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Monthly Highlights March 2012

Highlights for March 2012

(Legislative Assembly information updated to April 10, 2012)

  1. Legislation: Legislative Assembly; Regulations; New Proclamations.

  1. Governance and Administration: New Regulations; Regulations.

  1. Planning and Development: 2012 Planning for Sustainability Calendar; New Notices; Notices; New Official Plan Notices; Regulations.

  1. Services to People: Ontario Strengthening Protections for Co-op Residents; Municipal Immigration Information Online Program 2012-13; Community Immigrant Retention In Rural Ontario; New Regulations; Regulations.

  1. Environment – Water: Notices.

  1. Environment – Other: New Notices; Notices; Regulations.

  1. Energy: Ontario to Review Electricity Sector; Moving Clean Energy Forward, Creating Jobs; Improving Property Tax System for Green Energy; Regulatory Registry Notices; New Notices.

  1. Other Notes: Strong Action for Ontario; FCM Awarded Funding For National Mentorship Program Targeting Young Women Interested In Municipal Politics; Grants Ontario; 2012 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 from March 10, 2012 to April 10, 2012; see Selected Regulations – March 10 to April 10, 2012. Many of these regulations are also listed under the various headings below.

  • Proclamations. The following are listed in the March 17 issue of the Ontario Gazette:
  • NEW button small - English OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY STATUTE LAW AMENDMENT ACT, 2011 – naming April 1, 2012 as the day on which sections 13, 14 and 16 and subsections 17 (1) and 18 (4) of the Occupational Health and Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2011, c. 11, which amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act, come into force.

  1. Governance and Administration

  • Regulations. See:
    • NEW button small - English O.Reg. 47/12 filed April 10, 2012 under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, amending Reg. 823 R.R.O. 1990 (General)
    • NEW button small - English O.Reg. 46/12 filed April 10, 2012 under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, amending Reg. 460 R.R.O. 1990 (General)
    • O.Reg. 33/12 filed March 9, 2012 under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, (Offices Of The Worker And Employer Advisers)

  1. Planning and Development

  • Notices:
    • NEW button small - English Policy Proposal Notice - Significant Wildlife Habitat Eco-regional Criteria Schedules. Ministry: Ministry of Natural Resources. See Policy Proposal Notice 011-5740 on the Environmental Registry.
    • Policy Proposal Notice – Simcoe Area Multi-Modal Transportation Strategy. Ministry: Ministry of Transportation. See Policy Proposal Notice 011-5843 on the Environmental Registry.
    • Policy Proposal Notice – Freight-Supportive Guidelines. Ministry: Ministry of Transportation. See Policy Proposal Notice 011-5673 on the Environmental Registry.
    • 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.
    • 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 Proposal Notices

  • NEW button small - English Proponent: Municipality of Central Elgin. Instrument Type: Approval of an Official Plan. Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. See Instrument Proposal Notice 011-6107 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Proponent: County of Renfrew. Instrument Type: Approval of an Official Plan. Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. See Instrument Proposal Notice 011-6086 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Proponent: Town of Carleton Place. Instrument Type: Approval of an Official Plan. Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. See Instrument Proposal Notice 011-6085 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Proponent: Township of Chisholm. Instrument Type: Approval of an Official Plan. Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. See Instrument Proposal Notice 011-6050 on the Environmental Registry.

Instrument Decision Notices

  • NEW button small - English Proponent: Township of Mulmur. Instrument Type: Approval of an Official Plan. Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. See Instrument Decision Notice 010-9637 on the Environmental Registry.

  • Regulations. See:
    • O.Reg. 8/12 filed January 19, 2012 under the Places to Grow Act, 2005, amending O. Reg. 311/06 (Transitional Matters — Growth Plans)
    • O.Reg. 7/12 filed January 19, 2012 under the Northern Services Boards Act, amending Reg. 737 of R.R.O. 1990 (Local Services Boards)
    • O.Reg. 1/12 filed January 4, 2012 under the Assessment Act, amending O. Reg. 282/98 (General)

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

  • NEW button small - English Municipal Immigration Information Online Program 2012-13 - The Ontario government is releasing the 2012-2013 Application Guide for Ontario-based municipalities interested in establishing locally produced, web-based resources for newcomers. Please check the website for the Proposal Submission Deadline.

  • Regulations. See:
  • NEW button small - English O.Reg. 38/12 filed March 26, 2012 under the Housing Services Act, 2011, amending O. Reg. 367/11 (General)
  • O.Reg. 32/12 filed March 9, 2012 under the Housing Services Act, 2011, amending O. Reg. 368/11 (Designated Housing Projects - Section 68 of the Act)
  • O.Reg. 31/12 filed March 9, 2012 under the Housing Services Act, amending O. Reg. 367/11 (General)

  1. Environment – Water

  • Notices:
  • Information Notice - Information note concerning proposed Drainage Act and Conservation Authorities Protocol: Protocol for Municipalities and Conservation Authorities in Drain Maintenance and Repair Activities. Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. See Information Notice 011-5257 on the Environmental Registry.
  • Policy Proposal Notice - Drainage Act and Conservation Authorities Act Protocol. Ministry of Natural Resources. See Policy Proposal Notice 011-5657 on the Environmental Registry.
  • 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.

  1. Environment – Other

  • Notices:
  • NEW button small - English Regulation Proposal Notice - Amendments to Ontario Regulations 73/94 and 681/94 under the EBR. Ministry: Ministry of the Environment. See Regulation Proposal Notice 011-2697 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Regulation Decision Notice - Proposal for Changes to Waste Diversion Ontario’s Governance Structure. Ministry: Ministry of the Environment. See Regulation Decision Notice 011-3966 on the Environmental Registry.
  • Information Notice - Amendments to the Guideline for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reporting (as set out under O.Reg. 452/09). Ministry: Ministry of the Environment. See Information Notice 011-4797 on the Environmental Registry.
  • Policy Decision Notice - Guidance to support the application of subsection 10(1) (the habitat protection provision) of Ontario’s Endangered Species Act, 2007. Ministry: Ministry of Natural Resources. See Policy Decision Notice 011-2841 on the Environmental Registry.
  • 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.

  • Regulations. See:
  • O.Reg. 11/12 filed February 9, 2012 under the Waste Diversion Act, 2002, amending O. Reg. 542/06 (Municipal Hazardous Or Special Waste)
  • O.Reg. 4/12 filed January 13, 2012 under the Endangered Species Act, 2007, amending O. Reg. 230/08 (Species at Risk in Ontario List)

  1. Energy

  • Regulatory Registry Notices:

  • Notices:
  • NEW button small - English Regulation Proposal Notice - Amendments to O.Reg. 359/09 (Renewable Energy Approvals under Part V.0.1 of the Act), Reg. 334 (General) and the Technical Guide to Renewable Energy Approvals. Ministry: Ministry of Environment. See Regulation Proposal Notice 011-5932 on the Environmental Registry.
  • NEW button small - English Policy Proposal Notice - MTCS REA Checklists for consideration of potential for heritage and archaeological resources. Ministry: Ministry of Culture. See Policy Proposal Notice 011-5981 on the Environmental Registry.

  1. Other Notes

  • Grants Ontario - is your source for grants provided by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

  • Upcoming Events: