What laws and regulations govern the home building and development industry?

The development, home building and renovation industry in Ontario is among the most regulated in North America.

Industry guidelines are set by the provincial government, specifically through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Consumer and Business Services. It is then up to municipalities to incorporate them through their own official plans, guidelines, bylaws and zoning requirements, which are designed to achieve a level of balance between development and protection for communities.

Our industry is actively engaged in the development and implementation of this process to ensure we help to maintain a high standard for all parties and ensure quality for consumers.

Some of the legislation and regulations for the industry include:

  • Ontario’s Planning Act and supporting Provincial Policy Statements (PPS)
  • Ontario Building Code
  • The Ontario Condominium Act
  • Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act
  • Development Charges Act
  • Construction Lien Act
  • Education Act
  • Endangered Species Act
  • Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act
  • Places to Grow Act 2005 and Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2017
  • Greenbelt Act
  • There are also additional business, tax and labour laws that apply to the industry.

Provincial legislation and regulation provide the framework for municipal by-laws and regulatory requirements which govern specific projects.

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