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The Wood Bull Guide to the Planning Act: After Bill 139

The Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13 is the central piece of legislation governing land use planning in the Province of Ontario.

Bill 139, Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017, S.O. 2017, c. 23, came into effect on 3 April 2018.  Bill 139 introduced sweeping changes to the land use planning approvals process in Ontario, including significant amendments to the Planning Act, in particular regarding appeals of official plans, official plan amendments, and zoning by-laws.

The Wood Bull Guide to the Planning Act: After Bill 139 is being released for on-line publication in phases.  The first phase addresses the changes to the Planning Act made by Bill 139.  This phase will be updated on an on-going basis. Subsequent phases will address the remaining provisions of the Planning Act.  Please contact us if you wish to receive notification of the release of updates and subsequent phases of the Guide.

The Guide is organized around the seven Parts of the Planning Act.  Within each Part, the Guide groups sections and subsections into topics for ease of understanding and analysis.   A Table of Contents is provided in the navigation toolbar to the right.  Click here for more information on how to the use the Guide.


Bill 139 received Royal Assent on 12 December 2017, and came into force on 3 April 2018, the day named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor. 

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Note: Material on the Wood Bull website is intended as general information and commentary.  Please consult the e-Laws website for the legislation.  In order to make these Wood Bull Guides useful resources, we welcome any comments and suggestions.  

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