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New EBR Decision Notice Posting: Amendments to O.Reg. 524/98

February 14, 2017 

On November 22, 2016 the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change posted a proposal to amend O. Reg. 524/98 to the Environmental and Regulatory registries that would expand the list of exemptions from section 9 of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA).

After considering all comments received on the posting, a decision has been made to implement the proposal. O. Reg. 14/17, amending O. Reg. 524/98, was filed with the Registrar of Regulations and came into force on February 3, 2017. The regulation can be found here.

The Decision Notice posting describing the ministry’s decision and how public input was considered can be found here.

The amendments to O. Reg. 524/98 will reduce the regulatory burden on less complex activities/facilities whose emissions do not pose a significant risk to human health or the environment. The amendments are also part of the ministry’s overall proposal to modernize air and noise approvals and will help support the implementation of the new Air Emissions EASR regulation (O. Reg. 1/17). Contiue Reading


Air emissionsuser guide for EnvironmentalActivity and Sector Registry

February 3, 2017

Please be advised that you are now able to register certain activities in the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) under the new Air Emissions EASR regulation that is now in force. If you wish to register for this EASR, please click here. For more information on the Air Emissions EASR regulation, please click here.
Under the new Air Emissions EASR regulation, certain activities with air emissions can be registered through the EASR process. The EASR provides a streamlined process for self-registration, eliminating administrative burdens, making the process faster, transparent, accessible and potentially reducing costs through a one-time fee.

Ontario’s infrastructure update

January 18, 2017

Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, Bob Chiarelli, released an update on the progress of Ontario’s infrastructure investments. Click here to view.

Our Infrastructure Update highlights how the province’s investments are building Ontario up, with projects including schools, child care spaces, hospitals and public transit.

The Ministry of Infrastructure Ontario has also introduced a new online infrastructure tracking tool that will help the public explore and understand the wide variety and depth of investment underway: $160 billion over 12 years. Click here to view.

Through the development of Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan (scheduled to be tabled in the fall of 2017), the Province will ensure that Ontario remains competitive, resulting in strong communities and improved quality of life.


Attorney General releases Construction Lien Act Review report & recommendations

September 26, 2016 

Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi this afternoon released the expert report of the independent review of the construction Lien act authored by Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel, entitled Striking the Balance: Expert Review of the Ontario’s Construction Lien Act.  The government is characterizing the report and its recommendations as a “fair and thoughtful assessment of the complex challenges faced by today’s construction industry.”

Attorney General Naqvi in his announcement stated that the government will introduce legislation in the spring of 2017 with the objective of:

  1. Modernizing construction lien and holdback rules;
  2. Introducing rules around prompt payment; and,
  3. Creating a new process to speed up dispute resolution

The Attorney General has also committed to meeting with stakeholders who participated in the Construction Lien Act Review to receive feedback on the report.  CEO was one of more than 60 industry groups that actively participated in this review process and will be meeting with Minister Naqvi in the coming weeks.

The report makes 100 recommendations to government covering issues of:

  1. Lienability
  2. Preservation, Perfection & Expiry of Liens
  3. Holdback & Substantial Performance
  4. Summary Procedure
  5. Construction Trusts
  6. Promptness of Payment
  7. Adjudication
  8. Surety Bonds
  9. Technical Amendments; and,
  10. Industry Education & Periodic Review

CEO staff will be reviewing the report and its recommendations over the coming days and will provide an analysis of the potential impact for our industry and your businesses.  If you wish to review the report and recommendations, it is available here

Should you have any questions about this bulletin do not hesitate to contact David Zurawel at 416-620-1400 ext. 222/dzurawel@ceo.on.ca


Water taking user guide for Environmental Activity andSector Registry

August 3, 2016

Get detailed information on the proper use of the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) for the water-taking sector. This guide applies to water takings for road construction purposes and water taking for construction site dewatering. Click here to continue reading. 


Construction Lien Act Review update:  Province “managing expectations”

July 26, 2016

CEO, like the rest of Ontario’s broader construction sector, is still waiting for the province to publish Bruce Reynolds’ and Sharon Vogel’s Report and Recommendations on the review of the Construction Lien Act.  Having the report in-hand for going on three months, the government is not giving any signal as to when it will be released.
 
New Infrastructure Minister Bob Chiarelli has indicated the document is awaiting action from cabinet.  Confirming the report contains 102 technical and “highly complex subjects”, the government is clearly trying to formulate its next steps.  With Minister Chiarelli stating the government will take its time, stakeholders should not expect to see action on this issue for the immediate future. CEO will continue to press both Attorney General and Infrastructure Minister’s staff to release the report and recommendations.  It is our position that if time is required for government to make a thorough and thoughtful analysis, the same opportunity should be given to those stakeholders who participated the review process. 
 
Should you have any questions about the report and recommendations, CEO’s position or its role in the independent review, please contact David Zurawel at 416-620-1400 ext. 222 or dzurawel@ceo.on.ca.

Ontario scrapping ORPP in wake enhanced CPP deal, agreement amounts to “the lesser of two evils”

June 27, 2016
 

Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa has announced that the province is scrapping its plan to implement an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP).  The decision came June 20th in the wake of Ottawa and provincial finance ministers reaching an agreement in principle to enhance the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).  Eight out of ten provinces signed on to the deal.  Quebec and Manitoba did not sign.  Quebec felt that the proposed program would be too onerous for low-income workers while the new Manitoba government, just 4 weeks into its mandate, needed more time to assess the potential impacts.

The announcement of the agreement caught many by surprise, including political staff at Queen’s Park.  Indeed, many are left questioning why Ottawa rushed to impose a ratification deadline of July 15th.  While the enhanced plan has been sold as a response to a looming pension crisis born out of people currently under-saving for retirement, widely accepted and credible proof of that claim has yet to be published.

There is no hiding that the enhanced CPP program represents an added net expense for employers.  Despite its long phase-in period businesses will have to prepare for how they are going to incorporate these changes in to their business plans. Click here to continue reading.

Provincial cabinet shuffle – Premier unveils implementation team”

June 14, 2016

After weeks of speculation, and the resignation of four ministers over the last week, Premier Kathleen Wynne Monday unveiled her newly minted executive council. 
 
The shuffle is substantial as the Premier seeks to rebrand her government to try and leave behind some of the memorable missteps of the first half of her four year mandate, and prepare for the 2018 general election. This reorganization however, does not signal a change in policy.  Rather, the government’s agenda is shifting from development to implementation of its jobs and growth strategy.
 
To get the job done the Premier’s cabinet increases from 27 to 30 ministers and 10 ministers have been shifted to new portfolios and seven caucus members have been promoted to cabinet from the benches. The cabinet shuffle represents generally positive news for CEO and its members. CEO's key cabinet relationships have been maintained. Click here to see the list of new ministerial portfolios.
 

Should you have any questions about this bulletin or the government’s cabinet shuffle, do not hesitate to contact David Zurawel at 416-620-1400 ext. 222/dzurawel@ceo.on.ca


Building a better framework for Environmental Approvals in Ontario

June 7, 2016

The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is working to create a modern regulatory system for environmental approvals.
 
The ministry’s Modernization of Approvals Branch (MAB) is leading the implementation of a modernized approach to environmental approvals to create faster, smarter, streamlined government-to-business services, while maintaining high standards of environmental protection.  MAB works with stakeholders to propose, evaluate, communicate and support modernization activities within the context of a risk-based, client centred system, Click here to continue reading.
 
Click here to download the MOECC presentation - Introduction and Overview of the New MOECC Client Account Management System.