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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.
Effective Date:  February 6, 2023

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.
Effective Date:  February 28, 2023

Site-Specific Noise Standard for Salit Steel's Niagara Falls Facility  (source: Environmental Registry)

Ontario is proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 1/17 to establish consistent site-specific sound level limits for noise emissions from Salit Steel's Niagara Falls facility.
Effective Date:  February 10, 2023

Proposed amendments to O.Reg 507/18 ("Broader Public Sector: Energy Reporting and Conservation and Demand Management Plans") under the Electricity Act, 1998  (source: Environmental Registry)

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.
Effective Date:  February 23, 2023

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:  February 1, 2023