Act

Proposed amendments to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act to Reduce Red-Tape for the harvest of Crown forest resources for personal use

Regulation Number(s):
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Instrument Type:
Act
Bill or Act:
Crown Forest Sustainability Act, 1994
Summary of Decision:
The amendments to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act, 1994 proposed by the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) have been passed with the Supporting People and Businesses Act 2021.

Changes to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act will enable us to develop a streamlined authorization approach for the harvest of Crown forest resources for personal, non-commercial use (e.g., firewood, building products, and Christmas trees).

Currently, the licensing requirements to harvest Crown forest resources for personal, non-commercial use are the same as the licensing requirements for industrial or commercial use. The changes to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act provide the ability to develop a new, streamlined authorization and regulations for the harvest of Crown forest resources for personal, non-commercial use. This will make the approval process easier for clients, forest industry and government.

Analysis of regulatory impact

The amendment is focused on personal use, non-commercial authorizations. The Crown Forest Sustainability Act amendments are enabling and do not have a direct regulatory or financial impact to businesses.

There are no new administrative costs to regulated entities, as previously identified by the Regulatory Impact Analysis for the Crown Forest Sustainability amendments. No new administrative costs were identified for any of the amendments through the consultation period.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
This proposal is focused on personal use, non-commercial authorizations. The proposed Crown Forest Sustainability Act amendments are enabling and do not have a direct regulatory or financial impact to businesses.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
21-MNRF024
Posting Date:
October 7, 2021
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) is proposing to amend the Crown Forest Sustainability Act to reduce red-tape. Changes to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act will enable us to develop a streamlined authorization approach for the harvest of Crown forest resources for personal, non-commercial use (e.g., firewood, building products, and Christmas trees).
Currently, the licensing requirements to harvest Crown forest resources for personal, non-commercial use are the same as the licensing requirements for industrial or commercial use.
We are proposing changes to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act to give us the ability to develop a new, streamlined authorization and regulations for the harvest of Crown forest resources for personal, non-commercial use. This will make the approval process easier for clients, forest industry and government.

Future regulatory changes that may be environmentally significant will be posted on the Environmental Registry of Ontario for consultation.
Contact Address:
Amanda McLachlan
Crown Forests and Lands Policy Branch
Roberta Bondar Pl Suite 400,
70 Foster Dr,
Sault Ste Marie, ON P6A 6V5
Effective Date:
December 2, 2021
Decision:
Approved