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First Nations say Ontario bypassing mandatory consultation to accelerate land development – CBC

Apr 29, 2022

Ontario says municipalities expected to consult First Nations, but ultimate responsibility falls on province

At least two First Nations in Ontario say the province has been accelerating land development while neglecting communities’ constitutionally protected right to know and offer feedback about building plans.

An Indigenous rights lawyer says this lack of consultation is an issue in other parts of Canada, and could lead to an injunction or lawsuit for damages.

Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit, both in southern Ontario, have expressed concerns about Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs) — which allow the province to immediately authorize development and bypass local planning rules to expedite what it wants built.

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