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Ontario Regulations Coming into Force on January 1, 2013

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Ontario Regulations Coming into Force on January 1, 2013

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Summaries

1.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is amending a regulation under the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act to set Dec. 31, 2013, as the final date for farm businesses to obtain a Farm Business Registration Number this year. For all future years, the date will be August 31.

2.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs is bringing two regulations into force under the Animal Health Act. A reporting regulation will improve the province's ability to detect new and emerging animal and human health hazards. It specifies which diseases and other hazards must be reported by animal health laboratories to Ontario's Chief Veterinarian and which findings veterinarians must report in certain circumstances. The other regulation sets out a framework for compensation that may be paid by the minister to livestock and poultry owners whose animals might be ordered destroyed under the act.

3.

The Ministry of Community and Social Services is amending a regulation under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to add requirements to increase accessibility in public spaces. These would apply to the government, the broader public sector (e.g., universities, hospitals) and the private sector, with a phased implementation beginning in 2015 with the public sector.

4.

The Ministry of Community and Social Services is amending a regulation under the Ontario Disability Support Program Act and the Ontario Works Act to remove the Community Start-Up and Maintenance Benefit from social assistance regulations and transfer 50 per cent of its funding to the new Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative, as announced in the 2012 Budget. Ontario will provide one-time transitional funding of $42 million total to municipalities as they develop their new community homelessness prevention plans. Changes also would be made to exempt payments made to social assistance clients as income under the new initiative.

5.

The Ministry of Community and Social Services is amending a regulation under the Ontario Disability Support Program Act to remove the Home Repairs Benefit from the Ontario Disability Support Program.

6.

The Ministry of Community and Social Services is amending a regulation under the Ontario Works Act to retain authority to provide emergency hostel services by First Nations delivery agents.

7.

The Ministry of Community and Social Services is amending a regulation under the Services and Supports to Promote the Social Inclusion of Persons with Developmental Disabilities Act to deem named groups of individuals with developmental disabilities as eligible for ministry-funded adult developmental services.

8.

The Ministry of Energy is replacing a regulation under the Green Energy Act to establish or update minimum efficiency standards for 45 products and increase harmonization of Ontario's energy efficiency standards with national standards and other jurisdictions. Products affected include residential and commercial appliances, space and water heating, lighting, air conditioning, electronic equipment, industrial equipment and windows. The new regulation will save about 2.1 million MWh of electricity per year by 2030, equivalent to taking 200,000 homes off the grid, and also result in natural gas/oil savings (about 17 PJ/year by 2030), equivalent to the annual energy use of 156,000 homes.

9.

The Ministry of Finance is amending a regulation under the Assessment Act to implement amendments that were introduced under the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act. The amendments specify the criteria to exempt from property taxation certain non-burial activities taking place on cemetery sites.

10.

The Ministry of Finance is amending a regulation under the Assessment Act to clarify property assessment treatment for lots that are jointly owned by residential/cottage property owners for communal use. The regulation clarifies that the common lot should not be separately assessed, and that the value of the common lot should be incorporated into the value of the individual residential lots that are owned by the joint owners of the common lot.

11.

The Ministry of Finance is amending a regulation under the Assessment Act to set assessment and depreciation rates for the pipe line property class, for the taxation years 2013 to 2016.

12.

The Ministry of Finance is amending a regulation under the Assessment Act to prescribe regulated rates per acre for the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation to use to determine the assessed value of managed forests land.

13.

The Ministry of Finance is amending a regulation under the Education Act to set residential and business education tax rates for 2013.

14.

The Ministry of Finance is amending a regulation under the Pension Benefits Act to extend the valuation filing for Jointly Sponsored Pension Plans (JSPPs) from three to four years. This is part of the government's negotiated agreement with three JSPPs, reached in late October 2012. As part of the agreements, the government committed to providing these JSPPs with an extra year to file their next valuation report.

15.

The Ministry of Finance is amending a regulation under the Pension Benefits Act to keep the definition of "broader public sector" under the act. The change would keep the previous definition of a broader public sector entity that existed in the Financial Administration Act before amendments were made as part of the 2012 Budget, and allow the ministry to proceed with the third window of applications for boarder public sector pension plan solvency funding relief.

16.

The Ministry of Finance is amending a regulation under the Pension Benefits Act to allow private sector single employer pension plans to use letters of credit for up to 15 per cent of solvency deficiencies.

17.

The Ministry of Finance is amending a regulation under the Provincial Land Tax Act to establish the tax rates for 2013.

18.

The Ministry of Finance is amending regulations under the Municipal Act and City of Toronto Act to continue to provide municipalities with property tax flexibility related to tax ratios and the levy restriction.

19.

The Ministry of Finance is enacting a regulation under the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act to include directors or office holders of employers subject to the act who received over $100,000 in the calendar year in per diems and/or other retainers on the Public Sector Salary Disclosure list. The names, job titles and remuneration of these appointees will now be disclosed in the annual list.

20.

