Regional Council has identified the need to increase affordable housing options in Peel.
These actions include:
- Establishing affordable housing options as an outcome in the Strategic Plan 2015-2035.
- Approving the renewed Peel Housing and Homelessness Plan (2018-2028), with intentional and measurable short-term and long-term outcomes, affordable housing targets, and action-oriented strategies.
- Supporting planning staff as they create and revise housing policies and housing targets in the Regional Official Plan, under the housing focus area.
In 2018, the Region completed the Peel Housing Needs Assessment through a collaborative approach. As a result of the Needs Assessment, the 2018 Housing and Homelessness Plan (PHHP) (PDF) and the 2018 Housing Strategy (PDF) were developed.
The Housing Strategy is a technical document that outlines strategies and planning tools available to the Region to increase the supply of affordable housing in Peel. The strategy will be used to create and implement policies, programs and initiatives.
The Housing Strategy has four major components:
- Housing needs assessment
- Long and short-term outcomes and targets
- Roles and responsibilities of the Region and its partners
- Financial incentives and planning tools
Learn more about how the Region of Peel is making housing more accessible, diverse, and affordable.
Peel 2051 Housing Focus Area
The housing focus area will introduce new and updated policies with the key objective of increasing affordable housing supply. These policies will respond to the 2018 Housing Strategy, reflect the research in the Affordable Housing Background Paper, and align with Provincial drivers including the Growth Plan, 2019, the Provincial Policy Statement, 2020 (PPS, 2020) and the Planning Act. Policy outcomes will include:
- Revised affordable housing targets;
- Increased supply of affordable housing;
- Support for an appropriate range and mix of housing form, size, tenure and affordability; and
- Retention of existing rental housing stock.
Recently, the draft housing policies were updated to reflect the comments received during the virtual Fall 2020 consultation sessions and to include policies to support local municipalities in implementing Inclusionary Zoning. A draft Inclusionary Zoning Feasibility Analysis and draft update to the Regional Housing Strategy were included in April 2021 Planning and Growth Management Committee staff report. Regional staff will continue to work with the local municipalities, stakeholders and the public to finalize the draft policies and advance important housing objectives.
Supporting Documents and Resources:
- Affordable Housing Background Paper, 2017 (PDF)
- Housing and Homelessness Plan, 2018 (PHHP) (PDF)
- Peel Housing Strategy, 2018 (PDF)
- Housing Fact Sheet, June 2020 (PDF)
- 2020 Affordable Housing Bulletin (PDF)
- Regional Housing Strategy Data Update, April 2021 (PDF)
- Update on Draft Inclusionary Zoning Assessment Report Results and Policy Directions, June 2021 and High-Level Summary of Key Draft Policy Changes, June 2021
- Inclusionary Zoning Feasibility Analysis, N. Barry Lyon Consultants Ltd, December 2021 (PDF)
- Peer Review of Inclusionary Zoning Feasibility Analysis, urbanMetrics inc., December 2021 (PDF)
Affordable Housing Incentives Pilot Program:
The need for low and middle-income affordable rental housing was identified through the PHHP, Housing Needs Assessment and local municipal housing strategies. As a part of the PHHP and in alignment with Regional policies, the Region of Peel developed an Affordable Housing Incentives Pilot Program focused on addressing middle-income needs. The 2021 program is now closed and staff are currently implementing Regional Council direction, which includes undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of the Pilot Program.
- Affordable Housing Incentive Pilot Program Final Report, N. Barry Lyon Consultants Ltd., June 2020
- Affordable Housing Incentives Pilot Program Report to Regional Council, July 2020
- Affordable Housing Incentives Pilot Program 2021 Update and Results, November 2021
For more information, email Regional Planning or call (905) 791-7800 ext. 4963.
- Age-friendly planning
- Aggregates resources and excess soil
- Agriculture and rural systems
- Climate change
- Greenlands system
- Growth management
- Health and the built environment
- Major transit station areas
- Other focus areas (including cultural heritage, Indigenous engagement, and waste management, and rural settlement boundary refinement)
- Provincial Greenbelt plans (including Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and Niagara Escarpment Plan)
- Settlement area boundary expansion
- Wildland fires
- Water resources