OER Percentage Adjustment
Ontario Regulation 363/16: General made under the Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016 was amended to adjust the Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) percentage from 18.9% to 17%. The changes took effect November 1, 2021.
No proposal concerning these OER amendments was posted for public comment on the Regulatory Registry, as the adjustment to the OER percentage was made to ensure the average residential electricity bill remains on a stable and predictable trajectory, consistent with the government's current policy and as such did not require consultation.
Solicitors Act, O. Reg. 563/20 "Contingency Fee Agreements"
The Ministry of the Attorney General has obtained approval to make a consequential regulatory amendment to O. Reg. 563/20 under the Solicitors Act to replace outdated references to the Legal Aid Services Act, 1998 (LASA 1998) with references to the Legal Aid Services Act, 2020 (LASA 2020). The consequential amendment to O. Reg. 563/20 under the Solicitors Act will come into effect on the same day that the new LASA 2020 comes into force.
Temporary suspension of gas fireplace efficiency standards
On August 4, 2021, we amended O.Reg. 509/18, made under the Electricity Act, 1998, to temporarily suspend a prohibition on standing pilot lights for gas fireplaces. This suspension will take effect for products manufactured from August 5, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
Consequential Regulatory Amendments to Change the Title of "case management master" to "associate judge".
On April 19, 2021, the Legislature passed amendments to the Courts of Justice Act and other statutes to change the title of a "case management master" to that of an "associate judge" as part of Bill 245, Accelerating Access to Justice Act. As a result of these statutory amendments, consequential regulatory changes have also been made to replace all instances of "case management master" with the new title of "associate judge".
Amendment to Regulation 363 of R.R.O. 1990 (Forms) under the Expropriations Act.
The Forms regulation (Reg. 363 of R.R.O. 1990) made under the Expropriations Act prescribes various forms for use in expropriations proceedings. A regulation amending the Forms regulation was approved on August 24, 2021 and filed on August 27, 2021. Amending regulation 585/21is available online at: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/900363?search=expropriations+act
Amendments to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 761: Milk and Milk Products under the Milk Act.
The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission has amended R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 761: Milk and Milk Products under the Milk Act to extend dairy plant licences and grader certificates.
The amendments also replace a reference to the revoked Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act with the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act and correct an amendment error made in 2018.
Amendment to Ontario Regulation 370/11 under the Housing Services Act, 2011 (HSA)
Ontario Regulation 370/11 under the Housing Services Act, 2011 was amended to update the Household Income Limits (HILs) and High Need Income Limits (HNILs). The updated HILs and HNILs are based on information provided by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) as required under the Social Housing Agreement, 1999.
Streamlining Low-Risk sewage project approvals
Ontario is proposing regulatory changes under the Ontario Water Resources Act to exempt certain low risk sewage works from requiring an Environmental Compliance Approval. The proposed changes would reduce regulatory burden on businesses while ensuring that environmental protection is maintained.
Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021
The Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021, a schedule to an omnibus bill entitled Providing More Care, Protecting Seniors, and Building More Beds Act, 2021, if passed, would govern the long-term care sector and repeal and replace the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007. The proposed legislation includes measures in three key areas: improving staffing and care, protecting residents through better accountability, enforcement and transparency, and building modern, safe, comfortable homes for our seniors.
Strengthening the Retirement Homes Act, 2010
The Retirement Homes Act, 2010 (the "Act") sets out the standards and requirements for licensed retirement homes. The Act contains a fundamental principle that states, "a retirement home is to be operated so that it is a place where residents live with dignity, respect, privacy and autonomy, in security, safety and comfort and can make informed choices about their care options."
Public Health Ontario Board Appointment Process
The Ministry of Health proposes to amend the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion Act, 2007 to provide authority for the Lieutenant Governor in Council to appoint and designate the subsequent Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Board of Directors for Public Health Ontario for the purpose of aligning Board appointment processes across all ministry board-governed operational agencies.
Recovery of Minerals
We are proposing amendments to the Mining Act to support the recovery of minerals at current operating, closed or abandoned mine sites in Ontario through reprocessing of minerals, including critical minerals.
Proposal to amend the Public Lands Act to support red tape reduction
The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry is proposing to amend the Public Lands Act to reduce red-tape for clients in support of the Fall 2021 Red Tape Reduction Bill. Changes to the Act will improve customer service and government efficiency, reduce unnecessary burdens and provide a greater ability to make public lands available for economic and resource-based development opportunities, particularly in the North.
