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.
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.
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.
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.