2023-2024 Grants for Student Needs and Calculation of Fees for Pupils and Amendments to Related Regulations
The Grants for Student Needs Regulation (GSN) is a collection of grants which determines the funding allocation for publicly-funded school boards (72 district school boards and 10 school authorities) in Ontario. The Calculation of Fees for Pupils Regulation specifies the tuition fee amounts that may be charged by publicly-funded school boards for the school year.
These regulations are made annually in accordance with the Education Act. The new regulations and amendments to related regulations are required to flow funding to school boards for the 2023-24 school year and establish accountability requirements. Amendments were also made to previous years' GSN and Fees regulations in order to u
Updating the Income Eligibility Thresholds for the Ontario Electricity Support Program
The Ministry of Energy amended Schedule 1 of O. Reg. 14/18 (Ontario Electricity Support Program) under the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 to update the income eligibility thresholds for the Ontario Electricity Support Program from the 2010 Low Income Measures to the 2020 Low Income Measures.
The amendment aligns program income requirements with current Statistics Canada data and better reflects recent economic conditions.
The Ministry of Energy was exempted from posting to the Regulatory Registry.
Amendments to O. Reg. 222/07: Environmental Penalties
We have made amendments to Ontario Regulation 222/07 under the Environmental Protection Act. As discussed in the update to our proposal notice, posted under ERO 019-4108, amendments to this regulation include the ability to issue environmental penalties at specific landfilling sites (e.g., with an approved capacity of 40,000 cubic metres or more).
Technical Amendments to Regulations to the Gasoline Tax Act and Fuel Tax Act
The proposal would:
• Amend the interest rate calculation that applies to interjurisdictional carriers under Ontario's fuel and gasoline tax regulations to align with Ontario's obligations under the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA); and
• Remove a reference in the gasoline tax regulations to a document defining natural gas that was never published by the Canadian General Standards Board.
Extension of O. Reg. 144/20
The regulation extends measures (in O. Reg. 144/20) that exempt temporary health or residential facilities from compliance with certain requirements of the Fire Code until March 31, 2024. The extension is aligned with changes made to the Ontario Building Code through O. Reg. 31/23. Together, these measures will facilitate continued flexibility in Ontario's health and shelter systems in support of COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts.
Proposed Amendment to O. Reg. 24/19: EXPANSION OF NATURAL GAS DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS
The Ministry of Energy made technical amendments to O. Reg. 24/19 ("the regulation") to change the amount of rate protection for a specific qualifying investment as a result of a scope change and reduction in project costs. Updated information was received by one of the proponents in December 2022 that one of the projects, Hamilton Airport Regional Expansion Project, will now be less than originally estimated and as a result, requires a lower program funding amount.
In-Year Amendments to the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) and Related Regulations
The Grants for Student Needs (GSN) is a major cyclical activity released annually and in-year for amendments required by the Education Act for education funding that is set out in regulation to provide more clarity and accountability on how funding is determined for each school board. In alignment with the Provincial budget, the GSN (a large portion of the Budget) is a financial regulation, with the overall funding for the GSN dictated and controlled through the Budget process. Amendments to the GSN are based on policy and decisions made in the context of the government's overall budgetary decisions.
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.
The new limits come into effect on January 1, 2023.
Supporting Critical Transmission Infrastructure in Northeast and Eastern Ontario
We are proposing actions that, subject to approvals, would facilitate the development of critical electricity transmission projects to support economic growth and electrification is in Northeast and Eastern Ontario, while advancing a shared goal of reconciliation by providing economic and partnership opportunities for Indigenous communities.
The Education Act as amended by The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023 - Supporting Regulations: Professional Activity Day Transparency
The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023 (the Act) received Royal Assent on June 8, 2023 and amends the Education Act and other key acts governing the education sector. A key element of the Act is to provide greater transparency for parents and families. To support this intent, the Ministry of Education is consulting on regulatory amendments to require school boards to enhance existing public reporting on Professional Activity (PA) days by providing more detail on PA Day topics, content, organizer/facilitator, activities and format in a manner prescribed by the Minister, in addition to clarifying administrative requirements of school boards.
