College Board Chair Term Extensions
Amendments are proposed to enable the term of the Chair of the Board of Governors of the 24 publicly assisted colleges of applied arts and technology to be extended for a period of two years beyond the current limit of six years. Following the extension, the member would not be eligible for reappointment or re-election to the Board.
University Board Chair Term Extensions
Amendments are proposed to enable the term of the Chair of the Board of Governors of Ontario College of Art & Design University to be extended for a period of two years beyond the current limit of six years. Following the extension, the member would not be eligible for reappointment or re-election to the Board.
University Board Chair Term Extensions
Amendments are proposed to enable the term of the Chair of the Board of Governors of Nipissing University to be extended for a period of two years beyond the current limit of six years. Following the extension, the member would not be eligible for reappointment or re-election to the Board.
University Board Chair Term Extensions
Amendments are proposed to enable the term of the Chair of the Board of Governors of Université de l'Ontario français to be extended for a period of two years beyond the current limit of six years. Following the extension, the member would not be eligible for reappointment or re-election to the Board.
University Board Chair Term Extensions
Amendments are proposed to enable the term of the Chair of the Board of Governors of Université de Hearst to be extended for a period of two years beyond the current limit of six years. Following the extension, the member would not be eligible for reappointment or re-election to the Board.
University Board Chair Term Extensions
Amendments are proposed to enable the term of the Chair of the Board of Governors of Algoma University to be extended for a period of two years beyond the current limit of six years. Following the extension, the member would not be eligible for reappointment or re-election to the Board.
University Board Chair Term Extensions
Amendments are proposed to enable the term of the Chair of the Board of Governors of Northern Ontario School of Medicine University to be extended for a period of two years beyond the current limit of six years. Following the extension, the member would not be eligible for reappointment or re-election to the Board.
University Board Chair Term Extensions
Amendments are proposed to enable the term of the Chair of the Board of Governors of University of Ontario Institute of Technology to be extended for a period of two years beyond the current limit of six years. Following the extension, the member would not be eligible for reappointment or re-election to the Board.
Proposed Regulations under the Mining Act for Recovery of Minerals
The Ministry of Mines is seeking feedback on its proposed approach to regulating the recovery of minerals from tailings and other mine wastes in Ontario. This approach would be captured in a new regulation under the Mining Act, allowing Sections 152.1-152.7 of the Mining Act to come into force.
Consultation on Issues Related to Notices of Security Interest (NOSIs)
The ministry is seeking feedback from stakeholders, including consumers, businesses, law enforcement, and legal experts, on the current challenges and opportunities related to Notices of Security Interest (NOSIs), and to identify potential solutions that could enhance consumer protection and promote a fair and competitive economy.
Proposed regulatory amendments to encourage greater reuse of excess soil
The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 406/19 (the excess soil regulation) and the Rules for Soil Management and Excess Soil Quality Standards to encourage greater reuse of low-risk excess soils as part of a circular economy and to prevent usable soil from being disposed of in landfill.
Accelerated Apprenticeship Pathway Consultation
The Ministry of Education is launching consultations to receive feedback on possible models for an accelerated apprenticeship pathway, starting in Grade 11. This consultation is connected to, but separate from, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development's consultation on exploring the potential of lowering Academic Entry Requirements (AERs) for apprenticeship registration for trades set at a Grade 12 level.
Consultation on the Scope of the Resident Support Personnel Role in Long-Term Care
The Ministry of Long-Term Care ("the ministry") is continuing to fix the long-term care system so every resident experiences an optimal quality of life, supported by safe, quality care. This work is built on four pillars: staffing and care, quality and enforcement, building modern, safe and comfortable homes, and supporting the broader continuum of services for seniors.
Building on these strategic priorities, and focused on the staffing and care pillar, the ministry is seeking to better understand the scope of the resident support personnel role in long-term care homes, to inform future work and provide sector guidance.
Consultation on a draft regulation proposal to specify large project locate requests under the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012
The Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery (MPBSD) is developing a proposed regulation under the Ontario Underground Infrastructure Notification System Act, 2012 (the Act) that would extend the time limit for certain standard locate requests. A longer time limit is intended to address stakeholder concerns with meeting the standard locate time limit of five business days for large projects. A second regulatory phase would establish process obligations for excavators when submitting large project locate requests. The first phase is proposed to be in effect for the next dig season in May 2024 and the second phase to come into effect in early 2025.
