The Province of Ontario sets out rules and regulations in the Planning Act which describe requirements for planning processes, how land uses may be controlled and by whom. The Planning Act gives the City the power to create Official Plans and Zoning Bylaws which in turn provide direction to the various officials, staff members and other authorities involved in the planning and development decision making process.

The Ontario Planning Act (Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. P.13) can be found at www.e-laws.gov.on.ca