Amendments to the Pesticide Regulation (63/09 General)
We are proposing amendments to O. Reg. 63/09: General made under the Pesticides Act to reduce complexity and modernize pesticide management in Ontario while ensuring protection of human health and the environment.
This proposal is related to proposed amendments to the Pesticides Act.
Improving Value of Pharmacy Payments
The Ministry of Health is proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 201/96 under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act (ODBA) that, if approved, would implement a temporary reduction in payments made to pharmacies for dispensing drug benefits for Ontario Drug Benefit recipients through a reconciliation adjustment. The proposed regulatory amendments are conditional on the introduction and passage of legislative amendments.
Proposed amendments to the Food Premises Regulation 493/17 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act
The following summary outlines two (2) proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 493/17 (Food Premises) under the Health Protection and Promotion Act. The ministry is proposing an exemption to permit dogs in outdoor eating areas of food premises and under certain conditions, to allow dogs in areas of food premises where only pre-packaged and/or low risk food is displayed, served or sold to give Ontarians a choice to enjoy food as a social activity with their pet dogs.
Reducing Administrative Burden to Drug Manufacturers and Pharmacies
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is proposing amendments to the regulations under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act (ODBA) and Drug Interchangeability and Dispensing Fee Act (DIDFA), which if approved, reduce technical requirements, address discrepancies and misalignments with industry standards and polices in other provinces and territories (P/Ts) and modernize existing processes for Ontario pharmacies.
Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 Regulation
The following summary outlines proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 268/18 under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017. The ministry is soliciting feedback on the proposed amendments related to the exemption requirements for existing tobacconists, and prescribed signs under the SFOA, 2017.
New regulation for vehicle emissions
A new regulation is being proposed that will clarify and strengthen on-road vehicle emissions requirements and will set out rules around the testing of emissions from heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles.
Ontario's Sustainable Bait Management Strategy
The Ministry is proposing to modernize Ontario's bait management approach to protect Ontario's vibrant fisheries and the industries that rely on them while maintaining flexibility for industry and anglers.
Proposed Extension of Municipal GO Transit Development Charge By-Laws
Extend the expiry date of that enables the municipalities of Toronto, Hamilton and the Regions of Durham, Halton, Peel and York to impose municipal development charge by-laws for GO Transit's growth capital costs enabled by this Regulation for another three years, until December 31, 2022.
Display Screens and Hand-Held Devices - Exemption Review
The Ministry of Transportation is proposing to make permanent the 3-year time limited exemption for two-way radios, and grant Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) officers a permanent hand-held communications device and display screen exemption under Ontario's Distracted Driving Law.
Enabling New Models of Care for Select 9-1-1 Patients
MOHLTC is proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 257/00 under the Ambulance Act and Regulation 552 under the Health Insurance Act to enable new models of care for select 9-1-1 patients other than transport to the emergency department. Amendments will include LGIC regulations that will allow ambulance services to provide patients with alternatives to care other than transport to the emergency department, and Minister regulations that set out fees for different types of ambulance services.
Regulatory proposals under the Condominium Act, 1998
Proposed amendments to regulations under the Condominium Act, 1998 to delegate the administration of certain forms under the Condominium Act, 1998 to the Condominium Authority of Ontario (CAO), subject to approval of the Minister of Government and Consumer Services.
These proposed regulatory amendments under the Condominium Act, 1998, if approved, are proposed to come into force on January 1, 2020 with respect to 17 forms and July 1, 2020 with respect to 2 forms.
Kick Style Electric Scooter (e-scooters)
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is soliciting public comment to inform the development of a regulatory and policy framework regarding the use of e-scooters.
Driver's Licence Check Service Fee
The Ministry of Transportation is proposing to waive the current $2 legislated fee required to conduct a driver's licence check through its online Driver's Licence Check service and launch a free and improved service in fall 2019.
Transitioning from Global Adjustment Refinancing to a More Transparent On-Bill Rebate
The Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (ENDM) is proposing amendments to O. Reg. 363/16 (General), O. Reg. 364/16 (Invoicing Requirements) and O. Reg. 275/04 (Information on Invoices to Low-Volume Consumers of Electricity) as part of the transition to a new, transparent on-bill rebate to replace Global Adjustment Refinancing.
Consultation on the proposed Combative Sports Act, 2019
The Combative Sports Act, 2019, if proclaimed, would establish a new legislative framework for amateur and professional combative sport in Ontario. It would improve health and safety conditions for athletes participating in professional and amateur combative sports, and ensure they have a safe environment to achieve excellence in their chosen sport.
