Action Alert: Bill 23 - More Homes Built Faster, 2022

In late October, the Ontario government introduced Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 in the Legislature, and numerous associated notices for public comment were posted on the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) and Ontario’s Regulatory Registry (ORR). Together, these are an extensive package; the biggest change to land use planning and environmental protection CELA has seen in decades.

To date, CELA has submitted several comments in response to Bill 23.  In addition to the specifics, we are asking that the implementation of the proposals be halted in order to address concerns being identified by organizations and individuals, including our four primary areas of concern:

  • The need for climate-safe communities;
  • The need to preserve the essential roles of conservation authorities and upper-tier municipalities in protecting water and natural heritage;
  • The need for robust community engagement;
  • The need for affordable, equitable quality housing supply.

We strongly encourage you to share your concerns with the Ontario government regarding Bill 23 and its impact on our health and environment. 

There are several ERO notices with deadlines in early December to which you can respond. Here’s how:

  1. Review this postings chart and determine which posting you would like to respond to; click on the relevant link to get to the ERO page.
  2. You’ll be taken to the ERO website; click on the ‘submit a comment’ button. (If you’re new to the ERO, you’ll have the option to register for a free account – this is not required.)
  3. Type your comments in the text box provided.  
  4. Bonus – you can include supporting information in the form of a URL. For example, you could include a link to CELA’s written submission or a submission from another group whose views align with your own.
  5. Hit the ‘submit your comment’ button – make sure to do so before the deadline for the ERO posting you’re responding to.

In the posting chart, there are also links to ORR notices you may reply to, with similar processes.  We recommend prioritizing the ERO notices, as they are the ones that the government is legally required to consider before making decisions.

Don’t have time to submit a comment? Lots of groups have petitions you can sign – check out Environmental Defense, LeadNow, Ontario Nature, or the David Suzuki Foundation as a few examples.

CELA Resources

For an updated full listing of all of Bill 23’s ERO and Registry postings, plus Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine postings, with associated links, click on this link: Bill 23 – Postings Chart (updated Nov 26, 2022)

Please note: Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 was passed by the Legislature and received Royal Assent on November 28, 2022. The Government of Ontario has  extended the deadline of various postings to enable your feedback to continue to be submitted so that it can help inform the implementation of this proposal as well as future initiatives. You may also want to consider submitting comments on other related postings.

External Resources

50by30rw

Webinar Series

Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario

Blog

Architectural Conservancy Ontario

Statement

Association of Municipalities Ontario

Policy Update

Bruce Trail Conservancy

Statement

Canadian Health Association for Sustainability & Equity

Submission

Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment

Submission

Chiefs of Ontario

Press Release

Conservation Ontario

Press Release, Response to Bill 23 and NEW Blog Post

Ducks Unlimited Canada

Position

Eastern Ontario Conservation Authorities

Joint Letter

Environmental Defence

Blog and Webinar

Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations

Submission

Mark Winfield, York University

Blog

Ontario Federation of Agriculture

Statement

Ontario for All

Joint Letter

Ontario Greenbelt Alliance

Statement

Ontario Nature

Blog and Backgrounder

Ontario Public Health Association

Submission

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

Media Release

Joint Submissions

Joint Submission by:
Kevin Eby, RPP, PLE Kevin Thomason, Grand River Environmental Network Mark Reusser, Waterloo Federation of Agriculture

Joint Submission

Collective Comment by Multiple Consulting Firms

Joint Letter

SUBMIT COMMENTS TO STANDING COMMITTEE

The Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy is currently considering Bill 23. 

You can comment on the bill by sending a written submission to the Committee by  7:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, November 17, 2022.

SUBMIT COMMENTS ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL REGISTRY

You can submit your comments on the various ERO postings related to Bill 23 on the ERO website here: https://ero.ontario.ca/

More information on the ERO postings will be shared on CELA’s website soon.

WRITE TO YOUR
MPP

MPPs have a responsibility to advocate for their constituents and our communities.  Send an email asking them to pause the passage of Bill 23 until proper consultation has taken place.  Find your MPP here.