February 26, 2021

What is the Missing Middle? A Toronto housing challenge demystified

By Evergreen & The Canadian Urban Institute

Missing middle describes a range of housing types between single-detached houses and apartment buildings that have gone ‘missing’ from many of our cities in the last 60 to 70 years. Around the world, as cities struggle to find ways to broaden housing choices, create walkable communities, and remain economically competitive, the ‘missing middle’ is increasingly central to their conversations.

From 2017 to 2018, Evergreen’s Housing Action Lab convened a Missing Middle Working Group co-chaired by City of Toronto Deputy Mayor Ana Bailão and the Canadian Urban Institute. One of the initial tasks of the Working Group was to collaboratively create a “made in Toronto” framework for discussing missing middle housing. The purpose of this brief is to bring clarity to the concept of the missing middle and to identify areas to explore solutions for increasing the supply of missing middle housing in Toronto.

Access the resource here.

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