Preserving the diverse character of our neighbourhoods and promoting access to adequate housing for everyone is the objective of the city’s draft By-law for a Diverse Metropolis.
To get a construction permit, all developers of residential projects with an area greater than greater than 450 m2 (equivalent to approximately five dwellings) must sign an agreement with the city to contribute to its supply of social, affordable and family housing.
The developer’s contribution depends on the scope and location of the project. It can take a number of forms, including:
- Transferring land or a building in exchange for a financial contribution
- Building homes that meet certain criteria
- A financial contribution
The by-law is expected to come into force on April 1, 2021.
The by-law was the subject of a major public consultation held by the OCPM in fall 2019.
As it is an urban planning by-law, the law requires that it be submitted for a consultation that is separate from the one held by the OCPM. This consultation will be the final stage of the process.
The public consultation is being held from November 18 to December 7 on the montreal.ca Web site. Take part in the consultation
Definitions: Types of housing
For the purposes of the by-law, a social housing unit is a home whose construction costs are subsidized by the city or the government of Québec.
Social and community housing is developed by cooperatives, non-profit organizations and the Office municipal d’habitation de Montréal.
Affordable housing, which is different from social housing, targets a diverse array of households whose needs aren’t met by the private market. To provide households with these homes, the by-law combines a discount on the market value offered by the developer with various housing subsidy programs that will maintain its long-term affordability.
For the purposes of the by-law, a family housing unit is a home with at least five rooms, including three bedrooms and a residential area that provides sufficient living space for a family.
A family home can be social, affordable or market price.
Find out how to use our contribution calculation tool.