Toronto City Council approved the Open Door Affordable Housing Program in 2016 to accelerate affordable housing construction by providing City financial contributions including capital funding and fees and property tax relief, fast-tracking planning approvals, and activating surplus public land.

The Open Door Program is designed to assist the City in achieving the goals of its Housing TO 2020-2030 Action Plan. The Action Plan sets targets for the approval of 40,000 new affordable rental homes and 4,000 new affordable ownership homes by 2030.

A report recommending changes to the Open Door program will go to Council in Fall 2023. Program revisions are necessary due to challenging market conditions and the introduction of the Province’s Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster. As a result, the City will not be issuing a call for applications at this time, but will continue to advance and support projects on a case-by-case basis in the interim.

Sign up for the Open Door Registry below for updates about affordable housing development opportunities.


By signing up for the affordable housing RFP & Open Door ListServ, you will be the first to:

  • Be notified when affordable rental and ownership housing RFPs/Calls for Applications are available
  • Learn about affordable housing development opportunities on public land across Toronto
  • Learn about other Open Door projects which are creating affordable housing

Type (don’t copy and paste) your email address into the box below and then click “Subscribe”.


You can unsubscribe at any time.

The personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, ss. 7, 8 and 136 and under Planning and Housing Committee Item 2019.PH11.5 as adopted by City Council at its meeting on December 17 and 18, 2019 and Planning and Housing Committee Item 2020.PH16.5 as adopted by City Council at its meeting on September 30 and October 1 and 2, 2020. The information is used to allow the City to send you an email regarding upcoming Requests for Proposals or Open Door opportunities, and to confirm your wish to subscribe to a City of Toronto e-notice. Questions about this collection may be directed to the Senior Communications Coordinator, Strategic Communications Division, City of Toronto, Metro Hall, 9th floor, Toronto M5V 3C6, 416-397-5326. 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.

The Open Door Guidelines (2021) provide details on who should apply, eligibility criteria, resources and financial incentives and other information.

City Council adopted the Open Door Program directions in December, 2015 to improve the City’s capacity to work with non-profit and private-housing sectors to create affordable housing at a faster pace.

Open Door Sites (Last updated March 2017)

News Release (February 2017)

News Release (November 2015)

News Release (April 2015)