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Write this as an invitation to the guests: Hello everyone, and welcome to The Maria Rekrut Radio Show. Today, July 25, 2023 at 9pm EST, https://app.be.live/649/guest. We will be discussing Ontario Bill 97, also known as the Helping Homebuyers, Protecting Tenants Act, 2023. We'll be producing the show tonight, and it will be broadcast in August 2023. This bill aims to address housing affordability and supply in the province by making changes to residential development in rural areas, which would give municipalities the ability to split large farms into smaller lots to make it easier to build homes. We want to hear your practical input on the pros and cons of this bill and how it will affect landlords and tenants, particularly in terms of rent increases. We will be starting to record the show shortly after 9 pm, and we look forward to having you join me. Thanks, Maria Rekrut

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Dear guests, I would like to invite you to The Maria Rekrut Radio Show, where we will be discussing the Ontario Bill 97, also known as the Helping Homebuyers, Protecting Tenants Act, 2023. The show will take place today, July 25, 2023, at 9 pm EST, and you can join us at https://app.be.live/649/guest. The bill aims to address housing affordability and supply in the province by making changes to residential development in rural areas. These changes would give municipalities the ability to split large farms into smaller lots to make it easier to build homes. We want to hear your practical input on the pros and cons of this bill and how it will affect landlords and tenants, particularly in terms of rent increases. We will be producing the show tonight, and it will be broadcast in August 2023. We will start recording the show shortly after 9 pm, and we look forward to having you join me. Thank you,
Maria Rekrut
What are the specific changes that Bill 97 proposes to make to residential development in rural areas How do landlords and tenants feel about the proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act When will the broadcast of the show be available to listen to

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The specific changes that Bill 97 proposes to make to residential development in rural areas are outlined in Schedule 6 of the bill. These proposed amendments to the Planning Act include:
  1. Allowing municipalities to create new zoning by-laws to facilitate the creation of smaller residential lots on large farms.
  2. Granting municipalities the authority to impose conditions on the creation of new lots, such as requiring the provision of affordable housing units.
  3. Providing municipalities with the ability to require the dedication of land for public purposes, such as parks or community facilities, as a condition of creating new lots.
  4. Introducing a process for municipalities to review and approve plans of subdivision for the creation of new lots.
  5. Allowing municipalities to impose development charges on the creation of new lots.
These changes are aimed at increasing housing supply and affordability in rural areas by making it easier to develop new residential properties
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As for how landlords and tenants feel about the proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, there is no specific information available in the provided search results. It would require further research or consultation with landlords and tenants to gather their opinions on the matter. The broadcast of the show will be available to listen to in August 2023, as mentioned in the invitation. The specific date and platform for accessing the broadcast were not provided in the search results.
What are the specific changes that Bill 97 proposes to make to residential development in rural areas How do landlords and tenants feel about the proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act When will the broadcast of the show be available to listen to

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  1. What are the specific changes that Bill 97 proposes to make to residential development in rural areas?
Bill 97, also known as the Helping Homebuyers, Protecting Tenants Act, 2023, proposes to make changes to residential development in rural areas by giving municipalities the ability to split large farms into smaller lots to make it easier to build homes
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  1. How do landlords and tenants feel about the proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act?
Schedule 7 of Bill 97 proposes several changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 to provide additional rights to tenants related to the use of window air conditioning units. Changes are also proposed affecting notices of termination based on renovations or repairs to the rental unit. However, there is no information available on how landlords and tenants feel about these proposed changes
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  1. When will the broadcast of the show be available to listen to?
The invitation to the show states that it will be recorded shortly after 9 pm EST on July 25, 2023, and will be broadcast in August 2023. However, there is no specific date available for when the broadcast will be available to listen to
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What are the proposed changes to the Planning Act in Bill 97 What additional rights are proposed for tenants related to the use of window air conditioning units What is the Provincial Planning Statement 2023 and how does it relate to Bill 97

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  1. Proposed changes to the Planning Act in Bill 97:
  • All municipal decisions, including zoning by-laws and permitting processes, must be consistent with the proposed Provincial Planning Statement 2023 (PPS 2023), even before a municipality's official plan has been updated.
  • The Minister is allowed to make regulations and orders related to planning functions that previously would solely have been directed by local municipalities.
  • Prohibits municipalities from enacting policies that are more restrictive than certain policies of the proposed PPS 2023 and establishes a greater role for Ministerial Zoning Orders
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  1. Additional rights proposed for tenants related to the use of window air conditioning units:
    Schedule 7 of Bill 97 proposes several changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006. These changes include providing additional rights to tenants related to the use of window air conditioning units. The specific details of these proposed rights are not provided in the search results
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  2. The Provincial Planning Statement 2023 and its relation to Bill 97:
    The Provincial Planning Statement 2023 (PPS 2023) is a proposed planning policy document that sets out the provincial government's policies for land use planning and development in Ontario. It provides guidance to municipalities in developing their official plans and making land use decisions. Bill 97, alongside the proposed PPS 2023, introduces changes to the Planning Act that require all municipal decisions, including zoning by-laws and permitting processes, to be consistent with the proposed PPS 2023. This means that municipalities must align their planning decisions with the policies outlined in the PPS 2023, even before updating their official plans
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Please note that the search results do not provide specific details on the proposed additional rights for tenants related to window air conditioning units.
What other legislative changes are proposed in Bill 97 besides those related to the Planning Act and the Residential Tenancies Act

