October 2020
Bill 215: Main Street Recovery Act, 2020

2020-10-07 4:21:56 PM

*Note: this post has been edited to make more direct links to a post on EBR consultation on matters related to this bill.

On October 7 2020, the Province introduced Bill 215, Main Street Recovery Act, 2020 which forms part of Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Plan meant to assist businesses in recovering from financial difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

AMCTO member interests:

  1. This bill would permanently allow 24/7 deliveries to businesses that include retail stores, restaurants, and distribution facilities by placing limits on municipalities ability to regulate noise:
  • Would amend the Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act to limit municipalities from regulating noise related to the delivery of goods to retail establishments, restaurants, hotels, motels and goods distribution facilities except where otherwise authorized by regulation and;
  • Would allow the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to make regulations a) authorizing municipalities to prohibit and regulate with respect to noise made in the municipality in connection with the delivery of goods to any of the places described and; (b) governing the powers of a municipality under clause (a), including authorizing municipalities to exercise those powers in specified parts of the municipality.
  1. The bill would also increase fines for illegal operators to no less than $500 and to no more than $30,000 by amending the Highway Traffic Act, which is said to be in support of Ontario's Taxi and Limousine Industry.

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