Amended regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
Ontario Regulation 137/15 under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 was amended multiple times between June and December 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These amendments guided the re-opening and safe operation of child care and early years programs after the mandated closure period that began in March 2020.
Home and Community Care Virtual Visits
Amendment to the definition of a "visit" and "hour of service" in section 1 of Ontario Regulation 386/99 of the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994. The amendment aims to clarify that a visit and hour of service referred to in the Regulation may include virtual care using electronic means.
Amended regulation under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
Ontario Regulation 137/15 under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 was amended to ensure that camps would be allowed to operate for more than the current 13 weeks in a year in the event that there is a strike or lock-out that impacts instruction for students in publicly funded schools.
New regulation made under the Connecting Care Act, 2019 (CCA) - Prescribed Organization
The regulation allows Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) to be prescribed for the purposes of subsection 40 (1) of the Connecting Care Act, 2019. Prescribing an organization in this fashion authorizes the detailed information gathering that is required to plan appropriately for potential transfers into Ontario Health (OH). The regulation was filed with the Registrar of Regulations on November 28, 2019 and will come into effect on January 1, 2020.
Extending Certificates and Licences under O. Reg. 267/03 of the Nutrient Management Act, 2002
Due to COVID related closure of examination centres for nutrient management certification and licensing, the expiry dates of the 4 certificates and 2 licences issued under O. Reg. 267/03 of the Nutrient Management Act that would have expired between April 14, 2020 and April 29, 2021 are extended. The new expiry date will be April 30, 2021.
Applicants that have already passed an examination within the year prior to April 14 may use that passing grade to apply for renewal until April 30, 2021.
Industrial Conservation Initiative Peak Hiatus
Ontario amended O. Reg. 429/04 to introduce an "ICI Peak Hiatus" in which electricity consumers participating in the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) do not need to take actions to avoid system peaks this year as economic recovery from COVID-19 progresses.
Amended regulation under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
Ontario Regulation 137/15 under the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 was amended to support child care operators during the emergency closure period ordered under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and to support the operation of Emergency Child Care Centres in retaining qualified staff during this period.
Amendments to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 753 (Grades, Standards, Designations, Classes, Packing), under the Milk Act.
The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission has amended R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 753 (Grades, Standards, Designations, Classes, Packing), under the Milk Act.
The amendments, which align with Canada's national dairy strategy, eliminate milk class 6 from the classification table within the regulation, and reclassify products and ingredients formerly under this class. Milk classification is based on end use. The amendments were made to comply with the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement.
Proposal to extend the current moratorium on water bottling permits
We are proposing to extend the current moratorium on new or increased permits to take groundwater to produce bottled water for up to 6 months, April 1, 2021. This extension would give us time to thoroughly review and consider feedback received, and further engage on how we can implement our proposed enhancements to Ontario's water taking program
Phase 1 Regulations (Incorporation and Advertising Terms) - Trust in Real Estate Services Act, 2020
The Trust in Real Estate Services Act, 2020 (TRESA, 2020) received Royal Assent on March 4, 2020. TRESA, 2020 amends the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002, the legislation that governs real estate brokerages, brokers and salespersons (registrants).
The government is now beginning the process of consulting on the first phase of regulations required to bring these legislative changes into force.
Repeal three spent regulations under the Northern Services Boards Act (NSBA)
We are proposing to repeal the following three spent regulations made to dissolve Local Services Boards (LSBs):
1. O. Reg 109/16 Order for Dissolution - Local Services Board of Missanabie
2. O. Reg 6/12 Order for Dissolution - Local Services Board of Savant Lake; and
3. O. Reg 278/10 Order for Dissolution - Local Services Board of Eva Marion Lake.
Discussion paper on modernizing hazardous waste reporting in Ontario
We've prepared this discussion paper to provide Ontarians with an opportunity to participate early in the development process. The feedback we receive will be used to inform regulatory and program changes that support the modernization of digital reporting services delivered by the Resource Productivity & Recovery Authority.
School Zones Time of Day reduced Speed Limit Signs amendment to HTA Regulation 615, Signs
The government is proposing a regulatory amendment to Highway Traffic Act, O. Reg. 615, Signs to improve traffic control and enforceability of speeding infractions on municipal roads. The proposed amendments address a request by municipalities to include new signs in regulation to enable the enforcement of speeding offences in school zones with a reduced speed limit.
Proposed changes to the AgriInsurance Program - Contract of Insurance and Appeals
The ministry is proposing amendments to regulations under the Agricultural Products Insurance Act, 1996 (APIA) to improve the client experience, reduce paperwork burden and improve fairness of the appeals process for the 14,000 AgriInsurance customers. Specifically, amendments are being proposed that, if approved, would enable AgriCorp to reduce the amount of paperwork farmers must review or complete, and ensure that farmers enrolled in the program have adequate time to prepare and file appeals.
Amendment of Regulation O. Reg. 329/04 (General) under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA)
The Ministry of Health is posting a notice of a proposed regulation for public consultation from June 19 to July 4, 2020 for a 14-day consultation period as permitted under PHIPA ss 74(4).
The proposed amendment to O. Reg. 329/04 (General) under PHIPA would allow ICES and Ontario Health to disclose personal health information to the MOH at the request of the Minister of Health. This information is needed to enable the Health Data Platform, announced by the government on April 12, 2020.
Suspension of Time-Of-Use (TOU) Electricity Rates during COVID-19 Outbreak
On March 24, 2020, the government set electricity prices for Time-Of-Use (TOU) customers at the off-peak TOU electricity rate of 10.1 cents per kilowatt hour for all periods of the day, seven days a week, until May 7, 2020.
On May 6, 2020, the government announced an extension to the TOU off-peak rate. The intention is to extend the TOU off-peak rate until May 31, 2020.
COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Relief from Trillium Drug Program Deductible
To help alleviate the cost impact to Trillium Drug Program (TDP) households as a result of loss of income, the Ministry of Health is proposing to extend the in-year deductible reassessment to include significant income changes that occur in the latter half of the TDP benefit year. This would allow households to use their 2020 income information for the determination of their deductible in the current 2019/20 benefit year (from May 1st until July 31st, 2020).
Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017; Ontario Regulation 268/18
The following summary outlines proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 268/18 under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 relating to the sale, display and promotion of vapour products. The ministry is soliciting feedback on the proposed regulatory amendments.
Interim Enhancements to the (Tarion) Customer Service Standard
Effective September 14, 2020, homeowners will benefit from new interim changes to Tarion's Customer Service Standards to better protect homeowners by introducing grace periods for homeowner timelines, making it easier to submit additional claims and having urgent items addressed sooner.
Proposal to amend Ontario Regulation 454/96 (Construction)
Amend Ontario Regulation 454/96 (Construction). If passed, this amendment would establish eligibility criteria, standards and requirements that dam owners must satisfy to be relieved from the requirement to obtain approval under section 16 of the Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act, for certain low risk alterations, improvements and repairs to existing wetland conservation dams.
Reducing Administrative Burden to Drug Manufacturers and Pharmacies
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is proposing amendments to the regulations under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act (ODBA) and Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act (DIDFA), which if approved, reduce technical requirements, address discrepancies and misalignments with industry standards and polices in other provinces and territories (P/Ts) and modernize existing processes for Ontario pharmacies.
Amendments to the Wells Regulation
We are seeking public input on proposed changes to the Wells Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 903 made under the Ontario Water Resources Act) to reduce administrative burden on the well construction industry, while maintaining protections for the environment, human health and safety, and consumers.
Proposed amendments to the Food Premises Regulation 493/17 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act
The following summary outlines two (2) proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 493/17 (Food Premises) under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The ministry is proposing an exemption to permit dogs in outdoor eating areas of food premises and under certain conditions, to allow dogs in areas of food premises where only pre-packaged and/or low risk food is displayed, served or sold to give Ontarians a choice to enjoy food as a social activity with their pet dogs.
Transforming and modernizing the delivery of Ontario's Building Code services
The government is proposing an administrative authority to transform the delivery of a suite of new and enhanced services to support the Building sector. Transformation will help streamline customer service and approval processes, promote a consistent approach to using the Building Code, and promote public safety for all people across Ontario.
Proposed changes to Ontario's Financial Protection Programs
As part of a broader effort to update and ensure the sustainability of the financial protection programs for the grains and livestock sectors, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is seeking input on proposals for possible changes to the programs, which govern the buying and selling of beef cattle and grains and oilseeds in Ontario.
Amendments to Various Regulations to Support the Medical Radiation and Imaging Technology Act
The Ministry of Health is proposing regulation amendments to O. Reg. 107/96 (Controlled Acts) made under the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 and Regulation 543 (X-Ray Safety Code) under the Healing Arts Radiation Protection Act, 1990 and is also proposing a regulation revoking O. Reg. 226/03 made under Medical Radiation and Imaging Technology Act (MRITA). These changes will align the regulations with the Medical Radiation and Imaging Technology Act (MRITA) once it is proclaimed.
Removing acetone reporting requirements
We are proposing to end reporting on acetone for the 2019 reporting year and onwards by:
1. eliminating Ontario Regulation 127/01 - Airborne Contaminant Discharge Monitoring and Reporting made under the Environmental Protection Act, 1990, and
2. amending Ontario Regulation 455/09 made under the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009
Establishing Efficient Pharmacy Reimbursement Policies
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proposing amendments to the regulation under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act that, if approved, would change pharmacy reimbursement rules related to drug markup and professional services provided to residents of Long-Term Care Homes to establish a smarter, more efficient and fiscally responsible system to deliver publicly-funded health benefits.
Proposal in support of the province's review of the Far North Act
In support of the province's review of the Far North Act announced in the Fall Economic Statement, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has been reviewing the Far North Act with a view to reducing red tape and restrictions on important economic development projects in the Far North including the Ring of Fire, all-season roads and electrical transmission projects for communities. As a result of the review, the Ministry is proposing to repeal the Far North Act.
Proposed Amendment to Ontario Regulation 552 under the Health Insurance Act
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proposing an amendment to Regulation 552 of the Health Insurance Act to end the Out-of-Country Travellers Program. In addition, amendments are being proposed to remove all references to osteopathy that are found under the regulation because osteopathy has not been recognized as a regulated health profession since 2004.
Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 Regulation
The following summary outlines proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 268/18 under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017). The ministry is soliciting feedback on the proposed amendments.
Proposed Amendment to Ontario Regulation 533: Gas Card Modernization
The Ministry of Finance invites your comments on proposed amendments to Regulation 533.
Based on input that the Province received during an engagement process in fall 2016, the government is proposing to simplify the process for First Nation individuals and bands to purchase tax-exempt gasoline on-reserve.
College of Midwives of Ontario
Proposed Quality Assurance Regulation (to replace the General Regulation, O. Reg. 335/12) Under the Midwifery Act, 1991
Proposal for a Fish Food Safety Regulation under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) proposes to replace, subject to the approval of the Legislature, Ontario's Fish Inspection Act and Ontario Regulation 456 - Quality Control with a new regulation under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001. The proposed changes would enhance food safety and result in a modern, outcome-based regulation to support the growth and competitiveness of the province's non-federally registered fish processors.
College of Chiropodists of Ontario
Amending O. Reg. 203/94 (General) under the Chiropody Act, 1991 to add a new part to the regulation: Spousal Patient Exemption to the Sexual Abuse Provisions of the Code