Town Launches Rapid Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Deployment Program with Aim to Increase Affordable Housing Supply In Collingwood

The Town of Collingwood has launched the Rapid Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Deployment Program for homeowners interested in building an ADU on their property and renting it out year-round. ADUs are smaller living units that can be within the main dwelling, such as a basement apartment or detached from a home, such as a dwelling above a garage or a fully separate space like a coach house.

“The Rapid ADU Deployment Program is a neighbours-helping-neighbours approach to addressing the affordable housing crisis. We’re calling on empty nesters, seniors, new homeowners – or anyone who is ‘over-housed’– to consider how that extra space might help folks in our community who are struggling to afford a roof over their head.”

Mayor Yvonne Hamlin

The Rapid ADU Deployment Program is kicking off with the introduction of a grant offering financial incentives between $5,628.62 – $10,628.62 for Collingwood property owners who build an ADU and rent it out year-round for a minimum of five years.

“Adding an ADU can take some investment, but this incentive funding will help address some of the upfront costs and fees related,” says Doug Linton, Chair of the Affordable Housing Task Force. “By agreeing to rent it out year-round, homeowners will help give our year-round working community a place to call home.”

The grant program is divided into two streams:

Rapid ADU Grant #1
A $5,628.62 grant to be provided to the first 20 eligible applicants who receive their Zoning Certificate and Building Permit from the Town of Collingwood (subject to applications) for a new ADU.

Rapid ADU Grant #2 
An additional $5,000 grant will be provided to eligible Grant #1 applicants who take their commitment to affordable housing to the next level by participating in the County of Simcoe’s Second Suites Program, which may provide a forgivable loan of up to $30,000 to property owners who commit to renting at an affordable rate for 15 years.

Property owners will need to have a plan in place before applying for a grant – an approved Zoning Certificate is required in order to apply. Recent provincial legislative changes through Bill 23: The More Homes Built Faster Act has removed some barriers to help create more ADUs in Collingwood and across the Province. A new resource page has been created to capture these changes and share more information about what is permitted on residential lots in Collingwood and which Zoning By-Law requirements still stand. However, each site is unique and interested landowners are strongly encouraged to contact Town staff to discuss their project. 

The release of the grant program and web resources are an exciting step forward, and there is more to come this spring, including pre-approved plans for detached ADUs to help simplify choices and speed up approvals for property owners.

Visit  https://www.collingwood.ca/building-business/rapid-adu or reach out via email to ADU@collingwood.ca to learn more.

Rapid ADU Deployment Program Background 

  • In the Town of Collingwood’s Affordable Housing Task Force’s (AHTF) 2021 Report, the AHTF recommended that increasing the supply of ADUs would be the fastest way to deliver more rental housing units to help address the affordable housing crisis.
  • In September 2022, Collingwood Town Council approved the Rapid ADU Deployment Program in principle.
  • In February 2023, the details of the Rapid ADU Deployment Program plan were approved by Council, including budget allocation.

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