ONTARIO INTRODUCES 'STRONG MAYOR LEGISLATION'

Aug 10, 2022

By Christine Ross

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The Ford government has introduced legislation called the Strong Mayor Building Homes Act.

Housing Minister Steve Clark says it gives the mayors of Toronto and Ottawa veto powers over bylaws that conflict with provincial priorities.

“We’re counting on municipalities to cut red tape, and get housing built faster so more families can realize the dream of home ownership,” said Clark.

 

The changes are expected to come into effect November 15, at the beginning of the new term of council.

The legislation would also give the mayors the responsibility for preparing and tabling their city’s budget, appoint a chief administrative officer, and hire and fire department heads, except for auditor general, police chief or fire chief.

The government has set a goal of building 1.5 million homes in 10 years and building critical infrastructure.

A council could override the mayor’s veto with a two-thirds majority vote.

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