Regulation - Minister

New Regulation under the Planning Act for Open-for-Business Planning Tool

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Regulation - Minister
Bill or Act:
Plannnig Act
Summary of Decision:
Schedule 10 of Bill 66, the proposed Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, 2018, was removed from the Bill following a vote by members of the Standing Committee on General Government. As a result, the government is no longer proposing to make a regulation to help implement an open-for-business planning by-law.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
December 6, 2018
Summary of Proposal:
The government is proposing to make changes to the Planning Act to create a new economic development tool, the open-for-business planning by-law. The tool would be available to all local municipalities, if certain prescribed criteria are met, to ensure they can act quickly to attract businesses seeking development sites.

A municipality's request to use an open-for-business planning by-law would need to be accompanied by information that would be prescribed in a proposed new regulation, such as a description of the subject lands, land use planning information, and open-for-business information, including details about the proposed employment opportunity.

The proposed regulation would also:
-require confirmation that the proposal is for a new major employment use;
-require evidence that the proposal would meet a minimum job creation threshold (e.g. 50 jobs for municipalities with a population of less than 250,000 people, or 100 jobs for municipalities with a population of more than 250,000 people);
-identify the uses of land, buildings or structures that may be authorized by the tool, such as manufacturing and research and development, but not residential, commercial or retail as the primary use;
-prescribe how notice is to be given to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing following the passing of an open-for-business by-law (similar to how the Minister is notified following the passing of a zoning by-law - e.g. email and personal service).

The purpose of the proposed regulation is to facilitate implementation of the proposed open-for-business planning by-law.
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Effective Date:
March 20, 2019