Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 73/23: Municipal Planning Data Reporting

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Planning Act
Summary of Proposal:
On April 6, 2023, Ontario Regulation 73/23: Municipal Planning Data Reporting, came into effect. This regulation requires 29 municipalities in Ontario to report information on planning matters to the Ministry on a quarterly and annual basis.

The purpose of this posting is to provide an overview of the proposed amendments to the regulation.

Expanding List of Municipalities

Schedule 1 of the regulation outlines which municipalities in Ontario are subject to the requirements of the regulation. Currently, 29 of Ontario's largest, fastest-growing municipalities are subject to the regulation. The Ministry is proposing to expand the list of municipalities to include 21 additional municipalities with provincially-assigned housing targets (Appendix 1). If the Ministry proceeds with this amendment, the regulation would apply to 50 municipalities across Ontario.

Datapoints and Frequency of Reporting

Under the current regulation, municipalities report application data on a quarterly basis for the following planning applications:

-official plan amendment applications
-zoning by-law amendments
-plans of condominium
-plans of subdivision
-site plan applications
-land severances (consents)
-minor variances
-community infrastructure and housing accelerator orders
-minister's zoning orders

The Ministry is proposing amendments to Schedule 2 and 3 of the regulation. Appendix 2 outlines the proposed amendments to the information that is reported on a quarterly and annual basis. Collectively, the amendments aim to improve the quality of the information being collected through the regulation by enabling municipalities to report on the status of various planning applications more accurately. Additionally, proposed amendments seek information on proposed and approved housing units.

The proposed amendments include a requirement to prepare a summary table, which outlines key statistics for each quarterly report (e.g., total number of submissions, decisions). Municipalities would be required to publish this summary to their municipal webpage and update the summary each quarter beginning October 1, 2024.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
Costs (direct compliance costs)
The proposed amendments would expand the list of municipalities that report planning-related information to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing on a quarterly and annual basis. The costs of adhering to the amended regulation, which include administrative tasks for both new and existing municipalities, are estimated to result in an annual direct compliance cost of $8,748 per municipality ($437,400 total) for the first year, and approximately $6,178 per municipality ($308,900 total) annually thereafter.

The proposed amendments are expected to improve the quality of information reported to the Ministry and would provide a more complete picture of land use planning performance across the municipalities. The proposed amendments will support the goal of obtaining critically important planning information the government needs to inform evidenced-based decisions for housing and planning policy. This will help the government achieve its ambitious goal of 1.5 million new homes by 2031.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
April 10, 2024
Comments Due Date:
May 10, 2024
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