The Ministry of Finance is enacting new regulations under the Insurance Act, Automobile Insurance Rate Stabilization Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act to provide the Financial Services Commission of Ontario superintendent of financial services with the authority to impose administrative monetary penalties in the insurance sector. The new regulations provide for maximum penalty amounts of $200,000 for an insurer, corporate agent or entity, and $100,000 for an individual. The new regulations provide the superintendent with the authority to determine the amount of a penalty subject to criteria provided in the regulations.

21.

The Ministry of Finance is introducing a regulation that modifies the Ministry of Revenue Act to allow the finance ministry to consolidate and collect all provincial debts owed to the Crown, and review the use of tax collection tools on non-tax debt on behalf of the Ministry of Government Services and Ministry of Labour to improve efficiencies.

22.

The Ministry of Government Services is amending a regulation under the Business Regulation Reform Act to authorize programs provided under the Private Security and Investigative Services Act to use the provincial single business number for administrative purposes. This regulation is now also established in both French and English.

23.

The Ministry of Government Services is amending a regulation under the Highway Traffic Act to expand the scope of the signage requirement for accessible parking spaces to include any such spaces required by the regulations made by the Ministry of Community and Social Services under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to increase accessibility in public spaces.

24.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is amending a regulation under the Nursing Act to change the registration requirements for nurses and applicants. It would require members to declare, on an annual basis, whether they were engaged in the practice of the profession at any point in the previous three years. Nurse practitioners would also have to declare whether they had clinical practice experience in that time period.

25.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is seeking approvals to amend a regulation under the Health Insurance Act to make physician and lab services fee changes resulting from the new Ontario Medical Association Agreement. Upon filing, some of the fee changes would be retroactive to January 1, 2013.

26.

The Ministry of Labour is amending regulations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act to update listings and occupational exposure limits for certain substances. Changes are based on 2010 and 2011 limit consultations. Changes to the limits include:

  • The addition of critral and 2,4-Pentandedione to be regulated
  • Revisions to exposure limits or listings for 16 substances currently regulated
  • The withdrawal of the listings and specific exposure limits for soapstone (to be regulated as talc), tantalum, metal and total dust oxide (to be regulated as particles)
  • The addition of a specific listing and limit for methyl isocyanate to align with the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
  • The withdrawal of short-term exposure limits for 22 substances and the regulation of short-term exposures through the application of excursion limits.

27.

The Ministry of Labour is enacting a new regulation under 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.

28.

The Ministry of Labour is enacting a new regulation under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act requiring the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to be 60 per cent funded by end of 2017, 80 per cent funded by the end of 2022 and 100 per cent funded by the end of 2027.

29.

The Ministry of Labour is enacting a regulation under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act to make workers' compensation coverage mandatory for independent operators, sole proprietors, partners in a partnership, and executive officers of corporations in the construction industry. There will be an exemption for some of these individuals so they can opt out of Workplace Safety and Insurance Broad coverage (e.g. those who work exclusively in home renovations performed in an existing private residence).

30.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is amending a regulation under the Housing Services Act to exempt, as income, payments under the new Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative for the purposes of calculating a tenant's rent based on their monthly household income.

31.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is amending a regulation under the Housing Services Act to update the Household Income Limits (HILs) and associated High Need Income Limits (HNILs). Changes to HILs are technical matters to reflect information received from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. HILs are used, for example, to determine eligibility for rent geared to income assistance and eligibility for certain provincially funded programs.

32.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is amending a regulation under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to reflect that hunting is prohibited in Neys Provincial Park and limited to a smaller area within Mashkinonje Provincial Park.

33.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is amending a regulation under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to allow aquaculture licence holders to farm pacific white shrimp.

34.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is amending a regulation under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to ensure the boundaries of Bear Management Areas are outlined in bear licence agreements.

35.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is amending a regulation under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to ensure the boundaries of Registered Trapline Areas are outlined in trapping licence agreements.

36.

The Ministry of the Attorney General has provided for changes to a regulation under the Courts of Justice Act. It requires the completion of a mandatory settlement conference before the clerk may dismiss an action as abandoned. A settlement conference is a meeting between a deputy judge or Small Claims Court judge and the parties to an action to help resolve the dispute faster and assist the parties with preparation for trial.

37.

The Ministry of the Attorney General is amending a regulation under the Liquor Licence Act to allow liquor manufacturers, such as breweries and wineries, to establish financial relationships with licensed liquor delivery services, if it is for a charitable purpose. This change would make it easier for charities to use liquor home delivery as a fundraising tool, provided that certain requirements are met.

38.

The Ministry of the Attorney General is amending a regulation under the Ontario Public Guardian and Trustee Act to streamline most court payments for civil and most family and small claims court matters. The change would ensure that payments be made, held by, and paid out by the accountant of the Superior Court of Justice rather than by local courts. Amendments to the rules of civil procedure, rules of the small claims court and family law rules are also being made to implement this change.

39.

The Ministry of the Attorney General is amending a regulation under the Substitute Decisions Act to allow investigators from the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee to continue to access emergency and domiciliary hostel facilities when provincial funding programs for those facilities will be consolidated under the new Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative.

40.

