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Regulation and Fee Changes Coming Into Force January 1, 2017

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Regulation and Fee Changes Coming Into Force January 1, 2017

Office of the Premier

The following legislation and regulation changes will come into effect on January 1, 2017, listed alphabetically by responsible ministry:

Accessibility Directorate of Ontario

New requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act: 

  • Transportation Standards: Using automated electronic announcements that are both audible and visual, trains and motor coaches must make sure passengers are aware of the route, direction, destination or next major stop before they board and while the vehicle is in operation
  • Information and Communications Standards: Small businesses and non-profit organizations must make their public information accessible, when asked
  • Employment Standards: Small businesses and non-profit organizations must make their HR practices accessible
  • Design of Public Spaces Standards: Large businesses and non-profit organizations must make their new or redeveloped public spaces accessible. This includes areas such as parking lots, play spaces and service counters.

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

As part of the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan, amendments to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act and the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 require all publicly assisted colleges and universities, and private career colleges, to have a sexual violence policy in place by January 1, 2017. These policies must have been developed with student involvement, and they must be reviewed at least every three years. This is part of the government's plan to build a province where everyone is free from the threat of sexual violence and harassment.

Regulations under the Private Career Colleges Act are being amended to enhance oversight of private career colleges (PCCs). The regulations will remove administrative barriers in the sector, improve sector oversight and student protections, and strengthen quality assurance by:

  • Ensuring students get their tuition refunded or training completed should their PCC close before their program is complete
  • Adding to the list of required terms in student contracts; requiring instructors to have recent experience; clarifying advertising requirements; and bringing up to date references to the recently revised 2016 National Occupation Code (NOC)
  • Prescribing the required elements of sexual violence policies and requirements relating to publication and training.

A new regulation under the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act is coming into effect to prescribe the required elements of sexual violence policies, requirements for the development and approval process for the policies, and requirements relating to publication and training.

Ministry of the Attorney General

To support implementation of the All Families Are Equal Act, 2016, amendments are being made to ensure that children are treated the same, regardless if they were conceived through assisted reproduction or sexual intercourse, or if they were adopted:

  • The parentage rules in the Children's Law Reform Act are being amended to recognize the legal status of all parents, whether they are LGBTQ2+ or straight, and whether their children were conceived with or without assistance
  • The Child Support Guidelines regulation under the Family Law Act is being amended to update language in the guidelines by changing a reference from "a natural parent or adoptive parent of the child" to "a parent of the child as set out in section 4 of the Children's Law Reform Act"
  • The definition of birth parent is also being changed for purposes of the Child and Family Services Act, to align with the Children's Law Reform Act
  • The Legislation Act, 2006, is being amended to ensure that gender-specific terms used in legislation refer to a person's gender, rather than their biological sex
  • The Family Law Act, the Parental Responsibility Act, 2000, and the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 are being amended to ensure that children conceived through assisted reproduction are treated the same as children who are adopted, or who were conceived through sexual intercourse
  • The Succession Law Reform is being amended to allow a child who is conceived through assisted reproduction after the death of their parent to inherit and seek support from their deceased parent's estate, if the child is born within three years of their deceased parent's death.

Ministry of Community and Social Services

As part of Ontario's ongoing work to combat child poverty, the province is ending the clawback of child support payments from social assistance. This will help increase incomes for families who receive both social assistance and child support as, currently, child support payments are treated as income and deducted dollar-for-dollar from benefits.

  • Beginning January 1, a regulatory change to the Ontario Disability Support Program Act will mean that payments for child support, the Canada Pension Plan Orphan Benefit and Quebec Pension Plan Orphan Pension will no longer be counted as income for Ontarians who are part of the Ontario Disability Support Program
  • The same changes for Ontario Works recipients will come into force on February 1.

Together, these changes will help increase the monthly income of almost 19,000 families across both social assistance programs, most of whom are single-parent households. 

Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

The arbitrary collection of identifying information by police, often referred to as carding or street checks, will be prohibited by regulation. The regulation will also:

  • Set clear and consistent rules for a range of voluntary police-public interactions where police are seeking to collect identifying information
  • Establish new training, data management, reporting and other requirements in relation to the collection of this information
  • Be mandatory for all police services. 

