Proposed amendments to the Professional Foresters Act

ERO number
019-4429
Notice type
Bulletin
Posted by
Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry
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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 13 (Supporting People and Businesses Act, 2021) received Royal Assent on December 2, 2021. For information on the approved Regulatory Registry notice click on Professional Foresters Act - Regulatory Registry link under Related Links, in the Supporting Section of this notice.

December 23, 2021

Bulletin summary

We are proposing changes to the Professional Foresters Act to improve the delivery of professional forestry in Ontario in support of the Fall 2021 Red Tape Reduction Bill.

Why consultation isn't required

The Environmental Bill of Rights does not require this notice to be placed on the Environmental Registry. However, we are sharing our proposal to amend the Professional Foresters Act for information purposes. 

Bulletin details

The Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry is proposing to amend the Professional Foresters Act (PFA) to reduce red-tape.

Changes to the PFA will improve the delivery of professional forestry in Ontario by better defining the scope of practice of professional forestry.

The purpose of the PFA is to regulate the practice of professional forestry and provide the Ontario Professional Foresters Association (OPFA) the ability to govern its members in accordance with the Act, the regulation and the by-laws in order that the public interest may be served and protected.

In response to requests from the Ontario Professional Foresters Association, we are proposing changes to the PFA that will enhance the ability of the OPFA to provide oversight of its members by adding clarity to the practice of foresters, while limiting the potential impacts to other natural resource professionals (e.g., arborists) and municipal delivery of forest management programs and services.

If you would like to comment on this proposal, please see the Regulatory Registry notice, linked below.

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NDMNRF - CFLPB - Forest Planning Policy Section
Address

70 Foster Drive
Suite 400
Sault Ste Marie, ON
P6A 6V5
Canada

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Amanda McLachlan

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NDMNRF - CFLPB - Forest Planning Policy Section
Address

70 Foster Drive
Suite 400
Sault Ste Marie, ON
P6A 6V5
Canada

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