Conserving Ontario's Natural Heritage
In support of Ontario's Housing Supply Action Plan 3.0 and the government's commitment to support the construction of 1.5 million new housing units over the next ten years, the province is seeking feedback on the discussion paper entitled Conserving Ontario's Natural Heritage.
Review of A Place to Grow and Provincial Policy Statement
The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is undertaking a housing-focused policy review of A Place to Grow and the Provincial Policy Statement. MMAH is seeking input on how to create a streamlined province-wide land use planning policy framework that enables municipalities to approve housing faster and increase housing supply.
Regulatory proposals under the Building Broadband Faster Act, 2021 (BBFA)
The proposed Minister's regulation would fulfill the following purposes:
1. Amend Ontario Regulation (O. Reg. 436/22) under the BBFA to outline circumstances in which the Minister of Infrastructure may modify orders issued by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) with respect to Ontario Regulation (O. Reg. 410/22) under the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 (OEBA).
2. Amend O. Reg 436/22 to clarify that any compensation that may be ordered by the OEB, under O. Reg. 410/22, is not prohibited by the BBFA.
3. Repeal O. Reg 782/21 under the BBFA. This regulation no longer serves any purpose due to amendments that were made to the BBFA, in respect of infrastructure locates, in April 2022.
Draft Fisheries Management Zone 10 management plan
In co-operation with the Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) 10 Advisory Council, we have developed a Draft Fisheries Management Plan for FMZ 10. The draft plan outlines the status of fisheries, sets fish population objectives, and provides direction for the management of recreational fisheries and aquatic resources within FMZ 10.
Amendments to the New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017 to protect purchasers of new homes
The Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery is proposing amendments to the New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017 (Licensing Act) to strengthen consumer protection for purchasers of new homes in Ontario who may be adversely impacted by price escalations and terminations of agreements. The proposed amendments would also enhance the Home Construction Regulatory Authority's (HCRA's) enforcement powers and enable the HCRA to provide funds to adversely impacted consumers, among other things.
Supporting Growth and Housing in York and Durham Regions Act, 2022
The province is proposing new legislation that, if passed, would require the expansion of crucial wastewater treatment services for York Region and the construction of a phosphorus reduction facility to remove phosphorus from drainage water that flows into Lake Simcoe.
Proposed Amendment to O. Reg 232/18: Inclusionary Zoning
Proposing amendments to O. Reg. 232/18 (Inclusionary Zoning) to provide more certainty/clarity and make inclusionary zoning rules more consistent across the province by setting maximum affordability period at 25-years, limiting the number of affordable units to 5%, and standardizing the approach to determining the price/rent of the affordable units
Temporary Help Agencies and Recruiters Licensing Framework Consultations
The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) was recently amended to create a temporary help agency (THA) and recruiter licensing framework that will support and protect workers, while levelling the playing field for businesses in this sector.
The government is consulting on the supporting regulations that would prescribe details related to various aspects of the licensing and recruitment framework.
Faculty and Staff Sexual Misconduct Towards Students and Ryerson University Name Change
The Ministry of Colleges and Universities is proposing legislative amendments that would, if passed:
• enable publicly assisted colleges and universities, and private career colleges to strengthen their response to sexual violence on campus and support student survivors of sexual violence, particularly in cases of faculty and staff sexual misconduct towards students
• change the name of Ryerson University to "Toronto Metropolitan University"
• change the size and composition of Ryerson University/Toronto Metropolitan University's senate to add the Deputy Provost and Vice-Provosts and to expand the number of elected members from 51 to 62 members.
Draft Fisheries Management Zone 15 Management Plan
In co-operation with the Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) 15 Advisory Council, the ministry has developed a Draft Fisheries Management Plan for FMZ 15. The draft plan outlines the status of fisheries, sets objectives, and provides direction for the management of recreational fisheries and aquatic resources.
Administrative Penalties Regime for Ontario One Call
The Getting Ontario Connected Act, 2022 received Royal Assent on April 14, 2022. Among other things, the Act amends the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012 to improve Ontario One Call's compliance tools by providing Ontario One Call with the authority to issue administrative penalties against non-compliant members and excavators in the industry for specified contraventions.
