Project: 247 Drewry Ave, North York, ON,M2M 1E3,

Program Overview

The Toronto City Council has approved a plan allowing for the construction of multi-unit residences to meet the growing demand for housing.

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Project Co-Founder: Lin,Hua,Chen,Xue

247 Drewry Ave, North York, ON,M2M 1E3

The concept for this project is to create five units within the existing home and a new garden suite.

Design work encompasses interior renovations to the main house and a new-construction garden suite, as indicated below.


Our scope of work includes design services for the following project elements:

Main House

  • 4 units, each appx. 2,700sq.ft.
  • Open concept living-dining-kitchen
  • Up to 5 bedrooms per unit, each with ensuite washrooms and space for kitchenettes· In-unit laundry and mechanical systems·Individual entrances, no common space

 Garden Suite

  • By-law maximum size w/ basement
  • 4 bedroom minimum, ensuites are preferred. In-unit laundry and mechanical systems

Site Design

  • Minimum 6 car parking
  • Dedicated outdoor space for each unit


Toronto's Ambitious
Housing Growth Plan:

285,000 New Units in 8 Years, a 23% Increase

Housing Challenges and Government Response

  • Anticipating 70,000 new residents by 2051, Toronto faces escalating housing prices and rents, highlighting affordability issues.
  • The government approves the conversion of detached houses into four units and commits to constructing 285,000 new housing units in the next eight years.

Approval of Multi-Unit Residential Construction

  • On May 10th, the council voted 18:7 in favor of allowing multi-unit residential construction in all communities.
  • Independent houses can be demolished, replaced with low-rise housing containing two, three, or four units, enhancing housing diversity in various regions. 

Construction Challenges and Solutions

The city implements a multifaceted strategy to address construction challenges.

    • Revision of official planning, zoning, and criteria
    • Strengthening key growth areas
    • Advancing housing policy initiatives
    • Training and industry strategies for building market capacity
    • Utilizing public land to increase housing supply
    • Safeguarding existing rental housing stock

Implementation Details, Collaboration, and Conclusion

  • Implementation through the “2022-2026 Housing Action Plan” and the “2020-2030 Housing Action Plan.”
  • Facing uncontrollable factors, collaboration with other levels of government and community engagement is crucial.
  • The initiatives will reshape the delivery of new housing, and comprehensive collaboration is essential to ensure the realization of housing goals.


Addressing Toronto's
Rental Housing Gap

Ambitious Plan to Construct 65,000 Units Faces Funding Challenges

Toronto's Ambitious Housing Plan

  • City Council Overwhelmingly Approves Bold Affordable Housing Construction Plan
  • Funding Challenges Pose a Barrier to Current Government Housing Initiatives
  • Mayor Olivia Chow aims to invest $36 billion over the next seven years to build 65,000 rental units.
  • The proposed budget is not currently allocated in the municipal budget, sparking intense debates on funding sources.

Budget Breakdown and Government Support


      • Government secures funds for 4,455 housing units; additional 60,545 units require an estimated $28.6 to $31.5 billion.
      • Approximately $800 million annually is expected from federal and provincial governments, with a plea for immediate federal action.

Council Approval and Varied Housing Approaches

  • City Council votes 24-1 to build 65,000 rental units by 2030, addressing the critical need for controlled rental housing.
  • Diverse housing strategies proposed, raising questions about the city’s role as a builder on public land, potentially excluding private developers.
  • Debate centers around the city government’s capability as a public builder, with concerns about efficiency, speed, and cost.

Council's Humanitarian Call and Land Usage Strategies

    • City Council signs a letter and motion urging the federal government to open military facilities as shelters.
    • Mayor Chow highlights the urgent need for federal and provincial support to address the homelessness crisis, with 300 nightly rejections.
    • Council votes to consider using city-owned land for permanent or temporary housing.
    • A report on this matter is expected from city officials by April 2024, exploring the possibility of acquiring surplus school board properties for shelter purposes.