The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023 - Consequential Regulation Amendment: Transitional Certificate
The Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023, which received Royal Assent on June 8, 2023, amends the Education Act and other key acts governing the education sector. A key element of the Act is modernizing teacher education. As such, the ministry is consulting on regulatory amendments to Ontario Regulation 298 to ensure teacher candidates remain eligible to work as teachers while finishing their Initial Teacher Education program through a new certification.
Proposed regulations under the Integrated Community Health Services Centres Act, 2023
If proclaimed into force, Bill 60 would repeal the Independent Health Facilities Act (IHFA) and replace it with new legislation, the Integrated Community Health Services Centres Act, 2023 (ICHSCA). A proposed regulation would carry over the regulatory requirements that currently exist under the IHFA (O.Reg 353/13, O.Reg 57/92, R.R.O. 1990, Reg 650 and R.R.O, 1990, Reg 649), with additional requirements as described in this posting.
Coroners Act Amendment to Amend Regulation-Making Authority Regarding Collection, Retention and Disposal of Tissue Samples
The Ministry of the Solicitor General proposes an amendment to the Coroners Act, which is the legislation that establishes the framework for conducting death investigations in Ontario. The proposed amendment would enable the creation of regulations that would govern the collection, retention, storage and disposal of tissue samples from a body that is subject to a post mortem examination or other exams or analyses as part of a coroner's investigation under that Act, and which may provide for the collection, retention, storage and disposal of such samples for the purpose of enabling genetic analysis.
Proposed Amendments to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997
The Ministry of the Solicitor General is seeking input on proposed amendments to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA) in order to: Address gaps in cost recovery provisions related to immediate Authorizations to Close; and Allow the appointment of more than one Deputy Fire Marshal.
The Ministry of the Attorney General is also seeking input on amendments to Part X of the FPPA, to support the Fire Safety Commission's (FSC) efficient operations by: Providing the commission with the authority to extend the time to appeal an order beyond the current 30-day period due to exceptional circumstances; and eliminate the three-member quorum requirement so that appeals before the commission can be heard by a single member.
Proposed Amendments to the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019
The Ministry of the Solicitor General is seeking input on potential amendments to the Provincial Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) Act, 2019 to improve animal welfare, strengthen compliance and enforcement and improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
The proposed amendments relate to improving cost recovery, clarifying and updating Animal Care Review Board (ACRB) processes, and enhancing and clarifying inspector powers, which lead to strengthening welfare protections for animals. It is anticipated that these changes will lead to improvements in enforcement, compliance, and animal welfare.
A Proposal to add Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, and Powassan Virus to Ontario Regulation 569 (Reports)
The Ministry of Health is proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 135/18 ("Designation of Diseases") under the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA) to designate anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and Powassan virus as diseases of public health significance. The Ministry also proposes to make a corresponding amendment to Ontario Regulation 569 ("Reports") under the HPPA to specify reporting requirements for these diseases to Medical Officers of Health.
Proposed regulatory amendments to Regulation 761: Milk and Milk Products under the Milk Act.
As part of the Ontario government's Red Tape Reduction Plan, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (Commission) is proposing amendments to Regulation 761: Milk and Milk Products under the Milk Act to help reduce burden and costs for dairy processors and producer and processor associations and to stimulate economic growth in the sector while maintaining Ontario's high food safety and quality standards.
Proposal for Amendments to R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 565: Public Pools
The Ministry of Health is proposing amendments to R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 565: Public Pools ("Regulation") under the Health Protection and Promotion Act to lower the legal age requirement for lifeguards, assistant lifeguards and aquatic instructors/coaches to fifteen (15) years of age.
Proposed, Building More Mines Act, 2023
Through Bill 71, Building More Mines Act, 2023, the Ministry of Mines is proposing to make amendments to the Mining Act that are intended to ensure Ontario has a modern and competitive regime for mineral exploration and development. The proposed amendments aim to reduce administrative burden, clarify requirements for rehabilitation and create regulatory efficiencies
Amendments to the Mining Act: Closure Plans and Financial Assurance
Through Bill 71, Building More Mines Act, 2023, the Ministry of Mines is proposing to make amendments to the closure plan framework under the Mining Act to improve timelines for preparing closure plans, reduce proponents' up-front expenses for opening or changing a mine, reduce the frequency of notifications and closure plan amendments required, and improve flexibility in closure planning.
