Join the third virtual community engagement session to discuss the modular housing proposal for 11 Macey Avenue (use password Macey#3 if prompted).

Or call 647-484-1598 and use Access Code: 133 692 0767 to listen to the facilitated discussion. You can download and follow the presentation 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. The City has issued a Request for Proposal to select a qualified and experienced non-profit housing provider to manage the property and provide support services for residents.

City Council has approved the first two phase of the project that will create 100 modular homes on City-owned sites by fall 2020 and an additional 150 by spring 2021.

An affordable rental housing project is being proposed for 11 Macey Avenue including 56 bachelor units and support services.

The three-storey building will also include common rooms, a dining room, program space and administrative offices. This supportive housing project is designed to support people who are currently experiencing homelessness.

Update! On July 2, 2020, the Minister of Municipal affairs and Housing made Ontario Regulation 343-20: Zoning Order City of Toronto for the site at 11 Macey Avenue enabling the City to implement the modular housing proposals more quickly in order to respond to the urgent need for affordable and supportive housing.

preliminary artist's rendering of View of the Macey Avenue entrance
Preliminary artist’s rendering, subject to final approval – View of the Macey Avenue entrance
Modular Transitional Housing PHASE 1 : 11 Macey Avenue Looking west on the Mid-block Path
Preliminary artist’s rendering, subject to final approval – Looking west on the mid-block path

 

Download more information about the modular housing project coming to your neighbourhood in ward 20.

Public Engagement Process

We are seeking community feedback on the following aspects of the project:

  • Some building and site design elements, such as lighting, pathways, and landscaping
  • Ongoing community engagement
  • Ideas for how to support and integrate the new residents into the neighbourhood

See the Site Plan Application details including supplementary documentations on the City’s website.

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

Mark your calendars:

  • Tuesday June 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Presentation

Watch a recording of the first information session.

  • Tuesday June 23, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Presentation

  • Wednesday July 8, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Preliminary artist’s rendering, subject to final approval – Looking east on the mid-block path
Modular Transitional Housing PHASE 1 : 11 Macey Avenue View of the Amenity Space
Preliminary artist’s rendering, subject to final approval – View of the amenity space

How to Participate

Based on the expert advice of our Medical Officer of Health to practice physical distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of Toronto residents and our staff, community engagement meetings will be online and phone-in only.

Join Online

You will be able to join the session online using your internet browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox) or the Cisco Webex app. You do not need to download software to participate. The link will be provided on the day of each event.

We encourage you to join 10 minutes earlier to allow yourself time to log on.

Join by Phone

You can also join by phone and listen to the facilitated session. For those joining by phone only, we want to hear from you. Share your questions in advance by emailing modularhousing@toronto.ca.

All questions will be shared with the project team and frequently raised questions received will be read aloud and answered during the session.

June 16, 6:30-8 p.m.

Call 647-484-1598
Access code: 133 530 4066

June 23, 6:30-8 p.m.

Call 647-484-1598
Access code: 133 380 2766

July 8, 6:30-8 p.m.

Call 647-484-1598
Access code: 133 692 0767

Stay Informed

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An affordable rental housing project is being proposed for 150 Harrison Street including 44 bachelor units and support services.

The three-storey building will also include common rooms, a dining room, program space and administrative offices. This supportive housing project is designed to support people who are currently experiencing homelessness.

Modular Transitional Housing PHASE 1 : 150 Harrison Street Dovercourt frontage
Preliminary artist’s rendering, subject to final approval – Dovercourt frontage
Modular Transitional Housing PHASE 1 : 150 Harrison Street The Front Porch Pergola
Preliminary artist’s rendering, subject to final approval – The front porch pergola

 

Download more information about the modular housing project coming to your neighbourhood in ward 9.

Public Engagement Process

We are seeking community feedback on the following aspects of the project:

  • Some building and site design elements, such as lighting, pathways, landscaping and parking
  • Ongoing community engagement
  • Ideas for how to support and integrate the new residents into the neighbourhood

See the Site Plan Application details including supplementary documentations on the City’s website.

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

Mark your calendars:

  • Wednesday June 17, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Presentation

NEW! Watch a recording of the first information session.

  • Wednesday June 24, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Preliminary artist’s rendering, subject to final approval – Looking north in the Dovercourt Road setback
Modular Transitional Housing PHASE 1 : 150 Harrison Street South Elevation from the New Public Park
Preliminary artist’s rendering, subject to final approval – South elevation from the new public park

How to Participate

Based on the expert advice of our Medical Officer of Health to practice physical distancing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of Toronto residents and our staff, community engagement meetings will be online and phone-in only.

Join Online

You will be able to join the session online using your internet browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox) or the Cisco Webex app. You do not need to download software to participate. The link will be provided on the day of each event.

We encourage you to join 10 minutes earlier to allow yourself time to log on.

Join by Phone

You can also join by phone and listen to the facilitated session. For those joining by phone only, we want to hear from you. Share your questions in advance by emailing modularhousing@toronto.ca.

All questions will be shared with the project team and frequently raised questions received will be read aloud and answered during the session.

June 17, 4:30- 6 p.m.

Call: 647-484-1598
Access code: 133 318 6123

June 24, 6:30-8 p.m.

Call: 647-484-1598
Access code: 133 963 2197

Stay Informed

Type (don’t copy and paste) your email address into the box below and then click “Subscribe” to receive information about the modular housing project at 150 Harrison St.

You can unsubscribe at any time.

The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the City of Toronto Act, 2006. The information is used to allow the City to send you an email to confirm your wish to subscribe to a City of Toronto e-notice. Questions about this collection may be directed to the ListServ Administrator, Strategic Communications Division, City of Toronto, Toronto City Hall, 7th floor, West Tower, Toronto M5H 2N2. Telephone: 416-397-5318. By subscribing to one of the City of Toronto’s e-updates you are providing express consent, as defined by the Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), to receive email updates from the City of Toronto.

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.

Staff Reports

 

  • City Council, at its meeting of June 29 and 30, 2020, adopted the Modular Supportive Housing report requesting the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to make a Minister’s Zoning Order to amend the zoning regulations and permit the construction of the modular housing proposals at both 11 Macey Avenue and 150 Harrison Street.

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.

  • How the modular sites are selected

City officials have reviewed City-owned sites across Toronto. Two sites are being recommended for Phase 1 of the modular housing initiative based on demand for affordable housing, environmental issues 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.

  • How you can share your input on this project

City officials want to hear from you. Scheduled information sessions are being held to share information, hear from local residents and businesses and to build support in the community for this much-needed housing and services. You can also email your questions and comments to modularhousing@toronto.ca.

Research Studies on Supportive Housing