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The Western Ontario Wardens Caucus (WOWC) consulted extensively with its member municipalities about Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, and from those consultations prepared and delivered a submission to the Ontario government. It arrived at the office of the Chair, Standing Committee on Heritage, Infrastructure and Cultural Policy on November 28 – the same day the Bill received Royal Assent, and after the allowed commenting period had ended. The WOWC is a not-for-profit organization representing 15 upper and single-tier municipalities and 1.5 million residents across Southwestern Ontario. 

Their submission said, in part, that the caucus' purpose was "to reiterate the WOWC’s commitment and support for the Province’s efforts to increase the supply of housing and to improve housing affordability in Ontario, while outlining concerns that have been raised by WOWC members."

Those concerns – four pages of them – were prepared following "significant consultation with WOWC member Counties and stakeholders – including the WOWC Planning Subject Matter Experts group."

Ontario municipal elections were held October 24, and some Wardens (including those of Grey County and Bruce County) were not re-elected. As a result, the timing of the comment period allowed by the Ontario government was problematic for the Wardens' organization and its response to Bill 23.

The full submission from WOWC is available here.





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