in new window.

  • Wednesday July 8, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Presentation PDF

Background Information

 

 

 

 

Reiderman Residence (Vancouver)

78 pet-friendly homes featuring a community kitchen and nutrition assistance, as well as opportunities for training and employment for residents.

Margaret Mitchell Place (Vancouver)

52 studio homes in a modular building featuring a community garden and housing-embedded services such as peer employment programs that provide sustainable opportunities for residents to form and join community.

 

220 Terminal Avenue (Vanvouver)

Vancouver’s first temporary modular housing project providing 40 social housing units to lower-income residents, including units designed to accommodate persons with accessibility requirements.

​​Naomi Place (Vancouver)

A one three-storey building containing 58 studio homes, primarily for single adults. All units are self-contained dwellings with a private bathroom and kitchen. Six units are wheelchair accessible.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Why supportive housing is needed in Toronto

Providing permanent, affordable rental housing with support services on-site will help people to move out of the shelter system. Before COVID-19 the City’s shelter system was at capacity. Given the need for physical distancing with COVID-19, a considerable strain has been put on the shelter system. Shelter users are currently being housed in community centres and hotels, which is not sustainable.

Existing supply of Supportive housing in Toronto

Approximately 9,700 supportive housing units are administered or funded by the City’s Shelter, Support and Housing Administration division through a range of provincial, federal and municipal funding programs including Support to Daily Living, Alternative Social Housing Providers, Habitat Services that support individuals with serious mental health issues, and the Homes of Good Program.

Approximately 7,000 additional supportive housing units are administered through Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, including supportive housing for mental health and/or addictions issues. Additional supportive housing programs, such as those for people with developmental disabilities and youth, are funded through other ministries.

Some of the supportive housing buildings across Toronto include:  

  • 200 Madison Ave – 61 units
  • 25 Leonard St – 76 units operated by St Clare’s Multifaith Society
  • Homewood Ave – 16 units in partnership with Native Men’s Residence
  • 9 Huntley – 20 units in partnership with Fife House
  • 389 Church – 120 units for women in partnership with YWCA
  • 138 Pears Ave. – 96 studio apartments operated by St. Clare’s Multifaith Society
  • 321 Dovercourt Rd. – 44 units operated by the Neighbourhood Group and Cota
  • 11 Macey Avenue – 56 units operated by the Neighbourhood Group and Cota

 How the modular sites are selected

City officials have reviewed City-owned sites across Toronto. Modular housing sites are selected based on demand for affordable housing, environmental condition and development potential, access to public transit, access to health and other community services, Official Plan and Zoning By-law considerations and site servicing.

Operation of the modular buildings

The City will select a qualified and experienced non-profit housing provider to manage the property and provide support services for residents. The City will continue to work with the selected housing providers after new residents will move in.

The City will be allocating housing subsidies to these modular units to ensure these homes are affordable to future residents. Additionally, the City, as part of its selection process, will select non-profit organizations that can demonstrate they are financially sound and viable, have sufficient operating funding to provide support services and have the experience and capability to successfully operate the project, including the provision of supports.

Tenant selection process

These modular homes are created for people currently experiencing homelessness. Future residents will be referred through the Coordinated Access Model from the street, shelters and respite centres. The City will work with the selected non-profit housing operators to prioritize people who have experienced homelessness and have a connection to the area.

Coordinated Access is a consistent community-wide approach to assessing, prioritizing, and connecting people experiencing homelessness to housing and supports.

Types of services offered

All services provided on the modular sites will be for residents only to help them achieve housing stability and prevent from return to homelessness. It is expected that a range of support and health services be provided including meal services, providing or connecting residents to primary health services, community supports and services such as: education; employment; and life skills. The modular buildings will not include supervised injection sites.

Concerns about neighbourhood safety

We do not anticipate any increased public safety issues in the neighbourhood as a result of the new modular housing projects. The properties will be managed by a non-profit housing provider who will be responsible to ensure that community concerns are addressed.

Concerns about the expedited review process

About 8,000 people a night are using Toronto’s shelter system or sleeping rough. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which has put significant pressure on the shelter system and created even more urgency behind the need to create affordable and supportive housing, City Council directed staff to prioritize the Modular Supportive Housing Initiative including expediting the necessary building and planning approvals.

The City Planning and Toronto Building divisions, along with all other relevant City divisions, have appropriately allocated staff resources to process and review the required planning and building permit applications for the two modular housing sites in a streamlined and efficient manner. City staff have been actively engaged in the pre-application review process to proactively identify, prioritize and respond to possible issues or constraints in order to identify solutions efficiently.

Concerns about the proposed design of the modular buildings

City Planning and Urban Design staff are working with the project architects and CreateTO to ensure that the proposed buildings will fit into their respective neighbourhoods. The building materials and colour palette proposed aim to help the building fit-in to the local context in Toronto. The neutral colour palette, mix of textures, architectural features and use of wood on the exterior all help to create a building that is more refined and one that will stand the test of time

Along with the modular housing building, the project includes a detailed landscape design with the goal of helping the project fit in with the area through extensive plantings of trees and shrubs, as well as protecting privacy for adjacent properties.

Manufacturer of the modular buildings (Phase 2)

NRB Modular Solutions (formerly Horizon North), part of Dexterra Group, is the successful proponent of the RFP to manufacture the modular buildings for the City’s Modular Housing Initiative (MHI), Phase Two. NRB Modular Solutions is based in Grimsby Ontario.

A request for Supplier Qualifications (RFSQ) was released on  August 14, 2020 and closed on September 25, 2020.This allowed CreateTO and the City to shortlist potential, qualified modular manufacturers. A full Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued for the second phase of the Modular Housing Initiative on November 10, 2020 and closed on December 4, 2020. Based on this process the City selected NRB Modular Solutions.

NRB Modular Solutions is the same company that manufactured the modular buildings for the City of Toronto’s MHI Phase One. For Phase One, the terms of the proposed single source contract were reviewed and considered by Toronto City Council on April 30 2020.

Research Studies on Supportive Housing