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.
Geologic Carbon Storage in Ontario
The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking feedback on a discussion paper exploring possible legislative changes to remove barriers to the storage of carbon dioxide, which would enable the creation of a regulatory framework to govern this and other new technologies.
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.
Enabling the enforceability of the Building Broadband Faster Act Guideline
The Government of Ontario is committed to expediting the delivery of broadband projects to ensure every household and business in the province has access to high-speed internet by the end of 2025. The Ministry of Energy is proposing a regulatory framework to help ensure that electricity system assets can be used to achieve this goal.
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.