Bill 132, Including Changes to ARA, Now in Committee

November 27, 2019 at 9:09 AM

Bill 132, the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019 was introduced in the legislature and is now under consideration of the Standing Committee on General Government.  The Committee is holding hearings which are expected to be finished this week. 

In the past couple of weeks OSSGA has been responding to a number of articles that have appeared in publications, including The Kitchener Waterloo Record, The Puslinch Pioneer, even the CBC.  It is clear based on the concerns that the municipalities are expressing that there is a lack of understanding about the changes that are included in Bill 132 and how they will affect local communities.  Members can have a look at a sample of the articles and the Letters to the Editor here:

October 29: CBC news item on ‘changing rules’

October 29:  OSSGA Response to CBC article

October:  Opinion piece by Major Seeley of Puslinch

November 6:  OSSGA Response to Major of Puslinch

Nov 12: Opinion piece by Luisa D’Amato

Nov 16: OSSGA Response to The Record

Nov 20: Opinion piece by Josalyn Radcliff

Minister Yakabuski’s office has also received a lot of feedback.  In his op-ed piece, he says “Recently, some concerns have been expressed about our proposal and I’d like to set the record straight on some of the key changes set out in the proposed Better for People, Smarter for Business Act. The proposed changes to the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA) aim to reduce unnecessary administrative duplication and delays, creating opportunities for growth while maintaining a steadfast commitment to protecting the environment and managing impacts to communities…”

OSSGA will continue to respond to articles and correct misinformation that appears in the media.  OSSGA’s Land Use Committee has also reviewed the Bill and has prepared a submission for consideration by the Standing Committee which is included here.

OSSGA will keep members informed as the Bill moves through the House.