Feb 01, 2012
Mississauga is holding a series of workshops on
second units to share information and gather comments from the public. The units, also
known as basement apartments or in-law suites, are not legal in Mississauga now, but the
Government of Ontario has passed a law requiring all municipalities to allow them. Each
municipality will make decisions about what legal second units will look like in their
"We want to hear from our residents and get their thoughts and ideas about second units to
help us provide the right housing choices for our City," said Heather MacDonald, director
of Strategic Housing Initiatives at the City's Planning and Building Department. "We want
to make sure these units are legal, safe and worry-free for everyone."
The public consultation workshops will help the City develop second unit regulations. Once that
step is complete, the City will develop an information program to help people who are
interested in second units.
This is the first initiative the City is working on to improve housing choices for Mississauga.
It is part of a larger project, Housing Choices: Mississauga's
Affordable Housing Strategy.
"People need a range of housing choices for everyone to feel they belong and we also know
there is a significant need for affordable housing in Mississauga," said MacDonald.
"That's why developing this strategy is a priority in our City's Strategic Plan."
For more information about the second units workshops or to register for a session, visit the
City's Housing Choices website at mississauga.ca/housingchoices,
or contact the City at 905-615-3200, extension 2037.
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses,
including 63 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices.
A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in
the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by
focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money
and maintaining infrastructure.
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Public Affairs Specialist, City of Mississauga
905-615-3200 ext. 3940