Building More Homes: City Looks at New Housing Options in Neighbourhoods


On Monday, April 17, staff will provide an update on the City’s ongoing efforts to expand low-rise housing options in Mississauga.

During the update, staff will review the current status and future directions of the Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods study which is looking at ways to allow more gentle density across the city. The City is looking at how best to permit more housing types such as semi-detached homes, townhouses, duplexes, triplexes and multiplexes in Mississauga neighbourhoods. Garden suites, laneway housing and garage conversions are also being reviewed as part of the study.

Adding gentle density in residential neighbourhoods could provide more housing options for families, older adults, students and Mississauga’s workforce. It is a key action of Growing Mississauga, the City’s recently released action plan on new housing.

Final recommendations including draft Official Plan policies and zoning regulations will be brought forward later this year as part of the City’s Official Plan Review.


Update on Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods Study to Planning and Development Committee


Planning and Development Committee
April 17, 2023 at 6 p.m.


  • Mississauga residents
  • Business and property owners
  • Housing advocates
  • Building and development industry
  • Interested stakeholders

How to Participate:

You may watch the live stream on the City’s website (without registering).

Advance registration is required to participate and/or make a comment virtually  during the meeting. Advance registration is preferred to participate and/or make a comment in person. Please email or call 905-615-3200 ext. 5423 no later than Friday, April 14, 2023. Directions on how to participate will be provided.


The City’s Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods (IHCN) Study supports changes to the Planning Act, which requires municipalities to permit up to two additional residential units on lots with a single detached, semi-detached or row house. It will also ensure City policies are aligned with the Provincial Policy Statement, 2020, which encourages municipalities to permit a range and mix of housing types such as garden suites and triplexes, and arrangements such as co-ownership and home sharing.

In addition to being a key action of the City’s new housing plan, Growing Mississauga, the IHCN study also moves forward key recommendations from the City’s affordable housing strategy – Making Room for the Middle. The strategy, which was approved by Council in 2017, concluded that the range of housing for middle income earners – such as teachers, nurses and social workers – is dwindling. It supports finding ways to remove barriers to affordable housing and providing residents with more housing choices as they go through different life stages.

Housing affordability is a major issue in Mississauga and the wider GTA. Providing greater housing choices and protecting as well as encouraging new affordable housing supply are priorities for the City.

Learn more by visiting the City’s Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhood Study website.

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