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Monthly Highlights - November 2011

Highlights for November 2011

(Legislative Assembly information updated to November 30, 2011)

  1. Legislation: Legislative Assembly; Regulations.

  1. Governance and Administration: Regulations.

  1. Finance and Taxation: Regulations.

  1. Planning and Development: New Official Plan Notices; Regulations.

  1. Services to People: Ontario Moves to Cap Rent Increases; Government of Canada – funding for railway crossing improvements; Governments of Canada and Ontario sign agreement, deliver investment for affordable housing; Notices; Regulations.

  1. Environment – Water: Government of Canada Invests in Clean Water Technology; New Notices; Regulations.

  1. Environment – Other: New Notices; Regulations.

  1. Energy: Renewable Energy Development: A Guide for Municipalities; Notices; Regulations.

  1. Other Notes: Canadian Federation of Municipalities Green Municipal Fund Update; Government of Canada Invites Partners to Join in Developing a Long-Term Infrastructure Plan; Updated Feasibility Study of a High Speed Rail Service in the Québec City – Windsor Corridor; Upcoming Events.

  1. Legislation

  • Legislative Assembly. The 1st Session of the 40th Parliament began on November 21, 2011 (see Parliamentary Calendars on the Debates & Proceedings page of the website).

For a list of current bills which may be of interest to the municipal sector, see Selected Bills.

  • Regulations filed. A number of regulations which may be of interest to the municipal sector were filed in September/October; see Selected Regulations – September/October 2011. Many of these regulations are also listed under the various headings below.

For a listing of regulations filed throughout 2011 which may be of interest to the municipal sector, see Selected Regulations 2011 to October 31

  1. Governance and Administration

  • Regulations. See:
    • O.Reg. 425/11 filed August 31, 2011 under the Fire Protection And Prevention Act, 1997, (Forms)
    • O.Reg. 396/11 filed August 23, 2011 under the Pension Benefits Act, amending Reg. 909 of R.R.O. 1990 (General)

  1. Finance and Taxation

  • Regulations. See:
    • O.Reg. 422/11 filed August 31, 2011 under the City of Toronto Act, 2006, amending O. Reg. 121/07 (Traditional Municipal Taxes, Limits And Collection)
    • O.Reg. 395/11 filed August 22, 2011 under the Financial Administration Act (Accounting Policies And Practices)
    • O.Reg. 374/11 filed August 10, 2011 under the Municipal Act, 2001, amending O. Reg. 603/06 (Municipal And School Capital Facilities -- Agreements And Tax Exemptions)
    • O.Reg. 373/11 filed August 10, 2011 under the Municipal Act, 2001, amending O. Reg. 438/97 (Eligible Investments And Related Financial Agreements)
    • O.Reg. 372/11 filed August 10, 2011 under the City of Toronto Act, 2006, amending O. Reg. 610/06 (Financial Activities)
    • O.Reg. 371/11 filed August 10, 2011 under the City of Toronto Act, 2006, amending O. Reg. 598/06 (Municipal And School Capital Facilities -- Agreements And Tax Exemptions)

  1. Planning and Development

  • Official Plan Notices. The following notices have been posted on the Environmental Registry:

Instrument Decision Notices

  • NEW button small - English Proponent: Township of Stone Mills. Instrument Type: Approval of an Official Plan. Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. See Instrument Decision Notice 011-2170 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Proponent: Municipality of West Nipissing. Instrument Type: Approval of an Official Plan. Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. See Instrument Decision Notice 010-4656 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Proponent: Haldimand County. Instrument Type: Approval of an Official Plan. Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. See Instrument Decision Notice 010-9738 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Proponent: The Corporation of the Municipality of Sioux Lookout. Instrument Type: Approval of an Official Plan. Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. See Instrument Decision Notice 011-3693 on the Environmental Registry.

Instrument Proposal Notices

  • NEW button small - English Proponent: Brant County. Instrument Type: Approval of an Official Plan. Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. See Instrument Proposal Notice 011-5374 on the Environmental Registry.

