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Amendment to Regulation 734
Établissement des territoires des régies des routes locales  Région du Nord-Est et de l'Est de l'Ontario
Effective Date:  December 23, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 734
Establishment of Local Roads Areas - Northeastern and Eastern Region
Effective Date:  December 23, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 734
Establishment of Local Roads Areas - Northeastern and Eastern Region
Effective Date:  December 23, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 735
Establishment of Local Roads Areas - Northwestern Region
Effective Date:  December 23, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 735
Establishment of Local Roads Areas - Northwestern Region
Effective Date:  December 23, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 735
Establishment of Local Roads Areas - Northwestern Region
Effective Date:  December 23, 2015
 
Amendment to Ontario Regulation 277/99
Red Light Camera System Evidence
Effective Date:  December 11, 2015
 
Amendment to Ontario Regulation 468/05
School Bus Offence - Service of Offence Notice on Vehicle Owner
Effective Date:  December 11, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 615
Signs
Effective Date:  December 11, 2015
 
Ontario Regulation 223/01 (Codes and Standards Adopted by Reference)
Regulation under the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000, providing for the adoption of codes and standards by reference.
Effective Date:  December 11, 2015
 
Proposal to amend O. Reg. 404/12 (Energy Efficiency & Appliances and Products) under the Green Energy Act, 2009  (source: Environmental Registry)
The proposed regulatory amendment to the Energy Efficiency regulation, O. Reg. 404/12, would revise minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for certain halogen general service lamps (GSLs) until December 31, 2014. This proposal is equivalent to exempting certain halogen GSLs that meet the current United States Department of Energy (DOE)'s GSL MEPS from Ontario's current MEPS.
Effective Date:  December 11, 2015
 
O. Reg. 396/15 made under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) - Amending O.Reg. 331/11, which amends O.Reg. 329/04 (General)
O. Reg. 396/15 was filed on December 10, 2015 amending O. Reg. 331/11 to extend the revocation date of section 6.2 of O.Reg. 329/04 from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017.
Effective Date:  December 10, 2015
 
Proposed Amendments to Regulations of the Pension Benefits Act: Actuarial Standards
Proposed Amendments to Regulation 909, O. Reg. 287/11 and O. Reg. 310/13 of the Pension Benefits Act - Actuarial Standards
Effective Date:  December 10, 2015
 
Technical Amendments to Financial Services Commission of Ontario Act, 1997 Regulation 11/01 (Assessment of Expenses and Expenditures).
Technical Amendments to Financial Services Commission of Ontario Act, 1997 Regulation 11/01 (Assessment of Expenses and Expenditures).
Effective Date:  December 10, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 619
Speed Limits
Effective Date:  December 9, 2015
 
Community Safety Zones
Amendment to Ontario Regulation 510/99 to allow for community safety zones in the Village of Sandfield and the Village of Spring Bay
Effective Date:  December 9, 2015
 
Law Society Act: Proposed Regulation
Amendment to Regulation 709 made under the Law Society Act
Effective Date:  December 8, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 619
Speed Limits
Effective Date:  December 4, 2015
 
Regulatory Amendments to Update Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standards, and Testing and Reporting Requirements  (source: Environmental Registry)
These regulatory amendments would update the Ontario Drinking Water Quality Standards, as well as related sampling, testing and reporting requirements. They would also respond to stakeholder comments by providing phase-in periods and ensuring that the existing level of drinking water protection for consumers is maintained. For more information, please refer to discussion paper posting on this topic EBR Registry # 012-1594.
Effective Date:  December 1, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 604
Parking
Effective Date:  November 30, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 609
Restricted Use of the King's Highway
Effective Date:  November 30, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 627
Use of Controlled-Access Highways by Pedestrians
Effective Date:  November 30, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 630
Vehicles on Controlled Access Highways
Effective Date:  November 30, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 803
Designations
Effective Date:  November 30, 2015
 
Amending Regulation 178/11: Solvency Funding Relief for Certain Public Sector Pension Plans
Currently, pension plans in stage 2 of the broader public sector solvency funding relief program are able to make interest only payments for the first 3 years in stage 2 and amortize the balance of their stage 2 solvency deficit over the remaining 7 years. This option is only available to plans that entered stage 2 on or before December 31, 2014. The amending regulation would extend this option to all plans accepted to stage 2.
Effective Date:  November 26, 2015
 
Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act, 2009 (EPFNA), Public Consultations
The Ministry of Labour is proposing to develop a regulation that would address the conflict between the Government of Canada's Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and the recently expanded Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act, 2009.
Effective Date:  November 26, 2015
 
Penalties, Ontario Regulation 349/15 - Amending Ontario Regulation 47/10
Penalties, Ontario Regulation 349/15 - Amending Ontario Regulation 47/10 made under the Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act, 2009
Effective Date:  November 26, 2015
 
Amendments to Regulation 1093 under the Veterinarians Act
The College of Veterinarians of Ontario (College) is a self-regulating body overseeing the practice of veterinary medicine in Ontario. It serves to protect the public interest in accordance with the Veterinarians Act. The College licenses veterinarians, inspects and accredits veterinary facilities and investigates complaints against veterinarians. The College is requesting a series of amendments to Regulation 1093 made under the Act.
Effective Date:  November 24, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 623
Stop Signs at Intersections
Effective Date:  November 16, 2015
 
