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.