Authorized Requester Program Legislation and Regulations
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Proposal:
The legislation along with the proposed regulations will provide the statutory authority for the Ministry's Authorized Requesters Program, under which personally identifiable driver and vehicle information may be disclosed to requesters under agreement specifying the uses which the information may be put.
Legislative and regulatory changes will achieve privacy protection for Ontario residents while providing critical information to Ontario businesses, much like other Canadian jurisdictions. Similar regulations have been implemented already in Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia.
The proposed changes will support transparency showing how and why we (the Ministry) share driver information with third parties. These regulations will provide stronger privacy protection for Ontarians by defining, personal information that can be disclosed, the types of purposes it will be disclosed for and provisions that must be included in Ministry agreements.
Implementation of the Authorized Requester Program regulations is part of a larger modernization initiative that will enable the programs users to access existing services and products in a more secure way, resulting in stronger privacy protection for Ontarians. These proposed changes will also provide 2,500 small and large Ontario businesses with critical information, that supports safer communities, assists in detecting fraud and helps the justice system work efficiently.
The ministry is seeking feedback from the public and businesses on any potential impacts associated with this proposal. Please provide your comments by April 17, 2021.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The implementation of the legislation and regulation will not result in any changes to the process Authorized Requesters currently follow to access the services or increase to the fees that are charged.
The public interest would not be well-served if businesses incur financial loss due to the inability to access personal driver and vehicle information necessary to carry out significant duties which would then be passed on to consumers in the form of increased costs for goods and services such as parking fees and insurance rates.
March 3, 2021
Comments Due Date:
April 17, 2021
87 Sir William Hearst Avenue, Rm 178