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.
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 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.