Amendments to the New Home Construction Licensing Act, 2017 to support the proclamation of administrative monetary penalties
The Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery is proposing new Minister's regulations to support the proclamation of provisions governing administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) under the New Home Construction and Licensing Act, 2017 (Licensing Act). The proposed regulations aim to enhance the Home Construction Regulatory Authority's (HCRA's) enforcement powers and ensure adherence to the requirements and rules currently set out under the Licensing Act and its regulations, among other things.
Tarion Seeks Input On Proposed Regulation Changes
Tarion is seeking public input on several potential regulatory changes to build a more transparent, fair, and accountable new home warranty and protection program. Together, the changes Tarion is seeking input on is part of an effort to support homeowners, increase consumer confidence, and create a stronger new home warranty and protection program for all Ontarians.
New Assessment Work Policies - Work Types, Costs and Allocations
The Ministry of Mines (MINES) wants to provide information on assessment work requirements.
The three Assessment Work policies will provide claim holders and decision makers direction on: (i) eligible costs; (ii) work types; and (iii) how to allocate and distribute credits and make payment in place of credits.
Hours of Service Out of Service Declarations
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing to introduce out of service declarations for some hours of service violations. An out of service declaration prohibits a driver from operating a commercial motor vehicle for a designated period. When implemented, the driver will have a legal obligation to comply with the declaration. A commercial motor vehicle operator (i.e., a carrier) will have a legal obligation to ensure that a driver, operating under the operator's authority, complies with the out of service declaration.
Cross-Boundary Service Integration: Amendments to the City of Toronto Act, 2006
The Ministry of Transportation is proposing to amend the City of Toronto Act, 2006, which would enable more seamless transit services across the Toronto municipal boundaries by enabling agreements between the TTC and other municipal transit systems. This is an important step towards a fully integrated and optimized regional transit system, and the goal of transit cost and time savings for riders.
Fragmented transit fare structures and transfers at municipal borders can make transit trips less convenient and more expensive. The Province is working with municipalities and transit agencies to improve rider experience and build back ridership as Ontario recovers from COVID-19.
Accelerating Growth in Hydrogen Energy Through Electricity Rate Options
As part of Ontario's Low-Carbon Hydrogen Strategy, the Ministry of Energy is considering several options that would provide reduced electricity rates for hydrogen producers to promote sustained growth in Ontario's low-carbon hydrogen economy. Three options are currently under consideration: 1) amending the rules for the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) applicable to hydrogen producers, 2) enabling onsite hydrogen production using electricity that would otherwise be curtailed, and 3) providing an interruptible electricity rate for hydrogen producers. Note: These options are not intended to be mutually exclusive and could be pursued in any combination.
Industrial Conservation Initiative Cryptocurrency Mining Exclusion
The Ministry of Energy (ENERGY) is proposing regulatory amendments to O. Reg. 429/04, the regulation that sets out rules for allocating Global Adjustment (GA) costs to electricity customers and participating in the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI).
The proposed amendments are intended to prohibit facilities that mine cryprotocurrency from participating in ICI.
Proposal for an Administrative Penalties Regulation under the Building Broadband Faster Act, 2021
As part of our ongoing commitment to the deployment of designated broadband projects under the Building Broadband Faster Act, 2021, we are strengthening enforcement tools to hold regulated parties who contravene the legislation accountable for non-compliance.
The government is proposing a regulation to further define the application of administrative penalties under the BBFA. These penalties are intended to encourage compliance with requirements under the BBFA to expedite the delivery of broadband projects of provincial significance.
Proposed Personal Protective Equipment Supply and Production Act, 2022 included in the Proposed Pandemic and Emergency Preparedness Act, 2022
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is proposing new legislation titled the Personal Protective Equipment Supply and Production Act, 2022 that seeks to ensure that Ontario's public services, and especially its critical frontline workers providing essential services, have supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and critical supplies and equipment (CSE) maintained through a centralized resilient supply chain.
The Personal Protective Equipment Supply and Production Act, 2022, is included in the proposed Pandemic and Emergency Preparedness Act, 2022.
Speed Limit Initiative
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing to modernize the highway network and plans to increase the posted speed limit to 110 km/h on appropriate provincial highways with current posted speed limit of 100 km/h, subject to public safety considerations.
MTO is planning to commence implementation in Spring 2022, beginning with sections that have been carefully selected for their ability to safely accommodate an increased posted speed limit of 110 km/h. This initial phase is planned to be followed by broader speed limit increase at appropriate sections of provincial highways in summer 2023 and beyond, after careful review and subject to public safety considerations.
