Councillor Josh Matlow

My Motion for City Council on Changes to City of Toronto Act Regulations Concerning Construction Noise By-laws

This motion requests that the province give back control of construction by-laws as granted in the City of Toronto Act. Specifically, Limitation 2 to Ontario Regulation 130/20 , enacted April 7, 2020, does not allow the City to regulate or prohibit noise in connection with construction to the detriment of our residents.

Limitation 2 allows for any “construction activity in the City between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.” This represents a significant departure from the City’s by-laws, which permit noise from construction between 7 am to 7pm from Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm on Saturdays, and not at all on Sunday.

Many construction sites are adjacent to, or within, existing residential communities. The province has already removed all restrictions on construction activities, permitting work on apartment infill projects, refurbishments within buildings themselves, major renovations in Neighbourhood-designated communities, and other impactful operations.

Allowing major construction from early in the morning until 10pm, while people are being asked to stay home, has the potential to greatly impact residents’ quality of life and mental health by subjecting them to constant noise. Please consider the accompanying recommendation to request that the provincial government end this unreasonable policy and return control of construction noise regulation to the City of Toronto.

Thank you for your attention in this matter.

1. City Council requests that the Government of Ontario repeal Limitation 2 to Ontario Regulation 130/20 of the City of Toronto Act, returning the power to regulate construction noise to the City of Toronto.

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