Amendments to Highway Traffic Act (HTA) Regulations to remove paper-based barriers for the commercial vehicle industry.
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing to amend several HTA regulations to make government work better for the people and businesses of Ontario in the digital era. In order to enable digital products and services for the commercial vehicle safety and oversight, legislative changes were made to the HTA. These regulatory amendments are required to support the legislative amendments which will allow the ministry to communicate with the clients via electronic and digital methods.
Golf Carts on Pelee Island
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is soliciting public comment to inform the development of a regulatory and policy framework regarding the on-road use of golf carts on Pelee Island.
Proposed Delegation Regulation under the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020
On July 8, 2020, the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020 (BTFA) came into force, introducing measures that streamline project delivery and support the accelerated completion of the four priority projects identified in Ontario's "New Subway Transit Plan for the GTA." The Ministry of Transportation is seeking to delegate the following functions under the BTFA from the Minister to Metrolinx: corridor development permits; entering lands; compensation; enforcement; and administration.
Global Adjustment Deferral initiative
The Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines (ENDM) is proposing regulatory amendments that would provide for the recovery throughout 2021 of approximately $333 million of certain electricity generation costs that were not charged to non-Regulated Price Plan (RPP) consumers as a consequence of the government's Global Adjustment (GA) Deferral initiative, to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on commercial and industrial consumers in Ontario.
Exempting dams from requiring a permit to take water
We are proposing to remove the need for certain types of dams to obtain a permit to take water. The construction and alteration of dams will continue to be regulated under existing provincial regulatory requirements and approval processes so that we can continue to protect lakes, rivers and waterways in Ontario.
Updating regulations under the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, 1993 (FRFOFA), which establishes the Farm Business Registration Program (FBR Program), to support electronic delivery of the Farm Business Registration program, reduce administrative burden for farmers, and provide flexibility due to COVID-19.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is proposing to implement amendments made to the FRFOFA by the Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, 2019, the Better For People, Smarter For Business Act, 2019, and the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020. The amendments will reduce administrative burden and enable online delivery of the Farm Business Registration Program. Changes also provide temporary relief for farm businesses whose income was negatively impacted by COVID-19.
Proposed Regulation under the Ontario Heritage Act
A proposal to make a new regulation under the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA) associated with amendments made through the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 (Bill 108). The proposed regulation would provide improved provincial direction on how to use the Act, clearer rules and tools for decision making, and support consistency in the appeals process.
New Regulation under the Special Investigations Unit Act regarding communication about a SIU Investigation
The SIU Act generally prohibits the sharing of information respecting an ongoing SIU investigation or inquiry by police.
The new SIU Act will allow a police service to disclose that the SIU Director has been notified of an incident involving a police officer and is conducting an investigation/inquiry.
The proposed regulation would allow the Niagara Parks Police and the Legislative Protective Service to also disclose such information.
Hazardous Waste Fee Exemption Framework
We are proposing to draft a new regulation under RRCEA that would:
1) Maintain the current fee exemptions for certain hazardous waste management activities by moving them from Regulation 347 to a new regulation to be made under the RRCEA
2) Move over and adjust other related sections within Regulation 347 in order to update and clarify language
Consultation on Topics Related to Future Changes to Tarion
Tarion is seeking public input on several proposed regulatory changes to support the implementation of changes made to the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act as a result of the passage of the Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2020. Changes would also support the proposed designation of a regulatory authority under the New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017.
Proposed Regulations to Support the Overhaul of Ontario's New Home Warranty and Protection Program
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is proposing regulations under the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act. These proposed regulations must be in place before the proposed future regulator of new home builders and vendors can begin operations by February 2021. We are also seeking input to support the creation of a future regulation that could make it easier for a homeowner to submit a warranty claim to Tarion by clarifying the evidence required by a claimant.
Public Consultation - Reforming Privacy in Ontario's Private Sector
To continue the mandate of digital innovation, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (MGCS) is seeking to address the gaps in the Ontario's legislative privacy framework, and to establish comprehensive, up-to-date rules that will protect privacy rights and increase confidence in digital services.
Proposal to expand the live capture of wild raptors (birds of prey) by licensed falconers
Falconry is regulated under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 (FWCA) and regulations made under the Act. Ontario falconers are required to successfully complete an apprentice program and obtain a licence to be able to hunt with native Ontario raptors. There are approximately 200 licensed falconers in Ontario.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is proposing to expand the live capture of wild raptors by licensed falconers.
Consultation on topics from the Auditor General Report on Tarion
Tarion is seeking input on eight areas to address recommendations from the Auditor General of Ontario. In addition, Tarion is also seeking input on the warranty compensation caps on claims related to environmentally harmful substances or hazards, septic systems and condominium common elements and providing compensation to homeowners where they have to relocate while repairs are underway which arose from a warranted item.
Proposal to implement administrative penalties under the Consumer Protection Act, 2002
Draft regulations setting out which provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, 2002 and its regulations could result in an administrative penalty, the amounts of the administrative penalties that could be imposed, and other aspects of proposed administrative penalties. These regulations could be made only if Bill 159, the Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2020, is passed.
Proposal to make various regulatory changes under the Ticket Sales Act, 2017
Draft regulations to create an exemption from certain disclosure requirements on ticket batches, set rules for ticket transferability and the provision of paper tickets upon request, and update the Act's administrative penalty regime. These proposed changes, if approved, would come into force with the proclamation of amendments made under the Protecting What Matters Most Act (Budget Measures), 2019 and proposed amendments under Bill 159, the Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2020, if passed.
