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Mary Dawson-Cole named new Director, Municipal and Stakeholder Relations

It is with great pleasure we announce MPAC’s new Director of Municipal and Stakeholder Relations, Mary Dawson-Cole. Mary has been with the organization for 25 years, has held various management roles and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this new role. We are looking forward to the thoughtful insights and leadership that Mary will bring to her new position.


Home Improvement Movement

For the second straight year Ontario saw a significant increase in total residential building permits, with more than 122,000 building permits issued across Ontario in 2021 for new development as well as home improvement. This represents a 15% increase from the previous year – continuing a trend that saw a 9% increase from the year before.

Residential home improvement permits were also up by 18%, to nearly 70,000. These permits were for home improvements including renovations/additions, swimming pools, sheds, garages and decks.


By the numbers: Ontario’s top municipalities for 2021 home improvements 

For the second straight year, the City of Brampton topped the list for home improvements, with 7,382 residential home improvement permits in 2021. This represents a 29% increase from the previous year – continuing a trend that saw a 70% increase from 2019. Brampton was also the provincial leader in renovations/additions building permits, issuing 7,133 such permits, an increase of 29% from the previous year.   

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Residential Shed Permits up 18%

Amid the continued surge in renovations, sheds were a popular home improvement in 2021, according to analysis of Ontario building permits. We counted 4,223 residential shed permits issued in 2021, an increase of 18% over the previous year. To require a permit, a shed must be a minimum size, so this category includes large, stylish sheds that have become increasingly popular as separate living/workspace or backyard getaway.

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2021 Annual Report Now Available 

The past year’s focus has been on asking ourselves who we are as an organization, what role we play in Ontario and looking at how we can do more to help communities overcome obstacles that impact municipal and business operations. With the province-wide assessment update on pause, MPAC took the year as an opportunity to focus on the other ways we provide value, and reflect on how we can improve our services. 


Introduction to MPAC's Annotated Assessment Act 

If you are a new or seasoned municipal practitioner of assessment law, or a municipal employee interested in gaining a better understanding of the cases that define assessment law in Ontario, this webinar is for you.


Join MPAC’s subject matter experts for an introduction of the new Annotated Assessment Act (AAA), a comprehensive, time-saving tool that can be used to conduct legal research and bring prior legal decisions into daily practice. 

Date: May 5, 2022

Time: 1 to 2 p.m. EST 


Enumeration Update:

Product Canvassing, Data Products, and Voters’ List Revisions

A session for Clerks and Elections staff, and a part of our commitment to support your preparation for the upcoming 2022 municipal, school board and DSSAB elections. 

Join MPAC’s Enumeration team for an update on:

  • and the opportunity to promote this voter confirmation tool to ensure a more accurate PLE;
  • Canvassing for enumeration product requirements and redirect messaging;
  • Production and delivery of electoral products including the PLE;
  • Production and delivery of the Exceptions Files to support currency of information for your voter’s list; and
  • Submitting Voters’ List Revisions to MPAC following the election.

Date: May 19, 2022

Time: 1 to 2 p.m. EST 


View the schedule of upcoming municipal webinars on and view recordings of all past webinars on our YouTube channel.


As COVID-19 continues to impact communities across Ontario, our offices remain closed to the public. We continue to be available to take your calls and assist you online – please contact us.


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