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.