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Transit-Oriented Communities and Bill 171 – The Building Transit Faster Act, 2020

Transit-oriented communities (TOC) are part of the provincial government’s plan to build new, sustainable transit.  The Ontario government’s goal is to deliver faster, more reliable and seamless transit in the GTA by developing more housing and jobs near or at transit stations along the province’s four priority subway projects:  Ontario Line, the Yonge North Subway Extension, the three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension, and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension.

The Building Transit Faster Act, 2020 (Bill 171) received Royal Assent on July 8, 2020.  This legislation allows Ontario to expedite the process of building the province’s four priority transit projects by removing barriers and streamlining processes that may result in delays to the timely completion of these projects, while enhancing coordination and engagement with the being fair to public and private sector stakeholders.  The Bill covers items relating to Corridor Control; Expropriation; Utility Company Cooperation; Municipal Service and right of way access.  For Expropriations, the Act eliminates the hearing of necessity process.