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.
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.
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.
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.
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.