About housing development
We support Peel Region’s plan to increase affordable housing and prevent chronic homelessness.
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The Housing Development team, in Housing Services:
- Manages the development of affordable housing and emergency shelters on sites owned by Peel Region and Peel Housing Corporation.
- Oversees third-party projects supported through federal, provincial, and regional funds.
- Works through feasibility, land management, pre-development, planning, design, construction, commissioning and hand-over to operations.
- Collaborates with community partners to build safe, affordable housing in Peel through programs like the Peel Affordable Rental Incentives Program.
- Implements the Peel Community Housing Development Program, which includes a target of 12 projects or 1,444 new units/beds over 10-years.
Types of affordable housing we build
We build and support different types of affordable housing across Peel. These types of affordable housing support a range of resident needs and circumstances from emergency short-term and transitional stays to long-term rentals.
Select each of the following housing types to get an overview and details about how our work is addressing the need.
Our project process
- Planning – Design development, building permit application, approvals, and overall budget and scheduling.
- Construction – The construction tender procurement award and all construction activities by the contractor through to completion.
- Applications open – Resident communications, advertising, tenant appointments, and lease agreement signing.
- Complete – Construction has concluded in the building and all units have been filled.
In 2018, the Peel's Housing and Homelessness Plan (PHHP) was developed as a 10-year plan to make affordable housing available and prevent homelessness for all Peel residents. The Housing Master Plan was created as a key action of PHHP, endorsed by Regional Council on July 11, 2019.
Given the affordability crisis and escalating pressures on affordable housing development, Regional Council approved Peel Community Housing Development Program which replaced the existing HMP with a service level/target of 12 projects or 1,444 new units/beds.
The Peel Affordable Rental Incentives Program is directly linked to pillar 3 of the PHHP, maximize planning tools and incentives. Through this program, we’ll award funding to successful applicants to build middle and low-income rental housing in Peel region.
We also support other affordable housing projects including third-party developments.
Our projects contribute to Regional Council’s vision for a Community for Life. Our aim is to create affordable housing that helps generate sustainable, complete communities that embrace the following principles:
- We take pride in building not only affordable housing, but sustainable and inclusive communities, and creating homes that give residents stability, peace of mind, and safety.
- Mixed-income buildings: at least 40% of the units are offered at rental rates less than 60% of the average market rent. This creates a mixed-income and financially viable project.
- We design new housing with our residents in mind, including increased accessibility, and the needs of vulnerable populations, seniors, families and individuals.
- We design new housing to be resilient, energy efficient, and to reduce greenhouse gases, supporting Peel's Climate Change Master Plan.
- Easy access to services is as important as having a suitable place to live. This means creating affordable housing in well-developed neighbourhoods with proximity to schools, green space, transit, and other amenities.
- Peel Region’s affordable housing buildings have indoor and outdoor amenities as well as community spaces to foster well-being, connectedness, and enhanced quality of life for residents.
- We collaborate with private and non-profit organizations, the development community, our local municipalities, and our partners at the Province of Ontario, and the Government of Canada to foster successful working relationships.