Planning a Community

Family Friendly Housing

The Family-Friendly Housing project is a City of Hamilton initiative that is looking at ways to provide and encourage an adequate supply of housing that is suitable for larger households and families with children. Having enough supply of suitable housing available, as well as designing developments and neighbourhoods in ways that are supportive of families, are key factors in ensuring that housing meets the needs of all citizens.

The term ‘family-friendly housing’ in this context refers to housing that meets the needs of households with children (i.e. parent/guardian or multi-generational family with at least one child).

On September 21, 2021, Planning Committee received staff report PED21207, containing a discussion paper titled Encouraging Family Friendly Housing in Hamilton. The discussion paper outlined numerous planning-related actions for family friendly housing that could be considered for Hamilton.

We want to hear from you!

Visit to provide feedback on the actions outlined in the discussion paper and to develop a family-friendly housing strategy for the City.

Staff will be reporting back to Planning Committee with recommendations on which actions should be pursued further after undertaking consultations. Future steps will include refining the details of the recommended actions and implementation.

Promotion for Family Friendly Housing Survey & Engagement


  • Phase 1: Family Friendly Housing - Proposed Actions Review - Jan to Jul 2022
  • Phase 2: Draft Strategy (Policies, Regulations, Guidelines, etc) - Aug 2022 to Aug 2023
  • Phase 3: Implementation - 2023+

Timeline graphic for Family Friendly Housing

Contact us

Melanie Pham
Senior Planner, Community Planning & GIS
71 Main Street West, 5th Floor
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 6685
Email: [email protected]