Ministry of Education

Regulations under the Child Care and Early Years Act are being amended to:

  • Remove a transition regulation that carried over the long-standing policy that exempts children's recreation service providers recognized under Regulation 797 of the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation Act from being licensed; any program under this transitional exemption will now require a licence if it does not meet the exempt or excepted circumstances set out in the act or its regulations
  • Add new administrative penalty amounts for contraventions related to:
    - Exceeding the permitted number of children on site
    - Serious occurrence reporting
    - Administration of medications
  • Require child care licensees to obtain an offence declaration from each individual who provides care or services to a child at the child care centre -- but who is not an employee, volunteer or student (such as special needs consultants), or an attestation from the individual's employer, or from the person or entity who retained the individual's services, stating that:
    - The employer has obtained a Vulnerable Sector Check
    - The check was performed in the past five year
    - The check did not list convictions for offences under the Criminal Code 
  • Require before- and/or after-school programs to include at least 30 minutes of outdoor time every day
  • Ensure that every licensee with a waiting list develops written policies and procedures that:
    - Clearly explain how children on a wait list are offered admission
    - Ensure a child's wait list status is made available to families, and in a manner that protects the confidentiality of their personal information.

Ministry of Energy

Under the Electricity Act, Ontario is expanding the Industrial Conservation Initiative (ICI) to help reduce cost pressures on the electricity system and enable more consumers to reduce their electricity bill by up to one-third. The ICI provides a strong incentive for large electricity consumers to reduce their electricity consumption during peak periods. With this change, ICI eligibility will include all electricity consumers and market participants with an average monthly peak demand greater than one megawatt. About 300 businesses are already utilizing ICI to achieve electricity savings, and with these changes more than 1,000 new businesses are estimated to be eligible. 

The Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016 will reduce electricity costs by rebating an amount equal to the eight per cent provincial portion of the HST for about five million residential consumers, farms and small businesses -- representing an average savings of about $130 annually, or $11 per month, for a typical residential consumer. Regulations will support the implementation of the rebate, including payment flows, how the rebate will be shown on invoices and requirements to provide informational bill inserts in envelopes. Under the Ontario Energy Board Act, eligible rural electricity ratepayers will receive additional relief, decreasing total electricity bills by an average of $540 per year, or $45 per month.

A change under the Electricity Act will complete the integration of all of Ontario's local distribution companies into the provincial shared smart meter data repository -- the MDMR -- by September 30, 2017. Consolidating all smart meter data into the MDMR reduces duplication in the sector and maximizes the value of the central database. 

Under the Energy Consumer Protection Act, changes to a regulation will provide better protection for consumers entering into an energy contract with a retailer. These include new rules governing permissible marketing at the home of a consumer, improved cancellation provisions including no penalty for up to 30 days after the second billing period, reduced maximum cancellation fees and remuneration rules for sales agents selling energy contracts.

A change under the Ontario Energy Board Act will support the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) in implementing pilot programs to test different time-of-use pricing plan options for residential and small business customers. The pilots could help inform future OEB decisions about potential new innovative pricing options. 

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

To improve the quality of drinking water in Ontario and ensure that Ontario remains a leader in drinking water protection, new amendments under the Safe Drinking Water Act will strengthen existing standards for benzene, carbon tetrachloride and vinyl chloride, and adopt new standards for chlorate, chlorite and 2-Methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (MCPA). It will also require owners/operators of regulated residential drinking water systems to start sampling and testing haloacetic acids (HAAs), common by-products of water chlorination, on a quarterly basis.

New amendments to the Cap and Trade Program Regulation will include adding new rules and clarifying existing rules related to the distribution of allowances free of charge, supporting further alignment with the Western Climate Initiative, and clarifying technical and administrative requirements of the program.

An amendment to the Ethanol in Gasoline regulation will expand the definition of cellulosic ethanol (CE) to include CE derived from organic material remaining in municipal solid waste after diversion programs. This will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by incenting the use of material that would otherwise be sent to landfill. The amendment will also update fuel standards references to align with the most current Canadian standards and remove some expired exemptions. 

The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority is required to develop and submit a business plan to the minister detailing implementation plans for the fiscal year at least 90 days before the beginning of the fiscal year. This requirement, which is set out in the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 will be proclaimed in force on January 1, 2017. The Authority is an independent non-Crown oversight body that oversees compliance and enforcement of resource recovery and waste diversion requirements under Ontario's new producer responsibility regime. 

