As a whole, the provincial government is planning to implement a variety of major changes to standardize and lower the cost of the municipal development approvals processes, the zoning and planning regulations, and heritage and conservation requirements, encouraging developers to build more housing and build in a way that better meets housing needs across Ontario.
Since the Ontario government has announced the legislation, Municipalities have since expressed mixed-feelings about the regulatory changes. The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) expressed that while they are encouraged by the province’s focus on increasing housing supply, changes to municipal development charges, parkland dedication levies, and CBCs may shift the financial burden of the intended housing supply growth on to municipal taxpayers while also limiting public participation in local planning decisions. The Greater Ottawa Home Builder’s Association (GOHBA) and Ontario Home Builder’s Association (OHBA) on the other hand expressed support for the provinces newest plan, characterizing it as both bold and once-in-a-generation.
Cahdco is excited to see how this will make affordable housing projects more feasible. Although this legislation will not directly increase funding to support affordable housing for low-income households owned and operated by non-profits, it should increase the opportunity for development and application timelines. Also, this will standardize IZ and eliminate R1 zoning, both changes will provide more housing for the missing middle. Cahdco will be following this to see if this Bill receives the Royal Assent and how these proposed changes develop in practice over time.
Further resources on the proposed policy changes
Osler (Legal Practice) – Table of policy changes
Association of Municipalities – More Homes Built Faster statement
Greater Ottawa Home Builder’s Association – More Homes Built Faster statement
Ontario government – More Homes Built Faster website
Ontario government – News Release for More Homes Built Faster
Legislative Assembly of Ontario – Full Bill 23: More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022