Town Of Collingwood Issues Call for Detached Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Designs

The Town of Collingwood has announced the next phase of the Rapid Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Deployment Program, by issuing a call for detached ADU designs. Interested designers, architects and manufacturers are invited to submit their detached ADU designs for pre-approval by the Town’s Building Department. 

“These pre-approved designs will help streamline the permitting process for homeowners who are interested in building ADUs. We hope that this helps everyone see how an ADU might look and fit on their properties, with the ultimate goal of getting more ADUs built quicker and adding more rental units in our community.”

Mayor Yvonne Hamlin

The Town is seeking prefabricated/modular and conventional construction designs in two categories: small footprint (up to 450 sq. ft.) and family friendly (451 sq. ft. – 807 sq ft.). All designs must meet Ontario Building Code requirements to be considered for pre-approval. The Town encourages manufacturers and designers to consider privacy, architectural context, green building design, and accessibility. 

Designs for this pilot project will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until the first six qualifying designs are selected for pre-approval. Submissions open on Monday, May 29, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. Submission guidelines and requirements can be found at:

Designs that are pre-approved through this program will be showcased on the Town’s website later this year.

Rapid ADU Deployment Program

The Rapid ADU Deployment Program aims to increase the supply of affordable housing in Collingwood by making it easier for homeowners to add ADUs to their properties. This neighbours-helping-neighbours approach helps homeowners contribute to solutions to the housing crisis by increasing the supply of year-round rental housing while earning rental income. Financial incentives are available to help offset fees and start-up costs. More details on Rapid ADU Deployment Program grants can be found at:

About Collingwood 

The Town of Collingwood is a progressive community located in the heart of a four-season recreation area on the southern shore of Georgian Bay. The area is well known for its many natural amenities and its rich heritage. Collingwood is a destination for tourism and many business, sporting, and cultural events Collingwood acts as gateway to the South Georgian Bay region, with stunning landscapes that encourage an active lifestyle, and inspire the local arts and culture community.  Downtown Collingwood might just surprise you with 30 plus restaurants, 60 plus boutique shops, spas for relaxing, live music for grooving…all in the only downtown core recognized in Canada’s Registrar of Historic Places!  More recently, the harbourfront area is emerging as an extension to the downtown district.  Plans for expanding the amenities and events in the harbourfront area promise to make this a much more prominent tourism destination. 

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