Supporting Volunteers Under the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015
Amendments are being proposed to the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 that would: set a definition of "volunteer" to clarify the eligibility for supports under the PRCRA; require police services to conduct and provide the results of Criminal Record Checks and Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Checks for volunteers at no charge and provide up to five free copies of the results; expand the Lieutenant Governor in Council's regulation-making authority.
Northern Services Boards Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. L.28 Amendment
Under Ontario's Open for Business initiative, an amendment to the Northern Services Boards Act (NSBA) is recommended to remove the requirement that notices of meetings and minutes be posted in six (6) conspicuous locations and only require posting in at least one physical location and, if available, require electronic positing of notices and meeting minutes by established Local Service Boards (LSBs).
Animal Shelter Ownership Authority under the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019
The Ministry of the Solicitor General (SolGen) is proposing to modify the list of prescribed organizations in O. Reg. 447/19 that can assume ownership of animals where the owner or custodian of the animal is not identified or has not claimed the animal. This is to provide these animal sheltering organizations and the public with clarity and consistency in who can take ownership of found, abandoned or unclaimed animals.
Proposed regulations under the Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019
Proposal for regulations under the Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019 to modernize the legislative framework of beverage alcohol to make it easier for businesses and consumers to understand the rules, clearly separate the LCBO's operational function from the AGCO's regulatory function, reduce red tape, and increase flexibility for businesses to reflect the changing landscape of beverage alcohol.
Proposed amendments to O. Reg. 406/00
The ministry is looking for input to make a change to the current wine standards rules by adding the Glera grape variety to the list of authorized grapes used for wine produced in Ontario and eligible for approval by Vintners Quality Alliance Ontario, Ontario's Wine Appellation Authority.
Amendment to O. Reg 386/99 to Enable Delivery of Home Care by Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
The government is proposing to amend O.Reg. 386/99 under the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994 (HCCSA) to enable the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) to deliver home care services in the same manner as the Home and Community Care Support Services: Champlain to this client population in the Champlain region in the same framework that applies to Home and Community Care Support Services: Champlain.
Regulatory Proposals (Phase 1) under the Conservation Authorities Act
New regulations have been finalized to focus conservation authorities on their core mandate by prescribing mandatory programs and services they must provide, give municipalities greater control over what conservation authority programs and services they will fund, and consolidate "Conservation Areas" regulations.
New Minister's Fee Regulation for the Proposed Modernization of Property Information Program
The proposed Modernization of Property Information (MPI) program is intended to allow the public to place an online request for property-related information held by the ministry to determine the availability of records for a particular property. The ministry is proposing to charge a fee of $65 per request to cover the costs of developing and operating this new service.
Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, 2021 & Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act, 2021
The Ministry of Transportation is soliciting public comment on proposed legislative and regulatory changes that would, if passed, help protect people and families by targeting those who engage in stunt driving and unsafe, high-risk driving as well as to protect vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and highway workers, improve truck safety, and strengthen provincial oversight of the towing sector.
Eliminating Renewable Energy Requirements
We are proposing to repeal sections of the Electricity Act, 1998 (EA) and the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 (OEBA) that were introduced under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 to promote and prioritize the development of renewable energy. Ontario has built a clean energy supply. Prioritizing renewable generation is no longer appropriate. Going forward, Ontario will ensure value for ratepayers by allowing all resources to compete to meet system needs.
Improving hunter reporting compliance through financial penalties
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is proposing an amendment to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997, to provide the regulation making authority to set a financial penalty for hunters who do not submit mandatory reports required by the regulations. This would provide an alternative tool to promote hunter reporting compliance. Subsequent regulatory amendments would be required to implement the penalty, including setting the amount and the circumstances where it would apply.
Amendment of O. Regulation 329/04 (General) under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA)
Ministry of Health proposing an amendment to name Ontario Health as a "Prescribed Person" (i.e. a Prescribed Registry) in respect of its planned operation of the Cardiac and Vascular Services Registry, replacing CorHealth Ontario (CorHealth currently identified in the regulation under its former name, "Cardiac Care Network".) Cardiac Care Network would be removed and Ontario Health would be designated as operator of the Cardiac and Vascular Services Registry.
