Proposed Supporting Recovery and Competitiveness Act

ERO number
019-3497
Notice type
Bulletin
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Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
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This notice is for informational purposes only. There is no requirement to consult on this initiative on the Environmental Registry of Ontario. Learn more about the types of notices on the registry.

Update Announcement

Bill 276 (Supporting Recovery and Competitiveness Act, 2021) received Royal Assent on June 3, 2021

July 8, 2021

Bulletin summary

The Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction has introduced the Supporting Recovery and Competitiveness Act to reduce the number of regulations and cost of doing business in the province. Some measures will immediately help businesses to weather the impacts of COVID-19 while others will lay the groundwork for continued economic recovery.

Why consultation isn't required

The proposed Supporting Recovery and Competitiveness Act, 2021 is a package of legislative changes led by the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT). However, MEDJCT does not have responsibility for any legislative amendments in the package that would have a significant effect on the environment.

Ministries responsible for legislation in this package are undertaking public consultation, as required under the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) for amendments that could, if implemented, have a significant effect on the environment.

As the proposed amendments within the bill are from 12 ministries, the ministries are responsible to evaluate their individual proposed legislative amendments against the requirements from the EBR. Where there is potential environmental impact, the individual ministry has completed a proposal notice to which it has been posted on the environmental registry.

MEDJCT-SBRTR’s bulletin notice contains a summary of these proposal notices for informational purposes only.

There are proposals in this Bill that do not have significant impact on the environment but may impact businesses. Opportunities to comment on these additional proposals are available on Ontario’s Regulatory Registry.

Bulletin details

The amendments contained in the proposed Supporting Recovery and Competitiveness Act, 2021 will focus on:

  • supporting businesses to recover and rebuild rather than permanently shut down
  • increasing flexibility for businesses to invest in creative revenue opportunities
  • increasing competitiveness to attract new foreign direct investment in the long term, while keeping Ontario-grown companies in Ontario
  • supporting job-creation
  • supporting more cost-effective ways to do business and live in Ontario, without compromising safeguards that protect health & well-being, public safety and the environment
  • increasing economic activity

This package includes amendments to 29 Acts:

  1. Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019
  2. Class Proceedings Act
  3. Corporations Act
  4. District Social Services Administration Boards Act
  5. Education Act
  6. Elections Act
  7. Electricity Act, 1998
  8. Employment Standards Act
  9. Family Responsibility Support Arrears Enforcement Act
  10. Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act
  11. French Language Services Act
  12. Insurance Act
  13. Justices of the Peace Act
  14. Labour Relations Act
  15. Law Society Act
  16. Liquor Licence and Control Act
  17. Mining Act
  18. Modernizing Ontario for People and Businesses Act
  19. Not-for-Profit Corporations Act
  20. Ontario Disability Support Program Act
  21. Ontario Drug Benefit Act
  22. Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998
  23. Ontario Immigration Act
  24. Ontario Works Act
  25. Opioid Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act
  26. Planning Act
  27. Regulated Health Professions Act
  28. Statute Labour Act
  29. Statutory Powers Procedure Act

Out of the 29 individual Acts, 5 Acts from 2 ministries have determined amendments to their individual legislation could be of environmental interest, therefore have posted their items on the Environmental Registry for comment. This bulletin notice contains an index of these proposal notices for informational purposes only.

Summary of proposed notices:

Ministry: Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines

Act: Electricity Act, 1998 and Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998

Title of notice: Eliminating Renewable Energy Requirements

Summary of amendment(s):

We are proposing to repeal legislative provisions that promote and prioritize the development of renewable energy. Ontario has built a clean energy supply, going forward, Ontario will ensure value for ratepayers by allowing all resources to compete to meet system needs.

ERO number: 019-3471

Notice type: Proposal

The government is consulting on this proposal for 40 days between April 15, 2021 and May 25, 2021.

To comment, please view notices: ERO # 019-3471: – Electricity Act, 1998 and Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998. A link to these notices can be found under the “related ERO notices” section of this notice.

Ministry: Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines

Act: Mining Act

Title of notice: Proposal to Establish a Public Registry for Licences of Occupation

Under the Environmental Bill of Rights, this proposal does not require consultation as there are no anticipated potentially significant environmental impacts with the proposed amendment. However, given the environmental significance of the Mining Act, the ministry is voluntarily posting this notice for comment.

Summary of amendment(s):

We want to amend the Mining Act to establish a public registry for licences of occupation, so the public can more easily access the Ministry’s information. The registry would be accessible through the Mining Lands Administration System (MLAS).

ERO number: 019-3505

Notice type: Act

The government is consulting on this proposal for 40 days between April 15, 2021 and May 25, 2021.

To comment, please view notices: ERO # 019-3505 – Proposal to Establish a Public Registry for Licences of Occupation. A link to these notices can be found under the “related ERO notices” section of this notice.

Ministry: Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines

Act: Mining Act

Title of notice: Amendment of the Mining Act to enable a more streamlined approach to authorizing the sale of end product from bulk samples

Summary of amendment(s):

We want to amend the Mining Act to enable regulations to establish a “permit by rule” model, allowing claim holders to sell the end product of a bulk sample, and retain proceeds, provided that certain conditions are met. There are no anticipated environmental impacts associated with this proposal.

ERO number: 019-3506

Notice type: Act

The government is consulting on this proposal for 40 days between April 15, 2021 and May 25, 2021.

To comment, please view notices: ERO # 019-3506 – Amendment of the Mining Act to enable a more streamlined approach to authorizing the sale of end product from bulk samples. A link to these notices can be found under the “related ERO notices” section of this notice.

Ministry: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Act: Planning Act

Title of notice: Proposed changes to certain land division provisions in the Planning Act

Summary of amendment(s):

The proposed amendments include technical, administrative, procedural and policy changes to provisions in sections 50, 51, 53, 54, 55 and 57 of the Planning Act related to control of the division of land (subdivision control, plans of subdivision, consents and validations), as well as other housekeeping or consequential changes to the Act.

ERO number: 019-3495

Notice type: Act

The government is consulting on this proposal for 32 days between April 15, 2021 and May 17, 2021.

To comment, please view notices: ERO # 019-3495: Proposed changes to certain land division provisions in the Planning Act. A link to these notices can be found under the “related ERO notices” section of this notice.

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