The City of Toronto wants to increase density in all neighbourhoods by a By-Law Amendment to permit multiplexes in all residential neighbourhoods of Toronto.

There will be a significant impact on the historical character and streetscape of our neighbourhood when existing houses are demolished or renovated and repurposed as multiplexes.

Multiplexes are defined as 2, 3, or 4 units in a single building. This housing type is also referred to as a duplex, triplex, or fourplex. These homes could be rental or condominium units and they could either be in the form of converted houses or purpose-built as a multiplex.

Key changes proposed in the zoning by-law amendments:

  • Permit multiplex building types in Residential Detached, Residential Semi-Detached and Residential Townhouse zones
  • Exempt multiplex building types from Floor area to Lot Size (FSI) regulations
  • Permit maximum building depth of up to 19.0 meters (62 ft)
  • Permit a maximum building height of 12 meters (40 ft) which may allow for a 4 storey multiplex
  • Set a minimum side yard set back of 0.9 meters (3 ft)
  • Permit up to two porches/decks/balconies​ per dwelling unit
  • Lift restrictions on multiple front entrances for secondary suites
  • Parking spaces may be reduced to accommodate the larger building
  • Amend thermal efficiency values (U values) to permit up to 4 units in all residential zones

The zoning amendment would not change these standards:

  • Front and rear yard setbacks
  • Landscaped open space

All of the above may be exceeded through “minor adjustment” applications to the Committee of Adjustment. As reported on January 22, the passage of Bill 23 at the end of last year made it easier to proceed with development applications through the Committee of Adjustment

Recommended Zoning By-Law Amendment

The Planning and Housing Committee will consider these policies during a Public Meeting  to be held on Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 2:30 pm – City Hall, Committee Room 1, Second Floor and by Video Conference.

The CLRA welcomes all members of our community to contact us () with your comments and suggestions and to let us know if you want to participate in our submission to the City.