Ontario is paving the way for more affordable housing by giving municipalities the ability to require that affordable units are created in new residential developments.
Inclusionary zoning is a planning tool that allows municipalities to require developers to include affordable housing units in residential developments. The province has worked with municipalities, housing advocates, and developers to create regulations that give municipalities the flexibility they need to maximize the benefit of this new tool.
Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge, met with local government and social services officials to discuss the positive local impacts expected from the new legislation.
“Inclusionary zoning will give municipalities across Ontario a new tool to create more affordable housing,” McGarry said.
“When people have access to safe and affordable housing, they have a strong foundation for better education, health and employment opportunities. As I nurse, I know first-hand how fundamental a safe home is to healthy, happier lives for everyone.”
Under the new regulations, municipalities will be able to mandate that affordable units for low- and middle-income families are included in new housing developments to create mixed-income communities.
Municipalities will have the flexibility to:
The new inclusionary zoning bylaws will apply to developments of 10 or more units, although municipalities could choose to set a higher threshold based on local circumstances. Municipalities can also apply inclusionary zoning to any type of residential development—both ownership and rental—based on local needs and priorities.
Ontario’s plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
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