Multi-Tenant (Rooming) Houses

Call for Action
Talk with your Councillor
about their City Council Vote on Oct 1!
FoNTRA asks that you speak with your Councillor before Fri. Oct 1 to ask that they oppose the City's present proposal to rezone all Toronto neighbourhoods to permit Multi-Tenant Houses and expand the scope to additional housing forms.

Based on the current proposal, modifications are needed to make this program cost effective, monitored, evaluated and successful. City Council needs to instruct Staff to revise the proposal, the plan and the proposed zoning by-law amendments for resubmission to the Planning and Housing Committee in 2022.
On June 28th the Planning and Housing Committee approved the expansion of zoning to permit Multi-Tenant Houses across all city neighbourhoods, despite many letters submitted by federations (CORRA, FoNTRA, FoSTRA), individual Residents Associations, as well as Residents and over 50 speakers! 

On July 15th at City Council, many Councillors spoke in opposition to the Multi-Tenant House proposal, as put forward. Realizing that a motion to pass the proposal would Fail, Mayor Tory put forward a motion to Defer the item to the next City Council meeting on Oct 1.
We understand the MTH Review team will NOT be presenting a revised proposal. It appears Mayor Tory will be re-presenting the original proposal, perhaps thinking some Councillors will change their vote based on discussions with the Mayor and City officials.
It is critical that residents' associations across the City talk with their Councillor before Oct 1 asking for his/her support to NOT approve the program, as proposed. Ask your Councillor for a DEFERRAL or NO vote.

Residents' Associations - talk with your Councillor before Oct 1!
Ask your Councillor for a Deferral or No vote 
Prepare a letter to City Council  ( 
Points you can use in the discussion with your Councillor:
  • The City today does not effectively inspect and enforce compliance for licensed and illegal operations in currently-zoned areas (Toronto and some parts of East York and Etobicoke).
  • The City today does not effectively deal with illegal operations in areas not zoned for rooming houses.
  • Why expand zoning across more residential zoning categories (adding duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, apartments including condominiums) and in ALL neighbourhoods across the City when the current problems are not dealt with?
  • Additional staffing and funding is needed now to improve inspection and enforcement but the current plan would not add resources until late 2022/early 2023 to now service ALL neighbourhoods in the City.
  • The proposed implementation plan is not feasible - the current situations have to be brought under control and success evaluated before expansion of the program/zoning across ALL neighbourhoods.
  • The 2016 Consultation Report proposed five Pilots for illegal operations in not-zoned areas, supported by temporary by-law changes - this proposal should be revisited as a phased-approach.
  • The proposed zoning by-laws need to be carefully reviewed to determine if it is appropriate to rezone across ALL Residential zone categories with specific reviews of duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, and apartment buildings including condominiums.
  • The initiative needs to be carefully phased and each phase evaluated by City Council before authorization is given to proceed with the next phase.  
Opinions shared by FoNTRA, FoSTRA and the Councillors who were opposed to this proposal were that the proposal needs to be revised, the implementation plan changed, and the proposed zoning modified. 

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