Municipal Matters

April 1st remedies for residential landlords during Covid-19

Does my tenant need to keep paying rent?

Rent is almost due and many people are experiencing uncertain financial times. At the same time, posts and petitions are circulating on social media encouraging tenants not to pay their rent on April 1st and an impending ‘rent strike‘ seems possible.

Premier Doug Ford announced last week that if the options lie between affording . . .

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March 30, 2020

LPAT hearing events cancelled to June 30, 2020

Update from the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal

The Government of Ontario passed an Emergency Order (O.Reg. 73/20) under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This Order is retroactive to March 16, 2020, and will affect proceedings before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal in the following ways:

• The Tribunal will not schedule any hearing events, including in-person, . . .

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March 24, 2020

OMB Rules are Making a Comeback

May 2, 2019

The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced this morning that the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) will revert back to the old Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) rules with de novo hearings. The proposed changes to the Planning Act and the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017 are meant to allow the LPAT to hear appeals with . . .

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May 02, 2019

More Legislative Changes Affecting Municipal Law in Ontario

ELTO is gone; Cannabis retail stores are now limited

This was another busy week of legislative changes in Ontario.

First, ELTO will be no more as of January 1, 2019. All tribunals in Ontario will be grouped under a new “Tribunals Ontario”.

You can find the new Ontario Regulation 494/18 here: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r18494

Secondly, there will only be . . .

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December 14, 2018

Changes to the Planning Act

Introducing a new section 34.1

On December 6, 2018 the provincial government introduced Bill 66 which, among other things, proposes an amendment to the Planning Act. This proposal would add a new section 34.1 allowing municipalities to pass “open-for-business” by-laws with approval from the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

An open-for-business by-law . . .

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December 07, 2018

Municipal Wastewater Charges

What is reasonable?

Most municipalities calculate sewage rates based on water consumption. This is likely based on the idea that what goes in must come out, but that is not always the case. Not all of the water taken will enter the sewage system, like when it is used for activities such as watering lawns and gardens. On the other hand, other waste products enter . . .

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June 04, 2018

LPAT – Questions and Answers

Notes from the March 21, 2018 ELTO webcast

On Wednesday March 21, 2018 the first webinar was held as a primer to address the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. Two more sessions will be taking place with the same material covered in each. To register for an upcoming session, you must sign up which can be done here: . . .

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March 21, 2018

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