2031 Municipal Housing Targets

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The Province has assigned housing targets to 29 selected lower- and single-tier municipalities in Southern Ontario. These selected municipalities will work towards achieving these targets by 2031.

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Everyone in Ontario should be able to find a home that is right for them. But too many people are struggling with the rising cost of living and with finding housing that meets their family’s needs. 

Ontario’s housing supply crisis is a problem which has been decades in the making. It will take both short-term strategies and long-term commitment from all levels of government, the private sector, and not-for-profits to drive change. Each entity will have to do their part to be part of the solution to this crisis. 

Ontario needs more housing, and we need it now. That’s why the Ontario government is taking bold and transformative action to get 1.5 million homes built over the next 10 years. 

To support Ontario’s More Homes Built Faster: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan: 2022-2023, the government introduced the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022, which, if passed, would ensure that cities, towns, and rural communities grow with a mix of ownership and rental housing types that meet the needs of all Ontarians. These visionary changes will place Ontario at the forefront of housing policy in North America. 

These changes are providing a solid foundation to address Ontario’s housing supply crisis over the long term and will be supplemented by continued action in the future.

Budget 2022 introduced a target of building 1.5 million new homes in the Ontario over the next 10 years. To help deliver on this commitment, the government has assigned municipal housing targets to selected lower- and single-tier municipalities.

Twenty-nine large and fast-growing lower- and single-tier municipalities in southern Ontario with a population projected to be over 100,000 by 2031 have been assigned targets. Targets are based on current population as well as 2011 to 2021 growth trends. Municipalities located in Ontario’s largest and fastest-growing Census Divisions have been allocated the greatest share of the total 1.5 million new homes target.

The selected municipalities make up 80% of Ontario’s current population. A total of 1,229,000 of the total 1,500,000 new homes target for Ontario has been allocated to these municipalities.

Municipal Housing Pledges will identify the tools and strategies that municipalities intend to use to achieve their housing targets. Pledges may include, but are not limited to, priorities for site-specific planning decisions to expedite housing in priority areas, plans to streamline the development approval process, commitments to plan, fund and build critical infrastructure to support housing, and strategies to use municipal surplus lands.

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