Proposed new legislation, Digital Platform Workers' Rights Act, 2022
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is consulting on proposed new legislation, called the Digital Platform Workers' Rights Act, 2022. If passed, the new legislation would provide certain rights and protections for digital platform workers who provide ride-share, delivery, or courier services.
Proposed Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act - Part IX Offences and Penalties
Various amendments are proposed to the penalties provisions under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) to address this. These include:
- Increasing the maximum fine from $100,000 to $1,500,000 for directors or officers of corporations and to $500,000 for all other individuals.
- Adding a list of aggravating factors that the court must consider for the purposes of determining a penalty under the Act.
- Adding a new authority under the Act permitting the courts to impose an order as set in regulation, on convicting a defendant, in addition to any fine or imprisonment imposed.
- Extending the limitation period for instituting a prosecution from one year to two years.
Expanding administrative penalties for environmental contraventions
We are proposing regulations that would allow the use of administrative penalties ("penalties") for environmental contraventions.
The proposed new framework, informed by recent stakeholder engagements, would provide a single consistent approach for applying penalties across the ministry's compliance and enforcement activities.
Amendment to 612/20 Centralized Supply Chain Ontario
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is seeking approval to amend Ontario Regulation 612/20 "Centralized Supply Chain Ontario" under the Supply Chain Management Act (Government, Broader Public Sector and Health Sector Entities), 2019 (SCMA) to allow Supply Ontario to engage in vendors for the purpose of carrying out its objects and duties, which would include procurement information.
Subwatershed Planning Guide
Provincial guidance for integrating watershed and subwatershed planning into land use planning is out of date, current guidance is from 1993.
We want to rectify this to support implementation of provincial land use policy and address a barrier to housing development, in partnership with the Conservation Authorities Working Group and developers.
Capital Markets Act - Consultation Draft
The Ministry of Finance is consulting on a new draft Capital Markets Act (CMA) to modernize Ontario's capital markets regulatory framework. If developed into a bill at a future date, the CMA would replace the existing Securities Act and the Commodity Futures Act. At this stage, the CMA is to be considered for consultation purposes only.
Condominium Insurance Consultation
The purpose of this consultation is to develop a better understanding of the issues that the condominium community is facing with respect to insurance in Ontario, including the definition of 'standard unit' under the Condominium Act, 1998 (Condo Act), obtaining and maintaining reasonable insurance coverage for condominium corporations, condominium insurance affordability and availability and any related building code issues.
Phase 2 Regulations -
Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 / Trust in Real Estate Services Act, 2020
On March 4, 2020, the Trust in Real Estate Services Act, 2020 (TRESA, 2020) received Royal Assent. TRESA, 2020 amends the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 (REBBA).
The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is consulting on the second phase of draft regulations required to bring the related legislative changes made by TRESA, 2020 into force. This posting is for the purposes of seeking feedback on proposed updates to four regulations under REBBA.
Naloxone in the Workplace Consultation
The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) is interested in receiving feedback and information on the issue of opioid use in the workplace, with a particular focus on facilitating access to naloxone in the workplace in order to reduce the risk of workplace-related deaths caused by opioid overdoses.
Eight Lamp Amber-Red Warning System for School Buses
On May 12, 2021 Private Members Bill 246 Safer School Buses Act, 2021 (PMB 246) received Royal Assent. PMB 246 amends the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) requiring all school buses manufactured on or after January 1, 2005 be equipped with the Eight Lamp Amber-Red Warning System. The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing to amend Regulation 612 School Buses to align with the amendments made the HTA.
Public consultation on new regulations to support the new Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires Act, 2020 (CUCPA 2020), a principles-based, modernized framework aiming to reduce burden and encourage innovation, while also improving consumer protection.
The Ministry of Finance is proposing new regulations under the Credit Unions and Caisses Populaire Act, 2020 (CUCPA 2020) that will modernize the regulatory framework, reduce burden, encourage innovation, and improve consumer protection.
Following a legislative review from 2018-2020, the CUCPA 2020 was passed as part of the Protect, Support and Recover from COVID-19 Act (Budget Measures), 2020. This posting includes proposed regulations that would support the implementation of the CUCPA 2020.