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Amendment to Reg. 194 under the Courts of Justice Act (Rules of Civil Procedure)

Amendments to Reg. 194 under the Courts of Justice Act (Rules of Civil Procedure) forms and rules for estate proceedings in the Superior Court of Justice
Effective Date:  April 1, 2024

Designation of Public Service Agencies

O. Reg. 379/23 amending O. Reg. 398/93
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Amendment to Reg. 194 under the Courts of Justice Act (Rules of Civil Procedure)

Amendments to Reg. 194 under the Courts of Justice Act (Rules of Civil Procedure) to expand the availability of orders to bifurcate proceedings
Effective Date:  July 1, 2024

Amendment to Reg. 194 under the Courts of Justice Act (Rules of Civil Procedure)

Amendments to Reg. 194 under the Courts of Justice Act (Rules of Civil Procedure) to create new procedures for various motions for leave
Effective Date:  July 1, 2024

Extension of O. Reg. 144/20 (Exemption for Temporary Health and Residential Facilities) made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA) to March 31, 2027.

The regulation extends measures (in O. Reg. 144/20) that exempt temporary health and residential facilities from compliance with certain requirements in the Fire Code until March 31, 2027. This will minimize the risk of health and shelter system service disruptions and capacity pressures.
Effective Date:  March 25, 2024

Amendment to Reg. 194 under the Courts of Justice Act (Rules of Civil Procedure)

Amendments to Reg. 194 under the Courts of Justice Act (Rules of Civil Procedure) to update requirements for appellate factums and references to the bond series used to calculate the discount and gross-up rates.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Amendment to Reg. 194 under the Courts of Justice Act (Rules of Civil Procedure)

Amendments to Reg. 194 under the Courts of Justice Act (Rules of Civil Procedure) to eliminate the requirement to file a Form 14F (Information for Court Use) when using the Civil Submissions Online portal and make other administrative corrections and changes to the rules and forms.
Effective Date:  March 11, 2024

College of Psychologists of Ontario: Regulation of Behaviour Analysts

The College of Psychologists of Ontario is proposing regulatory amendments made under the Psychology and Applied Behaviour Analysis Act, 2021 needed to regulate the profession of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). The affected regulations include Ontario Regulation 74/15 (Registration), Ontario Regulation 209/94 (General), and Ontario Regulation 801/93 (Professional Misconduct).
Effective Date:  July 1, 2024

Working at Heights Training Standards Five-Year Review

This consultation is part of a commitment made by Ontario's Chief Prevention Officer (CPO) to review the Working at Heights training program and provider standards every five years. The intent of the review is to ensure the CPO's Working at Heights training standards remain effective, and will allow the continued delivery of high-quality working at heights training that saves lives.
Effective Date:  April 1, 2024

Proposed regulation under the Rebuilding Ontario Place Act, 2023 to vest land

The Ministry of Infrastructure is developing regulations under the Rebuilding Ontario Place Act, 2023 to acquire certain City-owned lands (approximately 6 acres of land and 10 acres of water lots) at Ontario Place. The proposed regulations would include provisions to vest the lands, prescribe lands, including the newly vested lands, for the purposes of the definition of the "Ontario Place site" in the Act, exempt undertakings on the newly vested lands from the application of the Environmental Assessment Act and would exempt the newly vested lands from the Ontario Heritage Act.
Effective Date:  February 29, 2024

Extending Exemptions for Legacy Clean Energy Credit Contracts

The Ministry of Energy is proposing to amend O. Reg. 160/99 to extend existing regulatory exemptions for legacy contracts that pre-date the launch of the Clean Energy Credit (CEC) registry and use existing reporting provisions to provide transparent data about all CEC transactions in Ontario.
Effective Date:  March 1, 2024

Regulatory amendments to clarify program requirements and improve program efficiency for Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) and GHG Reporting programs  (source: Environmental Registry)

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks has amended the Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) and greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting programs to clarify requirements, improve efficiency and address fundamental changes in some Ontario industries.
Effective Date:  April 16, 2024

Legislative Amendments to the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012 under the Building Infrastructure Safely Act, 2024

Bill 153, the Building Infrastructure Safely Act, 2024 was passed by the Legislature and received Royal Assent on March 6, 2024. The Building Infrastructure Safely Act, 2024 amends the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012 (One Call Act) by, among other things, enhancing Ontario's locate delivery system while maintaining safety and help to ensure the efficient and sustainable operation of Ontario One Call.
Effective Date:  March 6, 2024

