Building a Better Future: New Proposed Data Standards for Municipal Land and Development Approvals

OTTAWA – With differences in planning and development practices and requirements complicating and delaying much-needed new housing, Ontario engaged the Digital Governance Council to develop two new data standards for land and development approvals through its Digital Governance Standards Institute, one on terminology (DGSI 124) and the other on planning and development application forms (DGSI 125).

These two proposed data standards are expected to reduce approval timelines, eliminate duplication and overlap, and help with the supply of housing units. Targeting building homes in the next decade, data standardization is a critical step in helping to achieve this goal through streamlining the housing development approvals process.

The lack of consistency is a key barrier to faster planning approvals. Benefits of this work include reducing digital fragmentation in the planning and development process, greater platform interoperability, and better overall quality. Standardized terminology and data fields will lead to better information exchange, and greater consistency across municipalities to support data analysis and decision-making, reducing frustration and time.

This work will be of interest to municipal and provincial government planning departments, developers and builders in the housing development sector, land surveyors, real estate agents, architects and engineers as well as home buyers and homeowners.

“We must build more homes and do it faster to fight the housing crisis,” said Kaleed Rasheed, Minister of Public and Business Service Delivery. “To get shovels in ground faster and build 1.5 million homes by 2031, we are supporting key players – like builders, planners, municipalities and conservation authorities by streamlining the collection of data to relieve delays in planning and development phases.”


Get Involved

We extend a warm invitation to all interested parties to actively contribute to our ongoing standards work. Contact Darryl Kingston for more information or to get directly involved in the development of these two data standards for land planning and development.


For media inquiries:

Julia Hancock
Senior Project Manager, Standards
Digital Governance Standards Institute


About the Digital Governance Council 

The Digital Governance Council is a member-driven organization that acts as a cross-sector neutral convener for Canada’s executive leaders to identify, prioritize and act on digital governance opportunities and challenges. The Council leads an Executive Forum for council members, sets technology governance standards through the Digital Governance Standards Institute and certifies the compliance of Canadian organizations in the management of the effective and efficient use of digital technologies. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit or contact


About the Digital Governance Standards Institute 

The Digital Governance Standards Institute develops digital technology governance standards fit for global use. The Institute works with experts, as well as national and global partners and the public to develop national standards that reduce risk to Canadians and Canadian organizations adopting and using innovative digital technologies in today’s digital economy. The Institute is an independent division of the Digital Governance Council. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit or contact

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