Comprehensive Electricity Plan (CEP) Biomass
Amendments (i.e. Ontario Regulation 29/22) to Ontario Regulation 735/20 made under the Electricity Act, 1998 came into effect as of January 27, 2022. These recent amendments enable the government to provide funding for certain amounts payable to an entity under a procurement contract respecting one or more generation facilities that generate any electricity using biomass, where the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) was required to enter into the contract by ministerial directive or direction under the Electricity Act, 1998.
Amendments to Ontario Regulation 246/22
Amendments to Ontario Regulation 246/22 came into effect on September 21, 2022. These changes operationalize the statutory amendments to the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021 (FLTCA), that also came into force on September 21, 2022, by way of Bill 7: More Beds, Better Care Act, 2022, which received Royal Assent on August 31, 2022.
New amendments to Ontario Regulation 246/22 are operationalizing the changes to FLTCA and supporting a continuous conversation with eligible ALC patients in public hospitals who need long-term care services.
1. EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY SUSPENSION PERIOD - BUSINESS CORPORATIONS ACT 2. EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY SUSPENSION PERIOD - CORPORATIONS ACT 3. EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY SUSPENSION PERIOD - NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATIONS ACT, 2010 4. EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY SUSPENSION PERIOD - CO-OPERATIVE CORPORATIONS ACT 5. EXTENSION OF TEMPORARY SUSPENSION PERIOD - CONDOMINIUM ACT, 1998
These regulatory amendments extend the "temporary suspension period" during which temporary legislative provisions under the Business Corporations Act, Corporations Act, Not-For-Profit Corporations Act, 2010, Co-operative Corporations Act and Condominium Act, 1998 to enable corporations governed under one of these statutes to call and hold virtual meetings, notwithstanding certain restrictions or requirements in statute or a corporation's governing documents, are effective until September 30, 2023.
Amendments to O. Reg 746/21 (Licensing) under the Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019 - Caterer's Endorsements Attached to Manufacturer's Licences
The Ministry of the Attorney General made amendments to O. Reg 746/21 under the Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019 (LLCA) to permit licensed manufacturers to request a Caterer's Endorsement if they hold a By-the-Glass (BTG) endorsement. The Caterer's Endorsement permits the licensee to sell and serve alcohol at an event that is held by a third party in an unlicensed area. The amendments create more revenue-generating opportunities for manufacturers with a BTG endorsement, while removing the cost and burden associated with obtaining a Liquor Sales Licence for a tied house (previously the only option for a manufacturer to obtain a Caterer's Endorsement) or obtaining special occasion permits.
Proposed Extension of Municipal GO Transit Development Charge By-Laws
The proposed Regulatory amendment, if approved, would extend the expiry date that enables the municipalities of Toronto, Hamilton and the Regions of Durham, Halton, Peel and York to impose development charge by-laws towards Metrolinx's GO Transit's growth capital costs to December 31, 2025.
Since 2001 the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) municipalities of Hamilton and the Regions of Durham, Halton, Peel and York have had development charge by-laws to support annual contributions towards GO rail and bus capital costs resulting from population growth. Funds collected under this regulation are remitted directly to Metrolinx.
Proposed Extension of Municipal Contributions Allocation Formula
Ontario Regulation 446/04 apportions the municipal share of Metrolinx's GO Transit's growth capital costs in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) amongst the Regional Municipalities of Durham, Halton, Peel and York, and the Cities of Toronto and Hamilton. The apportionment formula in Ontario Regulation 446/04 is set to expire on December 31, 2022.
Accordingly, an amendment to this Regulation is proposed to extend the expiry date of the formula for another three years, until December 31, 2025
Annual municipal contributions towards GO rail and bus capital costs resulting from population growth support investments across GO's regional transit network and ensure continued service excellence.
