New Year Rings in Improved Services for Ontario Families
McGuinty Government Posts January 1 Regulation and Fees Changes, Increases Transparency
New changes to regulations and fees will protect services and help the province stay on track to balance the budget.
Regulation amendments coming into effect on January 1, 2013 include changes to:
- The Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act to include directors or office holders subject to the Act who received over $100,000 in the calendar year in per diems and/or other retainers to appear on the Sunshine List. The names, job titles and remuneration of these appointees will now be disclosed in the annual list.
- The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act to enable a 0.5 per cent increase to benefits for partially disabled injured workers in 2013 and 2014.
- The Environmental Protection Act to replace unnecessary Drive Clean tests with the new On-Board Diagnostic test standards.
- The Nutrient Management Act and Environmental Protection Act to support investment in composting infrastructure and promote diversion of organic waste.
- The French Language Services Act that will designate public service agencies such as community health centres and social service agencies as agencies that provide services in French -- these organizations asked for this designation.
There are also changes to fees for some services including; an increase in the cost for rental fees of communications towers on Crown lands, and fishing and hunting licence fees.
Announcing the regulation amendments and adjustments to fees is part of the McGuinty government's plan to increase transparency and get value for taxpayers' dollars while protecting the education and health care services Ontario families depend on.
- Both the Auditor General and the Drummond Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services recommended that where the Province charges a user fee for a service, that fee should recover the full cost of providing the service.
- Ontario delivers government services with the lowest per-capita number of provincial public servants.
- Since 2008, Ontario has eliminated over 80,000 regulatory requirements — a 17.2 per cent reduction — to make the province a more attractive place to do business.
“We’re continuing to work hard to protect the gains we have made in health care and education. Updating regulations and adjusting fees for some services helps ensure we stay on the right track for Ontario families.”