December 2018
Government Announces Legislation to Reduce Burden on Job Creators

2018-12-07 10:43:00 AM

The Ontario Government yesterday proposed a package of over 30 actions that they say will reduce the regulatory burden on job creators. If Bill 66 passes, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act 2018 will “cut business costs, harmonize regulatory requirements with other jurisdictions, end duplication, and reduce barriers to investment,” according to the government. 

Actions that are relevant to municipalities are: 

  • Streamline provincial development approvals under the Planning Act to cut red tape and shorten the time it takes to build projects. Municipalities would have the option to use the streamlined process so they could act quickly to attract major employers
  • Confirm with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) that industrial properties will be assessed based on current permitted uses and not speculative uses. MPAC is working to provide a more detailed explanation of how these changes will affect its assessment activities which AMCTO will share next week. 
  • Amend the Labour Relations Act 1995 to deem public bodies, including municipalities, school boards, hospitals, colleges and universities, as “non-construction employers” which the government says will increase competition for broader public-sector construction projects. This change will likely have implications on municipal tendering.
  • Revoke nine regulations related to the Municipal Industrial Strategy for Abatement (MISA) and insert these requirements into Environmental Compliance Approvals (ECAs) which is expected to allow businesses to have greater operational flexibility
  • Repeal the Pawnbrokers Act which duplicates municipalities’ existing bylaw-making and licensing authority

For more information, please see below:
Government Announces Plan to Create Jobs and Reduce Regulatory Burden
Proposed Changes to Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act


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