This consultation was open from:
May 2, 2019
to June 1, 2019
The government is proposing changes to the Development Charges Act, 1997 to help reduce costs and increase the supply of housing.
As part of the government’s Housing Supply Action Plan, Bill 108, the proposed More Homes, More Choice Act would, if passed, make changes to existing legislation, including the Development Charges Act, 1997 reduce development costs and provide more housing options which can help make housing more attainable for the people of Ontario.
If passed, the proposed changes to the Development Charges Act, 1997 would:
- Support a range and mix of housing options, and boost housing supply
- Increase the certainty of costs of development;
- Make housing more attainable by reducing costs to build certain types of homes; and
- Make other complementary amendments to implement the proposed reforms, including in relation to transitional matters.
Proposed Development Charges Act, 1997 Amendments
Schedule 3 of the Bill proposes amendments to the Development Charges Act, 1997.
The proposed amendments, if passed, would among other matters:
- Support a range and mix of housing options and boost housing supply by making it easier for municipalities to recover costs for waste diversion, thereby facilitating having necessary infrastructure in place for new development.
- Increase the certainty of development costs by:
- Deferring development charges for rental housing, institutional commercial developments and not-for-profit housing until occupancy, with payment occurring over five years, and
- Freeze development charge rates at an earlier point in time in the development process (i.e. if / when an application is made for the later of site plan or zoning approval)
- Making housing more attainable by reducing costs to build certain types of homes by providing authority to exempt second units in newly built homes or ancillary structures, and in ancillary structures to existing homes, and the conversion of communal areas to residential units in rental buildings from development charges.
- Make other complementary amendments to implement the proposed reforms, including measures to ensure a smooth transition to the new authority that allows municipalities to charge for community benefits, which will replace development charges for discounted (soft) services.
The proposed legislation provides more detail on all the proposed reforms and can be viewed on the website identified below.
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