Toronto, ON — Ontario’s Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy today rejected amendments to Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, that would have protected municipal green development standards. Despite broad-based support for these amendments from municipalities, business associations and the architecture and engineering industry, the bill is likely to pass without them at committee later today.
This legislation dismantles council-approved energy efficient design standards in Toronto, Ottawa, Brampton, Ajax, Whitby, Pickering, Markham, and other municipalities across Ontario. Without amendment, owners and tenants will be denied affordability benefits that energy-efficient, climate-resilient buildings provide.
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