  • Regulations. See:
    • O.Reg. 443/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Condominium Act, 1998, amending O. Reg. 49/01 (Description And Registration)
    • O.Reg. 442/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Condominium Act, 1998, amending O. Reg. 48/01 (General)
    • O.Reg. 441/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Land Registration Reform Act, amending Reg. 688 of R.R.O. 1990 (Form Of Documents)
    • O.Reg. 440/11 Filed September 1, 2011 under the Land Titles Act, revoking O. Reg. 26/99 (General)
    • O.Reg. 439/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Land Titles Act, amending Reg. 690 of R.R.O. 1990 (Procedures and Records)
    • O.Reg. 438/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Registry Act, revoking Reg. 992 of R.R.O. 1990 (Canada Lands)
    • O.Reg. 437/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Registry Act, amending Reg. 995 of R.R.O. 1990 (Records)
    • O.Reg. 436/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Registry Act, revoking O. Reg. 21/99 (Registration of Instruments and Deposit of Documents in French)
    • O.Reg. 435/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Registry Act, amending O. Reg. 43/96 (Surveys, Plans and Descriptions of Land)
    • O.Reg. 434/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Registry Act, (Forms)
    • O.Reg. 433/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Registry Act, amending O. Reg. 43/96 (Surveys, Plans and Descriptions of Land)
    • O.Reg. 432/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Registry Act, amending Reg. 995 of R.R.O. 1990 (Records)
    • O.Reg. 431/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Land Titles Act, amending Reg. 690 of R.R.O. 1990 (Procedures and Records)
    • O.Reg. 430/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Land Titles Act (Forms)
    • O.Reg. 429/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Land Registration Reform Act, amending O. Reg. 18/99 (Documents – General)
    • O.Reg. 428/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Boundaries Act, amending Reg. 60 of R.R.O. 1990 (General)
    • O.Reg. 427/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Boundaries Act, amending Reg. 60 of R.R.O. 1990 (General)
    • O.Reg. 426/11 filed September 1, 2011 under the Boundaries Act, (Forms)

  1. Services to People (Social Services, Housing, Health and Safety)

  • Notices:
  • Act Decision Notice – Title: Proposed Strong Communities through Affordable Housing Act, 2010. Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. See Act Decision Notice 011-1726 on the Environmental Registry.

  • Regulations. See:
    • O.Reg. 420/11 filed August 30, 2011 under the Housing Services Act, 2011, amending O. Reg. 370/11 (High Needs Households and Household Income Limits - Subsection 40 (4) of the Act)
    • O.Reg. 419/11 filed August 30, 2011 under the Housing Services Act, 2011, amending O. Reg. 369/11 (Subsidies for Part VII Housing Projects)

  1. Environment – Water

  • Notices:
  • NEW button small - English Regulation Decision Notice - Amendments to Ontario Regulation 97/04 of the Conservation Authorities Act (1990). Ministry: Ministry of Natural Resources. See Regulation Decision Notice 011-0884 on the Environmental Registry.

  • O.Reg. 267/11 filed June 14, 2011 under the Clean Water Act, 2006, amending O. Reg. 287/07 (General)
  • O.Reg. 265/11 filed on June 14, 2011 under the Lake Simcoe Protection Act, 2008, amending O. Reg. 219/09 (General)
  • O.Reg. 236/11 filed on June 14, 2011 under the Ontario Water Resources Act, amending O. Reg. 129/04 (Licensing of Sewage Works Operators)

  1. Environment – Other

  • Notices:
  • NEW button small - English Policy Decision Notice - Fire Management Planning Guideline for Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves. Ministry: Ministry of Natural Resources. See Policy Decision Notice 011-1892 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Policy Decision Notice - Development of government response statements in relation to 11 recovery strategies published on February 18, 2011 in accordance with the Endangered Species Act, 2007. Ministry: Ministry of Natural Resources. See Policy Decision Notice 011-2480 on the Environmental Registry.

  • O.Reg. 355/11 filed on July 22, 2011 under the Environmental Assessment Act, amending O. Reg. 231/08 (Transit Projects and Greater Toronto Transportation Authority Undertakings)

  1. Energy

  • Notices:
  • Information Notice – Title: Moving Renewable Energy Forward: McGuinty Government Continues to Build Ontario's Clean Energy Economy. Ministry: Ministry of Energy. See Information Notice 011-4827 on the Environmental Registry.

  • Regulations. See:
    • O.Reg. 423/11 filed August 31, 2011 under the Electricity Act, 1998, (Payments In Lieu (Section 92 of the Act) Re Generating and Transformer Stations)
    • O.Reg. 397/11 filed August 23, 2011 under the Green Energy Act, 2009, (Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans)

  1. Other Notes

  • Upcoming Events:
  • 2012 Ontario Good Roads Association and the Rural Ontario Municipal Association, ROMA/OGRA combined conference, February 26 to February 29 in Toronto.