The CLRA has been following this City initiative since it was first announced in March this year. We did not make a formal submission but did forward along comments we received from residents, including some who completely oppose the proposal. We understand a couple of changes that were requested will be accommodated in the Final Report:
- The By-law will clearly specify that Garden Suites are to be used as a principal residence (e.g. tenant) and will not be permitted to be used as gyms, studios, offices etc.
- The separation requirement between the back wall of the principal residence and the garden suite does not have to meet the minimum separation proposed if it is to be constructed on the foundation of an existing ancillary building, e.g. garage
The Final Report to the PHC will be available on January 5 and we will publish it on the CLRA website.
The Planning and Housing Committee will meet at 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday January 12 and will receive comments from the public at the meeting or prior thereto. This meeting will be held on-line and can be viewed at the time through www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive. If you wish to address the committee meeting directly, please register by email to or by phone at 416-397-4579, no later than 12:00 p.m. on January 11, 2022.
You may also send written comments to the Planning and Housing Committee. Send written comments:
by email to
or by mail to
City Clerk, Attention: Nancy Martins, Administrator PHC
100 Queen Street West, 10th Floor West Tower
Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
Note that any submission will appear on the City’s website and will include your address, phone number and email address unless you expressly request the City to remove this information.
.For your information, the members of City Council on the Planning and Housing Committee are:
As we come to the end of what has been the very difficult year of 2021, the CLRA wishes all a Happy New Year and our best wishes for a healthy 2022 and a return to normalcy in our lives.
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BACKGROUND TO GARDEN SUITES