New website tracking building progress in Barrie

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The City of Barrie is on its way to reaching the provincial target of 23,000 housing units by 2031. Since Jan. 1, 2023, until the end of December, the city had 1,809 housing starts, exceeding the annual provincial target of 1,687.

A new web page was launched this week to track Barrie’s building and planning progress.

“Barrie has prioritized and welcomed growth and development,” said Mayor Alex Nuttall. “We have invested in a robust infrastructure plan to support growth and the building of additional homes.

“We are now making our building progress public on our website.”

Monthly building reports are also posted on the public website.

In February 2023, Barrie agreed to a provincial target of building 23,000 housing units by 2031 and planning approvals have been issued for 14,641.

barrie building statsOne of City Council’s key strategic priorities (2022–2026) is creating an Affordable Place to Live, which includes:

  • Encouraging a range of housing options to make housing attainable
  • Ensuring an “open for business” environment to help encourage job creation
  • Developing and attracting talent to support our employers

To see current updates on Barrie’s building and planning targets and monthly building reports, visit


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