Move would nullify clause in Ontario’s Planning Act limiting scope of ministerial zoning orders

Mike Crawley · CBC News · Posted: Mar 05, 2021 6:00 AM ET | Last Updated: March 5, 2021

A ministerial zoning order issued by the Ford government would allow the Triple Group of Companies to build a distribution centre on the Lower Duffins Creek wetland in Pickering, Ont.

The Ford government is proposing a retroactive change to provincial law to clear the way for a controversial development project on a protected wetland.

The change in legislation was tabled by the government Thursday as part of an unrelated bill about expanding broadband internet in rural areas.

The amendments to Ontario’s Planning Act would nullify a key clause that limits the scope of ministerial zoning orders (MZOs), a powerful tool that helps fast-track developments by overriding local zoning rules.

CBC News has obtained an internal document that shows the government is making the change specifically to undermine a lawsuit that aims to halt a development on the Lower Duffins Creek wetland in Pickering.