Regulation - LGIC

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) proposal to amend R.R.O 1990, Reg. 18 - General under the Agricultural Tile Drainage Installation Act (ATDIA).

Regulation Number(s):
R.R.O 1990, Reg.18
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Agricultural Tile Drainage Installation Act, R.S.O. 1990
Summary of Proposal:
The ATDIA regulates all aspects of the installation of agricultural drainage systems in Ontario. OMAFRA is responsible for administering the ATDIA.

OMAFRA conducts inspections and a Director appointed under the ATDIA is responsible for issuing three types of licences. They are: (1) businesses, (2) machines and (3) operators. Licence fees range from $5-$250.

•Machine and operator licences are renewed every 3 years on December 31 and range from $5-50. Licences have already been renewed for 2019-2020.
•Business licences expire annually on March 31 and are $250.
•There are also some smaller administrative fees ($5-10) related to licensing (e.g. transfer of a machine licence).

OMAFRA is proposing to amend Reg. 18 to remove all fees of $50 or less:
•Removal of the operator licence fee ($50)
•Removal of a fee for the operator to change or upgrade their licence class ($5)
•Removal of the operator examination fee ($5)
•Removal of a machine licence fee ($50)
•Removal of a fee to transfer a machine licence ($5)
•Removal of a machine licence fee for machines used for demonstration purposes only ($10)

There would be no change to the $250 business licence fee (annual licence renewal March 31).
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The proposed changes to Reg. 18 would result in a total burden reduction across all businesses and operators of approximately $9,000 per year. This includes the administrative cost savings associated with a business having to issue a cheque for this fee.

•Provincially licensed drainage businesses (approx. 100): Although they will still have to pay the $250 business licence fee, they would benefit from the elimination of the machine licence fee as they are the ones that also hold the machine licences (approx. 180 licences).

•Provincially licensed individual operators (approx. 400): Would benefit from the elimination of the operator licence fee.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
21-OMAFRA002
Posting Date:
January 22, 2021
Comments Due Date:
March 8, 2021
Contact Address:
Branch: Environmental Management Branch
Address: 1 Stone Road, Guelph, N1G 4Y2