The Ministry of the Attorney General is changing a regulation under the Courts of Justice Act to simplify the enforcement of family arbitrations.

41.

The Ministry of the Environment is amending a regulation under the Environmental Protection Act to replace Drive Clean tests with the new On-Board Diagnostic test standards.

42.

The Ministry of the Environment is amending a regulation under the Safe Drinking Water Act to rename hostels and emergency hostels to be consistent with the new Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative.

43.

The Ministry of the Environment is amending regulations under the Nutrient Management Act and the Environmental Protection Act to support investment in composting infrastructure and promote diversion of organic waste. This will provide municipalities with a new option for the management of biosolids and septage while reducing health risks and odour.

44.

The Ministry of the Environment is introducing a new regulation under the Environmental Protection Act that requires producers of pharmaceuticals and sharps (including syringes) to provide a collection system that is free and accessible for consumers to return their leftover products such as drugs and needles.

45.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is introducing a new regulation under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act that sets out how potential members may apply to be registered with the college. This change will also create two new classes of membership -- journeyperson candidates and tradespersons -- for the Ontario College of Trades.

46.

The Ministry of Transportation is amending a regulation under the Highway Traffic Act to extend the use of two-way radios for designated drivers in transport-related industries (e.g., school bus and taxi drivers, couriers) and public service workers (e.g., transit and highway maintenance workers) for five more years. In addition, the same extension will apply to amateur radio operators, who provide assistance in emergency situations such as severe storms and blackouts.

47.

The Ministry of Transportation is amending regulations under the Highway Traffic Act to allow York Region to establish a Red Light Camera Enforcement Program, which would enable the municipality to use photos from red light cameras to issue traffic violation notices.

48.

The Ministry of Transportation is amending regulations under the Highway Traffic Act to enable gradual fee increases until 2015 for:

  1. Issuing permits for moving heavy vehicles, loads and objects
  2. Issuing vehicle permits and plates
  3. Issuing replacement permits and plates for trailers if they are lost or destroyed
  4. Registering new snowmobiles
  5. Issuing permits and plates for off-road vehicles.

49.

The Office of Francophone Affairs is amending a regulation under 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 to be designated as agencies that provide services in French.

50.

The Ontario Seniors' Secretariat is amending a regulation under the Retirement Homes Act to maintain the exclusion of domiciliary hostels and emergency hostels from the definition of a "retirement home" under new Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative.

51.

The Ontario Seniors' Secretariat is enacting part of a regulation under the Retirement Homes Act to update requirements related to care standards, safety plans, assessment and care plans for new residents and staff training.


Ontario Fees Coming into Force on January 1, 2013


Summaries

1.

The Board of Funeral Services, as authorized by the Ministry of Consumer Services, will increase licensing fees for the funeral, burial and cremation sector. For example:

  1. The annual cost to renew a business licence will increase from a current flat fee of $200 plus a $12 per call fee to a flat fee of $200 plus a $14 per call fee.
  2. The annual cost to renew a licence to operate a transfer service will increase from a current flat fee of $200 plus a $12 per call fee to a $200 flat fee plus a $14 per call fee.

2.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is increasing camping fees to cover increased costs for utilities such as electricity, fuel, sanitation, maintenance, waste management, enforcement and wages. For the 2013 season, camping fees will increase between 98 cents to $1.60 per night, depending on the type of campsite requested (regular site, site with electrical outlets, premium site).

3.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is increasing fishing licence fees and hunting fees for Ontario residents and non-residents. The amount of the increase depends on the type of licence purchased. The increases range from 25 cents for a Resident One Day Sport Fishing License to $10 for a Non-Resident Moose Licence. Fees charged for hunting and fishing licenses are used for fish and wildlife management purposes only.

4.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is increasing rental fees for communications towers on crown lands by 1.7 per cent. These fees are updated every five years.

5.

The Ministry of Natural Resources is increasing rental rates for utility corridor businesses occupying crown land ranging from $42 to $160 per hectare depending upon the location and extent of their occupations. These rates are reviewed and updated every five years to reflect current market value.

6.

The Ministry of Transportation is increasing permit, registration, validation and plate fees as follows:

  1. Permit fees for oversize/overweight vehicle trips will increase from $50 to $65 for minimum permits and from $500 to $700 for maximum permits. The fees were last increased in 1998.
  2. The fee for trailer registration will increase from $35 to $40. The fee was last increased in 1993.
  3. Validation fees for farm vehicles will increase from $81 to $93 for the minimum weight category and from $641 to $737 for the maximum weight category. The fees were last increased in 1988.
  4. Special permit fees will increase from $15 to $17 for passenger vehicles, trailers and unladen commercial vehicles; from $75 to $86 for laden commercial vehicles; and from $132 to $152 for combination commercial vehicles. The fees were last increased in 1993.
  5. The fee for getting replacement plates and permits for trailers that are lost or destroyed will increase from $20 to $23. It was last increased in 1993.
  6. The fee for registering a snowmobile will increase from $30 to $31. It was last increased in 1993.
  7. The fee for registering an off-road vehicle will increase from $35 to $36. It was last increased in 1993.

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