Ministry of Finance

Ontario will help more people purchase their first home by doubling the maximum Land Transfer Tax (LTT) refund for eligible first-time homebuyers to $4,000. The increase will mean that eligible homebuyers in Ontario would pay no LTT on the first $368,000 of the cost of their first home.

LTT is payable on the purchase of any land in Ontario and is generally based on the purchase price. The government is proposing to modernize LTT rates to reflect the current real estate market. With regulatory amendments to the Land Transfer Tax Act, the government is increasing the LTT:

  • From two per cent to 2.5 per cent for one or two single-family residences, such as detached and semi-detached homes, townhomes and condominiums on the portion above $2 million
  • From 1.5 per cent to two per cent for all other types of property, such as commercial, industrial, multi-residential and agricultural properties on the portion above $400,000.

A regulatory change under the Employer Health Tax Act will codify a preferential administrative practice and will end practices that allow multiple exemptions at a single qualifying location of a registered charity. The changes will:

  • Provide one exemption for each qualifying location of a registered charity
  • Clarify that registered charities are exempt from the association rules for claiming the exemption
  • Waive the requirement for registered charities to enter into and file an Associated Employers Exemption Allocation Agreement.

Regulatory amendments under the Pension Benefits Act will help facilitate the establishment of pension advisory committees that allow members and pensioners to monitor their pension plans.

Under the Taxation Act, Ontario is ending the Children's Activity Tax Credit and the Ontario Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit. 

Regulatory changes under the Assessments Act will establish a new landfill property class and prescribe the assessment methodology used to value landfills for property tax purposes.

Housekeeping regulation changes under the Securities Act will come into force, including updating provisions relating to over-the-counter trading and electronic filing, updating or revoking obsolete provisions and making relevant forms available in an accessible format. 

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

Under the Consumer Protection Act, 2002 (CPA) new rules designed to offer consumers additional protection will require tow and storage service providers to:

  • Have permission from the consumer or someone acting on their behalf before towing or storing a vehicle 
  • Disclose rates and other information, such as the provider's name and telephone number, on tow trucks as well as in places of business 
  • Accept credit card payments from consumers (and not insist on cash only) 
  • Notify consumers where their vehicle will be towed 
  • Allow consumers to access their towed vehicles to remove personal property on all business days between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at no charge 
  • Give consumers an itemized invoice listing the services provided and costs before receiving payment 
  • Disclose if they are getting a financial incentive for towing a vehicle to a particular vehicle storage facility or repair shop
  • Establish minimum insurance coverage, including general liability insurance of $2 million, customer vehicle insurance of $100,000 and $50,000 of cargo insurance.

The Repair and Storage Liens Act deals with the rights of repairers and storers to claim a lien against articles, such as motor vehicles, they repaired and/or stored. Under the new rules, if the services are subject to these new CPA rules, no lien will arise unless specific requirements have been met, such as those related to certain disclosures, authorization and insurance. Also, the maximum amount of a lien may be restricted under the CPA. For example, the provider cannot charge more than 10 per cent of an estimate, unless the consumer (or a person acting on behalf of the consumer) agrees to the increased amount because the consumer needed additional or different services. 

Ontario is introducing new rules that will ensure any advertising that includes the price of travel is inclusive of all taxes and fees. All-in pricing reduces confusion and prevents surprises for consumers who purchase travel services in the province, such as all-inclusive vacations. The change will also ensure businesses follow the same advertising rules to encourage fair competition and level the playing field. 

Ontario will update the rules of parentage and birth registration in the province. These changes will reflect gender-inclusive language, the possibility of more than two parents on a birth registration, and help ensure parents have the same level of legal certainty when registering a birth regardless of the method of conception. The proposed amendments ensure children with more than two parents and children born through assisted reproduction and/or surrogacy are treated the same for all purposes of the law as other children.

Under the Change of Name Act and Vital Statistics Act, people in Ontario will be able to register a birth with a single name or change their name to a single name if it is in accordance with their traditional culture. The Child and Family Services Act is also being amended to allow an adopted person to be given a single name at the time the adoption order is made, rather than a first and last name, in accordance with the person's traditional culture.

