Jul 04, 2013
This week, City Council approved a plan to legalize second units in Mississauga. Ontario
laws now require municipalities to allow second units in homes. These units are also
known as basement apartments, in-law suites and secondary suites.
With our plan, homeowners will be able to make their units safe and legal every city
needs safe, affordable housing for people to feel they belong, said Ed Sajecki, the Citys
commissioner of Planning & Building. The Citys second units plan will help to improve
affordable housing in Mississauga.
Sajecki said the Official Plan amendment and zoning bylaw changes approved by Council permit
second units in homes. The units must meet Ontario Building Code standards. Council
also approved a licensing program, and will consider a proposed bylaw to support the program in
the fall. If approved, the bylaw will set licensing fees and other requirements, such as
inspections and proof of insurance, for owners who want to rent second units.
The Citys goals for legalizing second units include ensuring safety, preserving
neighbourhood character and maintaining public services, said Heather MacDonald, Director of
Strategic Housing Initiatives. The City held public meetings in 2012 to gather the
publics thoughts and ideas about second units in Mississauga. People could also email
their comments or fill out a survey online. A statutory public meeting required by the
Planning Act was held in early 2013.
The Citys Second Units Implementation Strategy is part of Housing Choices: Mississaugas
Affordable Housing Strategy. A public education program about legal second units in
Mississauga will be available in the fall of 2013. Visit the Citys Facebook page, follow
our Twitter feed #secondunits or visit mississauga.ca/housingchoices
for more information.
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than
54,000 businesses, including more than 60 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 focussing on delivering services, implementing its
Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
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