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Ontario announces proposed changes to growth plan for the greater golden horseshoe

On January 15, the Ontario Government announced proposed changes to the Greater Golden Horseshoe's Growth Plan. These changes aim to increase housing supply, attract investment and retain jobs. OPPI attended a stakeholder workshop and provided input to the province, and we will be reviewing the proposed changes to the Growth Plan in this announcement. 

The provincial government is seeking feedback on these proposed legislative and regulatory changes. Members are encouraged to provide their feedback on the proposed changes and can click on the following links below to learn more about the proposed changes and provide their input:

Details of the proposed changes are available on the government's Environmental Registry website (link provided above) and the comment period closes on February 28, 2019. 

Ontario government seeks input on housing strategy

The Ontario Government is conducting consultations on increasing the housing supply in the province. OPPI was invited to one of several stakeholder meetings held to discuss this topic with the government. 
Ontario's RPPs are the experts working in communities across the province that are addressing this issue, and it's important that the government hears your voice! 
As part of the government's consultation, they are developing a Housing Supply Action Plan that aims to address barriers regarding new ownership and rental housing. Members are encouraged to visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website for more information. In addition, there is a survey to fill out that provides the opportunity to share your feedback. The consultation closes on January 25, 2019. 

Have you planned for cannabis sales in your community?

It is expected some time this year, federal law will allow the sale of cannabis across Canada. Each province is then responsible for the retailing and distribution across their jurisdictions. Members can view key documents and resources below:

If you are currently working on planning initiatives in this area and can provide capacity to assist OPPI, please contact and let us know what you are working on, what the challenges/opportunities are from a planning perspective, and where you are able to provide support. This information could be used to develop ongoing educational opportunities.. 

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
Proposed amendments to O. Reg. 274/18, Siting Restrictions for Renewable Energy Generation Facilities January 18, 2019
Amendments to the Renewable Energy Approvals Regulations (Ontario Regulation 359/09) January 18, 2019
Amending the Renewable Energy Approvals Regulation to help restore municipal authority January 18, 2019
New regulation under the Planning Act to prescribe transitional provisions for the proposed Green Energy Repeal Act (Bill 34) January 18, 2019
Bill 66, Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, 2018 January 20, 2019
Proposed open-for-business planning tool January 20, 2019
New Regulation under the Planning Act for open-for-business planning tool January 20, 2019
Repeal the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and all associated regulations by December 31, 2021 January 20, 2019
Planning and reporting changes under the toxics reduction program and Ontario Regulation 455/09 January 20, 2019

Increasing Housing Supply in Ontario

January 25, 2019

Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan

January 28, 2019
Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 February 28, 2019
Proposed Modifications to O. Reg. 525/97 (Exemption from Approval - Official Plan Amendments) made under the Planning Act to implement the Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 February 28, 2019
Proposed Framework for Provincially Significant Employment Zones February 28, 2019
Proposed Modifications to O. Reg. 311/06 (Transitional Matters - Growth Plans) made under the Places to Grow Act, 2005 to implement the Proposed Amendment to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017 February 28, 2019

OPPI's Planning Issues Strategy Group

OPPI has a number of Standing Committees and Strategy Groups that guides and consults OPPI throughout the year. One of these Strategy Groups is the 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.