Regulatory Fee Increase to Pay for Coroner Related Body Transport Services
The Ministry of the Solicitor General intends to make a minister's regulation amendment to temporarily increase provincial rates paid to service providers for the transportation of deceased persons as part of a coroner's investigation.
This temporary increase in rates is to offset increased body transportation costs incurred by licensed funeral establishments and transfer service operators.
Proposed legislative amendments to the Building Broadband Faster Act, 2021 included in the Getting Ontario Connected Act, 2022
The Getting Ontario Connected Act, 2022, if passed, would amend the Building Broadband Faster Act, 2021 (BBFA). The proposed legislative amendments to the BBFA include new and additional requirements related to designated broadband projects and consequential amendments to align the BBFA with other legislation and regulations. Proposed amendments to the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012 included in the Getting Ontario Connected Act, 2022 are being posted on the regulatory registry separately.
Proposed legislative amendments to the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012 under the Getting Ontario Connected Act, 2022
The Getting Ontario Connected Act, 2022, if passed, would amend the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012 ("the Act"). The proposed legislative amendments to the Act would, among other things, help improve the processes and requirements related to determining the location of underground infrastructure, enabling construction activities in the province to be completed faster and more efficiently, without compromising safety.
Proposed amendments to the Building Broadband Faster Act, 2021 under the Getting Ontario Connected Act, 2022 are being posted on the regulatory registry separately.
Geologic Carbon Storage in Ontario
The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking feedback on a discussion paper exploring possible legislative changes to remove barriers to the storage of carbon dioxide, which would enable the creation of a regulatory framework to govern this and other new technologies.
Proposed new Legislation: At Your Service Act, 2022
The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT), is proposing legislation that will create an enabling framework and the necessary conditions to make processes more transparent, reduce approval times, and improve the overall business experience when seeking government approvals for applications, permits, and licences.
There is no minimum standard of training required under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997. The proposed regulation would introduce mandatory minimum certification standards for firefighters, who would be required to obtain certification to align with fire protection services performed. This would ensure firefighters have baseline training according to the level of service set by municipal council or territory without municipal organization, supporting firefighter and public safety.
Indigenous-Specific Amendments to the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017
Proposed changes to the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 to create a framework that: increases access to customary care for First Nations, Inuit and Métis children; implements circles of supportive persons for First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and their families; and defines the role of prevention-focused Indigenous service providers within Ontario's child and family services system.
Regulatory and policy proposals (Phase 2) under the Conservation Authorities Act
Ontario is making regulatory and policy proposals under the Conservation Authorities Act to improve conservation authority (CA) governance, oversight, and accountability. The proposals include regulations about municipal levies, the CA budget process and a list of classes of programs and services for which CAs can charge a fee.
Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021; Phase 1 Regulations
The Providing More Care, Protecting Seniors, and Building More Beds Act, 2021, received Royal Assent on December 9, 2021. Upon proclamation, the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021 will go into effect to govern the long-term care sector and the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 will be repealed. The new legislation includes measures in three key areas: improving staffing and care, protecting residents through better accountability, enforcement and transparency, and building modern, safe, comfortable ho
Proposal to update reference to Engineers in Regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
On December 2, 2021 the Bill 13, Supporting People and Businesses Act, 2021 amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to introduce a new definition for "engineer" that will take effect upon a date to be proclaimed.
The Ministry is proposing to update all references to "professional engineer" in the regulations made under OHSA and replace them with "engineer" to reflect the new definition in OHSA.
Enabling the enforceability of the Building Broadband Faster Act Guideline
The Government of Ontario is committed to expediting the delivery of broadband projects to ensure every household and business in the province has access to high-speed internet by the end of 2025. The Ministry of Energy is proposing a regulatory framework to help ensure that electricity system assets can be used to achieve this goal.
Proposal to establish new fall wild turkey hunting seasons in Wildlife Management Units 60, 63, 69, 70, 74, 75 and 86
We are proposing to open new fall wild turkey hunting seasons in Wildlife Management Units 60, 63, 69, 70, 74, 75 and 86 beginning in October 2022.
