Please find the letter received on January 24/19 from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing as it relates to important information on Bill 66.
Mayor Don Allen
January 24, 2019
Dear Head of Council:
On June 7, 2018 the people of Ontario set a clear agenda for our government – they elected a government that believes in transparency and accountability for the people, they wanted a government that prioritizes fiscal responsibility and they wanted a government that would clean up the regulatory environment and make Ontario open for business.
As you know, we recently introduced Bill 66 – the proposed Restoring Ontario’s competitiveness Act, 2018. Included in the legislation, were proposed changes to the
Planning Act that would create a new economic development tool, the open-for business planning by-law. The tool would be available to all local municipalities to
ensure they can act quickly to attract businesses seeking development sites by streamlining land use planning approvals.
The use of this tool would never have been approved at the expense of the Greenbelt or other provincial interests like water quality or public health and safety. Our Made-inOntario Environment Plan committed to strong enforcement action to protect our lakes, waterways and groundwater from pollution. We will build on the ministry’s monitoring and drinking water source protection activities.
That said, our Government for the People has listened to the concerns raised by MPP’s, municipalities and stakeholders with regards to Schedule 10 of Bill 66 and when the
legislature returns in February, we will not proceed with Schedule 10 of the Bill.
For a copy of Bill 66 – the proposed Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018 and to monitor the status of the Bill through the legislative process, please visit the
Legislative Assembly of Ontario website: www.ola.org/en/legislativebusiness/bills/parliament-42/session-1/bill-66.