Under the Business Corporations Act and the Extra-Provincial Corporations Act, a regulation will be amended to make it less restrictive for business corporations to operate in Ontario with the word "condominium" in their corporate name. Specifically, the prohibition on the word "condominium" in a corporate name will be revised so that the restriction applies only where the use of the word suggests that the corporation is a condominium corporation. This change will help to ensure that corporations will not be prevented from operating in Ontario with "condominium" in their corporate name, while preventing public confusion.

Regulatory amendments under the Business Regulation Reform Act will require, under certain circumstances, the use of the business identifier issued to a business. This supports the government's commitment to expand adoption of the Single Business Number.

Regulation 993 under the Registry Act will be revoked. This regulation designates all areas of the province as certification areas, where certificates of title were issued under the Certification of Titles Act. As all land under development now must be registered under the Land Titles Act, certificates of title are no longer issued. As a result of the new requirements, the Certification of Titles Act was repealed in 2009. It is no longer necessary to designate certification areas and the regulation can be revoked.  

Ontario's maximum cost of borrowing for a payday loan will drop from $21 per $100 borrowed to $18 per $100 borrowed.

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Restaurants, convenience stores, grocery stores, movie theatres and other food service premises with 20 or more locations in Ontario will be required to post calories for standard food items. Regulatory changes to support this measure will also come into force, including:

  • An exemption for some grocery store items, such as prepared fruit and vegetables intended for multiple persons 
  • Complementary amendments to a regulation under the Provincial Offences Act regarding language to be used on certificates of offence.

A regulation under the Smoke-free Ontario Act will come into force to ban the sale of most menthol-flavoured tobacco products and clove cigarettes. This will help protect young people from the harmful effects of smoking, as almost half of young smokers in Ontario use flavoured tobacco products, while approximately a quarter of them use menthol, making it by far the most popular flavour among youth. The prohibition would not apply to menthol-flavoured pipe tobacco or menthol-flavoured cigars weighing six grams or more.

A regulation under the Long-Term Care Homes Act is being amended to extend the date by which older long-term care homes would be required to install an on-site generator to the earlier of December 31, 2024 or the date their redevelopment is completed. This change is to align the regulation with the timelines of the province's ongoing work to redevelop 30,000 beds in 300 long-term care homes across Ontario by 2025. To ensure the safety of residents in the event of a power outage, homes that have not yet installed on-site generators as part of their redevelopment are required to have guaranteed access to a generator and, as required by all long-term care homes, an emergency plan must be in place. 

A new regulation under the Local Health Services Integration Act will come into force to establish a new agency called Health Shared Services Ontario. The agency will help to improve health system standardization and consistency by providing essential back-office functions such as IT and data management, finance, human resources and labour relations supports to the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to assist LHINs in meeting the health care needs of their local communities, including coordinating primary care and home care. This agency will replace the three entities that currently provide these services to the Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) and LHINs: the Ontario Association of Community Care Access Centres, the LHIN Collaborative and the LHIN Shared Services Office. The formation of Health Shared Services Ontario will support the LHINs as they take on their new role, and is part of the ministry's Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care that will help patients and their families obtain better access to a more local and integrated health care system, improving the patient experience and delivering higher-quality care.

Ministry of Housing

Regulations under the Housing Services Act are being amended to:

  • Exempt from the Land Transfer Tax (LTT) the transfer of Mount Forest Non-Profit Housing Corporation, a non-profit social housing project, to Wellington Housing Corporation. This is consistent with the government's practice of allowing LTT exemptions to facilitate transfers of social housing from one non-profit housing provider to another
  • Clarify the types of service manager decisions for which a social housing provider may request a third-party review, as well as the procedural requirements for the service manager's review process. If the housing provider and Service Manager cannot agree on a third party, the service manager will be required to select a reviewer from a list provided by the Ministry of Housing
  • Update household income data collected by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation that will, among other things, help determine eligibility for rent-geared-to-income assistance in public housing and for most social housing.

Ministry of Infrastructure

Under Ontario's Environmental Assessment Act (EAA), proposed activities on government-owned property are subject to an environmental assessment (EA) process. The approved public work class EA sets out how the Ministry of Infrastructure will meet its EAA requirements when carrying out the activities identified in the class EA. Regulatory changes under the EAA will allow the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to use the public work class EA to assess undertakings it is proposing to carry out on government property. The regulatory changes will also exempt undertakings in respect of forfeited corporate property from the application of the EAA. There were also administrative updates to terms and ministry names.

