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Burlington Mayor’s Office and City Staff Working to Respond to Province’s Bill 108

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Burlington City Hall.

The Province recently announced legislative changes in its Bill 108 that would see the old rules of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) return under the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) — staff has also been looking deeper into this piece of provincial legislation to learn other potential impacts to our municipality.

City of Burlington staff, as well as myself and my office are working on multiple fronts to ensure we send out the community’s message surrounding Bill 108 — our staff has identified 13 pieces of legislation that are affected by this bill. We’re going to make sure we are ready to respond and that Burlington’s voice is heard on these issues.

My office will be talking to Burlington MPP Jane McKenna, Oakville North-Burlington MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos, and we have been in talks with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark on Bill 108 and related items to it.

I am also working with the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) and the Mayors of Halton’s municipalities and Regional Chair in deciding the best ways to respond.

On Monday (May 13), during the Committee of the Whole meeting, staff will present a verbal update on the possible impacts Bill 108 will have on development charges and council members will be made aware of the high level work that is currently being done. Staff will prepare more fulsome comments at the Council Meeting on May 27.

On Tuesday, May 21, staff will be present a verbal update on the possible impacts Bill 108 will have on planning policies and processes.


As I stated before on social media, reverting back to the older rules of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) is a duplication of efforts – adding more time, more money and more red tape at a time when the Province’s Regional Government Review is underway looking for efficiencies. I don’t believe this will speed up development of affordable housing, in fact, it will slow it down and add costs.

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5 thoughts on “Burlington Mayor’s Office and City Staff Working to Respond to Province’s Bill 108”

  1. Michele Camacho

    The Province is selling Bill 108 as a way to achieve affordable housing. This is simply not true. OMB was in place for many years and no developers built affordable housing, hence the shortfall now. Municipalities have issued countless RFPs to Developers for affordable housing and they are just not interested. Developers want to make as much money as they can on their developments – affordable housing will not achieve this for them. The changes to LPAT that will restore OMB’s big stick on behalf of Developers will ultimately ruin the very essence and fabric of Ontario municipalities.Very high, poorly-designed buildings will be built in great numbers, parking and traffic problems will abound, and more people will commute because office space does not have the draw or make as much money as residential developments. If the Provincial government want to achieve affordable housing, they will have to develop it themselves.

  2. LPAT was not really a saving of time or money. I attended 3 pre-hearings and one that ended up costing the homeowners on Dynes Road $17,000.00. LPAT did not allow for any resident participation. Incorrect information was provided to the residents, and LPAT ruled against them. The LPAT ruling was simply a suggestion as to whether the appeal should move forward. If the residents had decided to move forward it would have gone into a full OMB Appeal. My question is why have either the OMB or LPAT. If Municipal Councils have to have Official Plans that meet Provincial Mandates, should that not be enough? Abolishment of both WOULD BE A TRUE COST SAVING.

  3. Sounds like an efficient and effective strategy.
    Trusting that Ford listens and keeps an open mind.
    Good luck.

  4. Are you also engaging the mpp that represents a large number of us in north burlington please don’t forget we don’t all live south of the qew and all not all represented by jane McKenna provincially

    Thank you

    1. Hello Craig,
      This is John Bkila, the Mayor’s Media Specialist. I have confirmed with Mayor Meed Ward that the plan is also to reach out to the office of Oakville North-Burlington MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos. We will update the blog post with that information as well. Thank you for your comment.

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