Affordable Housing

East Gwillimbury – Affordable Housing

Type: Residential

Address: East Gwillimbury, Ontario

East Gwillimbury Affordable Housing

Transitional Housing Shelter Built in 7 Months

Structural assembly of York Region’s 18-unit supportive housing project for individuals experiencing homelessness in the Town of East Gwillimbury was quickly completed in just 7 months in the middle of winter. It began welcoming residents in the Fall of 2022.

The 2-storey cross-laminated mass timber (CLT) building called “Passage House” employs the optimized and repeatable mass timber structural solution developed by Element5 and Edge Architects. Element5 worked closely with the architect to develop an optimized CLT grid based on our St. Thomas manufacturing plant’s production specs.

Prefabricated Mass timber Speeds Construction

The decision to use prefabricated mass timber components for both the structure and building envelope significantly reduced the construction schedule. This modular delivery method, where building components are factory-built and then rapidly assembled on site, offers cost savings over a strictly site-built project.

Off-site construction provides other benefits, too, including enhanced sustainability, predictable timelines, controlled expenses, reduced construction noise and other neighbourhood disruptions, more efficient use of material and labour resources, and improved worker health and safety.

Blue Door operates the building and provides individualized support to the residents to help them live independently and to move them into permanent housing. The structure is also highly sustainable, thermally efficient, and features exposed wood throughout the build to promote health and wellness.

The project was completed under the Federal Government’s Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI).

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About East Gwillimbury – Affordable Housing

Architect / Designer

East Gwillimbury, ON, Canada


The Regional Municipality of York


Assembly Corp. (formerly R-Hauz)


Full engineering for timber above grade; supply and coordination of installation of the mass timber structure including stairwell, elevator core and building envelope; design and supply of timber connections.


MTE Consultants

Assembly team

Timmerman Timberworks

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