New Regulatory Provisions under the General Regulation 113/91 of the Mining Act - Streamlining the Mining Land Tax
The Mining Act provides a new exemption from the Mining Land Tax under S. 189 of the Mining Act. This provision will allow the Minister to exempt lands that were originally granted by Crown patent for mining purposes from being subject to the Mining Land Tax provided that the lands are not used, and are not intended to be used for mining purposes. The proposal: (A) adds to the criteria used for assessing exemption requests and (B) proposes a process for rescinding them in future if required.
Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 629, Vehicles for the Transportation of Physically Disabled Passengers
MTO is proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 629 to modernize the technical requirements for highway vehicles (e.g. buses, transit buses, motor coaches, taxis, physically-disabled-passenger vehicles, and school buses) as part of the Ministry of Community and Social Services’ (MCSS) proposed standards under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), 2005. MCSS is proposing that the Transportation Standard be part of an Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR).
Open for Business Act, 2010, Schedule 7 (Modernization of Approvals)
On May 17, 2010, Bill 68, the proposed Open for Business Act, 2010, was introduced and received first reading. The Ministry of the Environment, through Schedule 7 (Modernization of Approvals) of the proposed Open for Business Act, 2010, is proposing a system to modernize Ontario’s environmental approvals process.
Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act, 2010
On May 18, 2010, Bill 72 (The Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act, 2010) was introduced and received first reading. If passed by the Legislature, the act would establish a framework to drive innovation, create economic opportunities, sustain water infrastructure and conserve Ontario’s water. It would lay the foundation for new Ontario jobs and make our province a North American leader in the development and sale of new technologies and services for water conservation and treatment.
Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 455/09 and Policy Options for Enhanced Planning
On December 4, 2009, a new regulation made under the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 was filed with the Registrar of Regulations as Ontario Regulation 455/09. The regulation and Act came into force on January 1, 2010. The Ministry is proposing to amend O. Reg. 455/09 to address the requirements related to “toxic substance reduction planners” . The Ministry is also seeking comments on options for enhanced planning.
Legislative Framework for Modernizing Environmental Approvals
The proposed framework for a modernized Certificate of Approvals process for Ontario will improve the Ministry’s work in protecting environmental and human health and increase the efficient and effective use of Ministry resources to provide better service to businesses and better transparency to the public.
Lake Simcoe Shoreline Protection Discussion Paper
The Lake Simcoe Protection Plan recognizes that healthy and natural shoreline areas provide a variety of functions, including control of run-off and associated nutrients, stabilizing shorelines from erosion, and conserving habitats for a high number of aquatic and terrestrial species.
Special Occasion Permit System Review
The Ministry is proposing to streamline the Special Occasion Permit (SOP) system to three categories of permits, with associated new issuing criteria.