MFOA's Hub for Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019



On May 2, 2019, the Government of Ontario released Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019. The Bill's purpose is to address housing supply and affordable housing in Ontario. Bill 108 proposes significant changes to the Development Charges Act, 1997, the Planning Act, 1990, and 13 other Acts. MFOA previously submitted a response to the Housing Supply Action Plan. Our submission to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy is available below.

On June 6, 2019, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 received Royal Assent. The Act contains changes to the Development Charges Act as well as the Planning Act. To implement the changes introduced under Schedule 3 (changes to the Development Charges Act) and Schedule 12 (changes to the Planning Act), the Government will be posting the proposed regulatory changes through the Environmental Registry. MFOA will provide updates regarding the proposed regulations and our work on the More Homes, More Choice Act through our newsletter, Twitter, and this Hub page. MFOA will continue to advocate on behalf of its members on this important issue. For any questions please contact Shira Babins (shira@mfoa.on.ca).


This page will continue to be updated with resources and the latest updates. Make sure to check back regularly! 

Draft regulations under More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 now released

On June 21, 2019 the Province released three regulations under the More Homes, More Choice Act.

Proposed new regulation pertaining to the community benefits authority under the Planning Act - a proposal to make a new regulation under the Planning Act to prescribe matters related to the community benefits authority and make amendments to an existing regulation under the Act. Comments close August 21, 2019 at 11:59PM.

Proposed changes to O. Reg. 82/98 under the Development Charges Act related to Schedule 3 of Bill 108 - a proposal to make changes related to Schedule 3 of the More Homes, More Choice Act. Schedule 3 changes include transitional provisions for development charges for soft services and transition to the community benefits charge authority. The Minister proposes that municipalities must transition to community benefits by January 1, 2021. Comments close August 21, 2019 at 11:59PM.

Proposed new regulation and regulation changes under the Planning Act, including transition matters, related to Schedule 12 of Bill 108 - a proposal to make a new regulation and regulation changes related to Schedule 12 of the More Homes, More Choice Act. Schedule 12 changes include the community planning permit system, repealing s.37 (increased density) and grouping it into the new community benefits charge, and additional residential unit requirements and standards. Comments close August 6, 2019 at 11:59PM.

MFOA will be providing comments on these draft changes. Check back here for more updates.


MFOA's Key Messages on Bill 108


The Development Charges Act, 1997 is a financing tool to help growth pay for itself. The existing and proposed revenue tools should enable municipalities to provide the infrastructure needed to support growth on a place-by-place basis.

The proposed Communities Benefits Charge (CBC) needs to raise sufficient revenue to cover growth related costs for services captured by the CBC.  If it does not, critical infrastructure will be significantly delayed, the cost burden will be transferred to existing taxpayers and ratepayers, or the infrastructure will not be built at all. Currently, there is a link between the charge for a service and the growth-related costs for the service.  

Many key details regarding the mechanics and impacts of Bill 108, financial and otherwise, will be provided in regulations. As such, the Province should provide a transparent and thorough stakeholder consultation process in the development of all regulations associated with the proposed Bill.

Bill 108, as proposed, will increase red tape, municipal resourcing needs, and the municipal reporting burden by introducing new reports, studies, and enforcement and collection mechanisms.

There are clauses in Schedules 3 (DCA) and 12 (PA) of Bill 108 that will create substantial cash flow problems for municipalities and do not address the stated objective of increasing the supply of housing.  

For any clarification on our position on Bill 108, please contact Shira Babins (shira@mfoa.on.ca).

 

Resources

Weirfoulds LLP - Development Charges Act, 1997 redlined with amendments from Bill 108 (First Reading)
Weirfoulds LLP - Planning Act, 1990 redlined with amendments from Bill 108 (First Reading)
City of Toronto - Proposed Bill 108 (More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019) and the Housing Supply Action Plan - Preliminary City Comments
City of Mississauga - Corporate Report on Ontario's Housing Supply Action Plan and Implications for Mississauga (May 22, 2019) 
City of Toronto - Bill 108: Changes to Ontario's Planning System 
Hemson Consulting Ltd - Bill 108 Submission (May 30, 2019)
City of Guelph - Understanding Bill 108
AMO - Bill 108 Information Page 

 

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