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Multi-unit Construction

Staff at construction site

Below is a listing of multi-unit residential construction projects happening in Waterloo. The information provided below is based on city municipal building officials' most recent reports as of the date indicated below. If you would like a more current update, please contact the project developer indicated in the chart below.

Latest building official update

Last updated on Sept. 15 at 4:00 p.m. Recent changes are in bold.

Project nameBuilding addressDescriptionUnitsBedroomsBedrooms completed
The Hub130-1 Columbia St.8-storey residential apartment609090
The Hub130-2 Columbia St.6-storey residential apartment506060
The Hub365-3 Albert St.6-storey residential apartment with commerical on ground floor151515
The Hub365-5, 6 Albert St. 208255255
The Hub130-7, 8, 9 Columbia St.14-storey residential apartment with commercial on ground floor2673510
IN8 - Ivy Towns 2288 Albert St. - A3-storey terrace townhouse building with commercial on the ground floor216262
IN8 - Ivy Towns 2288 Albert St. - B3-storey terrace townhouse building123636
IN8 - Ivy Towns 3338 Albert St.3-storey terrace townhouse building with commercial on the ground floor43127127
IN8 - Sage 6251 Hemlock St.6-storey apartment building with commercial on the ground floor139278278
University of Waterloo165 University Ave.12-storey student residence building 539539
Rez-One254 Phillip St.21-storey apartment building119476476
400 Albert400 Albert St.4-storey residential apartment124848

Total

  

946

2,337

1,986

Building permits and occupancy

City of Waterloo building staff have little influence on the timing of occupancy. While staff can be available at almost any time, including evenings and weekends (with sufficient notice) they are bound by the Ontario Building Code and its referenced applicable law. The code sets out the minimum requirements for building safe and sound buildings and structures. The code addresses structural adequacy, fire and life safety, energy efficiency and promotes a healthy and safe environment for occupancy.

In some cases the code ensures substantial completion prior to occupancy, as is the case in single dwelling units, while in other cases it allows for occupancy of an unfinished building, as is the case in multi-residential buildings and renovations to existing buildings. This is intended to allow ready units to be occupied while unfinished units are completed, and existing buildings to remain occupied during some construction (renovations and additions).

It is important for occupants of multi-residential buildings to understand the conditions of the building at time of occupancy. Not all the common areas need to be completed. The amenity space may not be available for use and there may not even be parking available as these are not conditions for occupancy as regulated by the code. The minimum conditions that an individual occupant expects for the building should be addressed in the contract between the occupant and building owner.

It is the responsibility of the City of Waterloo's chief building official to ensure the minimum standards have been met prior to occupancy of a building or part thereof. It is the responsibility of the occupant to understand this should they choose to rely on the occupancy approval as their confirmation a building is ready for occupancy.