Ontario Construction News staff writer
Construction is at an all-time high in Mississauga. In the first quarter of 2023, with 1,088 building permits for new construction totaling 2,171 residential units. The strong start to the year comes on the heels of a record-setting number of permits approved in 2022.
“This data shows that our housing plan is working,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We’re doing everything we can to make it easier for the building industry to get shovels in the ground and cranes in the sky.
“Mississauga is ready and willing to grow, and as we do, we’ll keep working with our development partners to ensure we deliver walkable, livable, communities that meet the needs of those moving to Mississauga for the first time – and those who have been living here for many years.”
In the last three years, Mississauga has approved about 80 per cent of all development applications submitted to council. To date, Mississauga has 39 construction cranes in the sky – a record for the city.
While residential construction made up the bulk of the permits issued in 2022, there was a significant jump in non-residential projects as well. The total construction value of permits issued is:
- Residential construction: $1.7 billion (up from $1.4 billion in 2021)
- Non-residential construction: $834,701 (up from $642,188 in 2021)
“With a strong start to 2023, and building permits issued for more $2.5 billion in construction last year, I’m confident that our efforts are helping to increase the supply of housing in our City,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “Going forward, we expect even more activity as we continue to roll out our recently approved housing action plan which will help the City meet new provincial housing targets.”
Highlights of the permits approved/issued for new buildings in 2022 include:
- 6,491 residential units
- 8 commercial buildings
- 25 industrial buildings
- 4 institutional buildings (hospitals, schools, churches, etc.)
The Action Plan for New Housing outlines five goals and 23 actions to get more homes built, streamline building approvals and make homes more affordable.
Mississauga’s planning data hub tracks development trends, including information on population forecasts, demographics, development applications, growth forecasts and other current and historical planning data.