Proposed amendment to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 400 - By-Laws for Local Boards under the Farm Products Marketing Act
Regulation 400 (By-Laws for Local Boards) outlines a number of general requirements for all marketing boards established under the Farm Products Marketing Act (FPMA). The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission is proposing to amend section 6 (b), which outlines the quorum for board meetings for the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG), to reduce the number of voting members from seven to six.
Effective Date:  November 13, 2015
 
Amendment to Ontario Regulation 316/03
Operation of Off-Road Vehicles on Highways
Effective Date:  November 9, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 603
Over-Dimensional Farm Vehicles
Effective Date:  November 9, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 615
Signs
Effective Date:  November 9, 2015
 
O. Reg. 525/97 (Exemption from Approval (Official Plan Amendments))
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 525/97 (Exemption from Approval (Official Plan Amendments)) under the Planning Act in order to exempt certain municipalities from the requirement to obtain the Minister's approval of official plan amendments.
Effective Date:  November 5, 2015
 
Regulations under the Pension Benefits Act - Conversions to JSPPs under Sections 80.4 and 81.0.1 of the Act.
Bill 14, the 2014 Budget Bill, amended the Pension Benefits Act to establish a legislative framework permitting single employer pension plans (SEPPs) in the broader public sector (BPS) to be converted into jointly sponsored pension plans (JSPPs) or merged into existing JSPPs if specific conditions, set out in regulation, are satisfied.
Effective Date:  November 1, 2015
 
Regulations under the Pension Benefits Act - Regulations to Facilitate the Merger of BPS SEPPs with Existing JSPPs or Conversion to new JSPPs.
Bill 14, the 2014 Budget Bill, amended the Pension Benefits Act to establish a legislative framework permitting single employer pension plans (SEPPs) in the broader public sector (BPS) to be converted into jointly sponsored pension plans (JSPPs) or merged into existing JSPPs if specific conditions (including conditions yet to be prescribed) are satisfied.
Effective Date:  November 1, 2015
 
Local Services Board of Lappe and Area - Request for the Power of Public Library Service
The Local Services Board of Lappe and Area requests the additional Power of Public Library Service.
Effective Date:  October 23, 2015
 
Amendments to Ontario Regulation 288/07 "Source Protection Committees" under the Clean Water Act, 2006  (source: Environmental Registry)
Ontario Regulation 288/07 "Source Protection Committees" sets out the requirements for the size, appointment and operation of source protection committees. Source protection plans for the 38 source protection areas were prepared by the 19 source protection committees in the province.
Effective Date:  October 16, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 619
Speed Limits
Effective Date:  October 15, 2015
 
Amendments to Regulation 440 (Vegetables for Processing - Marketing), which would change some existing negotiation deadlines and also provide flexibility to use different deadline dates if all parties agreed
The Commission, with the support of the industry is proposing to make amendments to Regulation 440 (Vegetables for Processing - Marketing), which would change some existing negotiation deadlines and also provide the processors, green shippers, and the Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG) with the flexibility to use different negotiation deadline dates if all parties agreed and notified the Commission in writing.
Effective Date:  October 15, 2015
 
Ontario Regulation 26/10 - Training and Testing Amendment
The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) is making amendments to Ontario Regulation 26/10 - Training and Testing under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act, 2005 (PSISA).
Effective Date:  October 1, 2015
 
Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 201/96 made under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act and Regulation 935 made under the Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act
Proposed amendments to implement pharmacy reform initiatives and promote efficiencies for interchangeability listings on the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) Formulary/Comparative Drug Index.
Effective Date:  October 1, 2015
 
Proposed Amendments to Regulation 386/99 under the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994 relating to the Provision of Community Services
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is seeking public feedback on proposed amendments to Regulation 386/99 under the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994 (HCCSA) to increase the nursing services maximum.
Effective Date:  October 1, 2015
 
Local Services Board of Aweres - Addition of the Power of Garbage Collection
Proposed amendment to R.R.O.1990, Reg. 737, subsection 3 (4) to add the Power of Garbage Collection.
Effective Date:  September 29, 2015
 
O. Reg. 141/01 (Assignment of Powers and Duties - Liquor Control Act) under the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996 Reg. 718 (General) under the Liquor Licence Act Reg. 719 (Licences to Sell Liquor) under the Liquor Licence Act Reg. 720 (Manufacturers' Licences) under the Liquor Licence Act O. Reg. 389/91 (Special Occasion Permits) under the Liquor Licence Act
Amendments to Regulation 141/01 under AGRPPA to provide references to Regulation 290/15 under the LCA as well as consequential and housekeeping amendments to Regulations 718, 719, 720 and 389/91 under the LLA.
Effective Date:  September 22, 2015
 
Execution Act, Amendments to Regulation 657/05
Amendment to Regulation 657/05 (Exemptions) made under the Execution Act.
Effective Date:  September 18, 2015
 
Amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulation (O.Reg. 452/09) and Guideline  (source: Environmental Registry)
The Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulation (O. Reg. 452/09) requires facilities operating in Ontario that emit 25,000 tonnes or more of carbon dioxide equivalent in a given year to report their greenhouse gas emissions data. The proposed amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting Regulation are intended to reflect internationally-accepted values and align the regulation with federal and other provincial quantification methods, while streamlining implementation for reporters.
Effective Date:  September 14, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 604
Parking
Effective Date:  September 11, 2015
 
