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Ontario Government Introduces New Legislation: Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act

The Ontario Government has introduced new legislation that, if passed, would give the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa more responsibility to deliver on shared provincial-municipal priorities, including building 1.5 million new homes over the next 10 years.

The act, entitled, Strong Mayors, Building Homes Act, would allow the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa the ability to move priority projects forward and would help address the housing shortage. The proposed changes include:

  • hiring the Chief Administrative Officer and municipal department heads, and create and re-organize departments
  • appointing chairs/vice-chairs for identified committees and local boards, and establish new identified committees
  • bringing matters for council consideration related to provincial priorities
  • vetoing bylaws approved by council if they relate to matters of provincial priority
  • proposing the municipal budget

These proposed measures would allow council to have the ability to propose amendments to the municipal budget. Council would also be able to override the mayor’s veto of any budget amendments and by-laws related to provincial priorities with a two-thirds majority vote.

If passed, the proposed changes are intended to take effect on November 15, 2022 — the start of the new municipal council term.

To view the full government press release, see here.