Ontario Issues Proposals to Improve Governance and Planning in Halton Region and the GTA

January 15, 2019

OAKVILLE NORTH-BURLINGTON – Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP announced today that Ontario’s Government for the People is taking two actions aimed to improve local government and growth planning which should help improve local government in Halton Region. The government has appointed two special advisors to review regional government and report back by the summer. As well, the government has posted proposed changes to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe online, for public consultation. The consultation period will be 45 days.

“Our PC Government is committed to improving the way regional governments such as Halton work for their residents,” said MPP Triantafilopoulos. “We want to make it easier for residents and businesses to access services from regions such as Halton and have asked these expert advisors to consult and explore improvements.”

The advisors will work with the province to explore:

  • Opportunities to make it easier for residents and businesses to access municipal services;
  • Processes to deliver efficient and effective local services that respects taxpayers’ money;
  • Methods to make municipalities open for business; and,  
  • Possibilities to cut red tape and duplication, and save costs.

Local residents and businesses will be consulted in spring 2019.

The proposed changes to the Growth Plan are posted for public consultation on Ontario’s Environmental Registry at ero.ontario.ca, under ERO number  013-4504. The proposed changes build on feedback we heard from the business, research and development sectors, municipalities, and others during detailed consultations last fall, including a growth planning forum attended by over 200 people. ” I’m pleased to announce the province will improve the Growth Plan to increase the supply of housing throughout the GTA while maintaining protections for the Greenbelt, agricultural lands, the agri-food sector, and natural heritage systems,” said MPP Triantafilopoulos.