Amendments to Ontario Regulation 246/22 under the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021 to align with the Health and Supportive Care Providers Oversight Authority
The Ministry of Long-Term Care is continuing to improve the long-term care system so every resident experiences an optimal quality of life, supported by safe, quality care. This work is built on four pillars: staffing and care, quality, and enforcement, building modern, safe, and comfortable homes, and supporting the broader continuum of services for seniors.
Based on these priorities, the Ministry is seeking to align the qualifications for personal support workers in Ontario Regulation 246/22 with the proposed registration pathways for the Health and Supportive Care Providers Oversight Authority to ensure consistency and clarity for residents, employers, families, and caregivers.
Regulations Pertaining to the Health and Supportive Care Providers Oversight Authority (the Authority)
Regulations under the Health and Supportive Care Providers Oversight Authority Act, 2021 (HSCPOA Act). These objects include (but not limited) to:
1. administer the HSCPOA Act and the regulations, including overseeing their enforcement;
2. establish educational and skills-based qualifications for each class of registrants;
3. establish visual marks or identifiers for use by registrants that can identify registrants to members of the public;
4. promote the provision of safe, competent, ethical and high-quality health and supportive care services by registrants;
5. establish codes of ethics in relation to services they provide to members of the public.
Proposing Administrative Monetary Penalties under 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) that would enable an administrative monetary penalty (AMP) framework for contraventions of the FPPA and its regulations. This would allow the ministry to develop a new mechanism to improve and augment enforcement and compliance with the FPPA and its regulations, such as the Ontario Fire Code.
AMPs provide an enforcement option imposed through an administrative process and do not result in a criminal record or imprisonment. AMPs can be imposed instead of, or in addition to, other enforcement measures.
Consultation on the 2025 National Construction Codes (Nov-Dec 2023)
Ontario's Building Code is a regulation under the Building Code Act, 1992 which sets out minimum administrative and technical requirements for new construction, renovation, and change of use of buildings. New editions or major amendments to Ontario's Building Code are generally released every five years to coincide with updates to the National Construction Codes.
The Planning Statute Law Amendment Act, 2023.
The ministry is seeking feedback on proposed legislation that would ensure that official plan decisions are made in a manner that supports our goal of building at least 1.5 million homes and that maintains and reinforces public trust.
The Planning Statute Law Amendment Act, 2023 was introduced on November 16, 2023, and if passed, would enact the Official Plan Adjustments Act, 2023 which would reverse decisions on official plans affecting 12 municipalities: Barrie, Belleville, Guelph, Hamilton, Ottawa, Peterborough, Halton, Niagara, Peel, Waterloo, York, Wellington. The Act would also amend the Planning Act to introduce immunity provisions relating to minister's zoning order powers.
Seeking Input on Opportunities to Improve Ontario's Mineral Exploration Assessment Work Regime
The Ministry of Mines is seeking input on opportunities to improve the mineral exploration assessment work regime in Ontario. The outcomes of this input are intended to support the Ministry's objectives to maximize Ontario's competitiveness and work conducted on mining claims, increase access to, and expand the availability of public geoscience data, and minimize unnecessary administrative and reporting processes for the submittal of assessment work reports.