Growth, Settlement, Housing and Employment

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Growth, settlement, housing and employment are core features of our communities that situate where and how we live. They are our homes, workplaces, and current and future neighbourhoods. By looking at where and how our communities develop and grow we can allow our population to increase while promoting complete communities. We have many tools available to help guide the next chapter of our Town’s evolution and situate the type of change we want to see in Caledon. One of the key tools we can use to help guide growth is the Town’s Official Plan.

Caledon has been identified by the Ontario Government and the Region of Peel as a community that will grow as it receives additional population in the future. We need to plan where these new residents will live and how to best accommodate growth to provide current and future residents with a robust set of opportunities.

One way we can accommodate this growth is by expanding our settlement boundaries. Settlement boundary expansions are discouraged in our ecologically sensitive areas, including in the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine, and Niagara Escarpment. Outside of these ecologically sensitive areas, we have land that may be used for future settlement expansions. We need to balance these expansions with the existing land use, including our agriculture, heritage buildings, and employment lands.

We can also accommodate growth by encouraging development to occur in our existing communities. Allowing increased density in our established communities can help support existing businesses, services, and create a more vibrant Town.

The form of development in our existing communities and in future settlement areas can include a diverse mix of housing forms, businesses, recreational and institutional uses. A variety of housing options will be necessary within new settlement areas and existing residential areas. Housing in different forms and density, whether ownership or rental, and at affordable price ranges will assist in addressing the needs of all of Caledon’s residents (including its seniors, youth and persons with special needs).

We also need to make sure we are considering where our new residents are going to work and support job growth in the Town. By thinking about what types of businesses we want to attract and what they will need to prosper we can set aside land that will meet their needs.

The drivers of the Growth, Settlement, Housing and Employment focus area policy development will be:

  • Provincial Drivers
    • Planning Act, 2019
    • A Place to Grow, 2019
    • Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe 2017
    • Provincial Policy Statement 2014 and Proposed PPS Amendments 2019
    • Strong Communities through Affordable Housing Act, 2011
    • National Housing Strategy
    • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities
  • Region of Peel Official Plan Review Work Plan
    • Growth Plan Conformity
    • Municipal Comprehensive Review
    • Settlement Boundary Expansions
    • Peel Housing and Homelessness Plan (PHHP)
    • Region of Peel Housing Strategy
  • Growth, Settlement, Housing and Employment Work Plan
    • Growth Plan Conformity
    • Peel 2041 Conformity
    • Intensification Study Update
    • Industrial, Commercial, Institutional Study
    • Economic Development Strategy
    • Housing Study – Completed 2017
    • Affordable Housing Strategy – 2020
    • Conformity Review - 2020 to 2021

Growth, settlement, housing and employment are core features of our communities that situate where and how we live. They are our homes, workplaces, and current and future neighbourhoods. By looking at where and how our communities develop and grow we can allow our population to increase while promoting complete communities. We have many tools available to help guide the next chapter of our Town’s evolution and situate the type of change we want to see in Caledon. One of the key tools we can use to help guide growth is the Town’s Official Plan.

Caledon has been identified by the Ontario Government and the Region of Peel as a community that will grow as it receives additional population in the future. We need to plan where these new residents will live and how to best accommodate growth to provide current and future residents with a robust set of opportunities.

One way we can accommodate this growth is by expanding our settlement boundaries. Settlement boundary expansions are discouraged in our ecologically sensitive areas, including in the Greenbelt, Oak Ridges Moraine, and Niagara Escarpment. Outside of these ecologically sensitive areas, we have land that may be used for future settlement expansions. We need to balance these expansions with the existing land use, including our agriculture, heritage buildings, and employment lands.

We can also accommodate growth by encouraging development to occur in our existing communities. Allowing increased density in our established communities can help support existing businesses, services, and create a more vibrant Town.

The form of development in our existing communities and in future settlement areas can include a diverse mix of housing forms, businesses, recreational and institutional uses. A variety of housing options will be necessary within new settlement areas and existing residential areas. Housing in different forms and density, whether ownership or rental, and at affordable price ranges will assist in addressing the needs of all of Caledon’s residents (including its seniors, youth and persons with special needs).

We also need to make sure we are considering where our new residents are going to work and support job growth in the Town. By thinking about what types of businesses we want to attract and what they will need to prosper we can set aside land that will meet their needs.

The drivers of the Growth, Settlement, Housing and Employment focus area policy development will be:

  • Provincial Drivers
    • Planning Act, 2019
    • A Place to Grow, 2019
    • Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe 2017
    • Provincial Policy Statement 2014 and Proposed PPS Amendments 2019
    • Strong Communities through Affordable Housing Act, 2011
    • National Housing Strategy
    • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities
  • Region of Peel Official Plan Review Work Plan
    • Growth Plan Conformity
    • Municipal Comprehensive Review
    • Settlement Boundary Expansions
    • Peel Housing and Homelessness Plan (PHHP)
    • Region of Peel Housing Strategy
  • Growth, Settlement, Housing and Employment Work Plan
    • Growth Plan Conformity
    • Peel 2041 Conformity
    • Intensification Study Update
    • Industrial, Commercial, Institutional Study
    • Economic Development Strategy
    • Housing Study – Completed 2017
    • Affordable Housing Strategy – 2020
    • Conformity Review - 2020 to 2021

Please let us know if you have any questions about the work the Town is undertaking to plan for future growth, settlement, housing and employment. Your questions and the responses from Town staff may be published here to help build awareness.

