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Provincial policy statement review - proposed policies

On May 2, 2019, the government released “More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan.” The Action Plan includes a series of distinct but coordinated initiatives to address housing supply, including a review of the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) – the foundation for land use planning in the province. 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
Members interested in reviewing the proposed policy changes can visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website or scroll down below to the proposed regulations section and click on the link to the Environmental Registry website. 

OPPI is providing a response to the proposed changes to the PPS and seeks member input to inform this response. Specifically, OPPI is seeking feedback on the following questions:
  • Do the proposed policies effectively support goals related to increasing housing supply, creating and maintaining jobs, and red tape reduction while continuing to protect the environment, farmland, and public health and safety? 
  • Do the proposed policies strike the right balance? Why or why not? 
  • How do these policies take into consideration the views of Ontario communities?
  • Are there any other policy changes that are needed to support key priorities for housing, job creation, and streamlining of development approvals? 
  • Are there any other tools that are needed to help implement the proposed policies?
Members interested in sharing their thoughts on these questions can contact OPPI at submissions@ontarioplanners.ca

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.


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:

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 new Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health September 4, 2019
Provincial Policy Statement Review - Proposed Policies October 21, 2019