Convenient Care at Home Act, 2023
The Ministry of Health (MOH) is proposing amendments to the Connecting Care Act, 2019 (CCA) to consolidate the fourteen Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) - known to the public as Home and Community Care Support Services organizations - into a single new service organization named Ontario Health atHome in English and Santé à domicile Ontario in French. The new organization would provide home and community care services, long-term care home and other placement management services, and information and referrals, and in time it would provide home care-related operational supports to health service providers (HSPs) and Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) across Ontario.
Proposed regulatory amendments under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005
The Ministry of Colleges and Universities is proposing a number of amendments to the General Regulation (O. Reg. 415/06) under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 to clarify and update operating requirements. The proposed amendments would clarify the refund provisions to provide more transparency to career colleges and students. The ministry is also proposing several other clarifications and wording updates to modernize the language concerning some requirements and improve understanding of O. Reg. 415/06.
The Education Act New Regulation: Director of Education Performance Appraisal
Amendments were made to the Education Act by the Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023 (the Act), which received Royal Assent on June 8, 2023. A key element of the changes is to ensure effective governance and leadership across all school boards including clear accountabilities and responsibilities for monitoring the performance of the Director of Education. To support this intent, the Ministry of Education (EDU) is consulting on a proposed new regulation that would provide for a clear, consistent and transparent performance appraisal process for Directors of Education.
Exploring changes to streamline the permit-by-rule framework
Ontario is exploring changes to streamline the permit-by-rule framework. This will help us propose improvements to the province's environmental permissions by moving more activities to permit-by-rule, while ensuring protection of the environment.
Further Reducing Barriers to Innovation
Following the passage of the Less Red Tape, Stronger Economy Act, 2023, the Ministry of Energy (ENERGY) is now proposing additional time-limited relief from legislative requirements for proponents to support the licence exemption powers of the OEB. If approved, this proposal, along with the OEB's new licence exemption powers, could enable proponents to run innovative pilots or demonstration projects that could benefit customers, the energy sector, and the broader economy and would support the province's energy transition to a more sustainable and clean energy future.
Proposed GO Transit Station Funding Act, 2023
The proposed GO Transit Station Funding Act, 2023, if passed, would create a new optional funding tool to allow municipalities to fund the design and construction of new GO stations and recoup the costs through a charge on new development within specified areas surrounding those new stations.
New Regulation under The Education Act: Schools on a Shared Site
The proposed regulation would set out any requirements that a school board must meet to acquire a school site for pupil accommodation where the site would be shared with an entity other than another school board, a municipality or child care centre.
To support this proposed regulation, the Ministry of Education is consulting on a new regulation to be made under subsection 195(1.6) of the Education Act (Act).
A Permanent Framework for Target Benefits
On March 15, 2023, the Ministry of Finance launched consultations on proposed regulations necessary for implementing a permanent target benefit framework in Ontario. The consultation closed on June 30, 2023. The government appreciates the comments and feedback it received.
In response to stakeholder feedback, a second paper is now posted for consultation, which includes a set of revised proposals and additional details.
Priorities for Training and Testing Regulation Amendment
The Ministry of Solicitor General invites feedback from security guards and private investigators, agencies, employers, training providers, and associations related to private security, on training for licensure and how it prepares individuals for the industry.
The purpose of this consultation is to inform potential regulatory changes that would ensure consistent high-quality training that is relevant to industry needs.
Regulatory Amendments to O. Reg 261/22 under the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act, 2006 (FARPACTA)
The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development is considering potential regulatory amendments to O. Reg 261/22 under FARPACTA that would prescribe criteria for alternatives to Canadian experience and update language proficiency testing requirements. This regulatory proposal is contingent on a legislative amendment to FARPACTA contained in the Working for Workers Act, 2023 (Bill 79) being passed by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, receiving Royal Assent, and coming into force, as introduced.
Major Case Management under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019
The Ministry of the Solicitor General (SOLGEN) is proposing the Major Case Management regulation under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019, that will ensure standardized information sharing inputs and mitigate against delays of crucial information to support the early detection of serial and predatory offenders, ultimately, supporting public safety.
Training under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019
The Ministry of the Solicitor General (SOLGEN) is seeking to: modernize the regulatory requirements related to police officer training; introduce regulatory requirements related to special constables training; and prescribe a timeline for members of a police service board, OPP detachment board, First Nation OPP board, or of a committee of any of the aforementioned boards to complete required training per section 35 (4).
