ICBL Land Use Study – January 14 Council Meeting

On January 14, RAHB representatives attended the Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility Committee Meeting where recommendations from the Interim Control By-Law (ICBL) land use study were presented to the Burlington City Council. .

Discussions about the recommendations will continue at a Special Council meeting on January 30 at 9:30 a.m., and a decision will be made on the staff recommendations that same day.

The Interim Control By-Law is still scheduled to be lifted on March 5. It was, not as of yet, extended another year.


The proposed recommendations fall into four categories:

  1. Policy Framework
  2. Functional Policies
  3. Land Use Policies (Urban Planning Areas)
  4. Definitions


Policy Framework

New policy language has been proposed that describes major transit station areas as a component of the City’s Urban Planning Area.


Functional Policies

Additional policy language will be added to:

  • Include pedestrians and cyclists as active transportation
  • Include the term “Major Transit Station Areas” (MTSA)
  • Include the incorporation of transit-supportive development
  • Include the role of transit in the overall urban form
  • Include the importance of more compact forms of development along transit and transportation corridors to support complete communities
  • Include subsections that strengthen the concept of transit-supportive developments in the Official Plan by recognizing the role of MTSA


Land Use Policies – Urban Planning Areas

Mixed Use Corridors – General

Additional policy language has been proposed to establish the role of the Region of Halton’s Municipal Comprehensive Review, which will delineate the major transit station area boundaries and identify minimum density targets.


Mixed Use Corridors – Commercial Corridors

Additional policy language has been proposed to remove reference to time-frame of development and acknowledge the redevelopment of the mixed-use commercial corridors.


Downtown Mixed-Use Centre

Minor policy edits to include a reference to the Regional Official Plan and update the reference to the Urban Growth Centre.


Role and Function of a Major Transit Station Area – Go Stations vs. John Street Bus Terminal

Include language to support transit-supportive development that corresponds to MTSA typology:

  • Burlington and Appleby Go Stations – higher order transit units
  • Aldershot Go Station – higher order, but not priority transit unit
  • John Street Bus Terminal – not higher order or priority transit unit

It is anticipated that the majority of growth within the City’s four MTSAs will occur in the three MTSAs located along higher order transit routes and with planned frequent transit service by way of regional express rail (i.e., the city bus).

These proposed policies will help guide development applications by requiring that the highest density and tallest buildings be concentrated closest to the GO Stations.



The following definitions have been proposed to be updated or added to the Official Plan in order to align with provincial plans and policies, such as A Place to Grow, 2019, and to assist in the interpretation of the proposed Official Plan policies:

  • Active Transportation
  • Compact Built Form
  • Complete Communities
  • Complete Street
  • Frequent Transit
  • Higher Order Transit
  • Major Transit Station Area
  • Major Trip Generator
  • Mid-rise Building
  • Multi-Modal
  • Public Service Facilities
  • Tall Building Transit-Supportive or Transit-Supportive Land Use
  • Urban Design Brief

Taking a Closer Look at the Downtown in Burlington

The Burlington City Council Planning and Development Committee is holding a discussion on the re-examination of the downtown policies in the adopted Official Plan on December 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and reconvening at 6:30 p.m. at Burlington City Hall in Council Chambers.

At the meeting, City staff will:

  • Provide an overview of the project.
  • Present a report, PB-89-19: Taking a Closer Look at Downtown: Concepts Discussion, that highlights the themes, principles and land-use concepts developed to show two possible concepts for how downtown Burlington could accommodate growth and development in the future.
  • Share a preliminary review of the public feedback received to date and preliminary directions.

Accessory Suite By-law Amendments Proposed in City of Hamilton Wards 1, 8 & 14

A report proposing to amend the accessory suite by-law in Hamilton temporarily for wards 1, 8 and 14 is going before the Planning Committee on December 3. You can find the plan within the agenda on page 179 here: https://pub-hamilton.escribemeetings.com/FileStream.ashx?DocumentId=210060.

RAHB will be presenting a delegation at this Planning Committee meeting, and will keep members informed of any outcomes.

