Breaking NewsLocal News

Ontario Government Introduces Act to Cut Red Tape and Boost Housing Construction

In a bid to tackle the housing crisis gripping Ontario, the provincial government has unveiled the Cutting Red Tape to Build More Homes Act, 2024. This ambitious legislation aims to slash bureaucratic barriers, expedite governmental processes, and catalyze the construction of at least 1.5 million homes by 2031.

The package, announced by the Ministry of Red Tape Reduction, includes a suite of measures designed to enhance service delivery, saving Ontarians both time and money. Notably, proposed regulations would mandate ministries to establish business service standards for permits and license services, offering clarity to businesses awaiting decisions.

Moreover, the Act zeroes in on the housing sector, recognizing red tape as a major impediment to development. By streamlining approvals and empowering municipalities to make locally tailored decisions, the government hopes to accelerate housing and infrastructure projects statewide. Key initiatives include prioritizing infrastructure for stalled projects and supporting innovative construction methods such as modular homes and mass timber.

“These measures recognize the struggles that our municipal partners have faced in building homes and are targeted at removing those obstacles,” remarked Paul Calandra, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We’re not going to micromanage and dictate a one size-fits-all approach across the province. Municipalities know their communities best – they know where it makes sense to build homes.”

The Act also comes with complementary economic measures, targeting investment attraction and expediting transit and infrastructure projects. Additionally, it builds upon previous achievements, including reaching 99% of the 110,000 new homes target in 2023 and a history of over 500 actions to reduce regulatory burdens since 2018.

Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities, highlighted the Act’s focus on student housing, emphasizing the importance of providing safe and affordable accommodation options for Ontario’s student population.

Rob Flack, Associate Minister of Housing, echoed the sentiment, stressing the significance of embracing innovative housing solutions to address affordability concerns and stimulate job growth.

Commenting on the Act, housing advocates and industry stakeholders have expressed cautious optimism. While welcoming the government’s efforts to cut red tape and boost housing supply, some remain skeptical about the Act’s efficacy in addressing the root causes of the housing crisis, such as land availability and affordability issues.

“As much as cutting red tape is essential, we need to see comprehensive strategies that tackle the fundamental challenges in our housing market,” remarked one housing advocate who preferred to remain anonymous. “Without addressing issues like land availability and affordability, cutting red tape alone won’t solve the crisis.”

With the Cutting Red Tape to Build More Homes Act, 2024, poised for legislative consideration, Ontarians await eagerly to see whether these measures will translate into tangible progress in addressing the province’s housing needs.

GTA Today will continue to monitor developments related to the proposed Act and provide updates on its impact on housing construction in the Greater Toronto Area.


The introduction of the Cutting Red Tape to Build More Homes Act, 2024, presents a promising step forward in addressing Ontario’s housing challenges. By streamlining bureaucratic processes and empowering municipalities, the government aims to expedite housing construction and promote affordability. However, some skepticism remains among stakeholders, who stress the need for comprehensive solutions that tackle underlying issues such as land availability and affordability. As the Act undergoes legislative consideration, its effectiveness in addressing these concerns will become clearer. GTA Today will continue to follow developments closely and provide insights into the Act’s impact on the Greater Toronto Area’s housing market.

Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *