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Bill 66

Please join us in urging the government to stop Bill 66.

Sydenham River Nature Reserve © David Coulson

The Issue

The Government of Ontario introduced Bill 66 on December 6, 2018. If passed, this legislation would trump critical environmental protections for land, water and wildlife. Schedule 10 of the proposed legislation would allow municipalities to create “open-for-business” planning by-laws to circumvent planning requirements and land use restrictions under numerous provincial laws, plans and policies. The devastating breadth of Bill 66 means no municipalities are immune.

Quarry © Noah Cole

Why It Matters

Under the guise of cutting red tape, Bill 66 would line the pockets of big business at the expense of the people of Ontario. The “open for business” by-laws would undermine everything we have done to safeguard our environment, and the health communities across Ontario.

We would lose critical protections for water, wildlife and sensitive natural features set out in the Planning Act, the Greenbelt Act, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, the Great Lakes Protection Act, the Lake Simcoe Protection Act, the Clean Water Act and more. This is not about unnecessary red tape or job creation.

Public Opposition

Citizens groups across Ontario are up in arms about the anti-democratic and anti-environment elements of Bill 66. A groundswell of local organisations vehemently oppose turning back the clock on many years of good planning, community input and strong leadership from governments of all political stripes.

These by-laws could be passed without public notice or meetings and cannot be appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. These bylaws don’t even need to be consistent with municipal Official Plans, which are typically developed in close consultation with community leaders and stakeholders.

Take Action

Stop Bill 66 Rally, Ajax © Kevin Thomason

Stop Bill 66

We will not stand by as the Government of Ontario lets big business bypass decades of environmental legislation. Together, we can stop Bill 66.

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What We Are Doing

  • Mobilizing our members and supporters to sign our Bill 66 Action Alert
  • Submitting comments to the Environmental Registry of Ontario
  • Supporting local opposition to Bill 66
  • Drafting a sign-on letter to Premier Ford and all government MPPs
  • Mobilizing people to urging mayors and municipal councils to publicly oppose the “open for business” by-laws
  • Partnering with other environmental and community organisations to oppose Bill 66

For more information on our Bill 66 Campaign, please contact info@ontarionature.org.

Stop Bill 66 rally, Ajax © Kevin Thomason

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