The recent passage of the Provincial Government's Bill 23 has unleashed a torrent of criticism and opposition
from the Association of Municipalities Ontario (and dozens of individual municipalities), the Ontario Chamber
of Commerce, nature and environmental organizations, affordable housing advocates, and the editorial boards
of major news outlets such as the Toronto Star.
In addition, in the legislature, the acting NDP leader has recently asked for an inquiry into not only the
economic and environmental impacts of Bill 23, but also into the ethics of Bill 23, and how it aids profits by
developers. Similarly, the leader of the Ontario Green Party, Mike Schreiner, has asked for the Ontario
Integrity Commissioner to investigate whether Ontario's steps for Bill 23 have broken ethics rules.
A cross-sectoral survey: Recognizing the need to consolidate assessments of these issues across diverse
sectors (environment and nature, municipalities, planning and housing), SPR has launched this survey to
assess wider Ontario opinion on these issues. Invitations to the survey are being distributed by municipalities
and organizations in environment and nature, planning, housing and other areas.
SPR has a 25+ year track record in public policy research for the Ontario Government, nature organizations
(such as Hiking Ontario) and others. SPR has completed many other surveys, such as our 2022 surveys on
burnout in Ontario health organizations, and other surveys of tens of thousands of Ontarian in planning,
housing, highway and workplace safety, family violence and other areas.
Confidentiality: Individual survey responses will be kept confidential by SPR and results from the survey will
be summarized and reported in aggregate form only.
We hope you will take ten minutes to complete this survey.