We’re working to make housing more affordable in our city so Kitchener can be an even better place for everyone to call home. Learn about our advisory committee, project updates and phases.

On this page:

  1. About the strategy
  2. Advisory committee
  3. Project phases and updates
  4. Documents and resources

About the strategy

We know the importance of strong and diverse neighbourhoods where residents can grow and thrive. That’s why we’re developing a new housing strategy and working to make housing across Kitchener more affordable.

We’re working with these groups to find solutions that will increase housing options across the housing continuum:

  • our advisory committee
  • Region of Waterloo
  • community groups
  • members of the non-profit sector
  • development industry

On December 14, 2020, staff presented the recommended strategy to council.

Advisory committee

Our advisory committee is made up of members of the public, city councillors, community partners, development industry professionals, academics, city staff and regional housing staff. This committee has played a key role in building the strategy.

  • public: Kathy Hamilton, Linda Terry, Martin Asling, Margaret Ellis-Young, Karen Taylor-Harrison, Regan Sunshine Brussé, Charles Nichols, Alan Praught, Janice Bock
  • Kitchener city council: Debbie Chapman, Christine Michaud, Dave Schnider, Paul Singh
  • non-profit: Lori Trumper, Elizabeth Clarke, Karen Coviello, Dan Driedger, Aleksandra Petrovic Graonic, Jessica Bondy, Joe Mancini, Al Mills, Carl Cadogan
  • industry: Alex Sumner, Mike Maxwell, George Bikas, Stephen Litt, Tracey Appleton
  • Region of Waterloo: Ryan Pettipiere
  • LHIN: Rhonda Wideman

Project phases and updates

This project has five phases:

  1. project planning
  2. housing needs assessment
  3. issues and options
  4. prepare housing strategy and inclusionary zoning
  5. approval

Learn more about each phase below.

Phase 1: Project planning

In the first phase of this project, we:

  • established a work plan
  • created the advisory committee

For more information, read the staff report.

Phase 2: Housing needs assessment

Staff worked with the advisory committee to develop a housing needs assessment. We brought this assessment to the Community & Infrastructure Services Committee on January 13, 2020.

This report has since been updated with full 2019 data.

For more information, read the staff report.

Phase 3: Issues and options

Identify action options to address housing challenges, identify implications and possible directions of Inclusionary Housing Policy and zoning.

Community stakeholders including members of the public, non-profit community, and the development industry were engaged through an Engage Kitchener Survey and through interviews. Engagement for this phase is now complete.

For more information, read the survey engagement summary.

Phase 4: Prepare housing strategy & inclusionary zoning

Phase 4a

Staff presented the first draft of the housing strategy to council on August 31, 2020. 

Read more:

Phase 4b

Staff brought the Inclusionary Zoning for Affordable Housing: Background and Fiscal Impact Analysis report to the Planning & Strategic Initiatives Committee on September 28, 2020.

For more information, read the staff report.

Phase 5: Approval

Staff presented the recommended Housing Strategy titled, “Housing For All” to Council on December 14, 2020.

Read more:

Documents and resources