Proposed regulations to prescribe provincial priorities related to the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, 2022
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Municipal Act, 2001 and City of Toronto Act, 2006
Summary of Decision:
O. Reg. 582/22: Provincial Priorities under the COTA and O. Reg. 580/22: Provincial Priorities under the MA came into force on December 20, 2022.
Proposed contents for regulations were posted on Ontario's Regulatory Registry on October 3, 2022. Ministry received three comments/submissions from stakeholders. Comments received from stakeholders varied, some supported the proposed regulations while others expressed certain concerns.
Prescribed provincial priorities are:
1.Building 1.5 million new residential units by December 31, 2031
2.Constructing and maintaining infrastructure to support housing, including, transit, roads, utilities, and servicing.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The regulations apply to two municipalities at this time - the City of Toronto and City of Ottawa.
Local impacts will depend on how the heads of council (HOC) in Toronto and Ottawa choose to use these strong mayor powers related to provincial priorities and how the municipality will support the implementation of these powers for the HOC. There are no requirements in the legislation that would result in new administrative costs for municipalities. Municipalities may choose to update local processes and policies at any time, based on local needs and circumstances.
October 3, 2022
Summary of Proposal:
If proclaimed, the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, 2022 would provide a LGIC regulation making authority to prescribe provincial priorities. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing LGIC regulations under the Municipal Act, 2001 and City of Toronto Act, 2006 to support implementation. If proclaimed, the Act and the proposed regulations would give the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa more authority to move forward on shared provincial-municipal priorities.
The following provincial priorities are proposed to be included in new LGIC regulations:
1.Building 1.5 million new residential units by 2031
2.The construction and maintenance of infrastructure to support accelerated supply and availability of housing including, but not limited to, transit, roads, utilities, and servicing
While increasing housing supply and ensuring infrastructure keeps up with a growing population are priorities for the provincial government, they are also shared priorities with municipal partners.
Prescribing provincial priorities is required to ensure the implementation of some legislative changes. For example, the powers for the head of council to: veto bylaws approved by council if they could interfere with provincial priorities and to bring matters for council consideration that could advance provincial priorities
It is proposed that regulations would be in effect on November 15, 2022 - the start of the new municipal council term.
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Local Government Policy Branch
777 Bay St., 13th Floor
Toronto, ON, M7A 2J3
December 20, 2022