Ford government plans to review housing laws

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The Ford government intends to review housing legislation

Ford government's new legislation is expected to be introduced after the municipal elections.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing confirms Friday that Doug Ford's government will introduce new housing legislation right after the municipal elections.

The confirmation comes just after the revelation of the Toronto Star on Thursday reported that the Ontario government plans to repeal municipal zoning rules to allow for more housing to be created across the province. According to daily information, the changes should not concern the green belt.

Doug Ford previously announced that the government is aiming to create 1.5 million new homes over the next ten years, a target recommended by the province's Housing Affordability Task Force.

The official opposition, the NDP, says they will not comment further until details of the new legislation are revealed.

The devil is in the details, Jessica Bell told a press conference.

The party is, however, demanding a housing plan that includes an end to zoning rules exclusive housing, more housing construction, tighter control of real estate speculation and rent control.

We need a comprehensive approach that makes housing affordable for Ontarians today, as well as those planning to settle, says Jessica Bell.

Ontario Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner is asking similar measures and stresses the need to invest in sustainable co-operative, social and non-profit housing.

If the government does not listen to what the experts are saying and what Ontario Greens have asked, I have a whole host of private member bills in order to address this crisis for lack of government action, ind Mike Schreiner.

With information from Lorenda Reddekopp

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