Interruptible Rate Pilot and Administrative Review of Ontario Regulation 429/04
The Ministry of Energy (ENERGY) is proposing regulatory amendments to O. Reg. 429/04, the regulation that sets out the rules for allocating Global Adjustment (GA) costs to electricity customers. The proposed amendments are aimed at facilitating an interruptible rate pilot and ensuring the regulation fully reflects the policy intent, enhancing fairness and reducing regulatory burden for electricity customers.
Prescribed electronic format to enable digital access to personal health information
The Ministry of Health is posting a notice of a proposed regulation under PHIPA for public consultation in the period October 16 to December 15, 2021.
The regulation will prescribe electronic formats and exemptions to enable digital access to personal health information following an access request by patients and/or caregivers.
The public is invited to provide written comments on the proposed regulation over a 60-day period, commencing on October 16, 2021 and ending on December 15, 2021.
Proposed Regulations under the Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act, 2021 (BOSTA): Part 3
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is seeking input on the development of proposed regulations under BOSTA. Regulations will support the ongoing implementation and delivery of Ontario's skilled trades and apprenticeship system, as well as support the establishment of a Crown agency, Skilled Trades Ontario (STO).
This posting represents the third tranche of regulations being proposed under BOSTA. The previous two tranches were posted on October 1 and October 21, 2021
A Graduated Approach to Closure Planning - Regulation Name Change
The ministry proposes to change the name of O. Reg. 240/00 (currently Mine Development and Closure Under Part VII of the Act) to include a reference to advanced exploration closure plans and strengthen the graduated approach to advanced exploration and mine production closure planning.
Proposed Regulations under the Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act, 2021 (BOSTA): Part 2
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is seeking input on the development of proposed regulations under BOSTA. Proposed regulations will support the ongoing implementation and delivery of Ontario's skilled trades and apprenticeship system, as well as support the establishment of a Crown agency, Skilled Trades Ontario (STO).
This posting represents the second tranche of regulations being proposed under BOSTA. The first tranche was posted on October 1, 2021.
Replacing Regulation 872: Conduct of Business of the Ontario Food Terminal Act
The Ontario Food Terminal Board is proposing to replace Regulation 872 of the Ontario Food Terminal Act (OFTA) with two new regulations to support improvements in the governance and operations of the Ontario Food Terminal, including allowing the General Manager to create protocols related to health and safety at the Terminal.
Proposed Regulations under the Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act, 2021 (BOSTA)
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is seeking input on the development of proposed regulations under the Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act, 2021 (BOSTA).
Proposed regulations will support the ongoing implementation and delivery of Ontario's skilled trades and apprenticeship system, as well as support the establishment of a Crown agency, Skilled Trades Ontario (STO).
Proposed regulation under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act (LSCCLA)
Ministry of Health (ministry) is proposing to modernize Ontario's laboratory (lab) sector by streamlining licensing and updating the regulatory framework.
Regulations 682 and 683 under the LSCCLA would be revoked and replaced with a new regulation that:
1. supports the proclamation of amendments to the LSCCLA made by Bill 87, Protecting Patients Act, 2017;
2. modernizes labs licensing systems;
3. reduces regulatory burden for businesses; and
4. aligns with other health system priorities.
Summary of Regulatory Impact of New Home and Community Care Regulations Under the Connecting Care Act, 2019.
In compliance with requirements set out in the Modernizing Ontario for People and Businesses Act, 2020 (MOPBA), which came into force January 1, 2021, the Ministry has performed a preliminary analysis of the regulatory burden of new home and community care regulations under the Connecting Care Act, 2019. The purpose of this posting is to invite feedback on the expected regulatory burden costs and benefits or cost savings to stakeholders of the proposed home & community care regulatory framework.
