• Are environmentally friendly homes being developed in the GTA?

    Our Answer

    Yes. New homes in the GTA exceed minimum standards and regulations for environmental impact, and the industry is continuously improving to meet consumer demands. In general, the Ontario Building Code is the best of its kind in North America when it comes to energy efficiency. The most important thing our homes can do for the…

  • How is land for housing developments chosen?

    Our Answer

    The selection process for housing developments is regulated by municipal zoning and bylaws. It has multiple steps that guide, govern and precede development being approved. Municipalities first develop an official plan that will designate land for growth and development with input from members of the public, developers and other interested groups. Once the plan is…

  • How are communities involved in the development and building process?

    Our Answer

    Communities have multiple opportunities to be involved in the consultation process about developments in their neighbourhoods. However, the ultimate decision-making authority resides with the municipal government who are guided by provincial laws and development requirements. Formal consultations are held when municipalities are developing their official land use plans. Communities are advised of new developments by…

  • How do we know if the right type of housing is being built in the GTA?

    Our Answer

    Demand for specific types of housing is always shifting in response to demographic change, economic conditions, mortgages rules and housing costs. Governments try to plan for future housing needs through policies such as the growth plans. Land developers and home builders also spend a lot of time planning their projects to meet the needs and…

  • Why are developers building so many condominiums instead of houses?

    Our Answer

    There are three primary reasons why there are more high-rise condominium apartments being built today than years prior: government policy, land values and consumer demand. The Ontario government set a policy direction for the GTA and the Golden Horseshoe in 2006 and updated it in 2017 . This policy is called the Growth Plan. The…

  • How do housing and condominium developments get approved?

    Our Answer

    There is a structured and regulated process to decide the kind of housing and the location of new housing in the GTA. The process is governed by the Ontario Planning Act. Some of the key steps in the process include: Official Plans The first level is multiple levels of policy planning (municipal-led studies and plan…