Accessibility of Laws and Form Graphics
To better promote accessibility of Ontario laws, the government has amended a number of regulations to remove inaccessible form graphics (scanned images of forms embedded in the regulation) and incorporate the forms by reference to an external website, such as the Central Forms Repository or Ontario Court Forms, where accessible versions of the forms will be available to the public.
Effective Date:  September 1, 2015
 
Designation of Agricultural Products Eligible for Production Insurance
The government is seeking feedback on a proposed list of agricultural products that would be eligible for Production Insurance, once the Agricultural Insurance Act, 2015 comes into force. It is proposed that all agricultural products currently covered by Production Insurance continue to be eligible, with the addition of bees. The government will be working with the agricultural industry to explore the feasibility of offering Production Insurance for other products.
Effective Date:  September 1, 2015
 
Driver and Vehicle Fee increases under the Highway Traffic Act
The Ministry of Transportation is proposing eleven fee increases for driver and vehicle products and services, as indicated in Section 17(1) of Regulation 628 (Vehicle Permits), Section 1 of Regulation 381/98 (Special Permits), and Section26 (1) of Regulation 340/94 (Drivers' Licences) under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).
Effective Date:  September 1, 2015
 
New proposed regulation under the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010: Strengthening Quality Improvement Plans in Ontario's health care organizations
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is proposing to make a Minister's regulation under the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010 to include patient engagement as part of the Quality Improvement Plan process.
Effective Date:  September 1, 2015
 
New proposed regulation under the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010: Strengthening the Patient Relations Process in Ontario's health care organizations
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proposing to make a Minister's regulation under the Excellent Care for All Act, 2010 that is intended to strengthen the Patient Relations Process.
Effective Date:  September 1, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 334 under the Environmental Assessment Act exempting undertakings of the Minister of Energy announced in the 2015 Budget  (source: Environmental Registry)
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (the Ministry) is posting this Information Notice on the Regulatory Registry for the purpose of informing the public that a decision has been made by the Lieutenant Governor In Council to exempt the Minister of Energy in respect of certain divestment activities described in the 2015 Ontario Budget from the requirements of the Environmental Assessment Act.
Effective Date:  August 31, 2015
 
Regulatory Registry Posting related to the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
The purpose of this document is to seek feedback on proposed regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 to support the Government of Ontario's vision for child care modernization and early years integration.
Effective Date:  August 31, 2015
 
Amendments to Regulation 682 under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act (LSCCLA) and O.Reg. 297/04 under the Quality of Care Information Protection Act, 2004 (QCIPA).
Amend Regulation 682 of the LSCCLA to designate the Institute for Quality Management for Healthcare (IQMH) as an agency to carry out a quality management program and delete reference to the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) as a designated agency.
Effective Date:  August 27, 2015
 
O. Reg. 783/94 (Prescribed Regulations, etc.) under the Liquor Licence Act.
Corrections to and French translation of O. Reg. 783/94 (Prescribed Regulations etc.) under the Liquor Licence Act.
Effective Date:  August 26, 2015
 
Proposed Amendments to Insurance Act Regulation 461/96 (Court Proceedings For Automobile Accidents That Occur on or After November 1, 1996)
The Ministry of Finance is seeking public input on proposed amendments to the Court Proceedings For Automobile Accidents That Occur On Or After November 1, 1996 regulation under the Insurance Act
Effective Date:  August 1, 2015
 
Amendment to Ontario Regulation 340/94
Drivers' Licences
Effective Date:  July 31, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 624
Stop Signs in Terriroty without Municipal Organization
Effective Date:  July 31, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 734
Establishment of Local Roads Area - Northeastern and Eastern Regions
Effective Date:  July 31, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 735
Establishment of Local Roads Area - Northwestern Region
Effective Date:  July 31, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 735
Establishment of Local Roads Areas - Northwestern Region
Effective Date:  July 31, 2015
 
Proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 208/09 (Tobacco - Powers of Local Board)
Ontario Regulation 208/09 (Tobacco - Powers of Local Board) outlines the authorities of the Ontario Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers' Marketing Board (OFCTGMB). As of January 1, 2015, some of the authorities under O. Regulation 208/09, including licensing tobacco producers and production in Ontario, are now the responsibility of the Ministry of Finance (MOF). Amendments are being proposed to O. Regulation 208/09 to revoke authorities of the OFCTGMB that duplicate those that MOF now exercises.
Effective Date:  July 27, 2015
 
Amendment to Ontario Regulation 339/94
Demerit Points System
Effective Date:  July 24, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 596
General
Effective Date:  July 24, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 863
General
Effective Date:  July 24, 2015
 
Content of Wine
Content of Wine
Effective Date:  July 24, 2015
 
Designation of Wine Authority
Designation of Wine Authority
Effective Date:  July 24, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 604
Parking
Effective Date:  July 23, 2015
 