Upcoming Open Houses for GRIDS 2 and MCR

Notice of Open Houses 

The City of Hamilton is holding a second round of Open Houses related to GRIDS 2 and MCR. The dates and times can be found below:


Location Time
Tuesday, November 26, 2019 David Braley Centre


100 Main St W, Hamilton


2 – 4 pm

6 – 8 pm


Thursday, November 28, 2019 Battlefield House Museum & Park (Cellar at Grand)

77 King St W, Stoney Creek


2 – 4 pm

6 – 8 pm

Monday, December 2, 2019 Dundas Town Hall


60 Main Street, Dundas


2 – 4 pm

6 – 8 pm

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 St. Naum of Ohrid Macedonian Orthodox Church (Hall)

1150 Stone Church Road East, Hamilton

2 – 4 pm

6 – 8 pm

The Open Houses will focus on the following topic areas:

  • Residential Intensification and Greenfield Area Density Targets;
  • Employment Land Review; and,
  • Evaluation criteria for future growth options.

What are GRIDS and GRIDS 2?

In 2006, City Council approved the first Growth Related Integrated Development Strategy (GRIDS). GRIDS is an integrated planning process that identified a broad land use structure, associated infrastructure, economic development strategy and financial implications for growth options to serve Hamilton for 30 years. GRIDS planned for growth up to 2031. 

GRIDS 2 is an update to the City of Hamilton’s growth strategy that will plan for growth in employment and population; as well as, how this growth will impact Hamilton’s infrastructure and how it can be accommodated. It is projected that Hamilton will see an increase in 40,000 jobs and 100,000 people. GRIDS 2’s growth strategy is planned for the years 2031 to 2041. 

What is MCR?

A municipal comprehensive review (MCR) is a process that brings together the City of Hamilton’s Official Plans and updated Provincial Plans into conformity. Many of the studies that are required as part of the MCR is also part of Hamilton’s growth strategy – GRIDS 2.  As a result, MCR must be completed concurrently with GRIDS 2. 

Prime Minister Trudeau’s New Federal Cabinet

Trudeau’s federal cabinet has grown by two spots reaching 36 members this term. Below is a full list of the new cabinet. We have noted the cabinet ministers who are from RAHB’s market area at the top

RAHB-area cabinet ministers:

  • Karina Gould: Minister of International Development
  • Filomena Tassi: Minister of Labour.

And the remainder of Trudeau’s new cabinet is as follows:

  • Chrystia Freeland: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Minister Affairs.
  • Anita Anand: Minister of Public Services and Procurement.
  • Navdeep Bains: Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry.
  • Carolyn Bennett: Minister of Crown-Indigenous relations.
  • Marie-Claude Bibeau: Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food
  • Bill Blair: Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
  • Bardish Chagger: Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth.
  • Francois-Philippe Champagne: Minister of Foreign Affairs.
  • Jean-Yves Duclos: President of the Treasury Board.
  • Mona Fortier: Minister of Middle Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance.
  • Marc Garneau: Minister of Transport.
  • Steven Guilbeault: Minister of Canadian Heritage.
  • Patty Hajdu: Minister of Health.
  • Ahmed Hussen: Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
  • Melanie Joly: Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages.
  • Bernadette Jordan: Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
  • David Lametti: Minister of Justice and Attorney General.
  • Dominic LeBlanc: President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.
  • Diane Lebouthillier: Minister of National Revenue.
  • Lawrence MacAulay: Minister of Veteran Affairs and Associate Minister of Defense.
  • Catherine McKenna: Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
  • Marco E. L. Mendicino: Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
  • Marc Miller: Minister of Indigenous Services.
  • Maryam Monsef: Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development.
  • Bill Morneau: Minister of Finance.
  • Joyce Murray: Minister of Digital Government.
  • Mary Ng: Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade.
  • Seamus O’Regan: Minister of Natural Resources.
  • Carla Qualtrough: Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion.
  • Pablo Rodriguez: Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
  • Harjit Sajjan: Minister of National Defense.
  • Deb Schulte: Minister of Seniors.
  • Dan Vandal: Minister of Northern Affairs.
  • Jonathan Wilkinson: Minister of Environment and Climate Change.
  • Jim Carr: the Prime Minister’s special representative for the Prairies.