Pharmacy Reconciliation Adjustment Extension
The Ministry of Health is proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 201/96 under the Ontario Drug Benefits Act (ODBA), to advance a short-term extension of the reconciliation adjustment to pharmacy payments under the Ontario Drug Benefit Program, for a time-limited basis to ensure the continued financial sustainability of the Program and cooperation on necessary sector innovations and improvements are advanced, including initiatives that consider the challenges of rural and independent pharmacies.
Centralization of Broader Real Estate Authority (CBREA) Proposed Legislative Amendments
The proposed amendments to the Ministry of Infrastructure Act, 2011 (MOI Act) and nine (9) other Acts would, if passed, establish a framework to remove and/or modify the realty authority of fourteen (14) entities under Phase 1 of the Centralization of Broader Real Estate Authority (CBREA) initiative and to provide the Minister of Infrastructure (the MOI Minister) with the ability to oversee and manage this real estate This would help improve the management of realty property across ministries and entities
Regulatory fee increase for body transport services required as part of death investigations
The Ministry of the Solicitor General intends to make a minister's regulation amendment to increase provincial rates paid to service providers for the transportation of deceased persons as part of a coroner's investigation.
This increase in rates is meant to support the licensed funeral establishments and transfer service operators to manage mounting operational costs.
Proposed Legislative Amendments to Enable Interjurisdictional Mobility for Select Registered Health Professionals
The Ministry of Health is proposing legislative amendments to the Medicine Act, 1991; Nursing Act, 1991; Medical Laboratory Technology Act, 1991; and the Respiratory Therapy Act, 1991 to give the Minister regulation-making powers regarding exempting persons from the provisions that place restrictions around the use of professional titles and holding oneself out as being qualified to practice the profession. Additionally, consequential changes to numerous Acts are proposed to ensure there no barriers to providing care.
Municipal Reporting on Planning Matters - Minister's Regulation under the Planning Act
On February 6th, 2023, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (Ministry) posted to the environmental and regulatory registries a proposal to bring forward a new Minister's regulation under the Planning Act. The proposal outlined a framework for a municipal planning data reporting regulation, that would require select municipalities in Ontario to report information on planning matters on a quarterly and annual basis.
This notice confirms the Ministry's decision to proceed with the Minister's regulation.
Ontario Combative Sport Advisory Council
Regulation that would set out details related to the Ontario Combative Sport Advisory Council, which would be established if portions of the Combative Sports Act, 2019 are proclaimed into force.
Proposed amendments to O. Reg. 275/94 (General) made under the Nursing Act, 1991, to authorize registered practical nurses (RPNs) to initiate certain procedures independently, without the need for an order.
The College of Nurses of Ontario is proposing regulatory amendments to expand the scope of practice for RPNs including:
Irrigation, probing, debriding, and packing of a wound below the dermis or below a mucous membrane, venipuncture to start intravenous access using a solution of normal saline, when an individual requires medical attention & delay is likely to be harmful, and certain procedures for the purpose of assessing and/or assisting an individual with health management activities:- putting an instrument, hand, or finger beyond the individual's labia majora - putting an instrument or finger into an artificial opening into the individual's body
Rabies testing and vaccination requirements in the Health Protection and Promotion Act (HPPA).
Regulation 557 establishes the responsibility for rabies cases. There exists no authority for Medical Officers of Health to order testing of deceased animals under observation, unless there are reasonable grounds to suspect that an animal is rabid. Without testing to rule out rabies, bite victims may have to undergo a publicly-funded rabies vaccination as part of the post-exposure protocol.
Regulation 567 defines conditions for the administration of the rabies vaccine in certain animals. This regulation allows for vaccination by licenced veterinarians within Ontario, animals vaccinated in other provinces, territories, or countries must be revaccinated to meet the regulation.
