Government Relations

The OAA actively monitors government activities at municipal, provincial, and federal levels, responding as needed through formal letters and other channels. Continually updated, this searchable portal houses these official correspondences, as well as related reports.


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The OAA responds to Ontario's pre-budget consultations with recommendations for the government to adopt Qualifications-Based Selection and reform the Site Plan Approval process. 

Publish Date: 2021/FEB/16

OAA President Kathleen Kurtin writes to His Worship, Fred Eisenberger, Mayor of Hamilton, in response to his letter about recommendations the OAA has proposed to reform site plan approval.

Publish Date: 2019/JUN/05

The OAA along with the other funding partners meet with the Minister to introduce the research project and get tentative commitment for a follow-up meeting sharing the results.

Publish Date: 2019/MAY/31

The OAA, accompanied by the other funding partners, meets with Minister Ballard and his staff to give a briefing on the soon-to-be-released Housing Affordability report.

Publish Date: 2019/MAY/31

A Review of the Site Plan Approval Process (commissioned by OAA) is released in the days leading up to the SPA Symposium, generating significant coverage across mainstream & industry-specific media.

PDF: oaa_spa_report_-_final.pdf

 

 

Publish Date: 2019/MAY/31

OAA President Kathleen Kurtin writes to the Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to respond to the provincial consultation on Bill 108.

Publish Date: 2019/MAY/31

This 2018 report updates and builds on earlier independent analysis. SPA costs for builders and end users up to $900 million annually. This negatively affects development, office rents and housing affordability.

PDF: p5727_-_site_plan_delay_study_-_oaa_site_plan_delay_study_update_-_july_....pdf

Publish Date: 2019/MAY/31

OAA President Toon Dreessen issues an open letter supporting the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) position on paid internships, underscoring the value of intern architects.

 

PDF: 2015_01_23_-_toon_letter_to_members_re_paid_internships.pdf

Publish Date: 2019/MAY/31

Cancea's final report on the housing affordability study commissioned by the OAA and other funders. The report takes a systems approach to understanding housing affordability crisis.

Understanding the forces driving the shelter availability issue

 

 

PDF: cancea_report_on_housing_affordability.pdf

Publish Date: 2019/MAY/31

The OAA and allied organizations are currently participating in research to identify the driving factors behind the current housing affordability challenges.

PDF: 2016_06_29_-_joint_letter_to_minister_ballard_june_2016_final_wo_attach.pdf

Publish Date: 2019/MAY/31

OAA President Kathleen Kurtin writes to the Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to discuss the OAA's recent roundtable on design and the site plan approval process.

Publish Date: 2019/MAY/24

OAA President Kathleen Kurtin writes to Ontario Chief Building Officials and Directors of Planning affirming that architectural designs accompanying applications for site plan approval must be prepared by an architect.

Publish Date: 2019/MAY/09

OAA President Kathleen Kurtin writes to the Honourable Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to discuss the OAA's recommended changes to the Site Plan Approval process.

Publish Date: 2019/MAR/12

OAA President Kathleen Kurtin responds to OAA members who have expressed concern about changes the OAA has recommended regarding the Site Plan Approval process.

Publish Date: 2019/FEB/27

OAA President Kathleen Kurtin writes to the Honourable Vic Fedeli, Minister of Finance to discuss Quality-Based Selection and Site Plan Approval Reform.

Publish Date: 2019/FEB/07

OAA Immediate Past President John K. Stephenson writes to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs to discuss Site Plan Approval and Quality-Based Selection.

Publish Date: 2019/JAN/29

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