Proposed regulatory amendments to encourage greater reuse of excess soil  (source: Environmental Registry)

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 406/19 (the excess soil regulation) and the Rules for Soil Management and Excess Soil Quality Standards to encourage greater reuse of low-risk excess soils as part of a circular economy and to prevent usable soil from being disposed of in landfill.
Effective Date:  April 23, 2024

Proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 783/20 (General) made under the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, (FRFOFA) aimed at reducing administrative burden and supporting program delivery.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is proposing to make amendments to the O. Reg. 783/20, which guides the delivery of the Farm Business Registration (FBR) program, as well as sets out the process by which Accredited Farm Organizations (AFO) are accredited and a francophone organization is determined to be eligible to receive special funding under the FRFOFA.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Proposed regulatory amendments under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities is proposing a number of amendments to the General Regulation (O. Reg. 415/06) under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 to clarify and update operating requirements. The proposed amendments would clarify the refund provisions to provide more transparency to career colleges and students. The ministry is also proposing several other clarifications and wording updates to modernize the language concerning some requirements and improve understanding of O. Reg. 415/06.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Protecting Black Ash and its habitat under the Endangered Species Act, 2007  (source: Environmental Registry)

Ontario is proposing regulations that will set out how Black Ash and its habitat will be protected under the Endangered Species Act, 2007.
Effective Date:  January 26, 2024

Further Reducing Barriers to Innovation

Following the passage of the Less Red Tape, Stronger Economy Act, 2023, the Ministry of Energy (ENERGY) is now proposing additional time-limited relief from legislative requirements for proponents to support the licence exemption powers of the OEB. If approved, this proposal, along with the OEB's new licence exemption powers, could enable proponents to run innovative pilots or demonstration projects that could benefit customers, the energy sector, and the broader economy and would support the province's energy transition to a more sustainable and clean energy future.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Enable Jade Perch (Scortum barcoo) culture/sale in Ontario under an Aquaculture Licence by updating Schedule B of Ontario Regulation 664/98 (Fish Licensing).  (source: Environmental Registry)

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is proposing an amendment to O. Reg. 664/98 (Fish Licensing) made under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 (FWCA) to add Jade Perch (Scortum barcoo) to the list of species that are eligible for aquaculture in Ontario. Only species listed in Schedule B (Species Eligible for Culture in Ontario) of O. Reg. 664/98 may be legally cultured in Ontario with an aquaculture licence.
Effective Date:  April 5, 2024

Proposed regulatory provisions for 'special projects' using wells to test or demonstrate new and innovative activities, including carbon storage, and to remove well security caps and exemptions for all types of wells under this legislation going forward.  (source: Environmental Registry)

Regulation changes are proposed to implement recent changes to the Oil, Gas and Salt Resources Act to establish a framework for authorizing special projects to test or demonstrate new or innovative activities using certain types of wells. Changes are also proposed to well security exemptions and caps, going forward, for all wells under this act.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Streamlining the Energy and Water Reporting and Benchmarking (EWRB) Exemption Process

The Ministry of Energy (ENERGY) is proposing to amend O. Reg. 506/18 to streamline the exemption process for eligible building owners by removing the requirement to submit supporting documentation when submitting either an on-going or annual exemption notice from reporting.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Proposed regulatory amendments required to implement legislative amendments made through Building More Mines Act, 2023  (source: Environmental Registry)

Through the Building More Mines Act, 2023, the Ministry of Mines ("Ministry") sought public comment during spring 2023 on proposals to make changes to the Mining Act and its associated regulations. The Ministry is now proposing regulatory amendments that support the goals of the legislative amendments.
Effective Date:  April 1, 2024

Regulating ten species and four genera as invasive species under Ontario's Invasive Species Act, 2015.  (source: Environmental Registry)

Amendments have been made to Ontario Regulation 354/16 under the Invasive Species Act, 2015, to prevent the introduction and spread of 10 invasive species and four genera
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Reviewing the regulatory framework for appointments to the Independent Electricity System Operator's board of directors

Proposed regulatory changes as part of the review and consolidation of the sections pertaining to the independent director rules in O. Reg. 160/99 and O. Reg. 610/98 under the Electricity Act, 1998.
Effective Date:  March 1, 2024

Streamlining and clarifying net metering regulatory requirements  (source: Environmental Registry)

