Mississauga’s next steps to bring more housing options to low-rise neighbourhoods

Mississauga is taking action to make more housing available for families, older adults, students and others who want to live in the City’s low-rise neighbourhoods.

Ontario is facing a significant housing crisis that makes renting or owning a home out of reach for many. Increasing the supply and variety of homes across Mississauga through gentle density is a primary action in the City’s Housing Action Plan.

On Monday, October 23, staff will update Planning and Development Committee on work underway to address the need for more housing options in neighbourhoods:

  • Additional residential unit (ARU) zoning: staff will present new zoning and official plan regulations for homes such as garden suites, garage conversions and laneways suites. The zoning, designed for Mississauga neighbourhoods, meets the Province’s requirement to permit up to three residential units on a lot. It outlines the appropriate lot size for one or two-storey ARUs and gives direction on their size and height.
  • Neighbourhood zoning review: staff will give an update on work to simplify Mississauga’s single-detached neighbourhood zones. This project will help eliminate barriers for housing types like semi-detached and smaller-sized detached homes by allowing more housing options to be built in residential areas that currently allow single-detached homes only. This project will include an opportunity for public engagement, with zoning recommendations expected early next year.
  • Multiplex review: the City will be reviewing how to permit multiplexes across Mississauga. The review will include public engagement and consultation with the City’s Housing Panel. Staff will report back to Council early next year.

Meeting Details

Mississauga Planning and Development Committee
October 23, 2023 at 6 p.m.

How to Participate:
Watch the live stream on the City’s website (without registering) or join in person at City Hall. 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 deputations.presentations@mississauga.ca or call 905-615-3200 ext. 5423 no later than Friday, October 20 at 4:00 p.m.


These changes stem from the City’s Increasing Housing Choices in Neighbourhoods study, which began in April 2021.

Read Growing Mississauga: An Action Plan for New Housing to learn more about the City’s efforts to get more homes built, streamline building approvals and make homes more affordable.

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