It is clear that the complex changes introduced in Bill 23 go far beyond the mandate of increasing affordable housing. Critically, nothing in the Bill ensures that new homes, built with public incentives, are affordable. The attack on Conservation Authorities, wetland protection, urban parkland, green building standards and encouraging even greater urban sprawl, undermines decades of work on environmental protection and must be withdrawn. The public consultation period is woefully inadequate and must be extended to at least three months and must include legislative hearings outside the Greater Toronto Area.
Read our written submission to the Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy Re: Bill 23 in English and then in French below.