Proposed Regulatory Amendments to Ontario Regulation 884/93 (Designated Drugs) made under the Midwifery Act, 1991
The College of Midwives of Ontario (College) is proposing regulatory amendments to enable a flexible approach to prescribing drugs by replacing its current list of drugs with categories of drugs from which midwives can prescribe. The College is also proposing to specify categories of controlled drugs and substances that midwives may prescribe, categories of drugs that midwives may administer by suppository, and categories of substances that midwives may administer by injection or inhalation.
Proposed Regulatory Amendments to Ontario Regulation 203/94 (General) made under the Chiropody Act, 1991
The College of Chiropodists of Ontario (College) is proposing regulatory amendments to enable a flexible approach to prescribing drugs by replacing its current list of drugs with categories of drugs from which chiropodists and podiatrists can prescribe within their scope of practice. The College is also proposing to expand the list of controlled drugs and substances that members may prescribe and the list of substances that members may administer by injection into the foot.
Amendment of Regulation O. Reg. 329/04 (General) under the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA)
The Ministry of Health is posting a notice of a proposed regulation for public consultation from June 19 to July 4, 2020 for a 14-day consultation period as permitted under PHIPA ss 74(4).
The proposed amendment to O. Reg. 329/04 (General) under PHIPA would allow ICES and Ontario Health to disclose personal health information to the MOH at the request of the Minister of Health. This information is needed to enable the Health Data Platform, announced by the government on April 12, 2020.
Proposed regulations to support proclamation of the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010
Proposed regulations to support proclamation of the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (ONCA), including:
1. General Regulation related to technical matters; and
2. Corporations Sole Regulation to prescribe provisions that apply to corporations sole (i.e. a corporation constituted in a single person who, in right of some office or function, has corporate status).
Highway Traffic Act - HOV Lanes Regulatory Amendment
The Ministry of Transportation approved an amendment to the Highway Traffic Act, Ontario Regulation 620/05 - High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes (HOV) for the purpose of allowing single-occupant licensed taxicabs and airport limousines in provincial HOV lanes, on a permanent basis.
The amendment to O. Reg. 620/05 - High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes came into force on June 22, 2020.
COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Relief from Trillium Drug Program Deductible
To help alleviate the cost impact to Trillium Drug Program (TDP) households as a result of loss of income, the Ministry of Health is proposing to extend the in-year deductible reassessment to include significant income changes that occur in the latter half of the TDP benefit year. This would allow households to use their 2020 income information for the determination of their deductible in the current 2019/20 benefit year (from May 1st until July 31st, 2020).
COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Relief from Additional Co-Payment
To help alleviate the unintended cost impact to ODB program recipients due to measures taken by government in response to COVID-19, the Ministry of Health is proposing to amend O. Reg. 201/96 under the Ontario Drug Benefit Act to ensure recipients are not paying additional co-payments as a result of government's 30-day supply limit recommendation. The cost of the additional co-payments would be shared between the government and dispensers through proposed amendments to dispensing fee rules.
Modernizing the Legislative Framework for Home and Community Care
The government introduced the Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020 on February 25. If passed by the Ontario legislature, the ministry is proposing regulations under the Connecting Care Act, 2019 and other statues to support the provision of home and community care services and continue subrogation provisions. Eventually, the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994 would be repealed and its regulations revoked.
Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017; Ontario Regulation 268/18
The following summary outlines proposed amendments to Ontario Regulation 268/18 under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 relating to the sale, display and promotion of vapour products. The ministry is soliciting feedback on the proposed regulatory amendments.
Consultation on topics under the Condominium Act, 1998
In December 2019 the government announced changes under the Condominium Act, 1998 (Condo Act) in conjunction with the introduction of the Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2020, and committed to consulting with stakeholders and the public on further topics under the Condo Act.
Potential for Cannabis Consumption Establishments and/or Cannabis Special Occasion Permits
As part of Ontario's transition to an open market, the government would like your feedback on the potential implementation of additional cannabis business opportunities in the future, including:
1. facilitating the sale of cannabis for consumption in establishments like lounges and cafés (cannabis consumption establishments); and,
2. cannabis special occasion permits.
Proposals under the Condominium Act, 1998
Proposal to proclaim into force a new section 117 of the Condominium Act, 1998 (Condo Act) and to amend two regulations under the Condo Act to:
1.Expand the scope of disputes that can be heard by the Condominium Authority Tribunal.
2. Prescribe nuisances, annoyances and disruptions that are to be prohibited on condominium properties or any assets of a condominium corporation.
Greener Gasoline and Greener Diesel - Director's Directions
We are seeking feedback on draft guidance to help fuel suppliers comply with O. Reg. 535/05 (Greener Gasoline) and O. Reg. 97/14 (Greener Diesel - Renewable Fuel Content Requirements for Petroleum Diesel Fuel), including instructions and directions on how to carry out compliance calculations for bio-based content in regular gasoline and diesel fuel.
Solutions to enable small-volume vehicle manufacturing in Ontario
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is soliciting public comment on a new voluntary regulatory framework to allow manufacturers seeking to produce and sell vehicles in Ontario in low volumes to substitute engineering analysis, including virtual destructive testing, for some physical destructive tests set out in the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.