2015 Long-Term Care (LTC) home and Hospital Chronic Care co-payment increase
The approved amendments to regulations set out the annual increase to the LTC home and chronic care co-payment rates, increase the premiums for preferred accommodations in newer LTC homes, and reflect an increase in the dependant deduction amounts used in the calculation of a reduced co-payment rate for LTC home residents in basic accommodation.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Addition of Oats and Barley, including mixed oats and barley to Ontario Regulation 485/09 Grain (Grain Corn, Soybeans and Wheat) - Marketing and Ontario Regulation 484/09 Grain (Grain Corn, Soybeans and Wheat) - Plan
The Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) has asked the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission to add oats and barley to their regulatory authorities under Ontario Regulation 485/09 Grain (Grain Corn, Soybeans and Wheat) - Marketing and Ontario Regulation 484/09 Grain (Grain Corn, Soybeans and Wheat) - Plan.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Amendments to regulations under the City of Toronto Act, 2006 and the Municipal Act, 2001
Amendments to O. Reg. 611/06 - City of Toronto Act, 2006 and O. Reg. 333/07 - Municipal Act, 2001
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Considering the security of electronic agreements of purchase and sale: Electronic Commerce Act, Possible e-signature regulation
A new regulation under the Act could set out the basic rules for the type of electronic signature to be used with an agreement of purchase and sale of land in Ontario.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Consultation on proposal to adopt new or revised occupational exposure limits or listings for hazardous substances under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
The Ministry's consultation proposes revisions to Ontario's occupational exposure limits (OELs) based on the 2012 recommendations of the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH).
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Consultation on Proposed Changes to the Hazardous Substance Regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The key components of the consultation include: Proposed changes to the occupational exposure limits or listings for 12 substances primarily based on the recommendations of the American Conference of Governmental Hygienists for 2013. Proposed initiatives to expedite the process of adopting more protective OELs for a number of substances under the hazardous substance regulations.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Designated Air Ambulance Service Providers
Ornge is designated for the purposes of clause (a) of the definition of "designated air ambulance service provider" in subsection 1(1) of the Act.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Designation of Public Service Agencies: Ontario Regulation 158/15 amending Ontario Regulation 398/93.
Designation of four new public service agencies.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Improving Consumer Protection for the Re-Sale of Tickets: Ticket Speculation Act, Potential exemption regulation
A new regulation under the Act could help reduce the numbers of fraudulent tickets, by encouraging resellers of tickets to sell them using a system that provides for the authentication of the tickets being resold or a money-back guarantee.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Proposed Amendment to O. Reg. 161/99 under the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998- "Definitions and Exemptions"  (source: Environmental Registry)
The Ministry of Energy is proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 161/99 to allow electricity distributors to provide street lighting and sentinel lighting services, maintenance and repairs.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Proposed amendment to O. Reg. 406/00 under the Vintners Quality Alliance Act, 1999 - sub-appellation
Create a new sub-appellation within the Lake Erie North Shore viticultural area
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Proposed Amendment to Regulation 628 of the Highway Traffic Act to Exempt Motor Vehicle Manufacturers from Licence Plate and Permit Requirements
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing a regulatory amendment to exempt motor vehicle manufacturers from plate and permit requirements under set criteria.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Proposed Amendment to the General Regulation (O. Reg. 516/06) under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006
Proposed Amendment to the General Regulation (O. Reg. 516/06) under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Recognizing Department of National Defence 404 Drivers' Permits for Issuance of Equivalent Ontario Drivers' licences.
Ontario has amended Regulation 341/94 and 340/94 to recognize the Department of National Defence (DND) 404 permit and the extensive training and testing required to obtain these permits.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Regulatory Amendments to Ontario Regulation 63/09 under the Pesticides Act to Reduce the Use of Neonicotinoid Insecticides  (source: Environmental Registry)
The purpose of these regulatory amendments is to reduce the sale and use of corn and soybean seeds treated with imidacloprid, clothianidin or thiamethoxam in Ontario.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Reviewing Off-Road Vehicle Safety in Ontario
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is currently reviewing the statutory framework for off-road vehicle (ORV) safety in Ontario. The ministry is seeking feedback on various ORV-related safety issues from the general public, independent riders and any interested organizations including those representing recreational and non-recreational riders, enforcement, municipalities, public health, manufacturers, agricultural groups and environmental or trail organizations.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Streamlining the Environmental Assessment Requirements for the Planning of Electrification of Commuter Rail Transit  (source: Environmental Registry)
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is proposing to clarify that the Transit Projects Assessment Process (TPAP) described in Ontario Regulation 231/08 - Transit Projects and Metrolinx Undertakings (Transit Regulation) can apply to the planning of all applicable aspects of a commuter rail electrification project.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Update to the Reports Regulation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) and the Laboratories Regulation under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licencing Act (LSCCLA).
The anonymous HIV testing (AT) provisions under the HPPA have been extended to include HIV viral load testing, and the Regulation under LSCCLA has been updated to include these provisions. Changes to the Regulations are required in order to protect persons who test anonymously at a clinic, to preserve the original exemption for AT in Ontario.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
VQA Wine Approval
To authorize the wine authority to suspend or revoke an approval for a wine if the manufacturer to whom the approval has been issued ceases to be a member of the wine authority.
Effective Date:  July 1, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 604
Parking
Effective Date:  June 30, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 608
Restricted use of left lanes by commercial motor vehicles
Effective Date:  June 30, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 609
Restricted use of the King's Highway
Effective Date:  June 30, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 619
Speed Limits
Effective Date:  June 30, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 622
Stopping of Vehciles on parts of the King's Highway
Effective Date:  June 30, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 803
Designations
Effective Date:  June 30, 2015
 
Amendment to Ontario Regulation 618/05
Designation of Bus By-Pass Shoulders on King's Highway
Effective Date:  June 24, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 603
Over-Dimensional Farm Vehicles
Effective Date:  June 22, 2015
 
