Q and A with the experts: More Homes Built Faster Act, or Bill 23
Professor Dawn Parker answers questions about the new legislation
The Ontario government has introduced sweeping new legislation aimed at building 1.5 million new homes by 2031. Dr. Dawn Parker, a professor in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo, answers questions about the new legislation, called More Homes Built Faster Act, or Bill 23.
What is Bill 23?
Bill 23, the proposed Provincial More Homes Built Faster act, aims to increase housing supply and, as a consequence, housing affordability through major changes to planning and conservation legislation.
What is your assessment of Bill 23?
On the positive side, it addresses exclusionary zoning by requiring municipalities to allow more units on residential parcels and increases some incentives for rental and attainable housing supply. Bill 23, however, has many issues, only some of which I will address.
Overall, the Bill may fail to meet its primary objectives in these key areas:
What’s a better approach to making housing more affordable in Ontario?
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