Bill 23 makes Toronto’s ambitious climate change plan next to impossible to achieve.
Emissions from buildings make up 61% of Toronto’s carbon emission. In an effort to do its part in combating climate change, Toronto set minimum green building standards for new building construction in the Green Building Standards.
Those standards were gutted by Bill 23.
Green building standards push industry forward to build better quality buildings and homes that result in economically competitive communities that are healthier and more sustainable. They are not the cause of the housing crisis. Without standards to guide development, we risk a race to the bottom in terms of quality of housing for Ontarians, resulting in massive health, climate and economic costs in the long run.