Ministry of Labour

Regulatory changes under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) will help firefighters and their families get the support and care they need by adding primary-skin cancer to the list of diseases presumed to be related to their work, making it easier for firefighters to qualify for benefits. The list already includes 13 other cancers. Another regulatory change will give injured workers on partial disability benefits a one-per cent increase on their pre-injury gross earnings.

A regulation under the Employment Standards Act has been amended to provide an alternative entitlement to personal emergency leave (PEL) for employees in the auto sector that work in an organization with 50 or more employees. The alternative entitlement allows employees: 

  • Up to seven PEL days per year for illness, injury, medical emergency of the employee or certain family members or other urgent matter concerning certain family members 
  • Up to three PEL days for the death of each specified family member. 

Amendments to the Construction Projects Regulation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) establish new or enhanced requirements for suspended access equipment, including:

  • Notifying the Ministry of Labour before putting equipment into service for the first time at a project
  • Creating roof- and site-specific work plans 
  • Training workers who may use or inspect this equipment 
  • Design, operational, technical and engineering requirements
  • Inspecting, testing and maintaining equipment.

Additional amendments under the OHSA strengthen safety requirements for workers in the mining sector by establishing new or enhanced requirements for conducting risk assessments, record keeping of seismic events (such as rock bursts) and developing water and traffic management programs.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs

Regulations under the Planning Act are being amended to provide one municipality in Northern Ontario (Town of Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands) with:

  • An exemption from the requirement to obtain the minister's approval of its official plan amendments
  • The authority to approve plans of subdivisions and condominiums, as well as consent applications, within its geography.

These amendments will enable the municipality to make local decisions without requiring additional layers of approval from the province, as well as avoid unnecessary provincial fees for planning applications.

As a result of amendments to the Building Code (a regulation under the Building Code Act) announced in 2012, construction of buildings for which a permit has been applied for on or after January 1, 2017 will be subject to enhanced energy efficiency requirements: a 13 per cent increase in energy efficiency for large buildings and a 15 per cent increase for small buildings, including houses.

As of January 1, 2017, the ministry will no longer approve treatment units that are used with certain on-site sewage systems, as announced as part of the 2012 Building Code. These secondary and tertiary treatment units will need to be certified to the CAN/BNQ 3680-600 standard (a national certification standard). Alternatively, the building permit applicant would need to provide evidence that the unit meets the technical requirements in the Building Code. Secondary and tertiary treatment units are additional components of a septic system that provide a specific degree of treatment that is better for the environment.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Regulations under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act are being amended to enable the government to extend the term of occupation for existing cottage lot holders in Algonquin Provincial Park to December 31, 2038.  

Regulations under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act are being amended to introduce new wild turkey hunting seasons in some areas of the province and streamline hunter education requirements. 

Ministry of Transportation

Beginning January 1, 2017, a number of changes to regulations under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) come into force:

  • All tow truck operators must register under the Ministry of Transportation's Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR) system
  • The definition of "commercial motor vehicle" in the act has been amended, and a new regulation has been developed to define "commercial motor vehicle and tow truck"
  • Light Duty Vehicles (LDVs) registered on remote islands in Ontario will be exempted from emissions test requirements for vehicle registration renewals. The proposed exemption will apply to LDVs registered to remote islands that are not connected by road, bridge or causeway to the mainland or another island; are not accessible to motor vehicles by ferry year round; and have distinct postal codes that are not shared with any other area
  • The use of bicycle traffic signals to direct bicycle traffic at signalized intersections will be allowed
  • An authority will be created to prescribe in regulation a bicycle symbol for use in bicycle traffic signal systems 
  • Cyclists will be required to obey the bicycle signal lane lights at intersections where both bicycle and regular traffic signals apply to the same lane
  • Amendments to the Traffic Control Signal System will provide the description and placement requirements of the new bicycle traffic signals.

