The provincial government says it’s plans for improving housing availability relates to what it describes as a five-point plan. Elements include:
- Speed: Red tape and paperwork can add years to a construction project. We will maintain Ontario’s strong environmental protections, while making the development approvals process faster.
- Cost: Layers of permits, government approvals and charges by municipalities add to the cost of building new homes. We will make costs more predictable, to encourage developers to build more housing.
- Mix: We’ll make it easier to build different types of housing – from detached houses and townhomes to mid-rise rental apartments, second units and family-sized condos. We need a variety.
- Rent: There are more people looking for homes than there are places to rent. We will protect tenants and make it easier to build rental housing.
- Innovation: This means everything from new housing designs and materials to creative approaches to home-ownership and more. We’ll encourage more innovation and creativity in Ontario’s housing sector and make sure government isn’t standing in the way.