November 2019
Government Introduces Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019

2019-11-11 2:59:46 PM

Last week, the government released its Fall Economic Statement, which the government says maintains the commitment to balance the budget by 2023-24 whilst making investments into critical public services and strengthening conditions for job creation.

The government has introduced Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019 to legislate such promises.

Below are highlights of the proposals that may be of relevance to Ontario’s municipal governments:

Schedule 6: City of Toronto Act, 2006
Add a provision to include rules about recalculating property taxes when there is a change to the permitted use of land.

Schedule 10: Development Charges Act, 1998
Amend the payment schedule for commercial and industrial properties so that development charges for these properties can be payable, in full, at occupancy. Bill 108 originally made DCs payable through six installments over a five-year period beginning at occupancy. Rental housing, institutional developments, and non-profit housing remains to be in this category.  

Schedule 25: Municipal Act, 2001
Add a provision to include rules about re-calculating property taxes when there is a change to the permitted uses of land.

Schedule 31: Planning Act
Add a new provision to section 27 of the Planning Act (which is not yet in effect) that will create an appeals process for a community benefits charge by-law through the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT).

The notice of appeal will be required to be submitted within 40 days of the by-law’s passage and must state the objection with reasoning to support the claim. The clerk must then forward it to the LPAT within 30 days of the 40-day notice period. The LPAT will hold a hearing and then make a decision.

The schedule also proposes to preserve the alternate parkland provision of 1 hectare every 300 dwelling units during the transition period.   

For more information, please see below:

Bill 138: Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019

AMCTO: Ontario Releases 2019 Fall Economic Statement


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