Questions about growth, settlement, housing and employment?

  • With the current influx of new housing in Caledon East what are the plans for new retail/commercial in the area? Will there be consideration into cheaper and larger grocery stores? new/increased medical? restaurants/fast food? It is frustrating needing to often go towards bolton or brampton for more options and ammenities. Would love to see more locally in Caledon East to alleviate necessary driving. Obviously not interested in complete urban sprawl as I love the community, but more amenities would be great!

    Ctranq89 asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. Through the Official Plan Review a study will be conducted that reviews Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional uses throughout the Town. It will look at existing uses and evaluate the needs of the community to 2041. The study will be undertaken this year and may determine a need for additional retail/commercial uses, etc. 

    As more residents move to Caledon East, there may be increased interest from businesses looking to locate in the community. The number and type of businesses that locate in the community is a decision made by business, however the Town through its land use planning/zoning regulations and other programs is working to make Caledon East an attractive location to both keep the businesses we have and attract new ones. Through these activities we hope to have more amenities for Caledon East residents.  Planning and Economic Development staff are always available to discuss opportunities with potential or existing businesses.

  • re Peel Reg. Density Infographic Can we expect that increasing intensity around May West, where two major highways - GTA West Corridor (if re-announced) and 410 - would increase the need for better transportation OR improved workplace facilities within the Town's boundaries? Regardless of the density and potential job growth, the majority of people living in this area are going to be commuting out of the Town unless some form of office space is created (shared working space) or an adequate method of transportation is provided to residents. A few buses from Brampton might be a stop-gap solution but a more frequent and reliable service will likely be required with the proposed population in this area.

    gew asked 4 months ago

    Mayfield West Phase 2 is being planned at a higher density than other areas within the Town. Phase 2 also has a transit hub planned, which will result in a transit connection to Brampton. An Economic Development Strategy is being completed, which will look at the types of employment the Town wishes to attract. Through work completed at the Regional and local levels, we will look at the location and type of new employment land, which will result in an increase in local jobs.

  • Can you please share the tentative location of the proposed Mayfield West Phase 2

    Sanjay Soni asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your question and for using our new online platform. The existing settlement boundary for Mayfield West Phase 1 and Phase 2 Stage 1 can be viewed here. The next area proposed to be added to the settlement boundary, Mayfield West Phase 2 Stage 2, can be viewed here


    The approval of the Mayfield West Phase 2 Stage 2 settlement expansion is subject to Region of Peel Council approval of Regional Official Plan Amendment (OPA 34) in Q1 2020.  The Town of Caledon is also working to finalize the draft local Official Plan Amendment (OPA 255) and to bring it forward for Town of Caledon Council approval in Q3 2020.


    As part of the Region’s and Town’s Official Plan reviews additional land will be required to accommodate growth to 2041 beyond Mayfield West Phase 2. Additional land in Mayfield West and/or other areas within the Town may be designated for future growth. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

  • Given the tight housing circumstances, can we consider making second dwellings on properties of size permissible? Multi-generational families are becoming more common, and for the aging generations (we're now in our seventies), the possibility of being able to stay on our property and not be in assisted-living or nursing homes is very desirable. It also is a lot less burdensome on taxpayers.

    Gordon Michael Finnigan asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question. The Town’s Zoning By-law does not currently permit a second dwelling unit on any properties within the Town, although consideration may be given for such through submission of a development application for consideration in preserving a heritage home, for farm help, or for a garden suite. Second units, such as accessory apartments, are permitted as of right within dwellings within specific zones subject to certain criteria such as maximum size. Through recent changes to the Planning Act, the province has directed that two residential units be permitted within existing houses, and that separate dwelling units be permitted. Through the Official Plan review and subsequent Zoning by-law review, this provincial direction will be reflected in municipal documents.

    Through the Official Plan review we are also exploring how best to achieve a range of housing types, including a need for seniors housing, smaller units, and more affordable housing. We hope to plan for a more diverse housing supply, which will accommodate for residents of all ages to live in Caledon.

  • How can I determine that AFFORDABLE SENIOR HOUSING in being developed in the near future? Rental accommodation at $3,500. per month is not an answer. Condo purchases at $500,000. is not an answer. Thanks

    boblewis01 asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for engaging with us through our new platform. Your comments are noted. As part of the Official Plan review, the Town conducted the Town of Caledon Housing Study in 2017, which provided base line information about housing options needed in the Town going forward. Affordable housing such as rental and ownership for younger adults as well as seniors was both identified as priorities. To further our work and to gain a better understanding of the issues around affordability, we will be undertaking an Affordable Housing Study, which will look at available incentives, alternative housing options (such as tiny homes, co-housing and home share) and other opportunities for the Town to ensure affordable housing can be made available. The Town is working closely with the Region of Peel on this matter especially through its work with the Peel Housing and Homelessness Plan and Region’s Official Plan Review. Should you have any further questions please contact marisa.williams@caledon.ca.