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Mayor’s Monday Mailbag – Sept. 13, 2021 – Provincial Changes to Municipalities’ Regulation of Transportation Noise Related to Delivery of Goods

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Welcome to the Mayor’s Monday Mailbag, an initiative Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and the Mayor’s Office has launched to share weekly answers to questions from the public we’ve received through our main email inbox at or the Mayor’s social media platforms.

At the end of the month, we’ll publish a roundup of those most pressing questions we’ve received in the weeks prior.

Mayor’s Monday Mailbag – Sept. 13, 2021


“I heard the Province is changing how municipalities will be able to regulate transportation noise related to the delivery of goods to some destinations — what are those changes and when do they come into effect?”


In August 2021, we received a memo letter from Deputy Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Hon. Kate Manson-Smith, on behalf of the Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing related to changes to municipalities’ regulation of transportation noise. To read the full letter, please click here: Memorandum from Deputy Minister Kate Manson-Smith_Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing_3 August 2021.

In the fall of 2020, the Provincial government introduced amendments to the Municipal Act, 2001 and City of Toronto Act, 2006 through Bill 215, Main Street Recovery Act, 2020. The legislative changes laid out in this act are scheduled to come into force on this coming Sunday (Sept. 19).

The Province has stated these legislative changes will help support economic recovery on main streets across Ontario and help ensure that important goods can continue to be delivered to businesses in our communities as efficiently as possible, while helping to reduce rush-hour traffic, lower fuel costs for businesses and reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions.

From Sept. 19, 2021 onwards, municipalities will not be able to regulate noise related to the delivery of goods to the following destinations:

  1. Retail business establishments;
  2. Restaurants, including cafes and bars;
  3. Hotels and motels; and
  4. Goods distribution facilities.

These changes will come into force on the same day as the expiry of temporary regulations (O. Reg. 70/20 and O. Reg. 71/20). These regulations, introduced at the outset of the pandemic, limit municipalities from regulating all noise related to the delivery of goods.

From September 19, 2021 onwards, once the temporary regulations expire, municipalities will again have the authority to regulate delivery noise to destinations other than the four categories listed above.

If you have concerns about these changes, please connect with your local MPP (details below as well):

  • Jane McKenna, MPP, Burlington 
    472 Brock Avenue, Suite 104
    Burlington, ON L7S 1N1
    Phone: 905-639-7924
    Fax: 905-639-3284
  • Parm Gill, MPP, Milton
    450 Bronte Street South, Suite 115
    Milton, ON, L9T 5B7
    Phone: 905-878-1729
    Fax: 905-878-5144
  • Effie Triantafilopoulos, MPP, Oakville North-Burlington
    2525 Old Bronte Rd., Unit 570
    Oakville, ON L6M 4J2
    Phone: 905-825-2455
    Fax: 905-825-0663

Residents can also share their feedback with the Mayor’s Office at


*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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