Ontario bill aims to speed up stalled housing developments, boost student housing

By Allison Jones THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO- Ontario proposed Wednesday to allow municipalities to enact “use it or lose it” policies on developers, speed up the creation of student housing, and streamline approvals for standardized housing designs as it seeks new paths to reach its goal of building 1.5 million homes. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Paul Calandra introduced an omnibus bill tackling so-called red tape across several ministries, but the largest sections deal with rules and regulations on housing that he said stand in the way of home construction. “We have made a commitment to get at least 1.5 million homes built by 2031,” he said at a press conference. “Municipalities know their communities best. They know where it makes sense to build homes and that’s why we’re supporting…

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