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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.