Amendment to O. Reg. 308/13 under the Pension Benefits Act: Asset Transfers under section 80.1 of the Act
This regulation amends O. Reg. 308/13 to ensure the latter is revoked on the same date section 80.1 of the Act is revoked.
Effective Date:  June 18, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 624
Stop Signs in Territory without Municipal Organization
Effective Date:  June 18, 2015
 
Electricity Act, 1998: Proposed Amendments to O. Reg. 493/01 (Debt Retirement Charge - Rates and Exemptions)
Proposed amendments to exempt residential electricity users from the Debt Retirement Charge after December 31, 2015.
Effective Date:  June 18, 2015
 
Proposed amendments to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 410 (Fresh Grapes - Marketing) to establish an industry advisory committee.
R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 410 (Fresh Grape - Marketing) outlines the authorities of the Ontario Fresh Grape Growers' Marketing Board (OFGGMB). The proposed amendment would allow the OFGGMB to establish an industry advisory committee.
Effective Date:  June 4, 2015
 
Wireless Services Agreements Act, 2013 Designated Jurisdictions
The regulation was filed with the Registrar of Regulations May 15, 2015.
Effective Date:  June 3, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 619
Speed Limits
Effective Date:  June 1, 2015
 
Training Requirements for Retail Assembly of Portable Outdoor Fuel-Burning Appliances
Proposal to amend Fuel Industry Certificates Regulation, Gaseous Fuels Regulation, and Propane Storage and Handling Regulation (O. Reg. 215/01, 212/01 and 211/01) of the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000.
Effective Date:  May 15, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 624
Stop Signs in Territory Without Municipal Organization
Effective Date:  May 11, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 624
Stop Signs in Territory without Municipal Organization
Effective Date:  May 11, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 631
Yeild Right-of-Way Signs in Territory Withough Municipal Organization
Effective Date:  May 11, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 734
Establishment of Local Roads Areas - Northeastern and Eastern Regions
Effective Date:  May 11, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 735
Establishment of Local Roads Areas - Northerwestern Region
Effective Date:  May 11, 2015
 
Local Services Board of Melgund - Addition of Power of Garbage Collection
Amendment to R.R.O.1990, Reg. 737, subsection 33 (4) to add the power of Garbage Collection.
Effective Date:  May 7, 2015
 
Amendment to Ontario Regulation 620/05
High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes
Effective Date:  May 1, 2015
 
Amendment to Ontario Regulation 620/05
High Occpancy Vehicle Lanes
Effective Date:  May 1, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 619
Speed Limits
Effective Date:  May 1, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 619
Speed Limits
Effective Date:  May 1, 2015
 
Nurse Practitioner Referrals: Changes to the Schedule of Benefits for Physician Services.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has made changes to Regulation 552 and the Schedule of Benefits for Physician Services under the Health Insurance Act.
Effective Date:  May 1, 2015
 
Reducing Coal Use in Energy-Intensive Industries  (source: Environmental Registry)
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is proposing regulatory changes to help Ontario's energy-intensive and trade-exposed manufacturing industries (including the cement, lime, iron and steel sectors) take advantage of opportunities to reduce the use of coal and petroleum coke.
Effective Date:  May 1, 2015
 
Amendment to Ontario Regulation 393/02
Definitions and Requirements Under Section 142.1 of the Act (Yielding Right of Way to Buses))
Effective Date:  April 27, 2015
 
Amendment to Ontario Regulation 618/05
Designation of bus by-pass shoulders on King's Highway
Effective Date:  April 27, 2015
 
Amendment to Ontario Regulation 94/06
Boarder Approach Lanes
Effective Date:  April 27, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 606
Portable Lane Control Signal Systems
Effective Date:  April 27, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 612
School Buses
Effective Date:  April 27, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 615
Signs
Effective Date:  April 27, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 616
Slow Moving Vehicle Sign
Effective Date:  April 27, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 620/05
High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes
Effective Date:  April 27, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 626
Traffic Control Signal Systems
Effective Date:  April 27, 2015
 
Addition to eligibility requirements of the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI)
Amending Ontario Regulation 429/04, "Adjustments Under Section 25.33 of the Act", made under the Electricity Act, 1998 ("Ontario Regulation 429/04").
Effective Date:  April 24, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 608
Restricted use of left lanes by commercial motor vehicles
Effective Date:  April 24, 2015
 
Proposed amendment to Ontario Regulation 124/99 made under the Electricity Act, 1998 (Transfer Tax on Municipal Electricity Utility)
The proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 124/99 made under the Electricity Act, 1998 are required to implement the 2015 Budget proposal to provide time-limited relief on transfer taxes.
Effective Date:  April 23, 2015
 
Proposed amendment to Ontario Regulation 162/01 made under the Electricity Act, 1998 (Payments in Lieu of Corporate Taxes - Municipal Electricity Utilities)
The proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 162/01 made under the Electricity Act, 1998 are required to implement the 2015 Budget proposals to (i) provide time-limited relief on payments-in-lieu of taxes (PILs) for Municipal Electricity Utilities (MEUs) and (ii) prevent the avoidance of PILs through direct or indirect dispositions of partnership interests.
Effective Date:  April 23, 2015
 