Below is an overview of the promotions, demotions and cabinet rookies.


Name Previous Title/Job New Title/Job
Chrystia Freeland Global Affairs Minister Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
François-Philippe Champagne Infrastructure Minister Global Affairs Minister
Jonathan Willkison Fisheries Minister Environment and climate change files
Seamus O’Regan Indigenous Services Natural resources
Pablo Rodriguez Heritage Minister Government House Leader and cabinet point personal on all matters Quebec


Name Previous Title/Job New Title/Job
Bardish Chagger Government House Leader Portfolio of diversity, inclusion and youth
Kristy Duncan Minister of Science and Sports Deputy House Leader
Ginette Petitpas Taylor Minister of Health Deputy Government Whip

Cabinet Rookies

Cabinet Rookies
Name Previous Title/Job New Title/Job
Anita Anand Law Professor at the University of Toronto Minister of Public Works and Procurements
Steven Guilbeault Environmentalist from Montreal Heritage files
Mona Fortier Director of Communications for La Cité Collégiale Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity and Associate Finance Minister
Marco Mendicino Federal Prosecutor Immigration Minister
Marc Miller Lawyer for Stikeman Elliott LLP Minister of Indigenous Services
Deb Schulte Local and Regional Councillor for the Vaughan City Council and York Regional Council Minister of Seniors
Dan Vandal MP for Saint Boniface—Saint Vital Minister of Northern Affairs

If you have any questions regarding the government relations efforts of RAHB, please contact Wendy in the RAHB Office at wendys@rahb.ca or 905.529.8101 x295.

Bill 145 the Trust in Real Estate Services Act, 2019

On November 19, Bill 145, the Trust in Real Estate Services Act, 2019 was introduced into legislation. If passed, Bill 145 will:

  • Permit personal real estate corporations;
  • Protect multiple representation; and,
  • Enable specialist certification.

RAHB is encouraging all members to e-mail your MPP asking them to vote YES in support of Bill 145.

MPPs in the RAHB Market Area

Burlington Jane Mckenna jane.mckenna@pc.ola.org
Oakville – North Burlington Effie Triantafilopoulos effie.triantafilopoulos@pc.ola.org
Flamborough — Glanbrook Donna Skelly donna.skelly@pc.ola.org
Hamilton Centre Andrea Horwath andrea.horwath@ontariondp.ca
Hamilton East — Stoney Creek Paul Miller paul.miller@ontariondp.ca
Hamilton Mountain Monique Taylor monique.taylor@ontariondp.ca
Hamilton West — Ancaster — Dundas Sandy Shaw SShaw-CO@ndp.on.ca
Haldimand Toby Barrett toby.barrett@pc.ola.org
Niagara West Sam Oosterhoff sam.oosterhoffco@pc.ola.org

Hamilton City Council Votes “No” to Investigating Implementing a Municipal Land Transfer Tax

On October 30, at the General Issue Committee Meeting where the budget was being discussed, Mayor Fred Eisenberger brought up the possibility of implementing a Municipal Land Transfer Tax (MLTT) in Hamilton. Discussion was had both against and in favour of the MLTT. Mike Zegarac, General Manager of Finance & Corporate Services at the City of Hamilton, informed the councillors that they cannot simply implement such a tax or revenue generating measure – they would first need to approach the provincial government to gain approval for such a tax collection.

As you may know, the provincial government under Doug Ford rejected York Region’s plan to implement a MLTT this time last year – essentially setting precedent in the matter.

A vote was held at the meeting to inquire with the province about a possible MLTT. The exact wording of the motion was:

“We direct our staff to ask the province if the revenue tools that Toronto was given are available to other municipalities, including Hamilton.”

This motion was voted down 7 to 6 votes. Below are the councillors who voted in favour and against the motion.

