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Promoting Transit and Keeping Penalties off Rates

The Government of Ontario is committed to keeping energy rates low and predictable. The Ministry of Energy (ENERGY) is proposing a Minister's Regulation to reintroduce a prohibition on payments and charges specific to the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020 (BTFA) payable by electricity and gas distributors and transmitters from being recovered through rates.
Effective Date:  June 8, 2023

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.
Effective Date:  June 8, 2023

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.
Effective Date:  June 8, 2023

Seeking Feedback on Future Regulations To Create A Balanced Framework Around Municipal Rental Replacement By-Laws

The government is proposing to enact a Minister's regulation-making authority to enable the Minister to set minimum requirements which municipalities must impose on landowners, if they have rental replacement by-laws. This would increase consistency across and between municipalities that establish by-laws.
Effective Date:  June 8, 2023

Seeking Feedback on Timeframe for Occupancy for Landlord's Own Use Evictions

The government is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) intended to deter and protect tenants from bad faith evictions, where a landlord has falsely indicated they require the rental unit for their own use.
Effective Date:  June 8, 2023

Seeking Feedback on Proposed Changes to Help Protect Tenants from Bad Faith Renovation Evictions

The government is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) intended to protect tenants from bad faith evictions due to renovations/repairs.
Effective Date:  June 8, 2023

Modernizing the governance framework of the Art Gallery of Ontario through red tape reduction amendments to the Art Gallery of Ontario Act

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport ("Ministry") is seeking approval to amend the legislation of one of its transfer payment entities, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), in order to modernize, strengthen and clarify its governance and oversight framework, and to attract and retain public appointees to serve on its board.
Effective Date:  June 8, 2023

Keeping Penalties off Rates

The Government of Ontario is keeping energy rates low and predictable. The Ministry of Energy (ENERGY) is proposing a legislative amendment to the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 (OEBA) that would, if passed, prohibit penalties or fines imposed under an Act and payable by an electricity or gas transmitter or distributor, as well as any other amounts that may be prescribed by regulation, from being recovered through their electricity or gas rates.
Effective Date:  June 8, 2023

Advancing Innovation in Ontario's Energy Sector

The Government of Ontario is developing a safe, reliable, and affordable energy supply across the province. This includes fostering innovation to create opportunities to more efficiently generate, store, deliver and use electricity.
Effective Date:  June 8, 2023

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.
Effective Date:  June 23, 2023

Proposed Amendments to Require a Standard Form of Rent Repayment Agreement when the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB) makes an Order under Section 206 of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA)

The government is proposing to amend the RTA to make the use of a form approved by the LTB mandatory for repayment agreements made under S.206 of the Act.
Effective Date:  June 8, 2023

Proposed Amendments to Clarify and Enhance Rental Rules Related to Air Conditioning

The government is seeking feedback on proposed changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 (RTA) which would clarify and enhance rules related to the installation of air conditioning (A/C) units and enhance tenant access.
Effective Date:  June 8, 2023

Proposed Amendments to Increase Maximum Fines for Offences Under the Residential Tenancies Act

The government proposing changes to the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 to double maximum fines for offences from $50,000 to $100,000 for individuals and from $250,000 to $500,000 for corporations.
Effective Date:  June 8, 2023

Proposed amendments to Regulation 414: Grapes for Processing - Marketing under the Farm Products Marketing Act

The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission is proposing amendments to Regulation 414: Grapes for Processing - Marketing under the Farm Products Marketing Act to allow negotiating agencies established under the regulation to negotiate multi-year agreements.
Effective Date:  June 9, 2023

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.
Effective Date:  June 2, 2023

Proposed Amendments to R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 430: Sheep - Plan and R.R.O. 1990, Regulation 429: Sheep - Marketing under the Farm Products Marketing Act.

Following a request of the Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency (OSMA), the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission (Commission) is proposing amendments to Regulation 430: Sheep - Plan that would introduce a limit to the number of years a sheep producer could serve consecutively as a member on the board before having a break in service as well as change the board's name from OSMA to "Ontario Sheep Farmers". A consequential change to the name of the board in Regulation 429: Sheep - Marketing is also required.
Effective Date:  June 9, 2023

Collection, Management and Improved Utilization of Smart Metering Data for Behind-the-Meter Distributed Energy Resources  (source: Environmental Registry)

The Ministry of Energy is seeking input on a proposal that would enable the Independent Electricity System Operator's (IESO) Smart Metering Entity (SME) to collect, process, manage and improve utilization of bi-directional smart metering data through the province's Meter Data Management/Repository (MDM/R).
Effective Date:  June 20, 2023

Amendment to Ontario Regulation 315/07 under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006 to create a conservation reserve along the south shore of Prince Edward County  (source: Environmental Registry)

We are proposing to regulate a conservation reserve along the south shore of Prince Edward County under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006. Creating this reserve will provide greater protection and ecologically sustainable land uses, including traditional outdoor heritage activities, can continue.
Effective Date:  June 16, 2023

Proposed changes to combine the Grains Act, the Livestock and Livestock Products Act and the Farm Products Payments Act, which govern Ontario's Financial Protection Programs. The new Act will be updated to make it more flexible, modern and reflective of current industry and board governance best practices.

OMAFRA is proposing changes to the programs which govern the buying and selling of beef cattle and grains and oilseeds in Ontario. The changes, if approved, would strengthen producer protection; improve and clarify rules and requirements for licensing; expand the suite of enforcement tools; update Board governance and powers, make it easier to expand the programs to other sectors; update appeals provisions and provide for greater flexibility in program delivery.
Effective Date:  June 8, 2023

Amendments to Regulation 415 (Grapes for Processing - Plan) and Regulation 414 (Grapes for Processing - Marketing) under the Farm Products Marketing Act.

The Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission is proposing amendments to Regulation 415 (Grapes for Processing - Plan) and Regulation 414 (Grapes for Processing - Marketing).
Effective Date:  June 9, 2023