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ontario government introduces bill 70, the registered professional planners act

On February 19, Chief Government Whip and MPP Lorne Coe introduced Bill 70, the Registered Professional Planners Act, 2019 in the Legislature. In addition to its introduction, Bill 70 has passed First Reading. 


On Thursday, February 28, MPP Coe introduced Bill 70 for Second Reading and it received unanimous consent from the Legislature. The bill has now been referred to the Committee of General Government. Members interested in reading the Hansard transcript from Thursday's session can visit the Ontario Legislature website, or members can view the debate below. 

Members should continue to visit OPPI's Legislative Corner webpage for more information and updates as they become available.

Ontario government releases housing supply action plan

On May 2, the Ontario Government released its Housing Supply Action Plan and introduced Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choice Act. The plan provides an outline of what the government is seeking to achieve to help build affordable housing in the province. For more information please read:

OPPI is reviewing the Housing Supply Action Plan. We look forward to engaging with the Ontario government to shape and implement these changes to ensure they inform local choices and inspire communities across the province.

A place to grow: growth plan for the greater golden horseshoe

The Ontario Government has released A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe which replaces the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017. The government is seeking feedback on proposed modifications to the Minister's transition regulation to support implementation of the plan. For more information, please read the following:

Recent Policy Submissions

As the voice of the planning profession, OPPI provides advice and counsel to various levels of government. OPPI brings together members with specific expertise to respond to proposed provincial regulatory and legislative changes, and other initiatives. OPPI has recently made submissions on the following items:

Included in these submissions are references to previous OPPI submissions. Members will be able to click on the links embedded within the letters to access these documents. 

For more information on these and previous OPPI submissions, please visit our Policy Submissions webpage

Calling all RPPs!

The Ontario Government is updating legislative regulations related to the planning profession, and they need your feedback.

Many of the regulations being reviewed and open for comment directly impact the work you do each day. It is vital for Queen’s Park to hear from you, the Registered Professional Planner community, to better inform decision-makers and make a continued effort to provide the knowledge, expertise and skill you offer.

Below are links to the regulations related to the legislation listed above that will have an impact to the planning profession moving forward, and that are open for public comment. Members are being asked to provide their feedback directly to each related Ministry on the legislation you would like to comment on.

Please see the specific legislation and regulations for review, and the deadline to submit your input.

Legislative Regulations Deadline to submit input
Creation of the Amethyst Highlands Fish and Wildlife Enhanced Management Area May 6, 2019
Proposal in support of the province's review of the Far North Act May 10, 2019
New technical standard for the asphalt mix industry May 11, 2019
10th year review of Ontario's Endangered Species Act: proposed changes May 18, 2019
Modernizing conservation authority operations - Conservation Authorities Act  May 20, 2019
Focussing conservation authority development permits on the protection of people and property  May 21, 2019
Modernizing Ontario's environmental assessment program - Environmental Assessment Act  May 25, 2019
Discussion paper: Modernizing Ontario's Environmental Assessment Program May 25, 2019
Proposed Modifications to O. Reg. 311/06 (Transitional Matters - Growth Plans) made under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 to implement A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe 2019 June 1, 2019