Promoting Transit and Keeping Penalties off Rates
The Government of Ontario is committed to keeping energy rates low and predictable. The Ministry of Energy (ENERGY) is proposing a Minister's Regulation to reintroduce a prohibition on payments and charges specific to the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020 (BTFA) payable by electricity and gas distributors and transmitters from being recovered through rates.
The Local Services Board of Pellatt, Pelican, Umbach, Gidley - Request for the Power of Recreation
The LSB of Pellat, Pelican, Umbach, Gidley (LSB) currently provides fire protection services and emergency telecommunications services to its inhabitants and collects an annual fee to cover these operational costs. The LSB is requesting an amendment to Section 42(4) of Regulation 737 to include the power of recreation, which would allow it to contract for the use of recreation facilities or participation in programs of recreation; carry out programs of recreation; or acquire, establish, construct, operate and maintain recreation facilities, and may charge fees in respect of these programs and facilities.
Legislative review of the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 (PRCRA)
The Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 (PRCRA) came into force in 2018 and established the province's first-ever clear, consistent, and comprehensive set of standards to govern how police record checks are conducted and disclosed in Ontario.
Section 21 of the Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015 requires the Minister to review the legislation within five years of the act coming into force. The Ministry of the Solicitor General (SOLGEN) is now seeking input from the public as part of the five-year legislative review.
Summary of Proposed Legislative Changes to Strengthen Oversight of Children's Licensed Out of Home Care - Amendments to the CYFSA
The Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) is proposing to amend the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 (CYFSA) to improve the everyday experiences of children and young persons in licensed residential settings by strengthening monitoring and oversight of licensed settings, by enhancing timely access to health and safety risk information, and by increasing the suite of meaningful enforcement tools available to MCCSS when a licensed provider caring for vulnerable children and youth does not comply with licensing requirements.
Adequate and Effective Policing (General) Regulation under the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019
SolGen is seeking to modernize the regulatory framework for adequate and effective policing to provide greater quality and consistency in the delivery of police services across Ontario. The proposed general regulation sets out standards and procedures for the policing functions that are a part of adequate and effective policing under Crime Prevention; Law Enforcement; Maintaining the Public Peace; Emergency Response; Assistance to Victims of Crime; and any other prescribed policing functions. Other regulations deal with other specific requirements of adequate and effective policing.
Major Incident Response Plan
SolGen is seeking to replace the current Provincial Counter Terrorism Plan (PCTP) with a Major Incident Response Plan, which is intended to be broader in scope in that it would not solely be limited to acts of terrorism.
Consumer Protections Related to New Home Purchase Agreements and Price Escalations
The Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery is seeking input on: potential consumer protections related to purchase agreements, including a cooling-off period for new freehold home purchases, and a requirement that buyers receive legal advice on their purchase agreements for new homes; and ways to address issues consumers are experiencing with escalations in the price of new homes after they have already been purchased, including proposals to address price escalations.
Revisions to the Forest Manuals regulated under the Crown Forest Sustainability Act
We are proposing to amend Ontario Regulation 167/95 to revise the Forest Management Planning Manual (FMPM), Forest Information Manual (FIM), and Scaling Manual (SM) under the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. The proposed revisions to these manuals provide an opportunity to further modernize and streamline our business processes while continuing to provide for sustainability.
2023 Ontario Fire Code
The Ministry of the Solicitor General is seeking input on proposed changes to the Ontario Fire Code (OFC) for 2023. The approach for the 2023 OFC focuses on changes that:
• Improve harmonization with the 2020 National Fire Code;
• Align with recent changes to the Ontario Building Code;
• Strengthen fire safety by addressing known fire safety risks; and
• Address administrative, consequential, and minor technical amendments.
The government has committed to bringing into force an updated version of the Ontario Fire Code by March 2024, as part of efforts to reduce red tape and barriers through more coordinated development of construction codes at the federal and provincial/territorial levels.
A Permanent Framework for Target Benefits
The Ministry of Finance has launched its consultations on proposed regulations necessary for implementing a permanent target benefit framework in Ontario. This permanent framework would replace the temporary funding regulations currently in place for Specified Ontario Multi-Employer Pension Plans (SOMEPPs), which expire beginning in 2024.
The objective of the proposed permanent framework for target benefit pension plans is to strengthen governance, improve transparency and support long-term plan sustainability for plan members and employers through written policies, disclosures and funding requirements.
Regulations for consultation will be posted to this website in stages.
