Mississauga building permits surge to $2 billion in 2021

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The construction value of 4,120 building permits issued in Mississauga last year topped $2.1 billion – up 36 per cent compared to $1.4 billion in 2020.

“These numbers show two important things: one is that developers, businesses and other property owners want to build in Mississauga and take advantage of our thriving economy and the incredible amenities our city has to offer,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Secondly, it shows that we’re doing everything we can at the City to ensure building permits are issued as quickly as possible to get shovels the ground.

“I’m extremely proud that we currently have the highest number of units under construction that we have had in 30 years. The new units we’re building will provide people with more housing options across Mississauga and is one way we are helping address the housing crisis that’s affecting communities across Ontario.”

Residential construction value for 2021 was $1.4 billion and the non-residential construction value (permits issued for all other types of properties) was $642,188. The City saw a 10 per cent upswing in the number of building permits issued (includes all permits) from 2020 (3,709 permits) to 2021 (4,120 permits).

In 2021, the city approved/issued the following:

  • 5,456 residential units
  • 16 commercial permits
  • 8 industrial permits
  • 1 institutional permit (hospitals, schools, churches, etc.)

“2021 saw steady growth with more housing, retail and commercial development,” said Andrew Whittemore, commissioner of planning and building.

“Our main focus for growth is increasing the supply of housing and creating more affordable housing. Our ‘on-time’ planning approvals set us apart with more than 95 per cent of approvals for building permits completed on time. Building permits for new construction show that the need for housing supply continues and is an important variable to the city’s growth story.”

All building permit applications must be submitted online through ePlans, where trained technicians and/or engineers examine and approve the building plans. Experienced building inspectors also ensure construction work is up to standard.

“In Mississauga, we’ve seen a 57 per cent decrease in processing time for development applications because of our efficient online approvals process,” said Ezio Savini, director of building and chief building officer. “Our commitment is to ensure our review and approvals processes is easy and straightforward for developers to bring quality housing to Mississauga.”


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