Late last week the Government of Ontario announced major changes to planning law in Ontario. These changes reinstate the old Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) rules and put more power in the hands of developers and their lobbyists. This enables developers to go around local government and communities and put proposals which we haven’t even seen in front of the OMB.
The changes also remove some development charges, and change the rules for other community benefits which keep our communities liveable, sustainable, and safe. The funds gathered through these mechanisms build our streets and community centres, put trees in the ground, and put parks in our neighbourhoods. Funding for these services will now fall onto the city’s back, instead of the developers.
Additionally, the plan removes rent control on new housing, eliminating the safety of knowing how much your next rent cheque will cost each month if you live in a new building. No one should live with that uncertainty.
The proposed changes impact 13 different laws and runs 90 pages in length. They will also require extensive new regulations. We can be sure there will be more surprises.
We cannot allow an unaccountable and unelected body to determine local planning decisions. We need to visit, call, and write to the Premier and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and tell them to stop this legislation. Your voice is critical in taking a stand against Premier Ford and these unwanted changes.
Tell the Premier and his Minister that this is not the future you want for your neighbourhood:
Premier Doug Ford
Constituency office: 823 Albion Rd., Etobicoke, ON M9V 1A3
Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Constituency office: Suite 101 – 100 Strowger Blvd., Brockville, ON K6V 5J9
Toll Free: 1-800-267-4408
Tell your MPP that you support the fight against this attack on our communities:
Constituency office: 2849 Dundas St. W, Toronto