Learn more about Bill 23 and what you can do

Bill 23 spells disaster for farmland, wetlands, conservation areas, and wildlife. It undermines municipal governments and guts conservation authorities. It’s an attack on democracy.

Here’s what you can do.

Step 1: Contact Your MPP

Members of Provincial Parliament (MPP) depend on public support and have a responsibility to respond to issues and take action in their home riding. Writing a letter might seem like a small task, but with enough momentum we can put pressure on MPPs to speak up to the province about our concerns.

Please send a letter about Bill 23 and the proposed amendments to the Greenbelt Plan to your MPP and municipal clerks for correspondence to Council. Find your MPPs contact info below. This letter template can be used to submit to politicians and open ERO postings on Bill 23. It was put together by Stop Sprawl York Region and Rescue Lake Simcoe expressing concerns about Bill 23 and touchs on the proposed Greenbelt Removals, downgrading of Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine that is already occuring and will occur through our recently approved Official Plan by Minister Clark. It also touches upon Bill 39 and the appointment of Regional Chairs by the province and extension of strong mayor powers to these unelected officials. Feel free to use and modify as you like or just submit w/ three sentences that are your own about how upset you are.

Contact info for York Region Clerks and York Region and Lake Simcoe watershed MPPs

Step 2: Attend a Rally 

Visit Environmental Defence’s Days of Action Page to find more rallies being held by grassroots organizers from all across Ontario saying #HandsOffTheGreenbelt and #StopBill23

Step 3: Write to the Environmental Registry of Ontario

The Ontario government is asking for public opinions on the proposed amendments to the Greenbelt Plan. Take the letter writing further and submit a comment to the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO).

This is a list of all the postings you could send your comments to.

This will only take you 5 minutes. Follow the steps below to get started!

1) Go to the ERO’s Proposed Amendments to the Greenbelt Plan page. Select “Submit a comment” towards the top left hand side

2) If you have never submitted a public comment you will be asked to make an account. Or you can choose to submit anonymously 

3) Copy and paste from this letter template, or write your own comment into the comment box

IMPORTANT: you must not include identifying contact information in your ERO submission, or it will not be publicly viewable.

4) Optional, but when you scroll towards the bottom of the page we encourage you to add the links to information. This makes our arguments stronger. Most of our information came from the links below of which you should copy and paste 

Ecojustice 

The Narwhal

The Office of the Auditor General of Ontario – Value-for-Money Audit: Land-Use Planning in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (PDF)

5) Comment on your own behalf and submit! If you have the time, consider submitting the same comments to other postings related to Bill 23 and the Greenbelt

Step 4: Sign a Petition 

The Ontario Headwaters Institute invite’s you to sign the petition to Minister Clark at Ontario Must Withdraw Bill 23 and Shift to Sustainable Planning

So far, the petition has received an over 2100 signatures signatures. Help them reach the goal of 2,200!

Architectural Conservancy Ontario petition to stop Bill 23

Ontario’s Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, is a vicious attack on the multicultural and socioeconomic diversity of all Ontario communities.

Bill 23’s proposed changes to the Ontario Heritage Act will make it almost impossible to protect anything except mansions built by rich people and properties already designated.

Step 5: Stay Informed

On November 21st, 125 organizations, including RLSC, and almost 100 individuals across Ontario united and released a Statement toward the Province’s proposed Bill 23 and cuts to the Greenbelt.

Read the Statement: The Problems with Bill 23 and the Proposal to Remove Lands from the Greenbelt

Media Release – Massive Coalition of Groups Unite to Condemn Ford Government’s Secret Sprawl Plans

CBC News Coverage

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) also submitted a statement to the Legislature’s Standing Committee on Heritage and Culture during its review of Bill 23. Their submission argues for housing development to prioritize affordability, local needs, and the natural environment.

The submission states..

“Members of the Committee and all Members of the Provincial Parliament will need to consider in whose interest they govern. Bill 23, as drafted, benefits private interests at the expense of public interests – at the expense of property taxpayers and Ontario’s natural environment.”

Read the rest of AMO’s submission

Bill 23: Information & Action Resources – Webinar Recording

The London Environmental Network and Climate Action London hosted a webinar to share information about Bill 23: More Homes Built Faster Act.

VIEW WEBINAR

Bait and Switch: Understanding Bill 23, The ‘More Sprawl, Fewer Wetlands’ Act – Webinar Recording

Environmental Defence hosted a panel discussion to review the impacts of Bill 23 and how to take action. Watch this informative webinar to understand why Bill 23 will be destructive, what various organizations are doing about it, and how you can help.

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