Proposed modernization of the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO) Act

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg. 127/95
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario Act
Summary of Decision:
Bill 155, Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario Amendment Act, 2024
received Royal Assent on April 25, 2024. The amendments to the Act will come into effect upon proclamation. O. Reg. 127/95 - Agricultural Lands - was not amended.

The Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario has played a valuable role in furthering the agricultural industry in Ontario. The Government of Ontario believes that the amendments in this Act, including the renaming of the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario as Agricultural Research and Innovation Ontario, will further Ontario's commitment to excellence in agriculture, food processing and the development of agricultural and food technology.

The amendments in Bill 155 will facilitate the pursuit and commercialization of high-impact research and innovation, the management of properties for agriculture and food research, the cultivation of strategic relationships and the growth of the agriculture and food sectors. Emerging crop and livestock sectors and new technologies stand to benefit from such areas of research.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The proposed amendments are enabling only, therefore there are no anticipated costs or cost-savings associated with the proposed amendments.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
March 15, 2023
Summary of Proposal:
The Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario Act was created in 1962 to establish the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario (ARIO). The ARIO is a board-governed agency that reports to the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The ARIO Act provides the framework for the powers, responsibilities, legal authority, and the duties of the ARIO. Few changes have been made to the Act and it has served ARIO, government and industry well, but does not expressly reflect current and future research and innovation needs.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is proposing to modernize the ARIO Act.

If passed by the Legislature, a modernized act could include:
o Broadening the mandate and updating language to reflect today's research and innovation needs;
o Removing outdated references that may limit areas and scope of research;
o Eliminating overly prescriptive administrative and operational provisions;
o Updating governance provisions.

Please see the Proposal to Modernize the ARIO Act discussion paper in the link below which outlines the proposed changes.

In addition to the proposed amendments to the ARIO Act, OMAFRA is proposing to amend O. Reg. 127/95 to update the definition of agricultural lands.
Contact Address:
Research and Innovation Branch
1 Stone Road, Guelph, ON
Royal Assent Date:
April 25, 2024