Media Statement: Bill 23

"As Mayor of the Town of Caledon, I am expressing my serious concern regarding the fast-tracking of Bill 23: More Homes Built Faster Act. And, in alignment with our GTHA Small Urban partner municipalities, I am asking the province for more time to understand its implications and the consequences to our Town’s future, our residents and businesses.

I have called an emergency council meeting to establish a formal position on Bill 23. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for Council to establish a position on Bill 23 and inform the community on the impacts of this proposed legislation. 

Caledon is in a position where it is expecting some of the highest greenfield growth in the province. Bill 23 will reduce the Town’s ability to ensure growth pays for growth resulting in higher tax rates and reduced levels of service.  The bill will impact almost every service the town provides and result in an inability to meet the needs of our growing community.

I am deeply concerned with the lack of consultation with our Indigenous partners.  This is especially troubling given our relationship and recent memorandum of understanding with the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nations.

Staff are undertaking a detailed analysis to better equip Caledon to move forward in a strategic manner that works for all residents as well as future generations. We need more time to complete this work. Therefore, I am asking the province to consult and collaborate with all municipalities on a path forward to balance housing and community needs."

Mayor Annette Groves