Amendments to two regulations under the Metrolinx Act, 2016, will allow the regions of Durham, Halton, Peel and York, and the cities of Toronto and Hamilton to continue to collect development charges to support their contributions to GO transit growth and expansion capital costs for an additional three years, until December 31, 2019. The three-year extension period will enable a broader review of the framework governing municipal contributions to GO growth and expansion capital costs that support Ontario's regional transit priorities and objectives.

NEW FEES AND FEE INCREASES

Ministry of the Attorney General

The Assessment Review Board will increase its appeal filing fees:

  • The residential assessment appeal fee is changing from $75 to $125 per roll number. A $10 discount still applies to e-filed appeals
  • The non-residential assessment appeal fee is changing from $150 to $300 per roll number. A $10 discount still applies to e-filed appeals.

Assessment Review Board filing fees have not changed for 10 years, despite rising operating and administrative costs.

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Through a regulation under the Environmental Protection Act, the Hazardous Waste Fee will increase from $20 to $30 per tonne as of January 1, 2017. The fee increase moves the program closer towards full cost recovery.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs

Fee changes under the Planning Act and related legislation effective January 1, 2017 are the result of the ministry's Planning Fees Review and move towards the full cost involved in processing Planning Act applications, and include:

  • The fee for a land severance (consent) application increases to $800 from $720
  • In Northern Ontario, the fee for a plan of subdivision or condominium increases to $3,650+$100 per lot/block over 40 lots/blocks, from $3,300+$100 per lot/block over 40 lots/blocks
  • The fee for a Minister's Zoning Order Amendment application in Northern Ontario increases to $2,000 from $1,500, and in Southern Ontario to $7,800 from $5,000
  • The fee for a Parkway Belt West Plan Amendment application increases to $6,150 from $4,000
  • A new fee for non-exempt official plan amendment submissions. In Northern Ontario, the fee will be $3,700, and in Southern Ontario, the fee will be $12,000. 

Under the Line Fences Act, the fee to file an appeal increases to $317 from $311. This fee changes every January 1 based on inflation as defined by the Consumer Price Index for Ontario.

Under the Building Code Act, a number of fees also change every January 1 based on inflation:

  • The Building Code Commission application fee will increase to $181 from $177
  • The Minister's Ruling application fee will increase to $595 from $582
  • The Building Code registration application fees will increase as follows:
    - Building official, independent designer and sewage system installer registration or renewal -- to $109 from $107
    - Design firm registration -- to $173 from $169
    - Design firm renewal -- to $131 from $128
    - Design firm update class of registration -- to $37 from $36
    - Registered Code Agency registration -- to $412 from $404
    - Registered Code Agency renewal -- to $304 from $297
    - Registered Code Agency update class of registration -- to $70 from $67.

On January 1, 2017, the Building Materials Evaluation Commission application fee will increase to $9,000 from $7,000. The Building Materials Evaluation Commission application fee structure is set out in Section 2.3 of Division C of the Building Code. This increase is intended to move towards cost-recoverable service delivery while balancing the need to continue encouraging innovative product use in Ontario.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

A number of fees will change under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act:

  • Eliminate the $35 fee charged for the wild turkey hunter education course; relevant content is taught in the broader hunter education course
  • Increase the commercial fish licence fee for less than 15,000 pounds annual catch weight from $54.56 to $56.72 
  • Increase the commercial fish licence fee for greater than 15,000 pounds annual catch weight from $218.56 to $226.90.

Until 2016, commercial fishing licence fees remained unchanged for more than 30 years. Fees are being increased to offset increasing costs of administering the commercial fishing system in Ontario, which continue to rise steadily due to changing technology and resource management challenges, such as invasive species.

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

The fee for a Class 3 sightseeing vehicle licence at the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) will increase from $60 to $65 per day to bring NPC's fees in line with market rates. A Class 3 sightseeing vehicle is a charter bus or similar vehicle that gives tours no more than one day a week on NPC property. It does not include tour vehicles carrying passengers on a school trip.

Ministry of Transportation

The regulated reinstatement fee and administrative monetary penalty for a driver's licence that has been suspended will increase from $180 to $198 on January 1, 2017. The increase is the result of a review of the current fee/penalty amounts that found an increase is necessary to recover the administrative costs associated with driver's licence suspension directly from suspended drivers rather than from all Ontario taxpayers. Drivers suspended on or after January 1, 2017 will be subject to the new fee/penalty.

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