City-wide meeting on laneway suites in Toronto (Inside Toronto)

In an article published on December 2, 2016, Inside Toronto discusses the upcoming city-wide consultation to discuss increasing housing options with Laneway Suites this December 5 from 7-9pm. 

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City-wide meeting on laneway suites in Toronto (Inside Toronto)

Laneway housing currently not permitted under Toronto's zoning bylaw

Craig Race, co-founder of Lanescape, listens to ideas and informs the community about the opportunities and challenges with laneway suites as a form of housing Monday, Nov. 28, at St. Mary's Catholic school. A city-wide consultation on opening the door to laneway suites in Toronto is set for Monday, Dec. 5 at the Evergreen Brickworks. - Dan Pearce/Metroland


A city-wide consultation on opening the door to laneway suites in Toronto is set for Monday, Dec. 5 at the Evergreen Brick Works.

Hosted by Lanescape, Evergreen, Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon and Ward 18 Councillor Ana Bailao, the meeting will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the BMO Atrium, 550 Bayview Ave. All are welcome.

Recently, proponents of laneway suites have been working to advance the dialogue around housing options for laneways in Toronto. 

At this time, laneway suites are not permitted under the existing zoning bylaw and have only been considered on a case-by-case basis. 

“Toronto has more than 2,400 publicly owned laneways, covering more than 250 linear kilometres of public space, which have the potential to become more active, useful spaces in our urban fabric. Unlocking these assets is a key part of creating safe, accessible spaces for residents to enjoy,” McMahon said in a Nov. 15 release.

Bailao went on to say that laneway suites could help increase the city’s housing supply in a “Responsible, sustainable manner and provide additional rental opportunities for Torontonians.”

“They can reshape our thinking about secondary suites, looking beyond the traditional basement apartment as a way to provide extra income or as a place for adult children, empty nesters and caretakers to live close to their family support networks,” she said in the release.

Through a survey, which can be found online at and city-wide consultations, an expert team will gather feedback from residents so that the City of Toronto, City Planning and Toronto and East York Community Council can consider the development of laneway suites in Toronto and East York District.

For more information, contact Abby Ramcharan at McMahon’s office at 416-392-1376 or [email protected], Robert Cerjanec at Bailao’s office at 416-338-5274 or [email protected], Jo Flatt at Evergreen at 416-596-1495, ext. 345 or [email protected], or Craig Race at Lanescape at 416-647-823-6877 or [email protected]

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