Policy, Research, Public Consultation and Events

Multi-Tenant House Review

The City is conducting a two-phase review of multi-tenant houses (commonly referred to as rooming houses) to address issues relating to the regulation and condition of multi-tenant houses. Get involved in the process.

About the review

ExpandPublic Consultation Dates in pilot areas

Public Consultation Dates in Pilot Areas:

Learn about the City's proposed zoning approach and licensing strategy for multi-tenant (rooming) houses and share your thoughts.

The zoning strategy involves setting up five pilots areas where there is a concentration of multi-tenant houses that are not currently permitted. The licensing strategy includes new requirements to protect tenants and mitigate impacts on the neighbourhood.

We are looking for input on:

  • how multi-tenant houses should be zoned
  • maximum number of rooms allowed in a multi-tenant home
  • what requirements multi-tenant operators should have in place (site plan, waste management plan, parking plan, etc)

Pilot areas:

See ward maps.

  1. Highway 401, Morrish Road, Military Trail (Ward 43 & 44)
  2. Finch Avenue West, Martin Grove Road, Humber College Boulevard (Ward 1)
  3. Finch Avenue West, Assiniboine Road, Black Creek, Keele Street (Ward 8)
  4. Finch Avenue East, Leslie Street, Highway 404, Fairview Mall Drive (Ward 33)
  5. Steeles Avenue, Highway 404, Highway 401, Markham Road (Wards 39, 40,41)

Public consultation meetings are being held in the five temporary zoning pilot areas listed above. The meetings will provide information about the proposed zoning approach and licensing changes, as well as provide an opportunity for community dialogue and public feedback.

All meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6

University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Room HW305

1265 Military Trail, Scarborough

Wednesday, June 7

James Cardinal McGuigan Secondary, Cafeteria

1440 Finch Ave W, North York

Monday, June 12

Oriole Community Centre, Multipurpose Room B

2975 Don Mills Rd, North York

 Tuesday, June 13  

Stephen Leacock Community Centre

2520 Birchmount Rd, Scarborough

Thursday, June 15

Elmbank Community Centre, Gym

10 Rampart Road, Toronto

Wednesday, June 21

L'Amoreaux Community Centre, Main Floor

2000 McNicoll Ave, Scarborough


ExpandPublic Consultation Dates in areas where multi-tenant houses are permitted

Public Consultation Dates in areas where multi-tenant houses are permitted

We are looking for feedback on the licensing strategy for multi-tenant houses, including new requirements on operators to help protect health and safety of tenants and mitigate neighbourhood impacts.

Proposed additional requirements include multi-tenant operators providing:

  • A property maintenance plan
  • Site or floor plans
  • A waste management plan
  • A parking plan
  • Written confirmation on the maximum number of tenants of the multi-tenant house 
Date and TimeLocation
Wednesday, June 14
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Jimmie Simpson Community Centre, Multipurpose Room

870 Queen St E, Toronto

Tuesday, June 20
6 to 8 p.m.

Lillian H. Smith Library, Auditorium

239 College Street, Toronto

Thursday, June 22
6 to 8 p.m.

Parkdale Library

1303 Queen Street West, Toronto

Tuesday, June 27
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wellesley Community Centre, Room A

495 Sherbourne St, Toronto

ExpandBackground on Multi-Tenant House Review

What is a multi-tenant house?

A multi-tenant house can include a house, apartment or building where you share a kitchen and/or washroom with four or more people that pay individual rent. It is an important part of the affordable rental housing stock and provides single-room accommodation to diverse tenants including students, seniors, new immigrants and low/moderate income residents. Learn more about rooming houses and how they are regulated in Toronto here.

Multi-tenant House Review

In 2014, a phrased review of multi-tenant houses (commonly referred to as rooming houses) was launched. The first phrase of the review included extensive consultations that drew 1,500 participants from across the City with 559 people attending neighbourhood meetings and 127 tenants and stakeholders participated in focus group meetings. There was also 742 respondents to an online survey.

The consultation process informed a staff report that was submitted to Executive Committee on October 26, 2016. Recommendations included a proposed zoning and licensing strategy for further consultation.

Between June and September, staff will complete research, analysis, and consultation with stakeholder groups, and the general public. A report will be submitted to Executive Committee in September with the consultation feedback and recommendations. 

The review is being undertaken in three overlapping phases:

  • Phase 1: Research and Analysis – January to August 2017
  • Phase 2: Public and Stakeholder Consultations –June 2017
  • Phase 3: Report to Executive Committee – September 2017

Multi-tenant House Review - work to date

  • Reported to Executive Committee on the results of the Phase 1 public consultation, and the proposed strategy in October 2016. The strategy included proposed zoning approach, enhanced licensing and improved enforcement.
  • Developed a proposed strategy for the city based on consultation findings, jurisdictional scan, and other research.
  • Completed Phase 1 of the public consultation and stakeholder engagement in spring 2015
  • Completed scan of multi-tenant house regulations in other jurisdictions
  • Commissioned Ipsos Reid questionnaire on multi-tenant houses in December 2014
  • Created Interdivisional Rooming House Working Group

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