The Ontario government has moved quickly to introduce draft legislation to replace the Social Housing Reform Act yesterday, tabling Bill 140 in the Legislature on the same day that it announced its proposed new provincial affordable housing plan. The new legislation weighs in at more than 90 pages, so it will take some time to work through the all-important details. Legislative committee hearings are expected when the bill reaches second reading. Tenant and housing advocates have long complained that the Social Housing Reform Act, enacted more than a decade ago as the then provincial government was dismantling the province’s affordable housing programs, was harsh, punitive and administratively cumbersome. In addition to repealing the SHRA and creating new rules for determining rent in social housing, the omnibus bill also amends the Planning Act to require municipalities to create policies to allow secondary suites (self-contained rental units) and other laws. The proposed legislative changes have been welcomed by the Housing Network of Ontario, but housing advocates have criticized the lack of new funding in the provincial housing strategy.