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Statement from Burlington Mayor Regarding the Passing of Bill 108


Bill 108 will have a devastating impact on municipal finances and local land use planning control.

Changes to development charges will mean growth will pay even less of the cost of growth, leaving taxpayers to make up the difference. This will unnecessarily add costs at a time when local governments are being asked to find savings.

Reinstating the old Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) rules means even less local control over planning our communities.

Bill 108, also known as “More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan,” was first introduced just last month. Burlington City Council, Halton Region, fellow mayors from the Large Urban Mayors Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) and other mayors from across Ontario all expressed significant concerns with the impact it would have on our communities.

With legislation that impacts no less than 13 different acts, we requested more time to submit our comments before a decision was made, so we could better evaluate the potential impacts to our cities.

The Province did not listen.

The Bill was passed yesterday (June 6).

We now turn our attention to the regulations that will implement the bill, expected this fall, where there may be opportunity to undo some of the damage Bill 108 will cause.


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3 thoughts on “Statement from Burlington Mayor Regarding the Passing of Bill 108”

  1. Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise? If the Municipalities can’t afford to provide the infrastructure for the proposed developments it will fall to the developers to help pay for them to get their developments built.

    Municipalities will have to make wiser decisions on where budget dollars are to be spent, and reserve funds not used to keep taxes low.

    The game plan has changed and we have to change with it. The Provincial Government has its own agenda and in this case the Municipalities asking for more time or not to proceed has proven to be ineffective.

    It will be interesting to see what happens with Amalgamation.

  2. Sad it was passed. hope there is opportunity like you mention to undo some of the damage. Province does not consider taxpayers, just developers in my opinion. good luck, Marianne. I trust you and all the Mayors will do your best to remedy parts of the Bill.

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