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. 

MFOA understands that Bill 108 affects our members and Ontario as a whole. This webpage will hold all relevant resources and MFOA-created documents related to Bill 108. If you or your municipality plan on submitting comments in relation to Bill 108 and you would like to share it with MFOA please contact Christine Duong (christine@mfoa.on.ca).

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

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).

Advocacy Opportunities

If you are interested in having your say on this issue there are two ways to have your voice heard.

1. The Standing Committee on Justice Policy
Bill 108 will be moved to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy and the official day of hearing is May 31st 9am - 11:30am and 1pm to 5pm. The deadline to request to appear is May 29th at 12pm. Keep in mind that while you can put a request to appear before the Standing Committee there is no guarantee. Those who are invited to appear before the Standing Committee will receive up to 6 minutes for presentation followed by 12 minutes of questions from committee members.

To request to appear before the Standing Committee please contact the Clerk of the Committee at comm-justicepolicy@ola.org or 416-325-7352.

Another way to reach out to the committee is to submit written materials. The deadline for written submissions is May 31st at 5pm. You can learn more about how to submit materials and participate in committees here.

2. Submit Comments on Schedule 3 and Schedule 12 of Bill 108
Schedule 3 of Bill 108 proposes changes to the Development Charges Act, 1997. Schedule 12 of Bill 108 proposes changes to the Planning Act, 1990. Both schedules are currently open for comment and close on June 1st. You can submit comments online. MFOA has provided members with a draft version of our comments on Bill 108. See below to download the pdf.


Submit your comments on Schedule 3.
Submit your comments on Schedule 12.



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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