The Province is undertaking a review of the Provincial Policy Statement, 2005 (PPS) to determine the need for revisions. The PPS sets out the Ontario government’s policy direction for land use planning and development and is the integrated, consolidated statement of all provincial ministries’ policies concerning land use.
The PPS is issued under the authority of Section 3 of the Planning Act and came into effect on March 1, 2005. The PPS plays a key role in Ontario’s land use planning system by providing policy direction on matters of provincial interest. It is the basis of the Province’s policy-led planning system and provides the foundation necessary to regulate the development and use of land. The PPS applies province-wide and provides the policy basis upon which provincial plans such as the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and the Greenbelt Plan are built.
The Planning Act requires that decisions on planning matters made by municipalities, the Province, the Ontario Municipal Board and other decision-makers “shall be consistent with" the PPS. This includes, for example, when municipalities develop their official plans and zoning by-laws. This standard ensures that the policies in the PPS are applied as an essential part of the land use planning decision-making process.
The PPS recognizes the complex inter-relationships among economic, environmental, cultural and social factors in land use planning, and embodies good planning principles.
The PPS includes the following major policy areas:
Building Strong Communities
The PPS provides policy direction to help build strong communities in Ontario through, for example:
- the effective management and use of land to meet current and future needs
- the protection of employment areas and other policies to promote economic development and competitiveness
- the provision of a range of housing types (including affordable housing) and densities to meet the needs of current and future residents
- the availability of appropriate infrastructure, e.g., transportation systems, and sewer and water services, to accommodate projected needs
- the promotion of energy efficiency and minimizing negative impacts to air quality.
Wise Use and Management of Resources
The PPS protects Ontario’s natural heritage (e.g., wetlands and woodlands), water, agricultural, mineral, petroleum, mineral aggregate, cultural heritage and archaeological resources. The protection of these important resources helps to ensure Ontario’s long-term prosperity, environmental health and social well-being.
Protecting Public Health and Safety
The PPS protects people, property and community resources by directing development away from natural or human-made hazards (e.g., flood plains or contaminated lands).
The input the province receives through consultation is an important part of the PPS review. The government is interested in hearing from you on the following questions:
- What policies of the current PPS are working effectively?
- Are there policies that need clarification or refinement?
- Are there policies that are no longer needed?
- Are there new policy areas or issues that the Province needs to provide land use planning direction on?
- Is additional support material needed to help implement the PPS?
- Do you have any other comments about the PPS?