Provincial Policy Statement Stakeholder Decision Letter - February 28, 2020

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Office of the Minister

777 Bay Street, 17th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 2J3
Tel.: 416 585-7000

February 28, 2020

Dear Stakeholder:

RE: Provincial Policy Statement, 2020

Earlier today, the government of Ontario released the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS), 2020. The PPS is an important part of Ontario’s land use planning system, setting out the provincial land use policy direction that guides decision-making.

The Planning Act requires that decisions on land use planning matters be “consistent with” PPS policies.

The PPS, 2020 supports implementation of More Homes, More Choice: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan and includes key changes to:

  • Encourage an increase in the mix and supply of housing
  • Protect the environment and public safety
  • Reduce barriers and costs for development and provide greater certainty
  • Support rural, northern and Indigenous communities
  • Support the economy and job creation

The PPS, 2020 works together with other recent changes to the land use planning system – including to the Planning Act through Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 and A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Collectively, these changes support key government priorities of increasing housing supply, supporting job creation and reducing red tape – while continuing to protect Ontarians’ health and safety and the environment, including the Greenbelt.

The PPS, 2020 policies will take effect on May 1, 2020. It will replace the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014. In accordance with section 3 of the Planning Act, all decisions affecting land use planning matters made after this date shall be consistent with the PPS, 2020.

For more information about the PPS, 2020, please visit where you will find:

  • A digital version of the PPS, 2020
  • A link to the decision notice on the Environment Registry of Ontario (ERO #019­0279)

If you have any questions about the Provincial Policy Statement, 2020, please contact the ministry at


Steve Clark