Our History

Our History

Our Story
begins with this simple belief. 

Our story begins in 1955 with a simple belief: that we could build better places to live, work and play, one home and one relationship at a time. Since then, The Minto Group has successfully built a fully-integrated real estate company that can meet the needs of any individual, family, investor or business. We’ve accomplished a lot over the years, and as we continue to celebrate new ventures, milestones, innovations and investments, we’re always looking ahead to what’s possible.

Read on to learn more about our journey over the past 65+ years.

  • 1955

    Minto is born! Founded by four brothers, Minto builds and sells its first home in Ottawa, Ontario.

    • Minto Place
  • 1958

    Originally known as "Mercury Homes", the company officially changes their name to Minto Construction Ltd. in honour of Governor General, The Earl of Minto.

  • 1960

    The company becomes one of the first builders in Ontario to pre-fabricate framing for its houses, using assembly-line techniques to speed up production and improve quality.

  • 1964

    Minto announces the grand opening of the “Bayshore Country Club” - the first recreational/residential country club to service a rental community in all of Canada.

    • The Laurier
  • 1969

    Minto builds Horizon House located in Parkwood Hills in Ottawa – established as Ontario’s first registered high-rise condominium in Canada.

  • 1978

    Minto heads for the sunshine and expands in Florida.

    • Minto Yorkville
  • 1983

    “Chapel Hill”, the enchanting woodland community is officially launched in Ottawa. With over 4,000 homes built, it is still considered to be Minto’s flagship residential community in Ottawa.

  • 1986

    Minto breaks ground on its first foray into the Toronto market: “Optima on the Park”, a luxury 462 unit condominium high-rise complex located in the heart of Scarborough.

  • 1988

    Ottawa’s own “Minto Place” becomes Minto’s most ambitious project. It comprises 1.5 million square feet of space including 2 office buildings, the 418 room Minto Place Suite hotel and two levels of retail space.

    • Minto Yorkville
  • 1989

    Minto headquarters and the Minto Suite Hotel – Minto’s first foray into the local hotel business - is completed in downtown Ottawa.

  • 1990

    “The Township” (Florida) contains over 5,000 homes and becomes recognized as the premier recreational community in South Florida.

  • 1991

    It’s back to Toronto for the opening of “Minto Plaza” located at Bay and Elm Street in the downtown sector. This 2 tower mixed-use complex contains 280,000 sq. ft. of office space, 20,000 sq. ft of retail and 434 condominium apartments, of which 125 are furnished apartments.

  • 1992

    Minto’s “Innova House” is selected as one of 9 demonstrator homes built across Canada. It is designed to meet the goals of energy efficiency, water conservation, environmental quality and waste management.

    • Minto Yorkville
  • 1998

    Minto is chosen as the first inductee – among forty-nine eligible companies – into the Ottawa Carleton Home Builder’s Association Hall of Fame.

    Minto launches an ambitious project in Toronto’s fashionable Yorkville neighbourhood. “The Prince Arthur” is a landmark structure housing 161 condominium mansions.

  • 1999

    Minto builds its 50,000 home!

  • 2000

    Minto receives the Outstanding Philanthropic Regional Corporation Award from the Ottawa Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

  • 2001

    Minto celebrates the completion of its first Minto Dream Home as part of the CHEO Dream of a Lifetime Lottery. Minto has built this grand prize home annually ever since.

    • Minto Yorkville
  • 2003

    Minto Yorkville, our first luxury rental property opens in Toronto.

  • 2004

    The Metropole stands tall as Minto’s tallest residential high rise in Ottawa.

    Minto chairman and CEO, Roger Greenberg, is named Ottawa Business Journal’s CEO of the Year.

  • 2006

    Radiance at Minto Gardens in Toronto become the first high-rise residential condominium to be LEED Canada certified.

  • 2007

    Minto Roehampton in Toronto becomes the first LEED Gold Multi-residential Building in Canada.

    • Minto Yorkville
  • 2008

    Minto becomes the first to be named Green Builder of the Year by the Ontario Home Builder’s Association.

    Minto's first Net Zero demonstration home opens, 'Inspiration' and is one of the greenest homes in Canada!

    Minto Midtown, a landmark 2 tower condominium of 39 and 54 stories is completed in Toronto. It’s the largest multi-residential building in North America to achieve LEED Gold.

  • 2010

    Minto Gardens in Toronto, with the first muskoka-inspired water feature, is completed.

  • 2012

    Minto expands into Calgary, Alberta.

    180 Kent in Ottawa becomes the first and largest LEED Platinum Core and Shell office tower in Canada and was named The National Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) by BOMA.

    Minto continues changing the streetscape at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto with the launch of its newest 34 story condominium, 30Roe.

    Minto re-enters the condo market in Ottawa after 8 years with its UpperWest and Lansdowne projects.

    • Minto Yorkville
  • 2013

    Minto launches Longbranch, a townhome community in Etobicoke and sells out in just a few months.

  • 2014

    Minto launches two landmark condominiums; The iconic 24-karat Minto Yorkville Park at the corner of Cumberland and Belair in trendy Yorkville and Minto Westside a two tower community at Front and Bathurst in Toronto.

  • 2015

    Minto expands into Edmonton, Alberta.

    Quinn's Pointe in Barrhaven, Ottawa opens on April 25 in celebration of Minto's 60th anniversary.

    Minto opens the Killarney show home, certified Net-Zero, also in Ottawa.

    • Minto Yorkville
  • 2016

    Minto unveils Net-Zero Energy Townhomes in Arcadia, in Ottawa.

    Minto launches the much anticipated Longbranch 2 in Etobicoke and thousands show up.

  • 2017

    Minto is a proud sponsor of Ottawa 2017 celebrations of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.

    Harmony in Ottawa launches on June 3 and sells out within minutes.

  • 2018

    Here's to the next 60 years!

    Minto unveils its new branding to reflect the company's growth and evolution.

    • Minto Yorkville
  • 2018

    Riversbend at Harmony, near the Jock River in Barrhaven, Ottawa launches June 23.

  • 2018

    On July 3rd, Minto spins off Minto Apartment REIT and begins trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MI.UN.

    • Minto REIT launches
  • 2055

    Looking ahead to our 100th year.