Phase 2 of the Natural Gas Expansion Program
We want to extend the Natural Gas Expansion Program, a program that provides financial support to help natural gas companies expand natural gas distribution in communities that are not currently connected to the natural gas system. We are doing this to help make energy more affordable for rural, northern, and Indigenous communities in Ontario.
Proposed producer responsibility regulation for Hazardous and Special Products (HSP)
We are seeking input on our proposed draft regulation for hazardous and special products (HSP), under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016, that would require producers of hazardous and special products, such as paints, pesticides, solvents, oil filters, antifreeze and pressurized containers, to collect, manage or promote the recycling or proper disposal of these products at end-of-life.
Police Record Checks Reform Act, Exemptions Proposal
This proposal describes the specific types of screening that are being considered for exemption from the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015. If approved, police record checks conducted for these types of screening would not have to follow certain requirements, which are set out in the regulation
Improvements to Ontario's New Home Warranty and Protection Program (Phase 2: New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017)
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is proposing a regulation under the New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017. The proposed regulation would establish a code of ethics, a discipline committee and an appeals committee - a framework that would address complaints to better protect consumers and hold licensees accountable for their action. The ministry is also proposing an amendment to the General Regulation to improve the information published on the Ontario Builder Directory.
Improvements to Ontario's New Home Warranty and Protection Program (ONHWPA Phase 2)
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is proposed regulation changes under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act. These changes would 1) address matters relating to a simplified warranty claims process; 2) establish a mediation process for warranty claim disputes; and 3) specify duties of the ombudsperson (the New Home Ombuds) that include a focus on helping consumers.
Drainage Act Regulatory Proposal Consultation
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is proposing a new Minister's Regulation that would implement recent amendments to the Drainage Act. The proposed new Minister's Regulation would reduce burden, streamline approvals and address stakeholder concerns while maintaining environmental standards.
Proposed Revocation of O. Reg. 326/09: Mandatory Information Re Connections under the Electricity Act, 1998
We are proposing to revoke O. Reg. 326/09: Mandatory Information Re Connections. This regulation prescribes preferential timelines for renewable energy projects seeking complex grid connection assessments and related reporting requirements for Local Distribution Companies and the Independent Electricity System Operator.
Ontario has built a clean energy supply. A competitive energy future will ensure value for ratepayers. Placing priority on renewable generation is no longer appropriate.
Proposed Revocation of O. Reg. 274/18, Siting Restrictions for Renewable Energy Generation Facilities
We are proposing to revoke O. Reg. 274/18 - Siting Restrictions for Renewable Energy Generation Facilities, which placed provincial siting restrictions on renewable energy generation facilities (Projects) in relation to residential areas and agricultural land.
As a result of the Green Energy Repeal Act, 2019 (GERA), municipal authority over the siting of new Projects has been fully restored.
The regulation is effectively spent and no longer applies to any Projects.
Proposed Delegation Regulation under the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020
On July 8, 2020, the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020 (BTFA) came into force, introducing measures that streamline project delivery and support the accelerated completion of the four priority projects identified in Ontario's "New Subway Transit Plan for the GTA." The Ministry of Transportation is seeking to delegate the following functions under the BTFA from the Minister to Metrolinx: corridor development permits; entering lands; compensation; enforcement; and administration.
Consultation on Topics Related to Future Changes to Tarion
Tarion is seeking public input on several proposed regulatory changes to support the implementation of changes made to the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act as a result of the passage of the Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2020. Changes would also support the proposed designation of a regulatory authority under the New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017.
Updating Ontario's Water Quantity Management Framework
We are proposing regulatory changes for managing water takings to protect the long-term sustainability of surface water and groundwater and to ensure these important resources are responsibly managed and safeguarded now and for future generations.
Proposals to reduce wildlife management regulatory burden
We are proposing amendments to regulations under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 (FWCA). These proposals would streamline requirements for fur dealers, enable persons to hold both a trapping and fur dealers licence, simplify the process for airports to remove deer and elk in protection of property and public safety, and enable the use of firearms at night for dispatch of trapped furbearing mammals by licensed trappers.
Proposed regulations to support proclamation of the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010
Proposed regulations to support proclamation of the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (ONCA), including:
1. General Regulation related to technical matters; and
2. Corporations Sole Regulation to prescribe provisions that apply to corporations sole (i.e. a corporation constituted in a single person who, in right of some office or function, has corporate status).