Proposed Changes to Ontario Regulation 299/19: Additional Residential Units
Changes are being proposed to Ontario Regulation 299/19: Additional Residential Units. These are consequential amendments resulting from changes to the Planning Act proposed through Bill 23 to make it easier to build new homes for Ontarians as part of the government's commitment to build 1.5 million homes over the next ten years.
Accelerating Broadband Deployment with Electricity System Assets
The Government is committed to expediting the delivery of broadband projects to ensure every household and business in Ontario has access to high-speed internet. The Ministry of Energy is proposing to further strengthen its regulatory framework to help ensure that electricity system assets can be used to achieve this goal.
Amendments to Certain Requirements under the Excess Soil Regulation
The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is proposing to amend the Excess Soil Regulation, Ontario Regulation 406/19, to remove the reuse planning requirements, including registration, sampling and tracking, for excess soil moved from lower risk projects, and to enable larger temporary piles of soil for storage.
Proposed amendments to O.Reg 507/18 ("Broader Public Sector: Energy Reporting and Conservation and Demand Management Plans") under the Electricity Act, 1998
The Ministry of Energy is proposing changes to O.Reg 507/18, Ontario's energy reporting regulation for broader public sector organizations. These changes would streamline reporting and tracking of energy use by moving required energy reporting from the current SharePoint 2013 platform (that has reached the end of its life) to the widely used ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager electronic reporting system. Further changes would: phase in reporting of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions data to the previous calendar year (rather than two calendar years in the past) and update prescriptive elements of the regulation.
Proposed Updates to the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System
In support of Ontario's Housing Supply Action Plan 3.0 and the government's commitment to support the construction of 1.5 million new housing units over the next ten years, the province is proposing updates the Ontario Wetland Evaluation System that would remove duplicate requirements and streamline the evaluation process.
Establishing a flexible approach to setting the prescribed electronic format to enable electronic access to personal health information
The Ministry of Health is posting a notice of a proposed regulation under PHIPA. The public is invited to provide comments between September 24, 2022 and November 22, 2022.
Under the proposed regulation, if patients make an access request for their personal health information in electronic format, Health Information Custodians would be required to provide such access in either (i) an electronic format specified by Ontario Health (OH), subject to prior Minister approval, and posted on OH's website, or (ii) another electronic format that is agreed to by the health information custodian (HIC) and the individual.
Emissions Performance Standards program regulatory amendments for the 2023-2030 period
We are proposing changes to the Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) program for 2023-2030 to meet the benchmark set by the federal government. The EPS program will continue to be a fair, cost-effective program that reduces emissions and is flexible to the unique needs and circumstances of industry in Ontario, while supporting green economic growth.
Proposed regulatory amendments to O. Reg. 485/09: Grain - Marketing
The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (Commission) is proposing to amend O. Reg. 485 (Grain - Marketing), to revoke a provision that requires the members of the Grain Industry Advisory Committee (GIAC) to meet at least once per year and clarify the establishment of end dates for negotiated soybean agreements.
Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act (TSSEA) Regulations
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing regulations to support the implementation of the TSSEA. We are looking for your input on the proposed regulations before the TSSEA comes into effect.
If approved, the proposed requirements would be rolled out in three phases beginning January 1, 2023 and be fully implemented by January 2024.
The Act is designed to provide provincial oversight of the towing and vehicle storage sectors. TSSEA requires tow truck drivers and tow and storage operators to hold a provincial certificate to operate.
Provincial and Demonstration Schools Lodging Regulation
The Ministry of Education (EDU) is seeking community input on the proposed elements of a new regulation that would update standards for how residences at the English and French Provincial and Demonstration schools should operate. The new regulation would impact Provincial Schools for the Deaf, Blind and Deafblind as well as Demonstration Schools operated by EDU and the Centre Jules-Léger Consortium (CJLC) respectively.
Hazardous Waste Fee Exemption Framework
We are proposing to draft a new regulation under RRCEA that would:
1) Maintain the current fee exemptions for certain hazardous waste management activities by moving them from Regulation 347 to a new regulation to be made under the RRCEA
2) Move over and adjust other related sections within Regulation 347 in order to update and clarify language