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The Legislative Corner

Ontario's land use planning legislation has changed - are you ready?

Ontario's land use planning legislation has changed with great impact to the jobs you do. OPPI wants to help you in your understanding of the changes that are occurring.

We are providing links to legislation that have passed, reports developed by specific ministries, along with an summaries of the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 (Bill 139) developed by various legal firms for your consideration. In the next section, you will find the regulations that the Province of Ontario is seeking input on.

In mid-April, OPPI and WeirFoulds offered members an opportunity to participate in a livestream discussion about the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act (Bill 139).

OPPI is making materials from this discussion available to members for further reference. A related FAQ will be made available to members at a later date when it becomes available. Members interested in watching the livestream recording can visit our Digital Learning platform.  

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.. 

Planning Act regulations are in effect!

Updated Planning Act regulations are in effect as of April 3, 2018. These regulations are related to the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017 and will facilitate implementation of changes to the land use planning and appeal system by:

  • Requiring explanations of how planning proposals are consistent/conform with provincial and local policies and clarify requirements for municipal notices
  • Making technical changes, such as changing references from Ontario Municipal Board to Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, and amending cross-references
  • Establishing new transition provisions to set out rules for planning matters in process at the time of proclamation.

Members can view copies of the amending Planning Act regulations below:

If members have any questions about the changes to the land use planning and appeal system, including the Planning Act regulatory changes, please email

What are some of your successful practices?

We want to take this opportunity to promote successful practices among members in their local communities - do you have an example of a successful practice in your community or practice that you would be willing to share?
If you have an example you are willing to share, please let us know (along with a brief description about what the practice is and why it is a successful practice) by emailing us at
Here's an example from Huron County:

Huron County - Healthy Rural Lens Worksheet: This is a tool to help you make good decisions about programs and policies that will impact people, the economy and the environment. The Healthy Rural Lens Worksheet is comprised of three parts. On the left side is a list of indicators for success. On the right side are questions to help consider other important factors such as time, money and long-term impact. In the centre is a circle diagram. Use your thoughts on these ideas from each list to assess if the program or policy you want to implement would have a positive, neutral or negative impact. The resulting picture should help you see how impactful the action will be on the community.

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

Bill 4, Cap and Trade Cancellation Act, 2018

October 11, 2018

Repeal of the Green Energy Act

October 21, 2018

Amendments to the Renewal Energy Approvals Regulation (Ontario Regulation 359/09)

November 5, 2018

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.

This group strengthens the voice of OPPI by scanning the planning profession and helps identify relevant planning issues that OPPI should focus on and to help inform choices and inspire communities. We are interested in hearing from you about the important issues within the planning profession!

Please send in your suggestions to and let us know of the topic you are writing about in the subject line of your email. If you choose to provide comment on any of the regulations noted above, please include your RPP designation in your signature and share your responses with us through the email address.