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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This page will continue to be updated with resources and the latest updates. Make sure to check back regularly!
MFOA Provides Comments on Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019
On November 6, 2019, Minister Rod Philips released the 2019 Fall Economic Statement and accompanying Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019. MFOA has provided comments on Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019 with respect to amendments contained in Schedule 10 and Schedule 31, which impact the Development Charges Act, 1997 and the Planning Act, 1990. The amendments include:
- Reverse changes made to payment plans for development charges on industrial and commercial development
- Authorize both the alternate parkland provision and collection of payments in lieu during the transition period to the new Community Benefits Charge (CBC)
- Make CBC by-laws appealable to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT)
MFOA's submission focuses on the proposal to allow CBC by-laws to be appealed to LPAT. MFOA holds the position that the ability to appeal CBC by-laws creates significant revenue risk for municipalities and undermines revenue predictability and municipal autonomy.
*New* Beyond Bill 108: Still not sure how Bill 108 has changed the development charges regime? Have you considered the impact of the new community benefits charge? Presented by MFOA, "Beyond Bill 108" is an ongoing Youtube series that is a crash course on how Bill 108 has changed the Development Charges Act and Planning Act, and a look towards the future of the community benefits charge. Our first video, in partnership with Hemson Consulting Ltd. is an overview of the community benefits charge. It is available on our Youtube page. Our second video, in partnership with Watson and Associates Economists Ltd. is an overview of the changes to the DCA and PA. Don't forget to subscribe to be notified of our next video.
AMO - Bill 108 Information Page