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

TORONTO — Today Ontario will introduce legislation that gives large local government leaders so-called strong mayoral powers as a way to build homes faster.

Municipal and Housing Minister Steve Clark will introduce legislation that would give the government more tools for local governments.

Prime Minister Doug Ford said he was planning a "strong mayor" system for Toronto and Ottawa and was considering expanding it to other cities.

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Ford said in his government speech to the throne on Tuesday that a strong mayoral system would allow local leaders to develop It will allow us to shorten our timelines and standardize our processes. Address local barriers to increased housing supply.

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The prime minister previously said - one-third of parliament could overrule the mayor under such a system.

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

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