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Changes to the planning and development system in Ontario

Author(s): Chris Barnett

May 2019

On May 2, 2019, the Government of Ontario released the results of its Housing Supply Action Plan consultation. This included the final version of A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which implemented amendments to the Growth Plan (2017). Osler has prepared an unofficial blackline, showing the changes between the 2017 Growth Plan and A Place to Grow. The new policies are scheduled to come into force May 16, 2019.

The government has also introduced Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019. It proposes to amend 13 different statutes to implement the Housing Supply Action Plan. Highlights include revisions to the Ontario Land Tribunal, bringing back an appeal process that will be like the old Ontario Municipal Board process, substantial changes to how growth-related costs are to be funded through changes to the Development Charges Act and Planning Act, a completely new approach to the Endangered Species Act and a new process for addressing Heritage Act designations. We are in the process of putting together a bulletin summarizing the changes. We have also created blackline versions of some of the key legislative changes to the Planning Act and other statutes, which can be downloaded below. We will continue to update this page as more blacklines are completed and with our summary analysis.

These blackline revisions are unofficial and show the amendments proposed by Bill 108 [download PDF].

A Place to Grow – Blackline [PDF]

Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017 – Blackline [PDF]

Planning Act – Blackline [PDF]

Development Charges Act, 1997 – Blackline [PDF]

Ontario Heritage Act – Blackline [PDF]

Endangered Species Act, 2007 - Blackline [PDF]