Ontario Regulations Coming into Force on July 1, 2013
The following Ontario regulations will be in effect as of July 1, 2013.
- The Ministry of Agriculture and Food is amending a regulation under the Bees Act to add certain diseases and pests to the designated list that beekeepers must report for inspection purposes. This will help control and manage the spread of disease and pests within the province and support the movement of bee colonies to other jurisdictions.
- The Ministry of Agriculture and Food is amending a regulation under the Farm Products Marketing Act to create a marketing board for all growers of white and coloured beans. A complementary regulation will also allow the board to establish producer license fees.
- The Ministry of Agriculture and Food is amending a regulation under the Farm Products Marketing Act to add Spanish-type onions used to make onion rings to the list of processing vegetables that are subject to a regulated marketing plan.
- The Ministry of the Attorney General is amending a regulation under the Commissioners for Taking Affidavit Actthat will make licensed paralegals commissioners for taking affidavits without having to apply. A commissioner for taking affidavits is a person who can legally administer an oath, affirmation or declaration that can be used as evidence in court.
- The Ministry of the Attorney General is amending a regulation under the Provincial Offences Act that will create short-form wordings for new parking offences in the Niagara Parks. The short-form wordings will allow parking tickets to be issued for these new offences.
- The Ministry of Community and Social Services is amending a regulation under the Ontario Disability Support Program Act to align social assistance rates with the increase to the Ontario Child Benefit confirmed in the 2013 Budget bill.
- The Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment is bringing amendments into force under the Development Corporations Act, that will dissolve the Ontario, Eastern Ontario and Northern Ontario Development Corporations, three ministry agencies. These three ministry agencies have been inactive for a number of years.
- The Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment is repealing a regulation under the Development Corporations Act,which required the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council for certain loans and guarantees. This repeal is part of amendments to the Development Corporations Act that will dissolve the Ontario, Eastern Ontario and Northern Ontario Development Corporations, three ministry agencies.
- The Ministry of Energy is bringing a regulation into force under the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998, to require local distribution companies to change the way that Line Loss (power which is lost as the utility distributes it along its wires) is presented on the consumer's bill to align with requirements of Measurement Canada. There will be no additional charges for ratepayers.
- The Ministry of Energy has passed an amendment to the regulation governing the Global Adjustment made under the Electricity Act, 1998, which is designed to grandfather the "Class A" treatment of certain large consumers where they participate in prescribed conservation programs. This grandfathering treatment would end on June 30, 2016.
- The Ministry of the Environment is amending a regulation under the Consolidated Hearings Act that will make it mandatory to combine Aggregate Resources Act and Niagara Escarpment Planning and Development Act hearings if they are related to the same project.
- The Ministry of Finance is bringing into force a regulation under the Taxation Act, 2007, to increase the threshold to receive annual Ontario Trillium Benefit payments. Benefit entitlements of $360 or less will now be paid as lump sums beginning in July 2013. Previously, entitlements of $240 or less were paid as lump sums. Entitlements of more than $360 will continue to be paid in monthly instalments.
- The Ministry of Finance is bringing in a new regulation requiring packages of cigarettes and packages of fine cut tobacco manufactured after June 30, 2013, to be marked with the Ontario-adapted federal stamp, rather than the yellow tear tape, to indicate that Ontario tobacco tax has been accounted for.
- The Office of Francophone Affairs is amending a regulation under the French Language Services Act that will designate Collège de Hearst, Sturgeon Falls Family Resource Centre and Valoris for Children and Adults of Prescott-Russell as agencies that provide services in French. These organizations asked to be designated as agencies that provide services in French.
- The Ministry of Government Services is amending a regulation under the Business Regulation Reform Act to allow the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Transportation to adopt the Canada Revenue Agency's Single Business Number and join the Ontario Business Directory. This will simplify how businesses work with government by enabling them to enter their information once.
- The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is amending regulations under both the Health Insurance Act and the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, to update the co-payment amount charged to public hospital chronic care patients and long-term care home residents, which contribute to the cost of meals and accommodation, to keep pace with inflation.
- The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is revoking the regulation under the Development Corporations Act that established the agency Echo: Improving Women's Health in Ontario. This regulation established Echo as a corporation, but since a new program was introduced to streamline women's health research, the work of Echo is no longer needed.
- The Ministry of Natural Resources has amended a regulation under the Endangered Species Act that will streamline its approach to species at risk protection by implementing standardized rules and an online registry for certain low-risk activities. The changes include making it easier for volunteers and researchers to undertake projects that protect endangered species, simplifying requirements for municipalities to carry out activities that protect human health and safety such as road repairs, and a time-limited transition provision that will allow projects currently in development to continue while mitigating adverse effects on endangered species.
- The Ministry of Natural Resources has amended four regulations under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act that will reduce burdens on individuals and businesses engaged in certain low-risk activities related to hunting, protection of property, possession, buying and selling of wildlife, and keeping wildlife in captivity. These changes include reducing the administrative burden for groups to serve fish or wild game at charitable events and eliminating the need for residents to obtain an export permit to take some harvested big game species out of Ontario. In addition, a consequential amendment is being made by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to align the Food Premise Regulation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act with these changes.
- The Ministry of Research and Innovation is bringing into force the Research Foundation Repeal Act, 2012, which will dissolve ORTECH Corporation, formerly the Ontario Research Foundation. The agency has been inactive for a number of years.
- The Ontario Seniors' Secretariat is bringing in changes under the Retirement Homes Act to further safeguard seniors living in retirement homes including new measures that:
- Require additional training for direct care staff, which includes training on abuse prevention, mental health issues, and behaviour management on an ongoing basis - at least annually;
- Ensure volunteers are trained on the home's emergency plan, infection prevention and control program and policy to promote zero tolerance of abuse and neglect of residents;
- Require homes to establish a trust account for any money that they hold on behalf of residents.
- The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities is bringing into effect a new regulation that will prescribe a list of personal information regarding students and graduates that private career colleges must provide to the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges, to allow for the calculation of Key Performance Indicators for Ontario's vocational programs.
- The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport amended a regulation in the Provincial Offences Act to align with the creation of new parking offences within the Niagara Parks Commission.
Ontario Fees Coming into Force on July 1, 2013
The following fees will be in effect as of July 1, 2013.
- The Ministry of Agriculture and Food is amending a regulation under the Farm Products Payments Act to change fees payable to the Grain Financial Protection Board. Fees payable by soybean producers would increase from $0.02 per tonne to $0.10 per tonne and fees payable by wheat producers would decrease from $0.10 per tonne to $0.05 per tonne.
- The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is amending a regulation under the Niagara Parks Act to update sight-seeing vehicle licence fees.
- The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will introduce a new fee to allow for full in-year cost recovery from private career colleges for all costs related to the calculation of Key Performance Indicators in the private career college sector.