New Ontario regulations and fee changes begin July 1
Starting July 1, changes to legislation and Ontario regulations come into effect that will increase government transparency, strengthen protection for patients and workers, cut red tape for business and make life easier for Ontarians.
- The appointment of Ontario’s first-ever Patient Ombudsman to help meet the needs of patients who have not had their concerns resolved through existing complaint mechanisms, with the office officially opening on July 4, the first business day of the month
- Changes to the Lobbyists Registration Act to give the Integrity Commissioner the authority to investigate alleged violations of the act, the ability to prohibit lobbying for up to two years and the ability to provide guidance and direction on lobbyist conduct
- Amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and associated regulations to improve workers’ safety, including extending noise protection to all workplaces covered under the act and adopting new international standards to provide employers and workers with consistent health and safety information about hazardous workplace chemicals
- Allowing manufacturers of beverage alcohol to have a bar or restaurant at each of their licensed manufacturing sites, and for the patrons to carry the same open serving of liquor (e.g., a glass of wine) from one licensed area (e.g., an on-site store, restaurant or tour area) to another
- Amendments to reduce the burden on franchise businesses by providing rules for more efficient ways to disclose documents.
“Legislation and regulations always need to evolve in order to increase transparency, protect patients and workers, save time and money for business, and make life easier for people across the province. These changes will help our government deliver on our top priority to grow the economy and create good jobs.”— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
Updating laws and regulations to better serve Ontarians is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.