CAUTION: We have been advised that fraudulent emails with a modified domain name have been sent by a source purporting to be from Aird & Berlis LLP. These communications are not legitimate and are not from Aird & Berlis LLP. Disregard any such emails and do not engage with the sender or the email in any way. Please report the attempted fraud by contacting the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and by emailing Aird & Berlis LLP at help@airdberlis.com.

Back to all publications
Oct 30, 2017

Bill 139: Third Reading and Royal Assent Expected November 2017

By Patrick Harrington and Meaghan Barrett

Bill 139 (Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017) is expected to return to Queen’s Park for Third Reading and receive Royal Assent in November 2017. The Bill’s coming into force date has yet to be determined.

Bill 139 proposes to continue the Ontario Municipal Board as the renamed Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, make fundamental changes to the Planning Act approval and appeal process, and revise the Conservation Authorities Act as well as various other Acts. In June, Aird & Berlis created a list of the Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Bill 139.

Since our last update, the Legislative Assembly completed Second Reading of Bill 139 in September and referred the Bill without amendment to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. Earlier this month, the Standing Committee held two days of public hearings. Public stakeholders advocated for immediate or even retroactive implementation of the proposed changes to the Planning Act and the Ontario Municipal Board. The concerns expressed by most private stakeholders focused on issues of fairness, particularly given that many of the Province’s procedural changes will be prescribed by Regulation. The draft Regulations have not been made available by the Province as of the date of this publication.

The Standing Committee on Social Policy is currently undertaking a clause-by-clause review of Bill 139, scheduled to be completed on October 31, 2017. The Province has not yet indicated its intended protocol for transitioning from the existing planning approvals system to the new system contemplated by Bill 139. If you are involved in a development application that is forthcoming or is awaiting a municipal decision, we recommend speaking with a member of our Municipal & Land Use Planning Group to review how Bill 139 might impact this application.

Aird & Berlis will continue to monitor Bill 139 and provide you with further updates.

Areas of Expertise

Related Publications

Publications Article
Excess Claims Fees to Be Introduced Into Canada’s Patent Regime By Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. Nov 25, 2021 The Canadian patent regime has always been unique and flexible. However, many of these unique asp... The Canadian patent regime has always been unique and flexible. However, many of these unique aspects are disappearing in order to bring Canada’s patent regime into procedural harmony with the practice in other jurisdictions.
Publications Article
Emerging Case Law Regarding the Enforcement of Vaccination Policies By Alex Kagan and Jessica Schissler Nov 23, 2021 In this article, we summarize several recent decisions which provide guidance regarding how court... In this article, we summarize several recent decisions which provide guidance regarding how courts and arbitrators will assess the complex issue of workplace vaccination policies.
Publications Article
City of Toronto Introduces Inclusionary Zoning Framework By Eileen P. K. Costello, Sidonia J. Tomasella, Maggie Bassani, Meaghan Barrett and John Pappas Nov 10, 2021 The City of Toronto approved its new inclusionary zoning framework on November 9, 2021. Council a... The City of Toronto approved its new inclusionary zoning framework on November 9, 2021. Council adopted the official plan amendment and passed the zoning by-law amendment that will permit the City to require a percentage of all new development within delineated Protected Major Transit Station Are...