Pre-2016 FUN Advocacy Positions

Bill 73: Smart Growth For Our Communities Act, 2015 (PDF, May 29, 2015) – FoNTRA supports most of the key planning provisions of Bill 73 but offers below refinements which, it believes, would make the proposed reforms more relevant to its situation. As presently written, these amendments have little applicability in the Toronto context. While it is understood that the proposed legislative changes aim to address Province-wide issues, our member organizations are confronted with development pressures, project complexities,and institutional realities that do not exist elsewhere in the Province and which may have been inadequately taken into account in Bill 73…

Submission to Public Consultation Regarding the Municipal Elections Act Review 2015 (PDF, July 27, 2015) The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario Inc. (FUN) requests that the Ontario government amend the Municipal Elections Act to address several concerns, especially about the deficiencies in, and lack of enforcement of the current Act. FUN considers that the amendment of the Act is a priority item so that the new requirements can be in place for the next round of municipal elections.

Suggestions for Improving the Ontario Municipal Elections Act (PDF, December 2007) – This position paper on the Municipal Elections Act arises from great concerns about the abuses of, deficiencies in and lack of enforcement of the current Act.

Coordinated Land Use Planning Review (PDF, June 1, 2015) – FUN’s letter to the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing outlines FUN’s strong support for the four provincial land use plans under review and expresses concerns in three areas.

Ontario Seeks Public Input for Future of Southern Ontario Communities and Green Spaces (February 27, 2015) – Ontario is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the largest permanently protected greenbelt in the world and looking to the future by reviewing the land use plans of southern Ontario. The Greenbelt protects farmland, green space and clean water. The Province will hold public consultations, across the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Greenbelt area, on the review of four provincial land use plans to grow the Greenbelt, protect prime agricultural land, build transit friendly communities and support economic development.

Proposed highway to pave parts of Greenbelt proving controversial (Toronto Star, January 3, 2015) – The province is in the midst of planning a new highway that will carry drivers across the GTA from Vaughan to Milton — in the hopes the infrastructure will help ease traffic congestion on roads across the region. But drivers hoping for a scenic route will likely be disappointed. The proposed four-to-six-lane GTA West highway, which is still in the early planning phase, has environmentalists deeply concerned as it will cut through protected Greenbelt lands in Vaughan, pave prime farmland in Caledon, and encroach on sensitive watersheds all along the route.

Submission to the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs Regarding Pre-Budget Consultations – Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario on January 22, 2015 (PDF) – The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario Inc. recognizes the significant fiscal challenges facing the Government of Ontario. We also believe that maintaining the highest standards of health care and education are critical to future of Ontario, and are required for keeping and attracting business. Recognizing this, our organization offers the following recommendations for inclusion in the budget.

Provincial Party Responses to FUN 2014 Election Survey – 7 Questions – On May 16, 2014 we emailed the following survey to the leader of the Green Party of Ontario and the Parliamentary offices of the leaders of the Liberal, Progressive Conservative, and NDP parties, giving a deadline of May 30, 2014 to respond. We received responses from the Green Party on May 30 and from the NDP on June 6.

FUN Comments on Land Use Planning and Appeal Review 2013-14 (PDF, January 10, 2014) – Our organization is grateful for the opportunity to give input into this exercise. Below is our response to some of the questions posed in the land use planning portion of the 2013-14 Land Use Planning and Development Charges public consultation.

Submission on Pre-Budget Consultations by the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (PDF, January 1, 2014) – The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario Inc. wishes to raise the following concerns which we hope will be addressed in the upcoming Ontario Budget.

Letter to Minister Jeffrey re: OMB (May 15, 2013) – The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario Inc., on behalf of its Member Associations and their affiliates, makes the following recommendations regarding the Ontario Municipal Board based upon a survey of urban resident associations.

FUN Asks Premier Wynne to Amend Muncipal Elections and Conflict of Interest Acts (PDF, April 15, 2013) The Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario Inc. requests that your government take immediate action to amend the Municipal Elections Act and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act to address our concerns about the abuses of, deficiencies in and lack of enforcement of the current Acts.