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.
- Adopting housing policies and housing targets in the new Regional Official Plan.
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 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.
Learn more about how the Region of Peel is making housing more accessible, diverse, and affordable.
Peel 2051 Housing Focus Area
The new Regional Official Plan, adopted on April 28, 2022, includes policies to increase affordable housing supply and respond to the 2018 Housing Strategy, the Affordable Housing Background Paper, Provincial direction in the Growth Plan, 2019, the Provincial Policy Statement, 2020, the Planning Act, and input received during the Peel 2051 Official Plan Review statutory consultation period.
- Maximize progress towards new housing unit targets on density, rental, and affordability;
- Reduce housing supply and affordability challenges through collaboration between government and private and non-profit partners;
- Support a diverse range and mix of housing options and densities, including affordable housing;
- Require a housing assessment for new developments of 50 units or more;
- Support local municipal implementation of inclusionary zoning in major transit station areas;
- Protect and improve existing rental housing and build more rental housing;
- Encourage innovative and alternative housing types;
- Monitor and evaluate housing units and progress towards targets to inform priorities and implementation plans; and
- Develop new housing that is sustainable and contributes to healthy, mixed-use, transit supportive and complete communities.
Housing policies and affordability
The Region of Peel is working with local municipalities and community stakeholders, such as development applicants, to implement the housing policies and objectives of the new Region of Peel Official Plan. Below are resources that provide an overview of housing policies and objectives and housing affordability in Peel.
- Overview of Housing Policies
- Housing Assessment Guideline, October 2022
- Housing Affordability in Peel Region: What Can Households Afford?, 2020 (infographic)
- Affordable Home Ownership Sale Prices by Household Income, 2020 (infographic)
- Affordable Rents by Household Income, 2020 (infographic)
Supporting documents and resources
- Affordable Housing Background Paper, 2017 (PDF)
- Housing and Homelessness Plan, 2018 (PHHP) (PDF)
- Peel Housing Strategy, 2018 (PDF)
- Housing Measuring and Monitoring Bulletin, 2020 (PDF)
- Regional Housing Strategy Data Update, April 2021 (PDF)
- Update on Draft Inclusionary Zoning Assessment Report Results and Policy Directions, 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)
- Summary and presentation of Peel 2051 Regional Official Plan Review and New Regional Official Plan
- Overview of Housing Policies
Peel Affordable Rental Incentives Program
The need for low and moderate-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 moderate-income needs. After a successful pilot, on July 7, 2022, Regional Council approved the annual Peel Affordable Rental Incentives Program as a permanent program. Staff are anticipating to launch the 2022 round this fall.
- 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
- Peel Affordable Rental Incentives Program – Evaluation Results and Future Program Implementation, July 2022
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