Regulatory Amendments pertaining to Practice of Professional Land Surveying

Regulation Number(s):
O. Regulation 1026 as amended by O. Regulation 218/10
O. Regulation 525/91 as amended by O. Regulation 219/10
O. Regulation 217/10 revoking O. Regulation 1028 under the Surveys Act
O. Regulation 216/10
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Three regulations under the Surveyors Act and one regulation under the Surveys Act.
Summary of Decision:
The following regulations were amended on June 07, 2010:

1. Reg 1026 entitled: General, under the Surveyors Act amended by O. Reg. 218/10

2. O. Reg. 525/91 entitled: Monuments, under the Surveyors Act amended by O. Reg. 219/10

3. O. Reg. 1028 entitled: “Ontario Coordinate System”, under the Surveys Act revoked by O. Reg. 217/10.

4. New regulation O. Reg. 216/10 created and titled “Performance Standards for the Practice of Professional Land Surveying” which contains new and revised elements of former O. Reg 42/96 (entitled “Performance Standards for the Practice of Cadastral Surveying”) and former O.Reg. 1028, (entitled “Ontario Coordinate System”).
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
August 17, 2010
Summary of Proposal:
Surveying is broad name given to a number of disciplines that measure the surface of the earth.
These include:
• Photogrammetry (surveying remotely from an airplane),
• Geodesy – science of the shape of the earth,
• Hydrography – surveying the floor/beds of lakes and rivers,
• Geographic information managers – who collate and analyze spatial information, and,
• Cadastral surveyors – who establish property boundaries on the ground, so land owners can understand what land they own.

The broad group is governed by the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS), a self governing profession under the Surveyors Act. The changes to the regulations have been requested by the Association. Section 7 of the Surveyors Act gives the association clear authority to create regulations.

The primary focus of the amendments is to improve the capacity of the AOLS to effectively manage the profession and remain current with industry changes and evolving technology. The amendments:

• Broaden practice standards beyond those requirements for cadastral surveyors (ie. the property surveyor) to other branches of surveying. All branches now adhere to a common set of practice standards for records keeping, reporting to client, the methods used to prepare a particular product or service, ensuring the public is served and protected.

• Establish integrated surveys based on an updated common geographic reference frame for Ontario surveys thus harmonizing the Ontario reference frame (coordinate system) with the national standard. The new reference frame will adopt a national standard and allow for the use of Global Positioning (GPS) techniques for precise locations.

• Allow for greater access to the profession from candidates outside of Canada by removing the requirement for Canadian citizenship or landed immigration status (in keeping with the Fair Access to the Regulated Professions Act).

• Allow for flexibility with respect to the types of survey monuments (property markers) used to define property corners. Currently metal property markers are used. The new regulations allow for a plastic property marker to be planted where there is risk of puncturing a gas line or other hazardous utility.

• Incorporate other administrative housekeeping changes such as allowing academics to join the Association, allowing retired members to vote, and modifying letterhead.
Contact Address:
Susan MacGregor
Ministry of Natural Resources
300 Water Street, P.O. Box 7000, Peterborough, ON
K9J 8M5
Royal Assent Date:
June 7, 2010