Grand Rapids, Michigan scrapped single-family zoning.
In the Greater Golden Horseshoe, approval timelines average one-and-a-half years.
Housing affordability was easily the top issue on the campaign trail.
At last count, the GTA rental vacancy rate was 1.1 per cent.
Horgan government will spend $492 million on 4,900 subsidized rental units.
More than 80 per cent of Canadians live in towns, cities and suburbs.
On average, it takes one-and-a-half years before builders can break ground in Toronto.
Mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart wants to reach 85,000 new housing units over 10 years.
According to a report commissioned by the province, more than 115,000 new housing units were awaiting approval in six Metro Vancouver municipalities.
The cost of buying and renting is driven upward by a scarcity of available homes.