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New Planning Act Regulations Coming into Effect

New regulations under the Planning Act will come in to effect on April 3, 2018. These changes are related to the 2017 Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, which is the legislation that has effectively replaced the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) with Local Planning Appeal Tribunals (LPATs). 
In addition to technical changes, such as updating references from the OMB to Local Planning Appeal Tribunals and amending cross-references, the Act now requires explanations of how proposals are consistent or conform with provincial and local policies. It clarifies the requirements for municipal notices and establishes new transition provisions to set rules for planning matters in process at the time of proclamation. 
The OAA’s Policy and Government Relations (PGR) team is tracking the progress of the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act legislation, and will continue to provide updates if information is made available. To learn more about the Act and the OMB review process, visit  
To learn more about the lawmaking process in Ontario, click here. To learn about the mechanism to make laws and regulations come in force, click here.