Ford Government Introduces “Get It Done Act”

The Ontario government has introduced legislation that would “make it easier and faster to build transit, housing, and other critical infrastructure.”

The Ford Government has been dropping suggestions for weeks as to what is in the Get It Done Act.

It was unveiled Tuesday as the legislature resumed sitting following the Christmas break.

In a release, the province says the legislation would also “help people keep more of their hard-earned money by banning new tolls on provincial highways and give them a veto over any future provincial carbon tax.”

Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister of Transportation, says the government is rebuilding the economy “with better jobs and bigger paycheques,” adding previous governments neglected critical infrastructure.

Last week, the government announced its intention to ban new tolls on provincial highways, automate the licence plate renewal process and legislate the current freeze on driver’s licence and Ontario Photo Card fees. The province also announced it would require the government to first obtain the consent of Ontario voters through a referendum before implementing any new provincial carbon pricing program.

The Ontario government is also moving forward with several other initiatives, including declaring the Hazel McCallion Light Rail Transit Line Extensions to the downtown Mississauga loop and downtown Brampton as priorities.

It also says it is moving more projects to a streamlined environmental assessment process that would help get critical infrastructure such as highways, railways and transmission lines built faster to support Ontario’s growing population, while continuing to protect the environment.

The government is also proposing amendments to the Official Plan Adjustments Act, 2023 that, if passed, would modify the legislatively approved official plans for some of Ontario’s fastest-growing municipalities to better reflect both local and provincial priorities.

 

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