Toronto residents invited to share their views on multi-tenant houses

The City of Toronto is holding a series of public consultation meetings on proposed regulations for multi-tenant houses – commonly referred to as rooming houses.City Council endorsed a three-year pilot project last fall to introduce a temporary zoning bylaw to allow multi-tenant houses in five areas of the city where they currently are not permitted.The area boundaries for the pilot project are:• Highway 401, Morrish Road, Military Trail (Wards 43, 44)• Finch Avenue West, Martin Grove Road, Humber College Boulevard (Ward 1)• Finch Avenue West, Assiniboine Road, Black Creek Drive, Keele Street (Ward 8)• Finch Avenue East, Leslie Street, Highway 404, Fairview Mall Drive (Ward 33)• Steeles Avenue, Highway 404, Highway 401, Markham Road (Wards 39, 40, 41)At the meetings, members of the public will learn about the proposed zoning approach and licensing strategy and will be asked to provide input on:• how multi-tenant houses should be zoned• the maximum number of rooms allowed in a multi-tenant home, and• what requirements multi-tenant operators should have in place (such as site plan, waste management plan and parking plan).Public consultation meetings will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in pilot areas where multi-tenant homes are not permitted. Date and location:• Wednesday, June 7, James Cardinal McGuigan Catholic High School, Cafeteria, 1440 Finch Ave. W.Residents unable to attend a meeting are invited to fill out an online survey to provide their views on the proposed regulations.Staff of Municipal Licensing & Standards and City Planning expect to report on findings from the consultations this fall.More information and the survey are available at

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