Regulations and Statutes in Force as of July 1, 2019
The following legislation and regulation changes come into effect on July 1, 2019. They are listed by responsible ministry:
Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
Amendments to the Livestock Medicines Act will extend the validity of permanent, Class 1 licences to one year at no cost for all currently licensed Livestock Medicines Outlets. This will reduce administrative burden while ensuring uninterrupted licencing.
Amendments under the Nutrient Management Act will:
- Remove the automatic requirement for livestock producers to update their nutrient management strategy every five years unless there is a significant change to their operation.
- Include lower-risk manures from non-farm grazing animals, such as zebra, elephant or kangaroo, as a Category 1 non-agricultural source materials.
- Moving to a one-time licensing requirement for meat plants.
- Allowing operators to voluntarily surrender a licence if they are no longer engaged in regulated activities.
- Streamlining emergency slaughter procedures.
Ministry of the Attorney General
Amendments to the Crown Liability Proceedings Act will streamline processes for lawsuits involving the government and clarify the scope of the government's liability. These changes will help people to better understand when and how they can bring their government to court.
Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services
The Child, Youth, and Family Services Act is amended to:
- Improve child welfare services for Inuit children by ensuring that Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) has the right to participate as a party in court proceedings involving children who are members of or identify with ITK, and the right to be consulted by societies in regard to specified issues relating to these children.
- Enhance the quality of child care by creating new requirements for providers of residential care to three or more children not of common parentage across multiple residential settings.
Ministry of Education
The following amendments have been made to the Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act:
- Reducing the age at which home-based child care providers must count their own children towards the maximum allowable number of children in care, from six to four years old.
- Reducing the age requirement for authorized recreational and skill building programs that serve children after school from six to four years old.
- Increasing access to infant care by expanding the number of children that home-based child care providers can have in their care, from two children under two years old to three under two years old.
- Eliminating a requirement for families to be in receipt of subsidy to receive licensed in-home services from child care agencies.
Amendments to the Education Act will be proclaimed as part of Rowan's Law (Concussion Safety). The amendments provide the Minister of Education with the authority to establish and require boards and private schools to comply with policies and guidelines respecting concussions in pupils.
Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
New regulation under the Access to Natural Gas Act supports natural gas expansion projects across the province by adding a $1 per month charge to all natural gas customers. First phase expansion projects are located in South Bruce, Cornwall Island, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Saugeen First Nation, Scugog Island, Hiawatha First Nation, North Bay, rural Chatham-Kent, and Northern Ontario.
Amendments to the Electricity Act will update Ontario's energy and water efficiency standards to better harmonize them with other leading jurisdictions while maintaining existing efficiency standards. The changes will reduce barriers to market access for manufacturers and help give consumers access to a broader range of efficient products. The amendments will also provide flexibility in labelling methods for battery chargers and external power supplies, and harmonize efficiency standards and test methods for residential water heaters.
Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks
Amendments to the Endangered Species Act will:
- Enhance government oversight and enforcement powers to ensure compliance with the act.
- Improve transparent notification of new species' listings.
- Include appropriate consultation with academics, communities, organizations and Indigenous peoples across Ontario on recovery planning for species at risk.
- Create new tools to streamline processes, reduce duplication and ensure costs incurred by clients are directed towards actions that will improve outcomes for the species or its habitat.
Changes to the Environmental Protection Act will enable municipalities, under certain circumstances, to allow developers to install storm and sanitary sewers to service new developments.
Amendments under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act will:
- Enable Ontario to offer existing cottagers in Rondeau and Algonquin Provincial Parks an opportunity to continue to occupy their cottage lots until December 31, 2038.
- Reorder the provisions in the regulation so all occupational authority provisions are grouped together and references to "land use permits" are removed. These changes will clarify that leases and licences of occupation are the only forms that allow the occupation of a cottage lot.
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Changes to the Technical Standards and Safety Act will simplify training requirements related to filling propane vehicles at private facilities and aligning them with the requirements for liquid fuels.
Changes to the Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act will clarify that the Bereavement Authority of Ontario and bereavement service providers can provide consumer information guides electronically, in addition to the paper format.
Ministry of Labour
The following amendments have been made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act:
- Removing the requirement for auto assembly plants to provide additional training for working at heights when the training is already provided in-house.
- Updating the requirement to notify the Ministry of Labour of construction projects in the workplace by increasing the project value from $50,000 to $250,000, a value that has not been updated since 1991.
- Updating industrial workplace safety requirements to allow for alternative procedures if worker health and safety is at least as well-protected.
- Modernizing mining regulation by removing duplication and allowing alternative options.
The Hospital Labour Disputes Arbitration Act and the Labour Relations Act will be updated to replace the rules of procedure for interest arbitration.
Ministry of Long-Term Care
Changes to the Long-Term Care Homes Act (LTCHA) will:
- Enable minor technical changes to director powers and the powers of an interim manager under the LTCHA.
