Multi-Tenant House (MTH) Zoning Approach Public Consultation

The City of Toronto has begun the second phase of the study on Multi-Tenant House Zoning Approach. Previously known as the Rooming House review, the Multi-Tenant House Zoning Approach is proposing a 3-year pilot project which will introduce a temporary zoning by-law to allow multi-tenant houses in 5 selected areas of the city where they are currently not permitted – Scarborough is one of the area. Multi-Tenant houses are currently unlicensed in Scarborough, North York and parts of Etobicoke. The area proposed for the temporary use by-law is: Steeles Ave., Highway 404, Highway 401, Markham Rd, which encompass most of Ward 39, 40, 41 and some of the adjoining wards.

In the proposed by-law, a multi-tenant house is a building containing more than three dwelling rooms, provided for a fee or other consideration. A dwelling room is a room used for living accommodation and may contain private sanitary facilities (such as a bathroom) but not cooking facilities (such as a kitchen).

It has been found that licensed MTHs are decreasing in areas where they are permitted (mostly in the former City of Toronto and some parts of Etobicoke).

A public consultation meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at L’Amoreaux Community Centre, Main Floor, 2000 McNicoll Ave., Scarborough.

For more information on the current round of consultation, please visit