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​BILD Municipal Benchmarking Study

The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) is the voice of the home building, residential and non-residential land development and professional renovation industries in the Greater Toronto Area.

The BILD Municipal Benchmarking Study for the GTA, published in September 2020,  reveals that the way in which a new housing project moves through a municipality's approvals process can have a significant impact on housing affordability.

Study Recognizes City of Barrie as #1 Across GTA

The study compares 18 municipalities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and ranks the City of Barrie as doing the best overall job. The City's top GTA ranking is based on three categories that affect housing affordability:

  • Planning features
  • Approvals timelines
  • Government charges

See How Planning Works for some information about planning in Ontario and how the City of Barrie operates.

Key Insights of the Study

  • The City of Barrie provides some of the greatest transparency throughout the approvals process.
  • Barrie has one of the shortest timelines for approvals at an average of 12 months per project.
  • The City is tied in first place for offering the most amount of planning features, such as application tracking tools and development guides.
  • The Simcoe region, including Barrie, leads the way overall in attracting Ontarians to settle locally, including in the 25–44 age category.

Study Highlights City's Growth Management Work

The September 2020 BILD Municipal Benchmarking Study highlights the work the City has been doing to support population and community growth in co-ordination with City Council's strategic priorities of:

  • Building strong neighbourhoods
  • Offering a safe & healthy city
  • Offering innovation & citizen driven services

The City of Barrie's population is forecast to grow from approximately 150,000 in 2020 to 253,000 by 2041 and 298,000 by 2051. Preparing for growth means prioritizing issues like housing affordability and ensuring, through transparency and development tools, that we make the approvals process for new housing as seamless as possible.

Housing is but one element of the City's Growth Management Strategy and the City is committed to making connections between development approvals, infrastructure and financial analysis.

Housing affordability also contributes to our goal of creating complete communities—areas to live where people can also find good jobs and great places to shop and enjoy life.

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