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Amendments to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 753 (Grades, Standards, Designations, Classes, Packing and Marking), under the Milk Act.

The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission has amended R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 753 (Grades, Standards, Designations, Classes, Packing and Marking), under the Milk Act.
Effective Date:  December 20, 2023

Interim Direction of Proceeds from Clean Energy Credit Sales

Ontario Regulation 39/23 has been amended to direct the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) to hold net proceeds from the sale of clean energy credits (CECs) and is required for these organizations to meet their accounting requirements for the 2023 calendar year. This is an interim measure until the Future Clean Electricity Fund (FCEF) is established.
Effective Date:  December 27, 2023

Proposed amendments to the Securities Act, Commodity Futures Act, and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario Act, 2016, that would reduce the minimum consultation period for proposed rules made by the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) and the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) from 90 days to 60 days.

As part of the Less Red Tape, More Common Sense Act, 2023, introduced on October 19, 2023 and led by the Ministry of Red Tape Reduction, the Ministry of Finance has proposed legislative amendments to subsection 143.2(4) of the Securities Act, subsection 67(4) of the Commodity Futures Act and subsection 22(4) of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario Act, 2016 to reduce the statutory minimum consultation period for which the two agencies need to consult on their proposed rules from 90 days to 60 days.
Effective Date:  December 4, 2023

Proposal to amend Retirement Homes Act, 2010 (RHA) to remove requirement related to publishing notice of proposed initial regulations

Proposal to amend the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 to remove the requirement for the Minister for Seniors and Accessibility to publish a notice of proposed initial regulations under the RHA for public comment on the website of the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility. Policy intent is to support a one-window approach for posting and consultation on proposed regulations on the provincial Regulatory Registry.
Effective Date:  December 4, 2023

Proposed Amendments to the Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act  (source: Environmental Registry)

The Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act has been updated to remove the requirement to publish notices of proposed amendments to the Niagara Escarpment Plan and associated hearings in newspapers, enable broader exemptions for low-risk activities, and broaden the range of compliance tools for the Niagara Escarpment Commission.
Effective Date:  December 4, 2023

New Act regarding the Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve easements and covenants.  (source: Environmental Registry)

The Greenbelt Statute Law Amendment Act, 2023 that includes Schedule 1 - the Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve Act ,2023 (DRAPA, 2023), came into effect on December 6, 2023. DRAPA, 2023 reinstates the legal protections of the easements and covenants applicable to the lands within the Duffins Rouge Agricultural Preserve.
Effective Date:  December 6, 2023

Proposed Legislative Amendments to the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is proposing amendments to the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act (AHOA) regarding: • payments to directors, officers and members for services performed in capacities other than their official duties, and • the requirement to submit annual audited financial statements.
Effective Date:  December 4, 2023

Revocation of Un-proclaimed Sections of the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, 1993 (FRFOFA)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is proposing to revoke sections 5 and 7 of the Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, 2019 (ROCA). The effect of these revocations will be to remove the un-proclaimed and obsolete sections 2, 3 and 21 of the FRFOFA given that these sections have already been replaced with newer provisions.
Effective Date:  December 4, 2023

Amendments to the St. Thomas - Central Elgin Boundary Adjustment Act, 2023 to Authorize the City of St. Thomas to Provide Assistance as part of the PowerCo. SE Project

The Ontario Legislature has amended the St. Thomas - Central Elgin Boundary Adjustment Act, 2023 to exempt St. Thomas from certain sections of provincial statutes that prohibit it from providing certain direct or indirect financial assistance as part of the PowerCo. SE project. PowerCo. SE is Volkswagen's subsidiary battery company.
Effective Date:  December 4, 2023

Changes to the Definition of an "Affordable Residential Unit" in the Development Charges Act, 1997 for the Purpose of Municipal Development-Related Charge Discounts and Exemptions

Bill 134, the Affordable Homes and Good Jobs Act, 2023, received Third Reading on November 29, 2023. The Act amends the definition of "affordable residential units" in the Development Charges Act to lower the cost of building, purchasing, and renting these units.
Effective Date:  December 4, 2023

Proposed GO Transit Station Funding Act, 2023

The proposed GO Transit Station Funding Act, 2023, if passed, would create a new optional funding tool to allow municipalities to fund the design and construction of new GO stations and recoup the costs through a charge on new development within specified areas surrounding those new stations.
Effective Date:  December 4, 2023

Technical bulletin - Flooding Hazards: data survey and mapping specifications  (source: Environmental Registry)

We are posting finalized data survey and mapping technical guidance to support flood hazard identification and mapping by municipalities and conservation authorities in Ontario.
Effective Date:  December 4, 2023