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Ontario introduces 'strong mayors' law to speed up housing development

Ford says planning 'strong mayor' system for Toronto and Ottawa

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Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Steve Clark answers questions after an announcement in the Ontario Legislature, in Toronto, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.
Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clarke answers questions following the announcement at the Ontario Legislature in Toronto, Monday, December 7, 2020. Photo by Frank Gunn /THE CANADIAN PRESS

It proposes giving vetoes to ordinances that conflict with state priorities, such as construction.

Municipal and Housing Minister Steve Clark introduced today a bill called the Mighty Mayor, Home Building Act.

These he two city mayors can override legislative approval of ordinances such as zoning ordinances that interfere with a series of state priorities later set forth in the regulations.

But examples of priorities cited by government officials include his goal of building 1.5 million homes and building critical infrastructure over a decade.

The Council may override the Mayor's veto with a two-thirds majority vote.

The act also gives the mayor, on behalf of the legislature, responsibility for preparing and tallying the city's budget, appointing a chief executive officer, and, except for statutory appointments such as auditors, to departments. hire and fire the head of Police Chief or Fire Chief.

Other large city mayors have expressed interest in such powers, with officials saying the government may later add new cities to the law through regulation. there is

Ford did not indicate during his recent campaign that he planned to introduce such a law.

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