A proposal to amend various regulations under the Mining Act
The Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (the ministry) is proposing to amend regulations to ensure compliance with the most recent safety guidelines for dams, reduce possible burdens to clients when managing mining claims on the Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS), and to provide more flexibility in managing mining lands.
The ministry is also proposing to revoke a regulation which is longer relevant.
Proposed Regulation to be made under the Federal Carbon Tax Transparency Act, 2019
The purpose of the proposed regulation is to prescribe the notice (i.e., Federal Carbon Tax Transparency Sticker) to be obtained by gasoline retailers in Ontario and affixed to each retail gasoline pump. The stickers would be provided free of charge and sent by mail to retail outlets. Additional stickers would also be obtainable through a government website.
The Enhanced Driver's Licence
The Enhanced Driver's Licence (EDL) was established under Ontario's Photo Card Act combining the physical plastic Ontario driver's licence card with proof of citizenship to allow Ontarians to cross between the Canadian and United States borders by land and/or water. The expected uptake for Ontario's EDL program has not come to realization due to more dynamic and cost-effective federal programs such as NEXUS, FAST and ePassport. As a result, Ontario is considering eliminating the program.
Driver and Vehicle Fees
The Ministry of Transportation is proposing a minimal two per cent fee increases, beginning July 1, 2019 and continuing for five years, that will allow for the move towards greater cost recovery of government services. The proposed fee increases will support the government's fiscal objectives, particularly in the reduction of the deficit while encouraging the recovery of increasing costs and inflationary pressures.
Refund Administrative Fees under the Highway Traffic Act
The Ministry of Transportation is proposing to amend Regulation 628 (Vehicle Permits), under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) by repealing the administrative fee applied to refunds. This proposal ensures that customers receive the full refund amount they are entitled to and will also support the introduction of point-of-sale refunds to payment cards for unused licence plate validation fees when a licence plate is returned.
Charter Bus Registration Alignment-International Registration Plan (IRP)
The current International Registration Plan (IRP) Agreement was updated in January 2016 making it mandatory for charter buses to register under IRP.
A regulatory amendment is required to align the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) with the IRP to remove the existing exemption for Charter Bus registration in the current regulation.
Enforcement of Small US Commercial Vehicles with No Permits for travel in Ontario
A regulatory amendment is required to amend the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) to allow small US commercial trucks that do not meet requirements for registration under the International Registration Plan (IRP) to be exempt from requiring permanent or temporary Ontario registration. A small truck that does not meet IRP requirements may be required to purchase trip permits. Registration for these vehicles would be consistent with those being reciprocally applied to Ontario vehicles in the US.
Environmental Compliance Approval in Respect of Sewage Works Regulation
We are proposing a new regulation to streamline approval requirements for constructing sewage works that the municipality may eventually own. Prescribed persons, such as developers, would be able to construct works under the municipality's Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA), if specific conditions are met, instead of obtaining a separate ECA.
Holding polluters accountable by enhancing Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks' enforcement tools
We are proposing to address excess soil management in Ontario. This includes proposed amendments to the Environmental Protection Act to strengthen enforcement tools available to front-line provincial officers to ensure clean air, water and land for Ontarians. The proposed amendments to the Environmental Protection Act would enable administrative penalties for a broad range of environmental violations and modernize the process to seize vehicle plates when serious environmental violations occur.
Enhancing Ontario's Stunt Driving Law in Support of Raised Speed Limits
On May 10th, 2019, the Ontario Government announced that it would be exploring new ways to improve traffic flow and safety on provincial highways by introducing three speed limit pilots on select highways. Under this initiative, three sections of highways are planned as pilot locations in Southern Ontario where the highway speed will be posted at 110 km/h starting in mid-September. As a result, MTO is proposing to amend the current definition of "stunt" under Ontario Regulation 455/07.
Establishing Efficient Pharmacy Reimbursement Policies
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proposing amendments to the regulation under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act that, if approved, would change pharmacy reimbursement rules related to drug markup and professional services provided to residents of Long-Term Care Homes to establish a smarter, more efficient and fiscally responsible system to deliver publicly-funded health benefits.
Implementing a Health Network System Processing Fee
MOHLTC is proposing amendments to the regulation under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act that, if approved, would change pharmacy reimbursement rules to introduce an administration fee for the processing and payment of drug claims and establish a smarter, more efficient and fiscally responsible approach to deliver publicly-funded health benefits. The proposed regulatory amendments are conditional on the introduction and passage of certain legislative amendments relating to ODBA.
