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Premier Ford rules out fourplex construction as-of-right in Ontario despite taskforce recommendation

Allowing the construction of fourplexes as-of-right across the province was a recommendation by the Ford government's own housing affordability taskforce.

Published Mar 21, 2024 at 4:02pm

Barbara Patrocinio
Barbara Patrocinio
Premier Ford rules out fourplex construction as-of-right in Ontario despite taskforce recommendation
Ontario Premier Doug Ford looks on during an announcement at Pinewood Toronto Studios announcing a deal with Amazon MGM Studios, in Toronto, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Premier Doug Ford on Thursday shut down rumours about his government moving to permit fourplexes as-of-right across the province, saying opposition from residents would be too significant.

Both the provincial Liberals and Greens have called on Ford to permit the construction of fourplexes without requiring additional municipal approvals. It was also a recommendation by his government's housing affordability taskforce and something the Trudeau government has called on municipalities to put forward in exchange for accessing funding from its housing accelerator fund.

But on Thursday, the premier ruled out the idea, crediting the decision to push back from residents.

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