Voted in Favour of Investigating the MLTT Voted Against
Mayor Fred Eisenberger Ward 2 – Jason Farr
Ward 1 – Maureen Wilson Ward 5 – Chad Collins
Ward 2 – Nrinder Nann Ward 6 – Tom Jackson
Ward 4 – Sam Merulla Ward 7 – Esther Pauls
Ward 8 – John-Paul Danko Ward 9 – Brad Clark
Ward Ward 11 – Brenda Johnson Ward 10 – Maria Pearson
  Ward 13 – Arlene VanderBeek

RAHB will continue to monitor this issue, and will advocate against such a measure should the discussion at City Hall move forward. We would also work with our partners at OREA and the provincial government for support, as well as the public – as we know, this is not a popular issue with Hamiltonians.

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy in the RAHB office at wendys@rahb.ca.

Federal Election Results for within the RAHB Market Area

On Monday night, Canadians elected a Liberal minority government lead by Justin Trudeau. This is Justin Trudeau’s second consecutive term as Prime Minister with the Liberal Party; however, he will need to negotiate support from at least one other party in order to pass any legislation this time around.

Those elected to represent in the RAHB ridings are:

  • Hamilton Centre: Matthew Green* – NDP
  • Hamilton Mountain: Scott Duvall – NDP
  • Hamilton East-Stoney Creek: Bob Bratina – Liberal
  • Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas: Filomena Tassi – Liberal
  • Flamborough-Glanbrook: David Sweet – Conservative
  • Burlington: Karina Gould – Liberal
  • Oakville North-Burlington: Pam Damoff – Liberal
  • Milton: Adam van Koeverden* – Liberal
  • Niagara West: Dean Allison – Conservative
  • Haldimand-Norfolk: Diane Finley – Conservative

*These newly-elected MPs are the only new faces for the RAHB market area ridings. All the others are incumbents.

Please see below for the contact information for your Members of Parliament:

E-mail Constituency Office Social Media
Coming soon!** Coming soon!** Instagram: @matthewgreenndp

Twitter: @MatthewGreenNDP

Scott.Duvall@parl.gc.ca 555 Concession St, Unit 2, Level 2, Hamilton Instagram: @scottduvallndp

Twitter: @sduvall07

Bob.Bratina@parl.gc.ca 40 Centennial Parkway N, Unit 2, Hamilton Instagram: @bobbratina

Twitter: @BobBratina

Filomena.Tassi@parl.gc.ca 1686 Main St W, Unit 4, Hamilton Instagram: @filomenatassi

Twitter: @FilomenaTassi

David.Sweet@parl.gc.ca 1760 Upper James St. Suite 4, Hamilton Instagram: @davidsweet.mp

Twitter: @DavidSweetMP

Karina.Gould@parl.gc.ca 777 Guelph Line, Suite 209, Burlington Instagram: @karinagould

Twitter: @karinagould

Pam.Damoff@parl.gc.ca 2525 Old Bronte Road, Suite 590, Oakville Instagram: @pamdamoff

Twitter: @PamDamoff

Coming soon!** Coming soon!** Instagram: @avankoeverden

Twitter: @vankayak

Dean.Allison@parl.gc.ca 4994 King St, Beamsville Instagram: @deanallisonmp

Twitter: @DeanAllisonMP

Diane.Finley@parl.gc.ca 76 Kent St S, Simcoe N/A

**We will update this information once these MPs take office.

If you have any questions about the government relations efforts of RAHB, please contact Wendy Stewart at wendys@rahb.ca or 905.529.8101 x295.

For full election results across Canada, please visit the Election Canada website at https://enr.elections.ca/ElectoralDistricts.aspx.

Request for Applications (RFA) – Regional Capital Assistance in Support of Affordable Housing

Attention to all affordable housing stakeholders in the Halton Region!

Halton Region has released a new initiative that pertains to a Request for Applications (RFA) to receive Regional capital assistance in support of affordable housing development across the Region of Halton.

The purpose of the RFA is to identify and fund eligible rental housing projects using capital funding programs administered by the Region, specifically:

  • Increase the supply of purpose-built, affordable rental housing stock in Halton Region with easy access to a range of supports that may be needed for people to lead stable and independent lives.
  • Ensure this affordable housing stock is energy efficient, accessible and sustainable over the long term.
  • Support partnerships that allow for the creation of more affordable housing and affordable housing communities.
  • Work towards negotiated RFA outcomes in August 2019 for a potential award by the Regional Council in October, and subsequent construction starting in the spring of 2020.