Proposed amendment to Ontario Regulation 207/99 made under the Electricity Act, 1998 (Payments in Lieu of Corporate Taxes)
The proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 207/99 made under the Electricity Act, 1998 are required to implement the 2015 Budget proposals to (i) provide time-limited relief on payments-in-lieu of taxes (PILs) and (ii) prevent the avoidance of PILs through direct or indirect dispositions of partnership interests.
Effective Date:  April 23, 2015
 
Proposed Amendments to the General Regulation (O. Reg. 37/09) of the Taxation Act, 2007 regarding the Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Ontario Production Services Tax Credit
Proposed amendments to O. Reg. 37/09
Effective Date:  April 23, 2015
 
Amendment to regulations under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act for moose hunting in northern Ontario  (source: Environmental Registry)
To consult on proposed amendments to moose hunting regulations as part of the Moose Project, in order to support healthy and resilient moose populations that provide ecological, social, economic and cultural benefits to the people of Ontario.
Effective Date:  April 13, 2015
 
College of Psychologists of Ontario
Amendments to the Quality Assurance (QA) Regulation made under the Psychology Act, 1991
Effective Date:  April 7, 2015
 
Amendments to Ontario Regulation 421/12: Academic Entry Requirements, 90-day Period, and Barber Exemption
O.Reg. 421/12 was amended to carry forward academic entry requirements from previous legislation; to extend for one year, the 90-day period for a new apprentice to become a member of the Ontario College of Trades ("the College"); and to extend, for one year, the exemption for individuals who held a Barber Certificate of Qualification (C of Q) under previous apprenticeship and trade legislation. These individuals are not required to pay membership fees to obtain a C of Q in the trade of Hairstyli
Effective Date:  April 2, 2015
 
Amendments to the Schedule of Benefits for Physician Services and Regulation 552 of the Health Insurance Act.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has made changes to the Schedule of Benefits for Physician Services and Regulation 552 of the Health Insurance Act.
Effective Date:  April 1, 2015
 
Better Decisions At The Door Draft Regulation
Draft regulations proposed for door-to-door water heater sales and rentals.
Effective Date:  April 1, 2015
 
Regulations establishing a marketing board for veal under the Farm Products Marketing Act (FPMA) and consequential amendments to Regulation 54 under the Beef Cattle Marketing Act (BCMA).
Veal producers have expressed strong support for the establishment of a marketing board for veal. The establishment of a board requires regulations under the FPMA to create the board and outline its powers. Consequential amendments would be such that provincial licence fees and national levies would no longer be collected on the sale of veal calves.
Effective Date:  April 1, 2015
 
Working at Heights Training Program Standard Regulation Proposal
Proposal to introduce regulatory requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) relating to the application of the Working at Heights Training Program Standard.
Effective Date:  April 1, 2015
 
Amendment of Ontario Regulation 230/08 (Species at Risk in Ontario List) in response to COSSARO report received December 31, 2014  (source: Environmental Registry)
The purpose of this posting is to provide general notice to the public that amendments will be made to Ontario Regulation 230/08 (Species at Risk in Ontario List) in response to a report received by the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry from the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO) on December 31, 2014. These changes to the Species at Risk in Ontario (SARO) List are mandatory and are consistent with the Endangered Species Act, 2007.
Effective Date:  March 31, 2015
 
Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act, 1997 (PSLRTA), Public Consultations
Ontario Regulation 458/97 currently provides that Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act, 1997 (PSLRTA) applies upon amalgamation of two or more listed Children's Aid Societies (CASs). Ministry of Labour (MOL) is consulting on whether the Regulation should be amended to include two or more additional CASs for which PSLRTA will apply upon amalgamation. Additional CASs listed will only include those where amalgamating CASs and trade unions have indicated agreement that PSLRTA should apply.
Effective Date:  March 31, 2015
 
The College of Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Mental Health Therapists of Ontario
Registration Regulation under the Psychotherapy Act, 2007
Effective Date:  March 31, 2015
 
Amending the revocation date of O. Reg. 308/13 under the Pension Benefits Act: asset transfers under section 80.1 of the Act
This regulation amends O. Reg. 308/13 to ensure the latter is revoked on the same date section 80.1 of the Act is revoked.
Effective Date:  March 6, 2015
 
Administrative Amendments to Ontario Regulation 284/07 "Source Protection Areas and Regions" under the Clean Water Act, 2006  (source: Environmental Registry)
The purpose of this information notice is to advise the public that administrative amendments have been made to Ontario Regulation 284/07 "Source Protection Areas and Regions". Amendments include a small extension to the North Bay - Mattawa source protection area boundary to capture the full area that contributes water to the municipal well. In addition minor corrections to municipal names and changes to reflect current practices of storing digital files were made.
Effective Date:  March 5, 2015
 
New and Increased Land Use Planning Fees under the Planning Act and the Ontario Planning and Development Act
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is implementing new planning application fees that recover the full cost of providing land use planning services.
Effective Date:  March 1, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 619
Speed Limits
Effective Date:  February 24, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 619
Speed Limits
Effective Date:  February 23, 2015
 
Administration of Justice Act - Amendments to Sheriff’s Fees
O.Reg 508/10 amended the Sheriff’s Fees regulation under the Administration of Justice Act, O.Reg 294/92, to provide for annual inflationary increases to the fees for conducting a writs search, and for obtaining a writ detail report, beginning in 2015.
Effective Date:  February 11, 2015
 
