Ontario’s housing supply progress

Ontario is one of the fastest growing places in North America. From July 1, 2022 to July 1, 2023, we grew by nearly half a million people. As Ontario grows, we need to build more homes.

109,011

new homes started construction in 2023, including housing starts, long-term care and additional residential units

Nearly 19,000

new rental units started construction in 2023, the most on record

37 out of 74

Task Force report recommendations implemented or in-progress

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Tracking housing progress

Housing supply

Find out how many new homes municipalities are getting built.

Housing Affordability Task Force

The Task Force report includes 74 recommendations to address the housing supply crisis.

What we’ve done so far

These are just a few of the many actions we’ve taken to increase Ontario’s housing supply.

For renters

  • Implementing a 2.5% cap in 2023 and 2024 on rent increases for rent controlled units — well below the rate of inflation.
  • Building more rental housing, with rental housing starts hitting the highest level on record in 2023.
  • Removing the provincial portion of the HST on new purpose-built rental construction.

For municipalities

  • Creating the $1.2 billion Building Faster Fund to incentivize municipalities to get more homes built.
  • Investing up to $350 million to help municipalities modernize and streamline their approval processes.
  • Adding more adjudicators and staff at the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) to reduce the backlog of Ontario Municipal Board legacy cases by more than 80%.

For home-buyers and home-owners

  • Prioritizing Ontario families and homebuyers by expanding the Non-Resident Speculation Tax province-wide and increasing the rate to 25%.
  • Protecting new home buyers by applying new standards to builders and increasing fines for unethical behaviour.
  • Increasing gentle density so up to 3 residential units are now permitted on most residential lots, without needing a by-law amendment.
Residential units permitted on residential lots

A diagram of a residential lot that shows three permitted units indicated by numbers: 1. Main floor unit, 2. Basement unit, 3. Garden or laneway suite

For communities

  • Committing $4.4 billion over the past 3 years in community and supportive housing programs.
  • Making it easier to build more affordable and non-profit housing by eliminating development-related charges for these important types of housing.
  • Creating the new Homelessness Prevention Program, which simplifies access to provincial housing and homelessness supports.

Housing innovation guides

Guides about navigating the building process

As a homeowner, property owner or landlord, use these guides to navigate design and building processes. With these innovative approaches, we can help create more housing supply, including rental units, to make housing more affordable.

Guides about navigating innovative housing options

Fresh approaches to housing and homeownership give people more choices. Use these guides to explore different housing options.