Proposed Supporting People and Businesses Act, 2021

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019-4455
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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 13 (Supporting People and Businesses Act, 2021) received Royal Assent on December 2, 2021.

December 7, 2021

Bulletin summary

The Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction (SBRTR) has introduced the Bill 13, the Supporting People and Businesses Act, 2021 which is designed to reduce burden on individuals and businesses. Measures will aid in weathering the impacts of COVID-19 and help build a more efficient Ontario for people and businesses.

Why consultation isn't required

The proposed Supporting People and Businesses 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.

Proposed amendments within the bill are from 13 ministries that are responsible for evaluating their individual legislative proposals and amendments against the public consultation requirements of the EBR. Where there is potential environmental impact, the responsible 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 by 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 People and Businesses Act, 2021 will focus on reducing red tape and helping to build a more efficient Ontario for people and businesses coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Areas of focus include:

  • making Ontario more competitive
  • supporting tourism and local recovery
  • boosting rural and northern economies
  • making health services a priority across sectors

This package includes amendments to 29 Acts:

  1. Barristers Act, 1990
  2. Cannabis Control Act, 2017
  3. Cannabis Licence Act, 2018
  4. City of Toronto Act, 2006
  5. Collection and Debt Settlement Services Act
  6. Courts of Justice Act, 1990
  7. Crown Administration of Estates Act, 1990
  8. Crown Forest Sustainability Act, 1994
  9. Development Charges Act, 1997
  10. Education Act, 1990
  11. Electricity Act, 1998
  12. Environmental Assessment Act, 1990
  13. Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion Act, 2007
  14. Liquor Licence and Control Act, 2019
  15. Mining Act, 1990
  16. Ministry of Infrastructure Act, 2011
  17. Municipal Act, 2001
  18. Northern Services Boards Act, 1990
  19. Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1990
  20. Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017
  21. Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996
  22. Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998
  23. Planning Act, 1990
  24. Police Record Checks Reform Act, 2015
  25. Professional Foresters Act, 2000
  26. Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006
  27. Public Lands Act, 1990
  28. Toronto Atmospheric Act, 2005
  29. Water Opportunities Act, 2010

Out of the 29 individual Acts, five (5) Acts from three (3) ministries have determined amendments to their individual legislation may result in environmental impact and have posted proposal notices on the Environmental Registry. This bulletin notice contains an index of these proposal notices and bulletins for informational purposes only.

Summary of Proposed Notices:

 

Ministry: Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks

Act: Environmental Assessment Act

Title of notice: Clarifying the authority to change the classes of projects to which a class environmental assessment process applies. 

Summary of amendment(s):

We are proposing a minor amendment to the Environmental Assessment Act to make it clearer that the authority to amend a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) and a Class EA approval, includes changing the types (or classes) of projects that can follow a Class EA.

ERO number: 019-4189

Notice type: Proposal

The government is consulting on this proposal for 45 days between October 7, 2021 and November 21, 2021.

To comment, please view notices: Clarifying the authority to change the classes of projects to which a class environmental assessment process applies | Environmental Registry of Ontario. A link to these notices can also be found under the “related ERO notices” section of this notice.

Ministry:  Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing

Act:  Planning Act, Municipal Act, 2001 and City of Toronto Act, 2006

Title of notice: Proposed Additional Delegation of Planning Decisions

Summary of amendment(s):

Changes are being proposed to the Planning Act, Municipal Act, 2001 and City of Toronto Act, 2006 that would provide municipalities with discretionary authority to delegate additional decisions to committees of council or municipal staff for minor amendments to zoning by-laws.

ERO number: 019-4419

Notice type: Proposal

The government is consulting on this proposal for 45 days between October 7, 2021 and November 21, 2021.

To comment, please view notices: Proposed Additional Delegation of Planning Decisions | Environmental Registry of Ontario. A link to these notices can also be found under the “related ERO notices” section of this notice.

Ministry: Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry

Act:   Mining Act, 1990

Title of notice: Recovery of Minerals

Summary of amendment(s):

We are proposing amendments to the Mining Act to support the recovery of minerals from waste at current operating, closed or abandoned mine sites in Ontario through reprocessing of minerals, including critical minerals.

ERO number:   019-4452

Notice type: Proposal

The government is consulting on this proposal for 45 days between October 7, 2021 and November 21, 2021.

To comment, please view notices: Recovery of Minerals | Environmental Registry of Ontario. A link to these notices can also be found under the “related ERO notices” section of this notice.

Ministry:    Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry

Act:  Mining Act, 1990

Title of notice: Retention of Proceeds from Testing Activities on Leases and Patented Lands

Summary of amendment(s):

We are proposing amendments to the Mining Act to allow lessees, licensees and owners of mining lands to sell and retain the proceeds from materials extracted for the purposes of testing without the requirement for a mine production closure plan to have first been filed.

ERO number:  019-4446   

Notice type  Proposal

The government is consulting on this proposal for 45 days between October 7, 2021 and November 21, 2021.

To comment, please view notices: Retention of Proceeds from Testing Activities on Leases and Patented Lands | Environmental Registry of Ontario.  A link to these notices can also be found under the “related ERO notices” section of this notice.

 

 

Summary of Bulletins:

Ministry:  Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry

Act:  Crown Forest Sustainability Act, 1994

Title of bulletin: Proposed amendments to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act to Reduce Red-Tape for the harvest of Crown forest resources for personal use

Summary:  We are proposing changes to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act to reduce red-tape for clients in support of the Fall 2021 Red Tape Reduction Bill.

ERO number: 019-4351

Notice type:  Bulletin

The notice will be posted for 45 days between October 7, 2021 and November 21, 2021.

View the bulletin:  https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-4351

Ministry:  Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry

Act:  Public Lands Act, R.S.O. 1990

Title of bulletin: Amendments to the Public Lands Act to Support Red Tape Reduction

Summary:  We are proposing to amend the Public Lands Act to reduce red-tape for clients. Changes would improve customer service and government efficiency, reduce unnecessary burdens, and provide a greater ability to make public lands available for economic development opportunities, particularly in the North.

ERO number: 019-4403

Notice type:  Bulletin

The notice will be posted for 45 days between October 7, 2021 and November 21, 2021.

View the bulletin:  https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-4403

Ministry:  Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry

Act:  Professional Foresters Act, 2000

Title of bulletin: Proposed amendments to the Professional Foresters Act

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.

ERO number: 019-4429

Notice type:  Bulletin

The notice will be posted for 45 days between October 7, 2021 and November 21, 2021.

View the bulletin: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-4429 

 

 

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