Ontario Consulting on Building More Homes that People Need and Can Afford

Published on July 22, 2019

Province Seeking Feedback on Proposed Changes to Provincial Policy Statement

Woodbridge — The Ontario Government is cutting red tape that is slowing down the process of building more homes that people need and can afford.

As part of the More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan, the government is consulting on proposed changes to the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) — which sets out direction for land use planning in the province.

“Seniors in Vaughan-Woodbridge are looking to down-size and young families don’t see a path to homeownership. But there’s too much unnecessary red tape that is slowing down the creation of homes in York Region that people are looking for,” said Michael Tibollo MPP

The public, municipalities, homebuilders, stakeholders and Indigenous communities and organizations are invited to provide input.

The PPS consultation will consider policy changes under five themes

• reducing barriers and costs
• protecting the environment and public safety;
• supporting certainty and economic growth;
• increasing the supply and mix of housing;

“We are proposing changes to provincial policies that would spur and speed up the construction of more and different types of housing that can meet the needs of people in different stages of life,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “I encourage people to give feedback during this 90-day consultation.”

Comments may be submitted through the Environmental Registry of Ontario, online by email or in writing.

The deadline for submitting your feedback is October 21, 2019.


The Provincial Policy Statement (PPS) establishes province-wide direction on land use planning matters that guide municipal decision-making. 

The proposed changes aim to align with A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

Currently, it can take years of paperwork before a shovel ever breaks ground on a new housing or business project. Red tape and delays make it hard to get housing to market quickly and to build the right mix of housing in the right locations.


Proposed Changes to the Provincial Policy Statement