Item - 2020.MM25.30

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on October 27, 2020 without amendments.

MM25.30 - Protecting Public Interest and Requesting Accountability from Minister's Zoning Orders - by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, seconded by Councillor Joe Cressy

Decision Type:

City Council Decision

City Council on October 27, 28 and 30, 2020, adopted the following:


1.  City Council express its displeasure with the actions taken by the Province through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing with regards to the issuing of O. Reg. 594/20, O. Reg. 595/20 and O. Reg. 596/20 without consultation with local residents, City Planning or with City Council, and send a copy of this Motion to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.


2.  City Council request the Chief Planner and Executive Director, City Planning to report to the Planning and Housing Committee in the first quarter of 2021 with recommendations on a potential framework for the use of the Minister's Zoning Orders in the City of Toronto, with terms that set forth key considerations and principles which the Province should apply when determining the appropriate use of the Minister's Zoning Orders in the City of Toronto to reach an expected outcome, including, but not limited to:


a.  the ability to collaborate with City staff and officials in advance of the issuing of these Orders when possible, including public consultation where feasible;


b.  the ability to be consistent with and/or in conformity with Provincial policies and legislation, including the Provincial Policy Statement, The Growth Plan and the Ontario Heritage Act where feasible;


c.  continuing to ensure that Site Plan matters remain with the City;


d.  continuing to balance local planning policy, including the Official Plan and technical considerations in order to support complete communities and good planning;


e.  the ability to provide the City with the opportunity to provide input into the procurement process; and


f.  ensuring that there is a mechanism for ensuring revenue neutrality and the collection of appropriate community benefits in the event that section 37 or community benefit charges become inapplicable due to a Minister's Zoning Order.


3.  City Council request the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to confirm an alternative process for the City to collect or be compensated for existing negotiated and future community benefits that may have been impacted due to O. Reg. 594/20, O. Reg. 595/20 and O. Reg. 596/20.

Background Information (City Council)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Introduce Motion without Notice moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam be permitted to add to the agenda of today's meeting an urgent Motion without Notice concerning: 


Protecting Public Interest and Requesting Accountability From Minister's Zoning Orders 


Reason for Urgency:


This Motion is urgent, as left unresolved, the Province may choose to issue further Minister's Zoning Orders for other sites in Toronto without the proper collaboration with the City.

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Oct-28-2020 6:43 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM25.30 - Adopt the Item
Total members that voted Yes: 20 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Brad Bradford, Shelley Carroll, Mike Colle, Joe Cressy, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mark Grimes, Stephen Holyday, Cynthia Lai, Mike Layton, Josh Matlow, Jennifer McKelvie, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Michael Ford, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair)
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Gary Crawford, Jaye Robinson
Source: Toronto City Clerk at