Temporary Fish Sanctuaries - Opinicon Lake and Charleston Lake
In co-operation with academia (Fisheries Conservation Foundation, Universities of Carleton, Illinois, Manitoba, and Queen's), the ministry is proposing to create temporary fish sanctuaries on Opinicon Lake and Charleston Lake for the 2024 and 2025 fishing season to support long-term bass nesting and population recruitment research.
A Proposal to Modernize the Veterinarians Act
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is consulting on a proposal for legislative changes to modernize the Veterinarians Act, to allow for legislation and regulations that are flexible, modern, and reflective of the current practice of veterinary medicine, including more current approaches to professional regulation and governance.
Proposed legislative amendments to the Building Broadband Faster Act, 2021 under the Less Red Tape, Stronger Economy Act, 2023
The Less Red Tape, Stronger Economy Act, 2023, if passed, would amend the Building Broadband Faster Act, 2021 (BBFA). The proposed legislative amendments to the BBFA would create regulation-making authority for the Minister of Infrastructure (Minister) to clarify existing BBFA requirements.
The Ministry of Infrastructure (MOI) is also proposing a technical housekeeping amendment to the definition of "proponent" in the BBFA.
A third update to the Building Broadband Faster in Ontario Guideline (Guideline) is proposed to provide greater clarity and improved guidance to broadband stakeholders.
MOI welcomes additional comments on the above proposals.
Modernizing Board Size Requirements for Mutual Insurance Companies
The Ministry of Finance, in consultation with the Ministry of Public and Business Service Delivery, is amending Subsections 165 (1) and (2) of Part V of the Corporations Act to remove requirements to constitute mutual insurance companies' boards in multiples of three, and to rather implement a requirement that mutual insurers have a Board ranging from a minimum of 6 directors to a maximum of 15 directors and make other complementary amendments as necessary. The Ministry is seeking input on the assessed impact of this change.
Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act Regulations
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing additional regulations to support the implementation of the Towing and Storage Safety and Enforcement Act (TSSEA). We are looking for your input on the proposed regulations before the TSSEA comes into effect.
If approved, the proposed additional requirements would be rolled out in in July 2023 (certificate fees) and January 2024 (other regulations)
Modernizing Private Career College Regulatory Requirements
The Ministry of Colleges and Universities is proposing amendments to Ontario Regulation 415/06 (General) under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 to:
1. reflect recent developments in online education; and
2. lay the groundwork for a strategic and streamlined approach to renewals of program approval.
Overtaking a Working Snow Plow
The Ministry of Transportation is proposing to amend the Highway Traffic Act to create an offence to prohibit the overtaking of snow plows in echelon formation on higher-speed, multi-lane highways unless a full lane is available to complete the manoeuver safely.
Advancing Innovation in Ontario's Energy Sector
The Government of Ontario is developing a safe, reliable, and affordable energy supply across the province. This includes fostering innovation to create opportunities to more efficiently generate, store, deliver and use electricity.
Proposed Legislative Amendments to the Trustee Act
The Ministry of the Attorney General is proposing to amend section 27.2 of the Trustee Act to clarify that investment managers, who have delegated authority to invest trust assets, may invest in investment funds such as mutual funds.
Keeping Penalties off Rates
The Government of Ontario is keeping energy rates low and predictable. The Ministry of Energy (ENERGY) is proposing a legislative amendment to the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998 (OEBA) that would, if passed, prohibit penalties or fines imposed under an Act and payable by an electricity or gas transmitter or distributor, as well as any other amounts that may be prescribed by regulation, from being recovered through their electricity or gas rates.
Recognizing Ontario's Career Colleges
The Ministry of Colleges and Universities is proposing amendments to the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 to:
1. change the name of the Act to the Ontario Career Colleges Act, 2005;
2. provide for formal legislated reviews of the Act every five years; and
3. establish the necessary authority for the ministry to refer outstanding administrative monetary penalties levied against illegal (unregistered) and non-compliant private career colleges to the Ministry of Finance for collection.
Ontario Regulation 429/04 Amendments
The Ministry of Energy (ENERGY) is proposing amendments to O. Reg. 429/04, Adjustments Under Section 25.33 of the Act, made under the Electricity Act, 1998 (the Regulation), the regulation that allocates Global Adjustment (GA) costs to electricity customers and sets out the rules for the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI). The proposed amendments are aimed at ensuring the Regulation fully reflects the policy intent and addresses the concerns of stakeholders identified by ENERGY.
A Proposal for the Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, 2023
The Ministry of Education is consulting on the Better Schools and Student Outcomes Act, that if passed, will amend the Education Act, Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996, College of Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007, and Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2001.
