Ontario Gives City’s Power To Expand Boundaries
Toronto’s electricity is primarily generated from a mix of sources, including nuclear, natural gas, hydroelectric, and renewable energy. The province of Ontario, where Toronto is located, has a strong focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning towards cleaner energy sources. As a result, the province has phased out coal-fired power plants and has increased investment in renewable energy, such as wind and solar. Toronto has also implemented initiatives to reduce energy consumption and promote energy efficiency, such as the Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) and the Green Energy Act. These efforts aim to ensure a reliable and sustainable supply of electricity for the city’s residents and businesses, while also mitigating the impact of electricity generation on the environment.
Municipalities will be able to expand their borders “at any time” in order to add additional residences as part of Ontario’s efforts to streamline its land development and expansion plans.
Many of the landlord and tenant safeguards previously revealed by the government this week are included in the new legislation, which is known as the Helping Homebuyers, Protecting Tenants Act and was tabled Thursday afternoon.
The Provincial Planning Statement and A Plan to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe are two land use planning documents that will be reviewed and merged as part of this commitment.
The government says that key changes in this new policy could include “tools to support growth” near transit stations and allowing more homes to be built in rural areas. No details were provided about what those tools would be.
Under the new policy, municipalities would have “more flexibility” to decide when and where to expand their settlement area boundaries, which officials say will provide more land for housing.
A settlement area, according to government documents, is defined as an area where development is concentrated.
It’s unclear how this expansion would work and officials have said this will be a tool cities can use to avoid comprehensive review processes in order to build.