Proposed complementary and consequential changes to Minister's regulations under the Planning Act
Bill 276 - the Supporting Recovery and Competitiveness Act, 2021, was introduced on April 15, 2021 and received Royal Assent on June 3, 2021. Once proclaimed, Schedule 24 to Bill 276 will make policy changes to the Planning Act related to control of the division of land (i.e. subdivision control, plans of subdivision, consents and validations), as well as other housekeeping or consequential changes.
Nutrient Management Act Further Burden Reduction Opportunities
OMAFRA and MECP are proposing to remove the five-year expiry of the Agricultural Operation Planning (AOP) certificate currently required by O. Reg. 267/03 made under the Nutrient Management Act (NMA). The Ministries are also proposing housekeeping amendments to the Regulation and Nutrient Management Protocol to add clarity, simplify rules and streamline processes. These changes will reduce administrative burden, enhance compliance and provide a cost savings for farm businesses.
Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) for Intra-provincial Carriers
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) for intra-provincial carriers. We are looking for your input in the proposed amendments to Regulation 555/06 Hours of Service (HoS) under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA).
MTO is proposing an implementation date no sooner than June 12, 2022.
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.
Dissolution of the Citizens' Council and the Pharmacy Council under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act
The Ministry of Health (MOH/Ministry) is proposing amendments to the Ontario Drug Benefit Act (ODBA) and Ontario Regulation 201/96 under the ODBA to dissolve two advisory agencies namely the Citizens' Council and the Pharmacy Council. The proposed amendments to the ODBA are conditional on their introduction and passage in the Legislative Assembly. The proposed regulatory amendment is conditional on the passage of the legislative amendments.
Consultation regarding proposed amendment to O. Reg. 131/16 (Sexual Violence at Colleges and Universities)
O. Reg. 131/16 supports the requirements under the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act, 1990 by setting out further requirements relating to the sexual violence policies of publicly-assisted colleges and universities.
The proposed regulatory amendments are intended to enhance institutions' sexual violence policies and to ensure students receive information about sexual violence prevention and are informed about resources and supports.
Pre-Start Health and Review Requirements for Factories
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is proposing amendments to pre-start health and safety review requirements, also known as pre-start review (PSR) requirements, in section 7 of the Industrial Establishments regulation (Regulation 851) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
Regulation for the nickel smelting and refining industry
We are proposing an industry sector-based regulation to address sulphur dioxide air emissions from the nickel smelting and refining industry in the Sudbury area that will replace certain requirements under the Local Air Quality Regulation.
Cemetery Care and Maintenance Funds and Accounts Framework under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is seeking input on proposals to address concerns with the cemetery care and maintenance funds and accounts framework under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act, 2002 (FBCSA). The ministry is proposing changes to regulations under the FBCSA, in addition to proposing non-regulatory actions, to address those concerns. The ministry is also seeking input on a proposal regarding licence display requirements for bereavement service operators.
Updating regulations under the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, 1993 (FRFOFA), which establishes the Farm Business Registration Program (FBR Program), to support electronic delivery of the Farm Business Registration program, reduce administrative burden for farmers, and provide flexibility due to COVID-19.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is proposing to implement amendments made to the FRFOFA by the Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, 2019, the Better For People, Smarter For Business Act, 2019, and the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020. The amendments will reduce administrative burden and enable online delivery of the Farm Business Registration Program. Changes also provide temporary relief for farm businesses whose income was negatively impacted by COVID-19.
Modernizing the Legislative Framework for Home and Community Care
The government introduced the Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020 on February 25. If passed by the Ontario legislature, the ministry is proposing regulations under the Connecting Care Act, 2019 and other statues to support the provision of home and community care services and continue subrogation provisions. Eventually, the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994 would be repealed and its regulations revoked.
Ontario's Sustainable Bait Management Strategy
The Ministry is proposing to modernize Ontario's bait management approach to protect Ontario's vibrant fisheries and the industries that rely on them while maintaining flexibility for industry and anglers.