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.