Act

Proposed amendments to the Professional Foresters Act

Regulation Number(s):
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Instrument Type:
Act
Bill or Act:
Professional Foresters Act
Summary of Decision:
The amendments to the Professional Foresters Act, 2000 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 Professional Foresters Act will improve the delivery of professional forestry in Ontario by better defining the scope of practice of professional forestry.

The purpose of the Professional Foresters Act is to regulate the practice of professional forestry and provide the Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA) the ability to govern its members in accordance with the Act, the regulation and the by-laws in order that the public interest may be served and protected.

The changes will enhance the ability to the OPFA to provide oversight of its members by adding clarity to the practice of foresters, while limiting the potential impacts to other natural resource professionals (e.g., arborists) and municipal delivery of forest management programs and services.

Analysis of regulatory impact:

There will be no direct cost savings and no direct financial impacts to businesses as a result of the Professional Foresters Act amendments.

There are no new administrative costs to regulated entities, as previously identified by the Regulatory Impact Analysis for the Professional Foresters Act amendment. No new administrative costs were identified for any of the amendments through the consultation period.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
There will be no direct cost savings and no direct financial impacts to businesses as a result of the proposed Professional Foresters Act amendments.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
21-MNRF025
Posting Date:
October 7, 2021
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry (NDMNRF) is proposing to amend the Professional Foresters Act to reduce red-tape.

Changes to the Professional Foresters Act will improve the delivery of professional forestry in Ontario by better defining the scope of practice of professional forestry.

The purpose of the Professional Foresters Act is to regulate the practice of professional forestry and provide the Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA) the
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