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.
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
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.
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.
Accelerating Broadband Deployment with Electricity System Assets
The Government is committed to expediting the delivery of broadband projects to ensure every household and business in Ontario has access to high-speed internet. The Ministry of Energy is proposing to further strengthen its regulatory framework to help ensure that electricity system assets can be used to achieve this goal.
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.
Proposed amendments to O.Reg 507/18 ("Broader Public Sector: Energy Reporting and Conservation and Demand Management Plans") under the Electricity Act, 1998
The Ministry of Energy is proposing changes to O.Reg 507/18, Ontario's energy reporting regulation for broader public sector organizations. These changes would streamline reporting and tracking of energy use by moving required energy reporting from the current SharePoint 2013 platform (that has reached the end of its life) to the widely used ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager electronic reporting system. Further changes would: phase in reporting of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions data to the previous calendar year (rather than two calendar years in the past) and update prescriptive elements of the regulation.