Build Toronto
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is proposing to amend the following regulations: -O. Reg. 295/09 Corporations Incorporated by Build Toronto (City of Toronto Act, 2006) -O. Reg. 609/06 City Services Corporations (City of Toronto Act, 2006) -O. Reg. 599/06 Municipal Services Corporations (Municipal Act, 2001)
Effective Date:  February 4, 2015
 
O. Reg. 699/98 (Order Under Subsection 17 (10) of the Act)
The Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 699/98 (Order Under Subsection 17 (10) of the Act) under the Planning Act in order to permit Northumberland County to exempt official plan amendments in the Town of Cobourg, Municipality of Port Hope and Municipality of Trent Hills from its approval, once the County Official Plan comes into effect.
Effective Date:  February 4, 2015
 
Reclassification of the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade from voluntary to compulsory status
Regulations were filed on February 2, 2015 to change the status of the Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade from voluntary to compulsory status. The trade's compulsory status will come into effect on February 2, 2017.
Effective Date:  February 2, 2015
 
Proposed amendment to O. Reg. 406/00 under the Vintners Quality Alliance Act, 1999 - labelling
Expand labelling options for wines packaged in non-glass containers
Effective Date:  January 30, 2015
 
Amendment to Payments for Physician Services
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has made changes to Regulation 552 and the Schedule of Benefits for Physician Services under the Health Insurance Act.
Effective Date:  January 29, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 402 (Chickens - Marketing) under the Farm Products Marketing Act.
Regulation 402 (Chickens - Marketing) provides for the control and regulation of the producing and marketing of chickens within Ontario. The regulation is being amended to change the method used to determine the minimum live price that producers are paid for chickens. The revised methodology will be based on a cost of production survey and model farm costs. The cost of production formula is to establish a price that gives efficient producers a fair return over time.
Effective Date:  January 14, 2015
 
Proposed amendments to Regulation 411 (Fresh Grapes - Plan) made under the Farm Products Marketing Act to change the district and governance structures.
The Ontario Fresh Grape Growers' Marketing Board have proposed amendments to Regulation 411 (Fresh Grapes - Plan) that would reduce the number of growing districts from 5 to 2, by amalgamating the districts that are outside of District 1 (Town of Niagara on the Lake (NOTL)). The proposed amendments to Regulation 411 would continue the growers' committee structure and maintain the size of the board at seven members.
Effective Date:  January 14, 2015
 
Proposed amendments to Regulation 434 (Tender Fruit - Plan) and Regulation 433 (Tender Fruit - Marketing) made under the Farm Products Marketing Act to change the board's name and change the structure of industry advisory committees for fresh market and processing fruit.
The proposed amendments to Regulation 434 would change the local board's name from The Ontario Tender Fruit Producers' Marketing Board to the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers. The proposed amendments to Regulation 433 would allow the board to establish a processing advisory committee for each type of tender fruit and allow all dealer-shippers to participate in the fresh market advisory committee. The changes have been requested by the board and have the support of producers.
Effective Date:  January 14, 2015
 
