Planning is a provincial responsibility.
Provincial legislation and policies provide municipalities with directions on how they may proceed with their Official Plans and development proposals.
The OSGN works to promote smart planning policy at the provincial level. Our members lead on policy research and/or participate in provincial planning consultations.
Provincial Land Use Planning
Four provincial land use plans are currently under review:
- the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe
- the Niagara Escarpment Plan
- the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan
- the Greenbelt Plan
For information on the status of the review, see the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing web page on the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review.
2011 PPS Review
The OSGN made a submission on the 2011 Provincial Policy Statement Five Year Review, calling on the Ministry to adopt a “complete communities” approach within the PPS:
Planning for Sustainability: recommendations from a coalition of NGOS
PPS and Cycling: a submission from EcoJustice, Transport Action Ontario, Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, and Cycle Toronto
Wellesley Institute: meeting Ontario’s housing needs.
The Ontario Growth Secretariat
Nestled within the Ministry of Infrastructure Renewal is the Ontario Growth Secretariat. This office has the lead responsibility for developing the Province’s growth plans.
Places to Grow is the initiative to plan for growth in Ontario in a way that supports economic prosperity and achieves a high quality of life.The first growth plan under the Places to Grow Act was released on June 16, 2006 and is for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the horseshoe-like area that rings western Lake Ontario. The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006 guides decisions on how land is developed, resources are managed, and public dollars are invested.
The second growth plan was released on March 4, 2011 and is for Northern Ontario. The Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, 2011 guides decision-making and investment planning.
Related Provincial Planning Initiatives
- Renew Ontario
- The Greenbelt Plan
- Planning Act Reform (Bill 51)
- Brownfields Ontario
- Northern Development Councils
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is responsible for the Ontario Planning Act and for approving all municipal plans.
The Ontario Municipal Board
When developers and governments or citizens don’t agree, the proposal ends up at the Ontario Municipal Board, which decides on whether the development proposal will proceed or not. The Board is guided by provincial legislation and policy in making its decisions.