Protecting the Clean Water Act

Collection of CELA materials about Bill 66: Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018

CELA is very concerned about Bill 66. If enacted, this Bill would repeal the Toxics Reduction Act and amend multiple provincial statutes, including the Planning Act.

As originally drafted, under Schedule 10 of Bill 66, municipalities could pass "Open for Business" planning by-laws aimed at attracting new major development. These bylaws are exempt from public notice, comment and appeal provisions in the Planning Act. Moreover, these bylaws are automatically exempt from key environmental protection laws, plans and policies, including the Clean Water Act, the Greenbelt Act, the Great Lakes Protection Act, the Provincial Policy Statement under the Planning Act, and several more. However, on January 23, 2019, the Ontario government announced plans to remove Schedule 10 from Bill 66.

CELA joins dozens of environmental groups and thousands of concerned Ontarians in opposing this bill. Join this opposition at

UPDATE: On March 20, 2019, the Standing Committee on General Government voted against Schedule 10, thereby removing it from Bill 66. However, Schedule 5 (proposed repeal of the Toxics Reduction Act) still remains in Bill 66.