Consultation launched on Proposed Policy Changes to Provincial Policy Statement

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Author: Josie Di Felice

Posted: July 22, 2019

Categories: GoodFoodBites / Policy News

The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has launched a consultation on proposed policy changes to the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS).

The PPS is the primary provincial land use policy document guiding municipal decision-making, “including how growth, development, farmland, wildlife habitat, and public health and safety are all managed,” the Ministry shared on Twitter.

The government is consulting on draft policy changes to:

  • Encourage the development of an increased mix and supply of housing
  • Protect the environment and public safety
  • Reduce barriers and costs for development and provide greater predictability
  • Support rural, northern and Indigenous communities
  • Support the economy and job creation

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has stated that “the proposed PPS policy changes support the implementation of More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan. The Action Plan includes a series of distinct but coordinated initiatives to address housing supply, including a review of the Provincial Policy Statement. The proposed PPS changes work together with other recent changes to the land use planning system – including to the Planning Act through Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 (once proclaimed) and A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.”

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The consultation closes on October 21, 2019.