Proposal in support of the province's review of the Far North Act
In support of the province's review of the Far North Act announced in the Fall Economic Statement, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has been reviewing the Far North Act with a view to reducing red tape and restrictions on important economic development projects in the Far North including the Ring of Fire, all-season roads and electrical transmission projects for communities. As a result of the review, the Ministry is proposing to repeal the Far North Act.
Permitting the Payment of Variable Benefits from Defined Contribution (DC) Pension Plans
Currently, plan members who belong to a pension plan that provides defined contribution (DC) benefits must transfer their money to a financial institution to start receiving retirement income. The variable benefit provisions in the Pension Benefits Act (PBA) would permit, but would not require, an administrator to offer Life Income Fund (LIF)-like payments directly from the plan through the establishment of a variable benefit account.
Proposed Amendment to Ontario Regulation 552 under the Health Insurance Act
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proposing an amendment to Regulation 552 of the Health Insurance Act to end the Out-of-Country Travellers Program. In addition, amendments are being proposed to remove all references to osteopathy that are found under the regulation because osteopathy has not been recognized as a regulated health profession since 2004.
Temporary Stairs Regulatory Amendment Proposal
The Ministry of Labour (the ministry) is proposing to clarify existing requirements for temporary stairs (s. 75-77) as set out in the Construction Projects regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). O. Reg. 213/91 sets out requirements that protect the health and safety of Ontarians who work in the construction sector.
Discussion Paper on Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities
We are seeking public feedback on the Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities: Discussion Paper, which expands upon commitments in Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The paper poses questions that will help guide future decision-making to divert more waste from landfill.
Consultation on Proposed Regulation under Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018
On March 7 2018, Ontario enacted Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety), 2018, as well as amendments to the Education Act. This legislation establishes mandatory requirements for the prevention, detection and management of concussions in amateur competitive sports. Many of the detailed requirements to implement the provisions in the Act will be provided in regulation. The government is seeking public input on the proposed regulation under Rowan's Law.
Notice of Project Threshold Increase - Automobile Manufacturing Plants
Clause 6(1)(a) of Construction Projects regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), requires constructors to provide a notice of project (NOP) to the ministry where the total cost of labour and materials of a project is expected to exceed $50,000. The ministry is proposing to increase the NOP threshold to $250,000 for construction projects taking place at automobile manufacturing plants.
Working At Heights Training Exemption for Automobile Manufacturing Plant Employers
The Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation (O. Reg. 297/13) under the Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to ensure that workers on construction projects successfully complete an approved working at heights training (WAH) program (s. 6-10). This proposal would create an exemption from WAH training requirements for workers employed by automobile manufacturers on construction projects at an automobile manufacturing plant.
Proposed Pay Transparency Reporting Requirements
The purpose of this paper is to seek feedback on proposed pay transparency reporting requirements, which would require certain employers to report on differences in compensation between men and women and on workforce composition with respect to gender.
Increasing Renewable Content in Fuels
We are proposing to increase the renewable content (e.g. ethanol) in gasoline to 15% as early as 2025 through amendments to Ontario fuel regulations, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions without increasing the price at the pump.
Hydro One Annual Compensation Disclosure
The government is proposing to pass a regulation under the Hydro One Accountability Act, 2018 (the Act), which would, if approved, prescribe certain requirements with respect to the Hydro One Limited annual compensation disclosure provisions under the Act.
Consultation on the review of the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002
The Ontario government is considering making changes to the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002. This legislation governs real estate brokerages, brokers and salespersons, setting the rules for how they conduct business and interact with consumers.
The real estate sector and business practices have changed significantly since the act was passed. The ministry has heard from both consumers and real estate registrants that it is time to update the act and its regulations.
Driver Licence Electronic Validation
The ministry of transportation is seeking to amend O.Reg 340/94("Drivers' Licences"), made under the Highway Traffic Act, to online driver's licence renewal.
10th Year Review of Ontario's Endangered Species Act: Discussion Paper
The Ontario government is currently undertaking a review of the Endangered Species Act to improve protections for species at risk, consider modern and innovative approaches to achieve positive outcomes for species at risk, as well as to look for ways to streamline approvals and provide clarity to support economic development.
Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 Regulation
The following summary outlines proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 268/18 under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017). The ministry is soliciting feedback on the proposed amendments.
Service Plates and Trailers
The Ministry of Transportation is proposing to amend Regulation 628 (Vehicle Permits), under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) to permit the use of a trailer loaded with goods to display a Service Plate in specified scenarios.