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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP | Canada | 20 Nov 2020

Minister’s zoning orders come to the fore in a pandemic

Section 47 of the Planning Act allows the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Minister) to make “Minister’s Zoning Orders” (MZOs), to govern…

Aird & Berlis LLP | Aird & McBurney LP | Canada | 6 Sep 2019

Welcome (back) to the (new) Planning Act

On April 3, 2018, the land use planning approvals and appeals process in Ontario was significantly transformed by the Building Better Communities and…

Harper Grey LLP | Canada | 15 Jan 2019

Municipal Council’s consultative process was held to be procedurally fair

The Municipality of West Nipissing passed Motion 2017/84 adopting By-Law 2017/85 which accepted a contract proposal submitted by the Ontario…

Gowling WLG | Canada | 10 Jan 2019

The Risks of Scaling Up Ottawa's Heritage Register

Over the past several years, many Ottawa property owners have received notice that their properties have been listed in the register of the city's…

WeirFoulds LLP | Canada | 19 Nov 2018

Supreme Court of Canada Refuses to Hear Appeal from Ontario Court of Appeal Decision Giving Ontario Municipalities More Independence Over Parkland

On November 15, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed applications for leave to appeal from a decision of a 3-judge panel of the Ontario Court…

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP | Canada | 24 Sep 2018

New Ontario Government to Restore Municipal Rights to Oppose Renewable Energy Projects

Three months after taking power, Ontario’s new government introduced legislation to restore the rights of local municipalities to control the…

Lerners LLP | Canada | 30 Apr 2018

“No Property in a Witness”. How our Courts are applying this Principle to Expert Witnesses

The longstanding principle that “there is no property in a witness” allows any party in an action to interview the same witness and to admit evidence…

WeirFoulds LLP | Canada | 26 Feb 2018

Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017

According to the information set out on E-laws, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017 will be proclaimed in force as at April 3, 2018. As at…

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP | Canada | 7 Feb 2018

OMB Decision Sets Precedent for Managing Costs and Interest Against Unreasonable Claimants

The recent decision of the Ontario Municipal Board (the "Board") in Shergar Developments v. Windsor (City)("Shergar") provides new support for…

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP | Canada | 13 Dec 2017

Ontario planning process undergoes significant changes: Bill 139 receives Royal Assent

On December 12, 2017, Bill 139 received third reading and Royal Assent in the provincial legislature, coming into force as the Building Better…
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