- Community Engagement
On April 30, Toronto City Council approved an expedited plan to build a 250-unit modular housing development to house those who are experiencing homelessness in Toronto.
Modular housing is developed by pre-fabricating units in an offsite facility and transferring the units to the site where they are assembled. This process allows for shorter construction timelines and avoids delays that are typical of traditional construction. Modular housing also provides flexibility to move units to other locations if needed.
The first phase of the Modular Housing Initiative will include 110 pre-fabricated units divided between two sites with an expected occupancy in September 2020. The next phase will include another 140 units with an expected occupancy in April 2021. Both phases will be constructed on City-owned land.
CreateTO is responsible for three aspects of the project, including site selection, procurement and a site plan approval for the sites. CreateTO is working closely with City Planning and the Housing Secretariat, which will be leading the community consultation process for the initiative.
While this is the first modular housing project in Toronto, other cities have used similar methods. Horizon North, the developer set to deliver and install the first phase of the project, has developed hundreds of supportive modular housing units in Vancouver.