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 Decision:
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is eliminating fees of $50 or less in R.R.O 1990, Regulation 18 - General made under the Agricultural Tile Drainage Installation Act. The amendments will save businesses the cost of these fees, including the administrative cost savings associated with issuing a cheque for the fees. The regulatory amendments support the government's commitment to reduce burden and to make it easier for businesses to operate in Ontario.

The amendments being made to Reg. 18 have not been modified from the regulatory proposal as posted for consultation. Most comments were supportive or neutral. No changes to the proposal were suggested by stakeholders.

This amendment comes into effect on July 1, 2021.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The regulatory change will impact 519 entities in Ontario that are in the business of drainage systems installation, maintenance and repair.

The average present value ongoing compliance costs savings for drainage businesses and operators impacted by the proposed regulatory changes are expected to be $126,000 over the 10-year horizon (discounted value). Therefore, the average annual present value compliance cost-savings is $12,600. There are no new administrative costs for businesses associated with regulatory change.

Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
January 22, 2021
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).
Contact Address:
Branch: Environmental Management Branch
Address: 1 Stone Road, Guelph, N1G 4Y2

Effective Date:
July 1, 2021