Regulation - LGIC

Reducing regulatory burden and harmonizing pricing requirements under the Travel Industry Act

Regulation Number(s):
Ontario Regulation 26/05 General
Bill or Act:
Travel Industry Act, 2002
Summary of Proposal:
The ministry is seeking input on proposed draft regulatory amendments under the Travel Industry Act (TIA) for travel agents and travel wholesalers. The proposed amendments are intended to reduce regulatory burden on one day tour operators and not-for-profit corporations promoting tourism in Ontario. The amendments will also harmonize aspects of Ontario's requirements for displaying or advertising the price of travel services with current Federal requirements for advertising air travel services.

If approved and implemented, the proposed regulatory amendments would:
•Exempt businesses that exclusively offer one day tours from the requirements under TIA;
•Modify certain registration and operating requirements to allow for flexibility for not-for-profit corporations promoting tourism in Ontario; and
•Require all businesses registered under TIA to display the total price to consumers, including all taxes, fees, levies and other charges, when advertising travel services.

In addition, the ministry is proposing to make a technical amendment to align the timing for claim submissions.

The ministry welcomes feedback and encourages anyone interested to provide comments on its proposal.

Please note that this the second regulatory registry posting related to the proposed amendments. In November 2015, the ministry posted a policy paper and invited stakeholder feedback. For reference, the original posting can be found at: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/view.do?postingId=20182&language=en
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
16-MGCS003
Posting Date:
March 17, 2016
Comments Due Date:
April 18, 2016
Contact Address:
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Policy Branch
777 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 2J3
Attention: TIA regulation changes