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.