The More Homes Built Faster Act (Bill 23) has been introduced in the name of solving the housing affordability crisis. It will not succeed in that regard, and it will come at a great cost to residents. This Bill was introduced without consultation, and the post facto consultations planned do not include a hearing in Ottawa, the second largest city in Ontario.
Bill 23, along with the broader slew of other recent regulatory changes imposed upon municipalities by the province, are a gift to the development industry. A gift that has negative implications for Ottawa ratepayers, for the provision of truly affordable housing, for the fight against climate change, and for democratic input into local planning decisions. You can read Councillors Menard and Troster's open letter to the province opposing Bill 23 below.
Bill 23 has caused concern across many sectors of our city and civil society; this has seen a wide variety of groups to speak out against this legislation. Seldom have we seen such a broad swath of our city united in opposition to provincial legislation. It is worth reviewing the concerns raised from different vantage points.
Perhaps the most comprehensive analysis and rejection of Bill 23 comes from the City of Ottawa's planning department. A good summary of the city's concerns can be found here. Full copy of comments can be found below.
The City's financial department has released this memo detailing the financial impact on the city of Bill 23 here
Ecology Ottawa is strongly opposed the Bill and have put together a helpful guide to "why - and how - we should say no to Bill 23". You can take action by using their email tool to write to MPPs here.
Capital Ward Community Associations are also raising the alarm about Bill 23.