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The following is an alphabetic list of statutes administered by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Legal ScalesThis list is for information purposes only and was last updated on November 12, 2009. The data on this web site is provided as a convenience only and should not be relied on as the authoritative text. The authoritative text is set out in the official volumes and in office consolidations printed by Publications Ontario.


  1. Building Code Act, 1992
    Authorizes regulations to prescribe the Building Code. The Building Code regulates standards for the construction and demolition of new buildings.

  2. City of Greater Sudbury Act, 1999
    Establishes a new single tier City of Greater Sudbury effective January 1, 2001. Establishes the composition of the City council and sets out certain financial and other powers and duties of the new city.

  3. City of Hamilton Act, 1999
    Establishes a new single tier city of Hamilton effective January 1, 2001. Establishes the composition of the new City council and sets out certain financial and other powers and duties of the new city.

  4. City of Kawartha Lakes Act, 2000
    This legislation gives the Kawartha Lakes Transition Board the powers to enter into certain agreements on behalf of the new city and gives the new city the authority to allocate certain municipal costs to taxpayers in specific areas of the city.

  5. City of Ottawa Act, 1999
    Establishes a new single tier City of Ottawa effective January 1, 2001, including the composition of the City council and certain financial and other powers and duties of the new city.

  6. City of Toronto Act, 2006
    Provides for the structure of the City of Toronto and sets out its basic powers including the ability to regulate (e.g. licensing), the provision of services, finances and roads.

  7. Commercial Tenancies Act
    Regulates commercial tenancies.

  8. Development Charges Act, 1997
    Empowers municipalities to impose development charges against land to be developed where the development will increase the need for municipal services.

  9. Elderly Persons’ Housing Aid Act
    Provides for grants to be made for the purpose of constructing low rental housing units for elderly persons.

  10. Geographic Township of Creighton-Davies Act, 1997
    Changes the name of the geographic township of Creighton to the geographic township of Creighton-Davies.

  11. Geographic Township of Hansen Act, 1986
    - Changes the name of the geographic township of Stalin to the geographic township of Hansen.
    - Unconsolidated in 1990 Revised Statutes of Ontario, not in E-laws “consolidated law” list.

  12. Greenbelt Act, 2005
    Enables the Lieutenant Governor in Council to make a regulation creating a Greenbelt Area in the Golden Horseshoe area and to establish a Greenbelt Plan by Order in Council, which contains land use designations and policies to govern the lands within the Greenbelt Area.

  13. Housing Development Act
    Authorizes federal/provincial housing projects, provincial housing related financial assistance, certain municipal housing powers and the establishment of corporations to construct or manage housing projects.

  14. Line Fences Act
    Provides a local method of arbitrating fencing disputes between neighbouring property owners.

  15. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Act
    Establishes the Ministry and outlines the Minister's powers. Gives the Minister general responsibility for Ontario's housing policy and programs and responsibility for the Acts the Ministry administers.

  16. Municipal Act, 2001
    Provides for the structure of single, upper and lower tier municipalities, and sets out their basic powers including the ability to regulate (e.g. licensing), provision of services, finances and roads.

  17. Municipal Affairs Act
    Sets out powers of the Ministry with respect to overseeing municipal activities.

  18. Municipal Arbitrations Act
    Provides a means of arbitrating claims against a municipality.

  19. Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
    Requires council members to disclose their pecuniary interest in matters before council.

  20. Municipal Corporations Quieting Orders Act
    Allows the Ontario Municipal Board, upon application, to determine the exact location of a municipal boundary.

  21. Municipal Elections Act, 1996
    Governs the holding of elections to the offices of municipal councils and elected local boards.

  22. Municipal Extra-Territorial Tax Act
    Provides for taxation for municipal purposes in territory without municipal organization.

  23. Municipal Franchises Act
    Establishes the procedures for granting franchises for the supply of a public utility.

  24. Municipal Tax Assistance Act
    Provides for payments by the province or its agencies to municipalities, in lieu of taxes on provincially-owned lands.

  25. Municipality of Shuniah Act, 1936
    - Restructures the municipality and provides for wards, composition of council, tax sales.
    - Unconsolidated in 1990 Revised Statutes of Ontario, not in E-laws “consolidated law” list.

  26. North Pickering Development Corporation Act, 1974
    - Establishes the North Pickering Development Corporation, primarily for the purpose of planning and developing the North Pickering Planning Area.
    - Unconsolidated in 1990 Revised Statutes of Ontario, not in E-laws ”consolidated law” list.

  27. Oak Ridges Moraine Protection Act, 2001
    This Act froze development on the Oak Ridges Moraine for six months while a long term action plan to protect the moraine was developed.

  28. Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act, 2001
    This Act provides authority to establish the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan to protect the ecological and hydrological integrity of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

  29. OC Transpo Payments Act, 2000
    Allows the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton and the Ottawa-Carlton Regional Transit Commission to make payments to estates of certain employees who died in 1999.

  30. Ontario Mortgage and Housing Corporation Act
    Continues the Ontario Housing Corporation and enables it to fund and administer housing programs.

  31. Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Act, 2006
    Provides for the governance and administration of the OMERS pension plans by two corporations representing the municipal sector.

  32. Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Review Act, 2006
    Provides for the review of the OMERS governance model under the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Act, 2006

  33. Ontario Planning and Development Act, 1994
    Authorizes Minister to establish development planning areas for promotion of the economic and environmental condition of areas.

  34. Planning Act
    Establishes a regulatory framework for the use and development of land in Province. Provides for the Provincial Policy Statement setting out provincial land use policy.

  35. Public Utilities Act
    Most of the Act has been repealed. The remainder primarily provides a regulatory framework for company (private) public utilities.

  36. Regional Municipality of Peel Act, 2005
    Restructures the composition of the council of the regional Municipality of Peel.

  37. Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 
    Establishes the framework for the regulation of residential rents, sets out the rights and responsibilities of residential landlords and tenants and provides for the adjudication and resolution of disputes between residential landlords and tenants.

  38. Road Access Act
    Establishes a procedure to keep certain types of roads open unless closed by a court order.

  39. Shoreline Property Assistance Act
    Authorizes municipalities to borrow provincial funds to make loans to the owners of shoreline properties for protective works.

  40. Social Housing Reform Act, 2000
    Provides for administration of housing programs by service managers, including municipalities, beginning January 1, 2001.

  41. Statute Labour Act
    Provides for duties to perform statute labour in townships and areas without municipal organization.

  42. Tax Sales Confirmation Act, 1974
    - Confirms the legal validity of sales, deeds and related documents respecting municipal sale of land for tax arrears prior to this Act.
    - Unconsolidated in 1990 Revised Statutes of Ontario, not in E-laws “consolidated law “list.

  43. Territorial Division Act, 2002
    Divides the territory of Ontario into geographic areas.

  44. Toronto Islands Residential Community Stewardship Act, 1993
    Vests residential community land located on Toronto Island in the Province, and provides for 99-year leases to island residents.

  45. Town of Haldimand Act, 1999
    Establishes a new single tier Town of Haldimand effective January 1, 2001. Establishes the composition of the Town council and sets out certain financial and other powers and duties of the new Town.

  46. Town of Moosonee Act, 2000
    Constitutes the Town of Moosonee as a municipality.

  47. Town of Norfolk Act, 1999
    Establishes a new single tier Town of Norfolk effective January 1, 2001. Establishes the composition of the Town council and sets out certain financial and other powers and duties of the new Town.