Approved Regulatory Proposals

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Reg. 194 under the Courts of Justice Act (Rules of Civil Procedure)

Amendments to Reg. 194 under the Courts of Justice Act (Rules of Civil Procedure) to simplify the Rule 74 probate process, align the application forms with legislative amendments and make administrative amendments
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

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 HILs and HNILs based on the most recent information determined by CMHC.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Prescribing a significant market disruption within the definition of "hazard" and updating the Appendices listing Immediately and Periodically Notifiable Hazards in O. Reg. 277/12 (Reporting of Hazards and Findings) under the Animal Health Act, 2009.  (source: Environmental Registry)

To support animal health and enhance preparedness, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is proposing under the Animal Health Act, 2009: (a) a new regulation to prescribe that a provincial surplus of livestock or poultry due to a border-related disruption would be added to clause (c) of the definition of a "hazard"; and (b) amendments to the Appendices containing lists of Immediately Notifiable Hazards and Periodically Notifiable Hazards in O. Reg. 277/12.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

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
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

A Graduated Approach to Closure Planning - Regulation Name Change  (source: Environmental Registry)

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. 
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Amendments to the Mine Development and Closure Regulation (O. Reg. 240/00)  (source: Environmental Registry)

We are proposing to amend O. Reg. 240/00 to update two outdated references to third-party guidance documents and correct an inappropriate chemical test for monitoring programs.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

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.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Minister's Order for temporary suspension of protection upon the listing of Black Ash under the Endangered Species Act.  (source: Environmental Registry)

We are proposing a Minister's regulation to temporarily pause the protections for Black Ash under the Endangered Species Act, for two years from the time it is added to the Species at Risk in Ontario List regulation. This would allow time to develop an approach to support Black Ash protection and recovery that considers social and economic impacts.
Effective Date:  January 25, 2022

Proposed new regulatory provisions to implement proposed amendments the Development Charges Act, 1997 to extend the 10-year planned level of service to 20 years for the Yonge North Subway Extension (YNSE).

Proposal would implement proposed legislative changes that would treat the YNSE separately from other transit services, for the purposes of calculating and collecting DCs. The proposed regulatory amendments would facilitate the extension of the horizon for the planned level of service for the YNSE under the Development Charges Act from 10 to 20 years. Proposed changes would better position York Region to fund its portion of the YNSE costs (continued below)
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

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).
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Proposed Amendment to Ontario Regulation 53/05 (Payments under Section 78.1 of the Act), to be made under the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998

The Ministry of Energy is proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 53/05 in order to subject Ontario Power Generation's proposed Darlington Small Modular Reactor (SMR) project to rate-regulation and regulatory oversight by the Ontario Energy Board.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Amendments to O. Reg. 79/15 to Further Streamline the Use of Alternative Low-Carbon Fuels  (source: Environmental Registry)

We are seeking public input on proposed amendments to O. Reg. 79/15 that will help reduce barriers for energy-intensive facilities to substitute fossil fuels (coal and petroleum coke) with alternative low carbon fuels and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Updating environmental assessment requirements for transmission lines  (source: Environmental Registry)

We are proposing to update the thresholds that determine the type of environmental assessment process required for establishing a transmission line.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

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.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Empowering the Town of Parry Sound to make decisions on certain matters under the Planning Act

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is proposing to amend regulations under the Planning Act to empower the Town of Parry Sound in relation to two areas of land-use planning authority.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Nutrient Management Act Further Burden Reduction Opportunities  (source: Environmental Registry)

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.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Regulatory Proposals (Phase 1) under the Conservation Authorities Act  (source: Environmental Registry)

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.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Enabling the Use of Electricity Infrastructure for Ontario's Broadband and Cellular Action Plan

We are soliciting public comment to inform the development of a regulatory framework to support the use of electricity infrastructure for broadband expansion in Ontario.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Regulating 13 invasive species and watercraft as a carrier of invasive species under the Ontario Invasive Species Act, 2015  (source: Environmental Registry)

Refer to the Environmental Registry notice for the proposal description.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

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.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Proposed new regulation under the Insurance Act with respect to Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) exemption orders under section 15.1 of the Act.

Proposed new regulation under the Insurance Act with respect to Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) exemption orders under section 15.1 of the Act.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Amendments to regulations under the Insurance Act and the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act regarding the delivery of automobile insurance notices and other automobile insurance documents.

Amendments to regulations under the Insurance Act and the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act regarding the delivery of automobile insurance notices and other automobile insurance documents, including the delivery by an automobile insurer of a notice of termination of an automobile insurance contract to an insured by electronic means if the insured consents to delivery by electronic means.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

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).
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Regulation for the nickel smelting and refining industry  (source: Environmental Registry)

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.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

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.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

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.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022

Ontario's Sustainable Bait Management Strategy  (source: Environmental Registry)

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.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2022