Sep 11, 2023

By Jeremy Logan

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Ontario’s new minister of municipal affairs and housing is suggesting that the province might not move forward with a review of six regions with both upper- and lower-tier municipal governments.

In a statement Monday, Paul Calandra said that he’ll be reviewing the move announced by his predecessor to appoint facilitators to assess regional governments in Halton, Waterloo, Durham, York and Niagara regions, as well as Simcoe County.

Minister Calandra says he wants to ensure the province’s approach is in step the goal of getting homes built quickly in those fast-growing areas.

Back in the spring, the government enacted a law to break up the upper-tier municipality of Peel Region, which includes the municipalities of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

Last month the previous housing minister, Steve Clark, said that the facilitators in the six regions would be appointed by Monday, September 11th, but this change in plans comes a week after Clark resigned amid the fallout of two damning reports on Greenbelt land swaps.

The integrity commissioner found Clark violated ethics rules when the province opened up parts of the protected Greenbelt for housing development, and both the integrity watchdog and the auditor general found that the process to select the lands was hasty and flawed.

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