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Ontario Heritage Act

CPD for Lawyers: 1 Substantive Hour


External Speakers: Mike Varey - Partner, Global Infrastructure, Canadian audit, tax and advisory services - KPMG Canada

Bill 23, Ontario's More Homes Built Faster Act, received royal assent on November 28, 2022. The Act amends the Ontario Heritage Act ("OHA") and its regulations to reduce red tape and remove barriers that are slowing down housing construction and other priority projects, while continuing to conserve heritage properties that matter most to local communities.

In the first of this four-part series breaking down the impact of these legislative changes, Eileen Costello and Naomi Mares of Aird & Berlis will review important changes which effectively shift the onus to municipal staff, heritage committees and, ultimately, councils to provide a new approach to heritage in Ontario. Drawing on his experience working with large GTA municipalities to transform their planning and building services, Mike Varey of KPMG Canada will outline the challenges, trends and leading practices facing large cities looking to improve the speed and quality of their permitting processes.

Topics Include:

  • Impact to development reviews and permitting processes
  • Heritage designation of individual properties (Part IV)
  • Changes to the criteria for and implementation of Heritage Conservation Districts (Part V)
  • Changes to how provincial properties are exempted from the OHA and potentially from provincial heritage standards and guidelines
  • What a 'streamlined" planning and development application approval process looks like

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