A regulatory proposal to allow for the management and land application of nutrient feedwater under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002.
The goal of the proposed regulation would be to enhance the economic and environmental sustainability of Ontario's agri-food industry while protecting the Great Lakes and other waterways. The proposed regulation would provide the ability to land apply nutrient feedwater on agricultural land following general requirements or when a nutrient management strategy and plan have been completed, filed and approved.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Amendment to O. Reg. 407/07: Exemptions from the Requirements to be Licensed under the Mortgage Brokerages, Lenders and Administrators Act, 2006
Updates list of motor vehicle financing corporations in s. 8.2 (2)
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 909 of the Pension Benefits Act - Statements for Former and Retired Members
The proposed amendment to Regulation 909 incorporates feedback from the April 25, 2014 posting and the October 3, 2014 posting. This posting describes the proposed regulatory requirements to implement s. 27(2) of the PBA, requiring plan administrators to provide periodic statements to former members and retired members.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Amendment to Regulation 909 under the Pension Benefits Act - Commuted value transfers from Ontario plans to plans in other Canadian jurisdictions
The posting describes proposed regulatory amendments that would make it easier for individuals to transfer the commuted value of their pension benefits from an Ontario plan to a plan elsewhere in Canada.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Amendment to the Eligibility Criteria for the Issuance of Farm Licence Plates in Regulation 628 under the Highway Traffic Act.
The Ministry of Transportation is amending the definition of farmer that determines eligibility to obtain farm licence plates.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Amendments to Ontario Regulations 73/94 and 681/94 under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993  (source: Environmental Registry)
The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 73/94 and Ontario Regulation 681/94 made under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR) to ensure that the EBR and its regulations remain up-to-date with current ministry names and initiatives and will increase opportunities for the public to be involved in decisions that may affect the environment.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration Hard Stop
The Ministry of Transportation is amending Regulation 628 (Vehicle Permits) under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) to authorize the Minister to refuse to issue or renew a vehicle permit for a commercial motor vehicle that is required by the HTA to be operated under a valid Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration (CVOR) certificate unless the permit holder/applicant is the holder of a valid CVOR.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Designation of Public Service Agencies: Ontario Regulation 304/14 amending Ontario Regulation 398/93
Designation of one new public service agency and amendment to the designation of one previously designated agency.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Driver and Vehicle Fee increases under the Highway Traffic Act
The Ministry of Transportation is proposing six fee increases for driver and vehicle products and services, as well as introducing two new fees for driver services as indicated in Section 17(1) of Regulation 628 (Vehicle Permits), Section 1 of Regulation 273/07 (Administrative Monetary Penalties), and Section 1 of Regulation 340/94 (Drivers' Licences) under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Information Required under Section 4.1 of the Estate Administration Tax Act, 1998
May 12, 2011 amendments to the Estate Administration Tax Act established the requirement to provide prescribed information about a deceased person to the Minister of Finance in respect of applications for estate certificates within the prescribed time and manner. The proposed regulation will require estate representatives to submit an estate information return to the Minister of Finance for applications for estate certificates made on or after January 1, 2015.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment and on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
With the exception of a few provisions, O. Reg. 332/12 (Building Code) made under the Building Code Act, 1992 came into force on January 1, 2014. The Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care, respectively, administer statutes with regulations referencing the Building Code, or various provisions of the Code.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Ontario Fire Code - Proposed Amendments to Clarify Requirements for Licensed Child Care Programs in Schools
Minor amendments to the Ontario Fire Code to clarify fire safety requirements for licensed child care programs in schools, in order to support the implementation of Full Day Kindergarten (FDK) in Ontario.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Proposals to Enhance Propane Safety and Minimize Burden on Business
This paper seeks input on four proposals to refine the regulation of propane transfer facilities in Ontario. The proposals are intended to enhance propane safety and minimize burden on business. In September 2013, the ministry and the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) established a roundtable of industry, fire services and consumer representatives. Roundtable members' input and expertise helped the ministry and TSSA develop these proposals for broad consultation.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Proposed Amendment to O. Reg. 34/10 (Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule - Effective September 1, 2010)
The Ministry of Finance is seeking public input on a proposed amendment to the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule regulation under the Insurance Act.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Proposed amendment to the barrier-free design requirements set out in the Building Code regulation (O. Reg. 332/12) under the Building Code Act, 1992
Ontario is looking for your views on potential changes to the barrier-free design requirements in the Building Code.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 484/09 (Grain (Grain Corn, Soybeans And Wheat) - Plan)
Grain Farmers of Ontario (GFO) has requested amendments to Ontario Regulation 484/09. The primary objective is to remove March 2 as the earliest possible day for the first meeting of the board after the annual elections. The Commission supported the amendments on July 16, 2014.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Proposed amendments to the General Regulation (O. Reg. 237/09) of the Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires Act, 1994, regarding deposit insurance premiums
The Ministry of Finance is proposing to amend the General Regulation to change how the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario determines a credit union's annual deposit insurance premium.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Proposed licence fee increase under Ontario Regulation 340/01 (Designation - Ontario Ginseng Growers' Association) under the Farm Products Marketing Act.
The proposed amendment to Ontario Regulation 340/01 would increase the mandatory licence fee payable to the Ontario Ginseng Growers' Association (OGGA) by growers from $75/acre to $100/acre. The proposed change was requested by OGGA's board of directors and has the support of growers.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Proposed regulatory amendments to support implementation of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement  (source: Environmental Registry)
The government is proposing draft regulatory amendments to support the implementation of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Public Consultation on Changes to the Fire Code
The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Office of the Fire Marshal is inviting public comment on a package of proposed changes for the next edition of the Ontario Fire Code.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Regulation Under the Building Code Act, 1992
The purpose of the proposed amendment is to enhance the sustainability of the Building Materials Evaluation Commission (BMEC).
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Regulation Under the Building Code Act, 1992
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 332/12 (Building Code) under the Building Code Act, 1992.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Regulation Under the Building Code Act, 1992
The purpose of the proposed amendments would be to permit the construction of up to six storey wood-frame buildings. The Building Code currently permits the construction of up to four storey wood-frame buildings.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Regulations Under the Building Code Act, 1992
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 332/12 (Building Code) under the BCA. The purpose of the proposed amendments would be to promote the safe design of buildings by appropriate professionals, by reintroducing requirements that certain types of smaller buildings (e.g., certain foundations, projecting signs, shelf and rack storage systems) be designed by an architect or a professional engineer or a combination of both.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Regulations under the Planning Act Regarding Municipal Empowerment Phase II
These proposed regulations would empower councils as the planning approval authority for all consent applications, and subdivision and condominium applications within their municipalities, and would exempt them from Minister's approval of official plan amendments.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Regulatory amendments required to align with the Budget 2014 amendments to the Electricity Act, 1998 and the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998; and other matters.
Regulations were amended, revoked or put in place to reflect the amalgamation of the Ontario Power Authority and the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) into one organization, the new IESO. The amendments were technical in nature and reflect that one entity exists as of January 1, 2015 instead of two. The regulatory amendments were approved by Cabinet and came into force on January 1, 2015.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015
 
Updating the Schedule of Noxious Weeds in R.S.O. 1990, Regulation 1096 General made under the Weed Control Act - R.R.O. 1990, c. W.5 (removal of goat's-beard spp., nodding thistle spp., Scotch thistle and wild carrot)  (source: Environmental Registry)
The Weed Control Act and Regulation 1096 prohibit listed noxious weeds from being grown where they will negatively affect agricultural land. The list in the regulation's Schedule of Noxious Weeds is outdated. The proposed revisions would remove four weeds that are in conflict with conservation initiatives. Goat's-beard spp., nodding thistle spp., Scotch thistle and wild carrot are prescribed as noxious weeds.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2015