Current Proposals

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Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Pre-Start Health and Review Requirements for Factories

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is proposing amendments to pre-start health and safety review requirements, also known as pre-start review (PSR) requirements, in section 7 of the Industrial Establishments regulation (Regulation 851) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
Posting Date:  January 21, 2021
Open for Comments:  January 21, 2021 –  March 11, 2021

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.
Posting Date:  January 25, 2021
Open for Comments:  January 25, 2021 –  March 11, 2021

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) proposal to amend R.R.O 1990, Reg. 18 - General under the Agricultural Tile Drainage Installation Act (ATDIA).

As part of government's plan to create a more competitive business environment, OMAFRA is proposing to eliminate fees of $50 or less in Reg. 18. The proposal will save businesses the cost of the fees and the administrative cost associated with the issuing of cheques. Public protection oversight will not be reduced as a result of these changes. Businesses that were required to be licensed before would still need to be licensed. OMAFRA will also retain the legal authority to conduct inspections.
Posting Date:  January 22, 2021
Open for Comments:  January 22, 2021 –  March 8, 2021

Proposed regulation for the nickel smelting and refining industry  (source: Environmental Registry)

We are proposing an industry sector-based regulation to address sulphur dioxide air emissions from the nickel smelting and refining industry in the Sudbury area that will replace certain requirements under the Local Air Quality Regulation.
Posting Date:  January 20, 2021
Open for Comments:  January 20, 2021 –  March 6, 2021

Proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 245/97 to regulate compressed air energy storage in porous rock reservoirs and enhance financial security for petroleum, salt and underground geological storage wells.  (source: Environmental Registry)

See the Environmental Registry of Ontario notice for the details of the proposal.
Posting Date:  January 19, 2021
Open for Comments:  January 19, 2021 –  March 5, 2021

Amendments to three Regulations under the Surveyors Act to achieve efficiencies for the regulator, survey businesses and protections for the public

The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (the Association) was established in 1892. They are a self-governing association, responsible for the licensing and governance of professional land surveyors, under the Surveyors Act, in order that the public interest may be served. If approved, Regulations under the Surveyors Act will be amended to effect several changes to improve efficiency, achieve cost savings and enhance public protection.
Posting Date:  January 11, 2021
Open for Comments:  January 11, 2021 –  February 25, 2021

First Aid Modernization Consultation

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is proposing to transfer the responsibility of workplace first aid from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to MLTSD.
Posting Date:  January 8, 2021
Open for Comments:  January 8, 2021 –  February 22, 2021

Proposed Code of Ethics and Discipline Committee and Appeals Committee Regulation to be made under the New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is proposing a regulation under the New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017. The proposed regulation would establish a code of ethics, a discipline committee and an appeals committee - a framework that would address complaints to better protect consumers and hold licensees accountable for their action. The ministry is also proposing an amendment to the General Regulation to improve the information published on the Ontario Builder Directory.
Posting Date:  December 15, 2020
Open for Comments:  December 15, 2020 –  February 13, 2021

Proposal to Modernize Regulatory Requirements for Part VII - Notices under the Occupational Health and Safety Act

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is proposing to streamline the prescribed written reporting requirements into a single regulation that would apply to all workplaces covered under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).
Posting Date:  December 18, 2020
Open for Comments:  December 18, 2020 –  February 12, 2021

Improvements to Ontario's New Home Warranty and Protection Program (ONHWPA Phase 2)

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is proposing regulation changes under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act. These changes would 1) address matters relating to a simplified warranty claims process; 2) establish a mediation process for warranty claim disputes; and 3) specify duties of the ombudsperson (the New Home Ombuds) that include a focus on helping consumers.
Posting Date:  December 15, 2020
Open for Comments:  December 15, 2020 –  February 12, 2021

Potential Permanent Changes to Enable Digital and Virtual Processes under the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services Business Law and Condominium Statutes

Consultation on potential permanent changes to enable digital and virtual processes under the following statutes: 1. Corporations Act and Not-for-profit Corporations Act, 2. Business Corporations Act, Limited Partnerships Act, Partnerships Act, and Personal Property Security Act. 3. Co-operative Corporations Act and 4. Condominium Act, 1998.
Posting Date:  January 7, 2021
Open for Comments:  January 7, 2021 –  February 8, 2021

Drainage Act Regulatory Proposal Consultation  (source: Environmental Registry)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is proposing a new Minister's Regulation that would implement recent amendments to the Drainage Act. The proposed new Minister's Regulation would reduce burden, streamline approvals and address stakeholder concerns while maintaining environmental standards.
Posting Date:  December 9, 2020
Open for Comments:  December 9, 2020 –  February 7, 2021

Proposed Revocation of O. Reg. 274/18, Siting Restrictions for Renewable Energy Generation Facilities  (source: Environmental Registry)

We are proposing to revoke O. Reg. 274/18 - Siting Restrictions for Renewable Energy Generation Facilities, which placed provincial siting restrictions on renewable energy generation facilities (Projects) in relation to residential areas and agricultural land. As a result of the Green Energy Repeal Act, 2019 (GERA), municipal authority over the siting of new Projects has been fully restored. The regulation is effectively spent and no longer applies to any Projects.
Posting Date:  December 15, 2020
Open for Comments:  December 15, 2020 –  February 4, 2021

Tow Zone Pilot Project, Towing Services on designated Provincial Highways

Under the Tow Zone Pilot Project initiative the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) plans to establish multiple restricted tow zones on provincial highways where only authorized towing operators can provide towing and recovery services. The proposed Regulation will enable the police services to lay charges to enforce the restricted tow zones. The proposed Regulation will also authorize new regulatory signing which will designate the beginning and end points of each restricted tow zone.
Posting Date:  December 21, 2020
Open for Comments:  December 21, 2020 –  February 4, 2021

Proposed Revocation of O. Reg. 326/09: Mandatory Information Re Connections under the Electricity Act, 1998  (source: Environmental Registry)

We are proposing to revoke O. Reg. 326/09: Mandatory Information Re Connections. This regulation prescribes preferential timelines for renewable energy projects seeking complex grid connection assessments and related reporting requirements for Local Distribution Companies and the Independent Electricity System Operator. Ontario has built a clean energy supply. A competitive energy future will ensure value for ratepayers. Placing priority on renewable generation is no longer appropriate.
Posting Date:  December 15, 2020
Open for Comments:  December 15, 2020 –  February 4, 2021

Consumer Protection Act, 2002 Review Consultation Paper

Consultation paper setting out proposals for reform to the Consumer Protection Act, 2002. These proposals would become law only if introduced and passed as a bill by the Legislature.
Posting Date:  December 1, 2020
Open for Comments:  December 1, 2020 –  February 1, 2021

Temporary Help Agency Consultations

The government is consulting on the potential creation of a temporary help agency registry to improve compliance with the Employment Standards Act, 2000 by temporary help agencies and their clients, and to address specific issues that have arisen with agencies that do not operate within the rules, including those that operate underground.
Posting Date:  December 2, 2020
Open for Comments:  December 2, 2020 –  January 29, 2021