The Ministry of Energy is proposing regulatory amendments that would remove administrative burden and clarify regulatory requirements for Community Net Metering (CNM) and third-party ownership (TPO) net metering arrangements.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 664/98 Fish Licensing (O. Reg. 664/98) to enable the transport of preserved bait and the temporary movement of bait into and out of Bait Management Zones  (source: Environmental Registry)

We are proposing regulatory amendments to enable the transport of preserved baitfish and leeches into and out of Bait Management Zones (BMZ). In addition, we are also proposing amendments to allow the temporary transport of baitfish and leeches out of and into a BMZ so that they can be used in the BMZ they were acquired in.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Proposal to amend O. Reg. 509/18 under the Electricity Act, 1998 ("Efficiency Regulation")  (source: Environmental Registry)

The Ontario government is proposing to introduce rolling incorporation of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) efficiency standards for 24 space and water heating products regulated under the Efficiency Regulation. Through the rolling incorporation approach, the proposed amendments would allow for automated updates to the Efficiency Regulation whenever NRCan revises or updates their standards for these products. These changes are administrative in nature and would only result in updates to existing efficiency levels when NRCan changes/updates their standards.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Proposed Approach for Regulations under the Building Ontario Businesses Initiative Act, 2022

Seeking feedback to a proposal for potential regulations to set out the requirements where public sector entities are required to give preferences to businesses in Ontario when conducting procurement processes
Effective Date:  April 1, 2024

Administrative monetary penalties regulation under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004

The Ministry of Health ("MOH") is posting a notice of a proposed regulation under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 ("PHIPA") for a 60-day public consultation period from May 27 to July 25, 2023. The proposed regulation sets out how the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario would determine appropriate penalty amounts.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Modernizing Private Career College Regulatory Requirements

The Ministry of Colleges and Universities is proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 415/06 (General) under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 to: 1. reflect recent developments in online education; and 2. lay the groundwork for a strategic and streamlined approach to renewals of program approval.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Moving to a project list approach under the Environmental Assessment Act (updated)  (source: Environmental Registry)

Ontario is updating our the previous proposal published on November 21, 2021, to propose changes in four areas: to the proposed designation of rail, multi-lane highways, electricity transmission and waterfront projects.
Effective Date:  February 22, 2024

Proposed modernization of the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) Act

The Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario Act dates to 1962 with few changes since that time. The ARIO Act has served ARIO, government and industry well, but does not expressly reflect current and future research and innovation needs. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is proposing to modernize the ARIO Act which would help to ensure that the ARIO continues to be relevant today and serve the future needs of Ontario's agriculture sector. In addition to the proposed amendment to the Act, OMAFRA is proposed to amend O. Reg. 127/95 to update the definition of agricultural lands.
Effective Date:  April 25, 2024

Lake of the Woods Draft Recreational Walleye Plan  (source: Environmental Registry)

We are proposing changes to the recreational catch limits and size limits for walleye in Lake of the Woods in order to address risks to the quality of the fisheries.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Amendment to the Licence Appeal Tribunal Act, 1999

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO), with support from the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG), is seeking approval to amend the Licence Appeal Tribunal Act, 1999 (LAT Act) and add the Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act (TSSEA) to the statute. MTO plans to bring forward a regulation to provide for the Licence Appeal Tribunal (LAT) to hear TSSEA certificate appeals. The proposed amendment to the LAT Act would provide a necessary route for further appeals of LAT decisions to the Divisional Court. The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) are proposing this amendment to support the implementation of the TSSEA.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Changes to Requirements Related to Cranes Used at Construction Projects

Amendments to various provisions related to cranes, and primarily tower cranes, in O. Reg. 213/91 (Construction Projects) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) have been approved. Amendments to O. Reg. 420/21 (Notices and Reports Under Sections 51 to 53.1 of the Act - Fatalities, Critical Injuries, Occupational Illnesses and Other Incidents) under the OHSA have also been approved.
Effective Date:  January 1, 2024

Designation of Additional Areas: amendment to Ontario Regulation 407/94

Addition of one new area, the City of Sarnia, to the schedule to the French Language Services Act that lists designated areas
Effective Date:  November 1, 2024

Proposed Project List for comprehensive environmental assessments under the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA)  (source: Environmental Registry)

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) is seeking input on a proposed list of projects which will be subject to the comprehensive environmental assessment requirements in Part II.3 of the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA) and will be designated in a regulation as Part II.3 projects.
Effective Date:  February 22, 2024