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The Learning Centre contains guides, handbooks, info-sheets and training materials on a variety of Ministry topics to meet your information needs.


Our Region, Our Community, Our Home  Our Region, Our Community, Our Home is a discussion guide for the Co-ordinated Review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, Niagara Escarpment Plan, Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Greenbelt Plan. The guide describes the plans, highlights important policy issues and sets out questions we hope to address during the review.
The 2015 Communities at Work Cover The 2015 Communities at Work Calendar highlights municipal plans and guidelines that support the implementation of the Provincial Policy Statement, 2014.

Guides, Handbooks and Toolkits

A Land Use Planning Guide for Business Cover A Land Use Planning Guide for Business helps new businesses understand the land use planning process in Ontario and acts as a reference to those opening new businesses or expanding existing businesses.
Development Permit System - A handbook for Municipal Implementation Cover  Development Permit System - A Handbook for Municipal Implementation assists municipalities and others in establishing a Development Permit System in their community.
Economic Development Handbook Cover Economic Development Case Study Handbook showcases the experiences of several municipalities from across the province in addressing changing economic circumstances that face Ontario’s municipalities.
Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario 2014 Extention Program Guidelines - Cover

Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario 2014 Extension - Program Guidelines The Program Guidelines describe the various components of the Investment in Affordable Housing 2014 Extension and outline the program’s requirements.

Life Lease Resource Guide Life Lease Housing Resource Guide provides consumer information about life lease housing, an increasingly popular housing choice primarily for older adults who are able to live independently.
Making Choices - Building Stronger Communities Guide Making Choices - Building Stronger Communities - A guide to Service Delivery Review for Municipal Councillors and Senior Staff outlines a six-stage process that focuses on setting priorities, making choices and where it is possible to reduce the cost of delivery while maintaining or improving services and service levels.
Municipal Performance Measurement Program Cover Municipal Performance Measurement Program addresses the efficiency and effectiveness of municipal delivery and describes the how and why performance measurement is so important as well as how to develop customized performance measures
Municipal Tool for Affordable Housing Cover  Municipal Tools for Affordable Housing demonstrates why affordable housing is of community-wide importance, with positive benefits related to economic competitiveness, health, education and overall well-being.
Natural Heritage Reference Manual for Natural Heritage Policies Guide Natural Heritage Reference Manual for Natural Heritage Policies of the Provincial Policy Statement 2005 is an overview of policy, supporting guidelines and legislation related to natural heritage.
Planning for Barrier-Free Municipalities Cover Planning for Barrier-Free Municipalities gives suggestions for municipalities to develop barrier-free policies and options that will suit their local circumstances and resources.
PPS 2014 Cover 

Provincial Policy Statement 2014 - Under the Planning Act provides direction on matters of provincial interest related to land use planning and development, and promotes the provincial “policy-led” planning system.

Redeveloping Social Housing in Ontario - A Provincial Guide and Perspective - Cover  Redeveloping Social Housing in Ontario: A Provincial Guide and Perspective This guide aims to provide information from a provincial perspective to Service Managers and housing providers looking to redevelop their social housing projects
Revitalizing and Refinancing Social Housing - How Do You Get There - Cover

Revitalizing and Refinancing Social Housing: How Do You Get There The guide highlights the importance of strategic planning for revitalization and refinancing of social housing. This is a companion guide to “Redeveloping Social Housing in Ontario: A Provincial Guide and Perspective”.

The Community Improvement Planning Handbook 2008 Cover The Community Improvement Planning Handbook 2008 will help municipalities with their community improvement policies and plans.
Municipla Councillor's Guide 2014 Cover  The Municipal Councillor's Guide provides up-to-date information on municipal governance, finance and land use planning. It is a reference tool to learn more about municipal roles and responsibilities.
Understand the Consent Application Process Cover Understanding the Consent Application Process explains the requirements of section 53 of the Planning Act for the processing of consent applications.
Understanding the Subdivision and Condominium Application Process Cover Understanding the Subdivision and Condominium Application Process explains the requirements of section 51 of the Planning Act and section 9 of the Condominium Act, 1998 for the processing of subdivision and condominium applications.

Training and Presentation Material

Greenbelt 2005 Cover  Greenbelt Municipal Training Presentations
This 2005 presentation series gives an overview on the Greenbelt Plan
The Story of the Greenbelt 2005 - Part 1 - Overview
The Story of the Greenbelt 2005 - Part 2 - Agriculture
The Story of the Greenbelt 2005 - Part 3 - Natural Heritage
Greenbelt Implementation - Part 1 - Greenbelt Act and Plan
Greenbelt Implementation - Part 2 - Decision
Making Next Steps - Roles and Responsibilities
Municipal Act Amendment Cover Municipal Act Amendment
This training workshop series summarizes some of the changes to the Municipal Act, 2001 made by the Municipal Statute Law Amendment Act, 2006

Developing the Revised Act
Specific Powers
Accountability and Transparency
Other Amendments
Financial Amendments
Capital Finance
Municipal Service Corporations Regulation

ABC's of Planning Cover  The ABC’s of Planning
This 2007 training workshop is an overview of the planning system in Ontario presented at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario's training workshop for municipal councillors.
The Planning Framework - Part 1
The Tools and Processes to Make it Work - Part 2
Why Plan - Land Use Planning and the Built Environment Cover Why Plan? - Land Use Planning and the Built Environment
This 2011 presentation to municipal councillors and senior staff identifies community opportunities and challenges that can be addressed through updated Official Plans and the use of Planning Act tools.
Why Plan? - Land Use Planning and the Built Environment

Info and Fact Sheets

Municipal Tools for Affordable Housing. Housing is one of the most fundamental human needs. It is a key driver shaping the economic and social sustainability of communities, a vehicle for social inclusion and an important component to growth.

Planning Act Tools to Support Intensification and Sustainability. A brief overview of the key Planning Act tools that can support intensification, economic development and sustainability.

Planning for Community Design provides an overview of Planning Act tools that can help municipalities link good community design with economic growth and competitiveness.

Planning for Intensification provides an overview of key Planning Act tools that municipalities can use to facilitate and direct land use intensification through compact form, increased density, redevelopment and infill.

Planning for Climate Change gives an overview of Planning Act tools that can help municipalities address climate changes by planning for more efficient and sustainable communities.

Supporting the Greenbelt Plan: Planning Act Tools provides information on enhanced tools in the Planning Act that are available to municipalities and could be used to further the vision and policy objectives of the Greenbelt Plan.

Transit-Supportive Land Use Planning provides an overview of key Planning Act tools that municipalities can use to support and facilitate transit-supportive land use planning and development.

Understanding Brownfields Standards establishes standards to use when assessing contaminated brownfield properties; the standards are set to protect human health and the environment.

Understanding Risk Assessment provides general information about how and when to use a risk assessment when conducting an environmental site assessment and filing a record of site condition for a brownfield property.


Related Links

Brownfields Ontario
Local Government Week
Planning and Application Resource Centre

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The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) believes that the material in these Learning Centre (TLC) pages may be helpful to municipalities and the public. TLC has been prepared for educational purposes. Municipalities are responsible for making local decisions, including compliance with any applicable statutes or regulations. As the resources and information on TLC pages deal in summarized fashion with complex matters and reflect legislation, policies and practices that are subject to change, these resources should not be construed as legal advice. These resources should not be relied upon as a substitute for specialized legal or professional advice in connection with any particular matter. Although these resources have been carefully prepared, the user is solely responsible for any use or application of them. MMAH does not accept any legal responsibility for the contents of the Learning Centre or for any consequences, including direct or indirect liability, arising from its use.