- Provide the ministry with greater flexibility in public consultations on licensing transactions and in the licensing of additional beds in temporary emergency conditions.
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Amendments were made to the Building Code to require ventilation and certain door locking mechanisms in buildings located on farms where flammable gases or combustible liquids are used to extract cannabis. The amendments will align the Building Code with the Ontario Fire Code.
An amendment to the Planning Act will streamline the land use planning process by allowing nine more municipalities to amend to their own official plans without the Minister's approval. This is an authority which many municipalities already have.
Ministry of the Solicitor General
Amendments to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act will:
- Establish a new protocol for fire departments across the province to conduct a risk assessment every five years which will help inform decisions about the provision of fire protection services. Fire departments have five years to complete their first assessment.
- Create new requirements for buildings (e.g., ventilation, door latching) that contain hazardous extraction operations where flammable liquids, combustible liquids or flammable gases are used as extraction solvents.
- Lift the Fire Code exemption for low occupancy farm buildings where hazardous extraction is used in cannabis processing so that the new requirements apply to these buildings. This will align the Building Code with the Ontario Fire Code.
- Create new requirements for building owners to notify the fire department, building occupants and supervisor staff when a firefighters' elevator is not operating for more than 24 hours.
Ministry of Transportation
Changes to regulations under the Highway Traffic Act will put money back in taxpayer's pockets by eliminating the $5 administrative fee for refunds related to driver and vehicle services. The government will also start issuing these refunds via debit or credit cards, so customers will no longer have to wait for a cheque in the mail.
Ontario is cutting red tape and making life easier for drivers by making changes to the Highway Traffic Act that will:
- Give drivers the choice to receive a driver's licence renewal validation receipt electronically (e.g., email), which can be used to drive until their new driver's licence card is received.
- Allow driver schools to deliver the in-class portion of the beginner course to students online.
- Allow drivers to renew their valtags that are expired or set to expire within ten days online.
Ontario is also making regulation changes under the Highway Traffic Act to align with the Reciprocal Taxation Agreement, which will now require the Government of Canada to pay provincial fees for government vehicles.
Changes to the Highway Traffic Act will support drivers and businesses by:
- Exempting pickup trucks and trailers from annual inspections if used for personal reasons and have a total weight of 6,500 kg or less.
- Changing the weight threshold for pickup truck exemptions under the Highway Traffic Act from 6,000 kg GVWR to 6,500 kg GVWR, and exempting vehicles under this weight from certain requirements, including:
- Maintaining a valid commercial vehicle operator's registration certificate
- Daily inspections
- Complying with hours of service for commercial vehicles
- Obtaining a Class A driver's licence to drive a pickup truck and towed house trailers, under certain conditions.
- Changing the vehicle weights and dimensions to give drivers the option to use advanced technologies such as wide-based single tires.
- Allowing single occupant motorcycles to drive in provincial High Occupancy Vehicle lanes.
Amendments will be made to regulations under the Highway Traffic Act to provide consumers greater choice by changing motorcycle handlebar height restrictions to allow for high-styled handlebars.
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Amendments coming into force under the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act will require colleges and universities to report incidents of sexual violence and harassment to their Boards.
Repealing a section of the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act will allow the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to reappoint members of the Ontario College of Trades Board of Governors.
Proclaiming seven sections of the Modernizing the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Act will support the transition from the existing skilled trades system to the new ministry-led model of skilled trades and apprenticeship. This will give the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities the authority to establish advisory committees to advise on Act and regulations.
Amendments to the Protecting What Matters Most Act - to amend the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act - which will allow the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to make regulations and stipulate requirements on transitional matters during the wind-down of the Ontario College of Trades.
Amendments to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act to de-prescribe 12 low-volume, voluntary trades:
- Composite Structures Technician
- Electrical Control (Machine) Builder
- Fitter - Assembler (Motor Assembly)
- Precision Metal Fabricator
- Pump Systems Installer
- Roll Grinder/Turner
- Ski Lift Mechanic
- Tire, Wheel and Rim Mechanic
- Wooden Boat Rebuilder
- Pool, Hot Tub and Spa - Service Technician
- Pool, Hot Tub and Spa - Installer
- Hardware, Lumber and Building Materials Retailer
De-prescribed trades will not be recognized as trades and Ontario will no longer offer apprenticeship programs in them.
Treasury Board Secretariat
Changes to the Financial Administration Act will prohibit ministries, provincial agencies and two hydro entities from purchasing tickets or sponsoring an event, where the keynote speaker is a Canadian politician (federal, provincial, territorial or municipal).
Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport
Implementation the Rowan's Law Act (Concussion Safety) will make it mandatory for athletes, parents, coaches and officials to review concussion awareness resources and their sport organization's concussion code of conduct.