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Monthly Highlights January 2012

Highlights for January 2012

(Legislative Assembly information updated to January 31, 2012)

  1. Legislation: Legislative Assembly; Regulations.
  2. Governance and Administration: New Regulations.
  3. Finance and Taxation: Regulations.
  4. Planning and Development: New Notices; New Official Plan Notices; Regulations.
  5. Services to People: Ontario Moves to Cap Rent Increases; New Regulatory Registry Notices; Regulations.
  6. Environment – Water: New Notices; Notices.
  7. Environment – Other: Preserving Our Land, Our Water, Our Health; New Notices.
  8. Energy: Improving Property Tax System for Green Energy; 2012 Requirements for New Construction; Renewable Energy Development: A Guide for Municipalities; Regulations.
  9. Other Notes: Grants Ontario; Government of Canada Invites Partners to Join in Developing a Long-Term Infrastructure Plan.

  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 December; see Selected Regulations – December 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 December 31

  1. Governance and Administration

  • Regulations. See:
    • NEW button small - English O.Reg. 466/11 filed December 16, 2011 under the Pension Benefits Act, amending Reg. 909 of R.R.O. 1990 (General)
    • NEW button small - English O.Reg. 462/11 filed December 9, 2011 under the Provincial Offences Act, amending O. Reg. 108/11 (Forms)
    • NEW button small - English O.Reg. 461/11 filed December 2, 2011 under the Liquor Licence Act, amending Reg. 718 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

  • Notices:
  • NEW button small - English Policy Decision Notice – Proposed Amendment 1 (2010) to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2006: An amendment and implementation tools for the Simcoe Sub-Area. Ministry: Ministry of Energy. See Policy Decision Notice 011-1528 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Policy Proposal Notice – Updated Ontario Wetland Evaluation System (OWES) Manuals. Ministry: Ministry of Natural Resources. See Policy Proposal Notice 011-1687 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Policy Decision Notice – Draft Update of Ontario’s Transit-Supportive Guidelines. Ministry: Ministry of Transportation. See Policy Decision Notice 011-1329 on the Environmental Registry.

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

Instrument Decision Notices

  • NEW button small - English Proponent: Township of Armstrong. Instrument Type: Approval of an Official Plan. Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. See Instrument Decision Notice 011-4393 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Proponent: City of Kawartha Lakes. Instrument Type: Approval of an Official Plan. Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. See Instrument Decision Notice 011-1498 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)

  • 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 Policy Decision Notice – Amendments to Ontario Low Water Response policy. Ministry: Ministry of Natural Resources. See Policy Decision Notice 010-7477 on the Environmental Registry.
  • 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.

  1. Environment – Other

  • Notices:
  • NEW button small - English Regulation Proposal Notice – Proposal for Changes to Waste Diversion Ontario’s Governance Structure. Ministry: Ministry of the Environment. See Regulation Proposal Notice 011-3966 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Information Notice – Amendments to Ontario Regulation 542/06 – Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste. Ministry: Ministry of the Environment. See Information Notice 011-5676 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Information Notice – Request for additional information to be considered in the development of recovery strategies for eight species under the Endangered Species Act, 2007. Ministry: Ministry of Natural Resources. See Information Notice 011-5453 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Policy Decision Notice – Identification and Confirmation Procedure for Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest. Ministry: Ministry of Natural Resources. See Policy Decision Notice 010-7505 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Policy Proposal Notice – Interim Protocol for the Review of Project Proposals that May Affect Aquatic Species at Risk in Ontario 2011. Ministry: Ministry of Natural Resources. See Policy Proposal Notice 011-5661 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Policy Proposal Notice – Guide to Applying for an Environmental Compliance Approval. Ministry: Ministry of the Environment. See Policy Proposal Notice 011-5022 on the Environmental Registry.

  1. Energy

  • Regulations. See:
    • O.Reg. 397/11 filed August 23, 2011 under the Green Energy Act, 2009, (Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans)

  1. Other Notes