Rapid Accessory Dwelling Unit Deployment Program (ADU)

Rapid Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Deployment Program

The Rapid ADU Deployment Program is an initiative that allows individual homeowners to help solve the housing crisis by creating more year-round rental housing and earning rental income.

The Town of Collingwood has a program to addressing the affordable housing crisis.

ADUs are ideal for empty nesters, seniors, new homeowners, and anyone who is “over-housed” with extra space that they aren’t using. Adding an ADU can take effort and investment, but the Town is taking steps to simplify the process and connect you to resources that can help.  

What is an ADU?
An Rapid Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a smaller living unit that can be either within the main dwelling,  like a basement apartment, or separate from the main home such as a dwelling above a garage or a separate coach house.  Most times referred to as an Accessory Dwelling Unit. 

Rapid ADU Deployment Program
The Town of Collingwood’s Affordable Housing Task Force recommended increasing the number of ADUs as the fastest way to provide more rental housing units to address the affordable housing crisis. The Town of Collingwood is aligning the Rapid ADU Deployment Program with recent provincial legislative changes through Bill 23: The More Homes Built Faster Act, which aims to remove barriers and promote the creation of more ADUs in Collingwood and across the Province. 

The program includes four key elements:

  1. One-Window Service: The Town will provide a streamlined process and connect you with the necessary resources to make the ADU creation process easier.
  2. Pre-Approved Designs: The Town has pre-approved designs available to choose from, saving you time and effort.
  3. Financial IncentivesThe Town offers grants to help support you as you create your ADU. 
  4. Landlord Support: The Town will provide resources and guidance for managing and renting out your Acessory Dwelling Unit. 

What type of ADUs are allowed on residential lots in Collingwood?

Bill 23 has made updates to allow for more ADUs on residential lots that have full municipal services, such as Town water and wastewater,  and where primary residential uses are permitted. The Town of  Collingwood Zoning By-law, administered by Planning Services,  is the policy document which provides the details for all dwelling unit types.  Reference section and 4.40 Accessory Apartments  for the associated information.  Some provisions not applicable due to Bill 23. Accessory apartments are now permitted in most single, semi-detached, and townhouse dwellings.

The Town of Collingwood By-law Sections which will provide details around Accessory Dwellings are 4.40 Accessory Apartments, Table 4.33, and 5.1 Parking and Loading Provisions

Discover the housing potential in your own backyard using ADUSearch

ADU Search: Discover the potential in your own backyard

Visit www.adusearch.ca, select Collingwood as your municipality, search your property and, with a click of a button, find out if it meets the minimum zoning bylaw requirements for an attached or detached ADU. ADUSearch is a tool for a general understanding of requirements, we encourage property owners to email ADU@collingwood.ca to confirm zoning details. The platform also provides other valuable information such as the buildable area of the lot and other relevant details, in its user-friendly sidebar. 

ADU Zoning By-law Requirements for Fully Serviced Residential Lots*
The changes made by Bill 23 supersede some of the Town of Collingwood’s existing Official Plan policies and zoning by-law provisions for fully serviced residential lots, while others are still in place. In this snapshot excerpt of the Town of Collingwood’s Zoning By-law related to ADUs, the provisions that are no longer applicable due to Bill 23 have been greyed out. The following sections show the Zoning By-law provisions still apply to ADUs on fully serviced lots. These Zoning By-Law excerpts and explanatory notes are provided for illustrative purposes and do not represent zoning compliance commentary. You are encouraged to email ADU@collingwood.ca to discuss your property and plans. Expand each heading below to learn more. 
*Note: All zoning provisions continue to apply to lots that do not meet the definition of fully serviced residential parcels.