Five-year review of Ontario Municipal Act
Updated: A number of residents and real estate agents in western Mississauga have been urged by a real estate web site, and an accompanying radio ad campaign, to contact their MPP based on an incorrect assertion pertaining to a land transfer tax. The assertions made on that web site, and in a similar radio ad campaign are wrong.
No such legislation is before the Ontario Legislature.
No legislation was contemplated in the past. None is under consideration now. The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Ted McMeekin, has stated in the Legislature that his Ministry has no plans to introduce such legislation.
The Province reviews the Ontario Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act every five years. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is currently reviewing these Acts at the same time, along with the Ontario Municipal Conflict of Interest Act during this year and next year. The deadline for public submissions and input into revisions to these three acts was October 31, 2015.
No conclusions have been reached, or proposals made, by the Ministry, let alone published.
“While we are currently reviewing the feedback from our partners, it is clear that there has been no call for a Municipal Land Transfer Tax. I was pleased communicate our government’s position today, that other than in Toronto, where the power already exists, our government will not be extending Municipal Land Transfer Tax powers to other Ontario municipalities,” said Minister McMeekin in the Ontario Legislature.
If are keen to follow the review of the Ontario Municipal Act, please see the web site of the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. This site is the definitive information source on the review of the Ontario Municipal Act.
Everything else is baseless speculation or pure nonsense. In particular, there is no validity, nor has there ever been, to claims made in a private member’s resolution by a Progressive Conservative MPP.