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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. 

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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.


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:

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
Proposal to amend Ontario's Energy and Water Efficiency Regulation under the Electricity Act, 1998 March 22, 2019
Making polluters accountable: Industrial Emission Performance Standards March 29, 2019
Proposal in support of the province's review of the Far North Act April 11, 2019

OPPI's Planning Issues Strategy Group

OPPI is seeking interested members to join our Planning Issues Strategy Group in an advisory role that is focused on influencing the planning profession for the betterment of planning in Ontario. 
 
Guiding the work of the Planning Issues Strategy Group is OPPI's new Public Affairs framework. In addition, a new Terms of Reference has been drafted that outlines responsibilities for volunteer members, including working with staff to proactively identify key "mega issues" that impact and transcend borders and advance these issues with decision-makers and stakeholders, monitor current and emerging legislation and policy and advises staff on responding, and advise staff on issues that are best suited for knowledge sharing and discussion across the planning profession. 
 
Members should ideally reflect geographical and professional practice diversity and ideally plan communities in small (under 50,000 residents), medium (between 50,000 and 200,000 residents) and large (over 200,000 residents) populations. If you are interested in joining OPPI's Planning Issues Strategy Group, please fill out our Volunteer Application Form by March 29, 2019.