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Bill 97, the Helping Homebuyers, Protecting Tenants Act, 2023, proposes several legislative changes beyond those related to the Planning Act and the Residential Tenancies Act. These changes include:
  • Amendments to the Building Code Act, 1992
  • Amendments to the City of Toronto Act, 2006
  • Amendments to the Development Charges Act, 1997
  • Amendments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Act
  • Amendments to the Municipal Act, 2001
  • Amendments to the Planning Act
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The proposed changes to these acts are aimed at facilitating Ontario's Housing Supply Action Plan and increasing housing supply in the province
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In addition to these legislative changes, Bill 97 also proposes to extend the deadline for the "Bill 109 fee refund regime" to July 1, 2023
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It is worth noting that Bill 97 has already been passed by the Ontario legislature and received Royal Assent on June 8, 2023
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What is the proposed Provincial Planning Statement (PPS 2023) and how does it relate to Bill 97 What are the potential impacts of the changes proposed in Bill 97 on housing supply and affordability in Ontario Are there any advocacy groups or organizations that have expressed support or opposition to Bill 97

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The proposed Provincial Planning Statement (PPS 2023) is a policy document introduced by the Ontario government alongside Bill 97, the Helping Homebuyers, Protecting Tenants Act, 2023. The PPS 2023 is intended to replace both the Provincial Policy Statement 2020 (2020 PPS) and A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Its purpose is to simplify existing policies and provide a more flexible approach for municipalities to respond to individual market needs while focusing on achieving housing outcomes. The proposed PPS 2023 recognizes that "one size does not fit all" and aims to give large and fast-growing municipalities the tools they need to help deliver housing. It aligns with the government's target of encouraging the construction of 1.5 million homes by 2031
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The changes proposed in Bill 97, along with the introduction of the PPS 2023, are expected to have potential impacts on housing supply and affordability in Ontario. By allowing municipalities to create new zoning by-laws and split large farms into smaller lots, the bill aims to make it easier to develop new residential properties in rural areas. This could increase housing supply and potentially contribute to greater affordability in those areas. However, the specific impacts will depend on various factors such as the implementation of the bill, market conditions, and the response of municipalities to the new policies. It is important to note that the full extent of the impacts may not be known until the bill is fully implemented and its effects are observed over time
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Regarding advocacy groups or organizations that have expressed support or opposition to Bill 97, the provided search results do not mention any specific groups or organizations. It is possible that there may be stakeholders in the housing industry, such as landlord associations, tenant advocacy groups, or other interested parties, who have expressed their views on the bill. However, further research or consultation with relevant stakeholders would be needed to gather information on their positions
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What are the specific provisions of the Provincial Planning Statement 2023 (PPS 2023) How does Bill 97 aim to protect homebuyers and tenants What are the potential impacts of the changes proposed in Bill 97 on rural areas in Ontario

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The specific provisions of the Provincial Planning Statement 2023 (PPS 2023) are not provided in the search results. However, the PPS 2023 is described as a policy document that simplifies existing policies and focuses on achieving housing outcomes while giving municipalities more flexibility to respond to individual market needs. It aims to support the construction of 1.5 million homes by 2031 and provides tools for large and fast-growing municipalities to deliver housing
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Bill 97, the Helping Homebuyers, Protecting Tenants Act, aims to protect homebuyers and tenants through amendments to various statutes. The specific provisions related to homebuyer protections and tenant support are not outlined in the search results. However, the bill is described as strengthening homebuyer protections, supporting tenants, and streamlining land use planning rules
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The potential impacts of the changes proposed in Bill 97 on rural areas in Ontario are not explicitly mentioned in the search results. However, the bill aims to facilitate residential development in rural areas by allowing municipalities to split large farms into smaller lots, which could increase housing supply in those areas. The full extent of the impacts on rural areas would depend on factors such as implementation, market conditions, and municipal responses to the new policies
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The search results do not provide information on specific advocacy groups or organizations that have expressed support or opposition to Bill 97. Further research or consultation with relevant stakeholders would be needed to gather information on their positions
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