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Provincial guidance for integrating watershed and subwatershed planning into land use planning is out of date, current guidance is from 1993.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.