The Act, if passed, will help to re-focus Ontario's education system on student achievement, prioritizing hands-on learning and skills development in reading, writing and math, as well as continuing efforts to modernize our education system by unifying its focus on student achievement, putting highly qualified educators in the classroom and strengthening the voice of parents to enable students to succeed in life and work.
Transforming the way MTO pilots new micromobility vehicles on-road
It is the ministry's intent to continue to pilot new micromobility vehicles and to expand existing pilots when deemed appropriate and consistent with the ministry's road safety mandate. Furthermore, it is the ministry's desire to reduce regulatory burden where possible and streamline its existing micromobility regulatory approach.
The ministry is now proposing, as part of this regulatory registry, to regulate these multiple micromobility vehicles under one pilot regulation.
Self-serve lottery ticket terminals (SSTs) in retail locations
The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) plans to introduce self-serve lottery ticket terminals (SSTs) in retail locations across the province as a means to increase lottery sales and modernize practices as retailers and consumers move towards self-check out models of service.
National and Ontario Code Consultations on the 2025 National Construction Codes
Ontario's Building Code is a regulation under the Building Code Act, 1992 which sets out minimum administrative and technical requirements for new construction, renovation, and change of use of buildings. New editions or major amendments to Ontario's Building Code are generally released every five years to coincide with updates to the National Construction Codes.
Digital Platform Workers' Rights Act, 2022 - Regulations
The Digital Platform Workers' Rights Act, 2022 (DPWRA) was enacted in April 2022. It provides certain rights and protections to digital platform workers who provide ride share, delivery, or courier services for payment through the use of digital platforms.
The legislation is not yet in effect. Regulations are required to address certain matters under the Act before it can be proclaimed into force. The government is consulting on these proposed regulations.
Proposed modernization of the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) Act
The Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario Act dates to 1962 with few changes since that time. The ARIO Act has served ARIO, government and industry well, but does not expressly reflect current and future research and innovation needs. The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is proposing to modernize the ARIO Act which would help to ensure that the ARIO continues to be relevant today and serve the future needs of Ontario's agriculture sector. In addition to the proposed amendment to the Act, OMAFRA is proposed to amend O. Reg. 127/95 to update the definition of agricultural lands.
Consultation Paper on Modernizing the Consumer Protection Act, 2002
The ministry is re-engaging with stakeholders through a consultation paper that sets out proposals for reform to the Consumer Protection Act, 2002 grouped in two categories broad consumer protection and empowerment, and sector-specific protections. This paper builds on the consultation that occurred in 2020-21 and includes many of the proposals that were in the 2020 consultation paper. Some of the proposals from 2020 have been updated to reflect feedback from respondents to the previous consultation and new proposals are also included. The ministry is seeking feedback on whether these proposals are supported by consumers and businesses.
Changes to Panel Composition Requirements of the Law Society Tribunal
1. In certain proceedings before the Law Society Tribunal, an elected bencher lawyer is required to sit on the panel. It is proposed that this requirement be amended such that either an elected lawyer bencher or the Chair of the Tribunal are required to sit on those panels.
2. A motion in a Hearing Division proceeding may be heard by a one-person panel, unless a three-person panel is required. It is proposed that the requirement for a three-person motion panel in certain circumstances be replaced by the authority of the Tribunal Chair to decide whether a one-person or three-person panel should be assigned in each matter.
Air Brake Renewal Knowledge Test and Learning Modules
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing to introduce a digital learning module for air brake holders that may be completed as an alternative to the knowledge test currently required at time of renewal. The module can be accessed by drivers at any time, from any location, and will take about 30 minutes to complete. The learning module will be designed specifically for drivers and will focus on operational and practical knowledge a driver should have to operate a vehicle with air brakes.
Drivers will have the option to complete either the air brake learning module or the current air brake knowledge test; both will satisfy the knowledge renewal requirement.
Proposed Regulatory Amendments and Policy Directive to Strengthen Supports for Youth Leaving the Care of Children's Aid Societies
As part of the Child Welfare Redesign Strategy, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) has developed a new policy and program for youth transitioning from the care of children's aid societies. MCCSS is proposing to introduce regulatory amendments and issue a policy directive to hold children's aid societies clearly accountable for preparing youth to successfully exit their care and to introduce a new program for youth leaving care, to improve their long-term economic independence through life skills development, post-secondary education and pathways to employment.