As of January 1, 2020, the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH)has announced that builders of rental housing, non-profit housing, and institutional developments will be able to defer paying development charges until occupancy. Furthermore, payments will be made in annual installments in accordance with the Development Charges Act.
Development charge rates, as of January 1, 2020, will be set for a development when a site plan or zoning amendment application is submitted to a municipality. Changes to Ontario Regulation 82/98 mean that the rate would continue to be frozen for two years after planning approvals have been received. This will encourage more homes to be built, according to MMAH.
The legislation provides authority for municipalities to charge interest to cover costs associated with the deferral and the freeze.
“Our government is committed to ensuring families across Ontario can access housing that meet their needs and their budget,” said Steve Clark, Minister of MMAH, in a letter to municipalities.
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