If this sounds of interest to you, applications must be sent to The Office of the Manager of Purchasing and delivered to main reception at:

The Regional Municipality of Halton

1151 Bronte Road

Oakville, Ontario

L6M 3L1

Applications must be submitted by July 4, 2019, at 2 pm

You can download the application by clicking the button below:




Please note, there is a non-refundable fee of $13.94 (including HST) plus any additional fees charged by Bids and Tenders.

Applicants are invited to attend an optional information meeting on the following date and time:

Date:               Thursday, June 13, 2019

Time:               2:00 pm

Location:        Glenorchy/Dakota Rooms at The Regional Municipality of Halton Administration Building, 11  Bronte Road, Oakville.

For more information, please click the button below:

More Information

Government Relations Ad Hoc Task Force

Thank you, everyone, who has already volunteered to be a part of the Government Relations Ad Hoc Task Force.

The RAHB Government Relations (GR) Committee is seeking volunteers to be a part of the RAHB GR Ad Hoc Task Force. The purpose is to assist the GR Committee to achieve total representation of RAHB’s market area when meeting with elected officials.

Our experience tells us that elected officials are more willing to engage in conversation on REALTOR® and real estate-related issues when a member of their community/riding (i.e., a voter) is present in the meeting. As a result, we are looking for volunteers to commit themselves to a few meetings a year to represent their respective area – Hamilton, Burlington, Haldimand or Niagara North.

We are still looking for volunteers, specifically in the Niagara North (Grimsby and West Lincoln) and Haldimand County area.

Below are some of the responsibilities of a RAHB GR Ad Hoc Task Force member:

  • Meeting with elected officials for their specific area, alongside RAHB GR Committee members
  • Informing the GR Committee staff liaison (Wendy Stewart or Caitlin Laskowski) of GR-related issues within their area – so these issues can be addressed/added to the GR workplan
  • Occasionally attending GR Committee meetings to provide updates on what government issues are taking place within their community
  • Knowing key RAHB speaking points (i.e. issues, RAHB events, RAHB initiatives, etc.) when speaking with elected officials in the community

If you would like to volunteer as a RAHB GR Ad Hoc Task Force member for your community/riding, please contact Wendy Stewart at wendys@rahb.ca or Caitlin Laskowski at caitlinl@rahb.ca

Thank you in advance!


Margaret Reid
RAHB GR Chair 2019

Dave Zalepa
RAHB GR Vice-Chair 2019

June is Senior’s Month!

At RAHB, we believe that seniors are both vital members of the community and the real estate market. During June, RAHB will be bringing awareness to resources that are available for seniors and their family. Each week, the resources will focus on a specific theme that seniors are primarily concerned with when looking to either stay or transition out of their homes: independence, safety and affordability.

Stay tuned for our first post on Independence on Monday, June 3.


Your Input is Needed – Hamilton Chamber of Commerce: Open for Business Survey

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is preparing an Open for Business report for the City of Hamilton, which will focus on development red tape in Hamilton.

For the report, the Chamber has asked RAHB to provide feedback on the current development processes at the City. Ultimately, the Chamber is looking to accomplish the following:

  1. Review existing rules and processes for development in Hamilton
  2. Compare these processes to other cities
  3. Offer recommendations for city staff to improve

Members of the RAHB Government Relations Committee will be participating in a focus group to answer questions with the Chamber; however, we also want to extend the opportunity for all members to provide valuable feedback.

Please find below a link to an online survey to provide answers to questions posed by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce for their report.

Hamilton Chamber – Open for Business Survey

This survey will be open until 4:30 on Thursday, May 30.

There are several questions, and so we ask that you only complete as many questions as you like. Any feedback you provide is greatly appreciated.

Your answers are anonymous.

Once the report is completed and submitted to the City of Hamilton, we will be sure to share it with RAHB members.

Thank you in advance for your participation.