Province proposes legislation to give mayors power to get homes built faster

TORONTO — If passed, the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, which is new legislation introduced by the Ontario government, would give the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa the ability to advance priority projects, such as construction 1.5 million new homes over the next 10 years. .

Proposed changes include:

  • the hiring of the general manager and heads of municipal services, and the creation and reorganization of services;
  • appoint chairs/vice-chairs for identified committees and local councils and establish new identified committees;
  • submit matters related to provincial priorities for consideration by the Board;
  • veto by-laws approved by the board if they relate to matters of provincial priority; and
  • propose the municipal budget.

These measures would allow council the ability to propose amendments to the municipal budget, a statement said, adding that council could also override the mayor’s veto on any budget amendments and regulations related to provincial priorities with a majority vote. two-thirds.

The changes, if approved, are expected to come into effect on November 15, coinciding with the start of the new term of the city council.

Ontario is also launching the Housing Supply Action Plan Implementation Team, which will provide advice on market-based housing initiatives, including building on the vision of the Housing Supply Task Force. Housing Affordability, More Housing for All and other government consultations. According to a statement, the government is considering appointing Drew Dilkens, Mayor of the City of Windsor, as chair and Cheryl Fort, Mayor of the Township of Hornepayne, as vice-chair. Other team members will be selected in the coming weeks. The first meeting is scheduled for early fall.

“The reality is that more than a third of Ontario’s growth over the next decade is expected to occur in Toronto and Ottawa, and too many families are already struggling with housing and the rising cost of living. We need to support effective local decision-making to help cut red tape and speed up development times,” Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark said in a statement. “While there is no silver bullet to solving the housing crisis, the Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act is another step in the right direction to provide more tools for municipal leaders to meet their commitments. platform to voters. The province is actively deepening our cooperation on all fronts in all municipalities to build 1.5 million houses over the next 10 years.

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