Amendment to Section 10 within Ontario Regulation 167/95 pertaining to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act
Ontario Regulation 167/95
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Crown Forest Sustainability Act
Summary of Decision:
The proposal was implemented by an amendment to O. Reg. 167/95 by O. Reg. 186/07. The regulation was filed by the Registrar of Regulations on May 4, 2007 and was published in the Ontario Gazette on May 19, 2007.
October 4, 2006
Summary of Proposal:
An amendment to Ontario Regulation 167/95 under the Crown Forest Sustainability Act is needed to enable the Minister, at his discretion, to require a licence holder to obtain certification of its forest operations.
There is growing international pressure to ensure that forest products are manufactured from sustainably managed forests. These practices are assessed by independent third party certification organizations using internationally recognized standards. Such standards include, for example, the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) National Boreal Standard, the American Forest and Paper Association's Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Sustainable Forest Management program.
In April 2004 (and confirmed publicly in March 2006), the Minister announced that it would be Ontario's intent to require all sustainable forest licence holders be certified to an accepted performance standard by the end of 2007. Currently approximately 60% of Ontario's managed Crown forests have been certified as a result of voluntary actions of forest companies operating within this province. However, to enable the Minister to have discretionary authority to require forest certification on the balance of the sustainable forest licences in Ontario in a timely manner, an amendment to section 10 of Ontario Regulation 167/95 is needed.
Greg Pawson, R.P.F., Provincial Forest Monitoring Specialist
MNR Forest Management Branch
Roberta Bondar Place, 70 Foster Drive Suite 400
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, P6A 6V5
PHONE: (705) 945-5734 FAX: (705) 945-6605
May 4, 2007