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The Legislative Corner

Provincial policy statement review - proposed policies

Over the summer, the provincial government sought feedback on proposed changes to the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS). The government is consulting on proposed changes to the Provincial Policy Statement to support the government's Housing Supply Action Plan and other land use planning related priorities. The government is proposing policy changes to:

  • Encourage the development of an increased mix and supply of housing
  • Protect the environment and public safety
  • Reduce barriers and costs for development and provide greater predictability
  • Support rural, northern and Indigenous communities
  • Support the economy and job creation
OPPI submitted its response to the proposed changes, and they can be read on OPPI's website. The comments provided by OPPI are intended to address the proposed areas of changes and offer suggestions on how RPPs can further assist to achieve the government's intentions.

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.

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
Proposed amendments to the Aggregate Resources Act November 4, 2019
Ontario's Sustainable Bait Management Strategy November 14, 2019
Proposed update to Ontario's Tree Seed Transfer Policy  November 15, 2019
Transforming and modernizing the delivery of Ontario's Building Code services November 25, 2019