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Second Reading of Bill 122
May 11, 2017

OPPI is pleased to announce that Bill 122 - the Registered Professional Planners Act, 2017, received Second Reading on May 11th and was passed unanimously. Hear what MPPs had to say about the planning profession and the importance of Bill 122!

One thing can’t be emphasized enough: Professional planners play a crucial role in ensuring that Ontario and its various municipalities evolve in a way that protects our economic well-being, vital resources and healthy lifestyles.”

Peter Milczyn, MPP, Etobicoke-Lakeshore

Ontario Liberal Party

Planners across this province work tirelessly to beautify the places we live, ensure that it is easy for us to get to the places we work, while at the same time making sure that our communities have places to grow for generations.”

Cristina Martins, MPP, Davenport

Ontario Liberal Party

Madam Speaker, this act is significant to the Legislature and to the province because it governs an institute and its professional members who are integral to the work we do in this House, as well as the work the municipalities do across the province.”

Sylvia Jones, MPP, Dufferin-Caledon

Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

…I’ll just say that absolutely at no time in our history has planning been more important than right now. I’m happy to do anything to facilitate that process with professional planners. Updating this legislation that governs them is absolutely apropos, and of course we will support it.”

Cheri DiNovo, MPP, Parkdale–High Park

New Democratic Party of Ontario

I will be supporting this bill because it’s time to bring it up to date, but also because I support the accountability piece, and that is protecting the Ontario consumer by making the planning profession accountable to the people through various changes; namely, ensuring consumers are receiving evidence and advice from accredited professionals.”

Bill Walker, MPP, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

…As shifting policy objectives and competing interests in communities continue to evolve with social and technological changes, planners, in my belief, have a significant role in terms of encouraging Ontario residents to think about the public realm first and the role it can play in effectively developing healthy and sustainable communities.”

Lorne Coe, MPP, Whitby-Oshawa

Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario

Having regulated, capable planners whose opinions are weighed by municipal politicians—in large municipalities and small ones—and applying their advice without having the OMB overrule them all the time is going to be critical. So what the member has brought forward is a good bill. It just needs further action…”


Peter Tabuns, MPP, Toronto-Danforth

New Democratic Party of Ontario

I can speak as a former city councillor and as a former small-town mayor. I know planning is really critical, and the better we are at it, the easier it is to turn our cities into communities and our streets into neighbourhoods. I think that’s what professional planners, when all is said and done, when they’re doing their job well—and most of them do it very, very well—that’s what it’s all about.”

Ted McMeekin, MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale

Ontario Liberal Party