Summary: We are proposing to make changes in the regulations to modernize the pesticides licensing program. These will ensure that the program is efficient and transparent. We are proposing two new regulations and amending two existing regulations.
On November 14, 2017, legislative amendments to the Pesticides Act and Environmental Protection Act to enable online service delivery of the pesticides licensing program received Royal Assent as part of the government’s Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017.
In order to bring these changes into effect, amendments are required to O. Reg. 63/09: General, and O. Reg. 228/07: Service of Documents, both under Pesticides Act, R.S.O. 1990. Additionally, two new regulations are required: a Minister’s Fees Regulation under Pesticides Act, R.S.O. 1990 and an Information Publishing Regulation under Environmental Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990.
The proposed amendments enable licences to be applied for and issued online, if prescribed requirements are met. Additionally, the proposed amendments allow certain information about the pesticide licences to be available to the public. The proposed amendments do not change the requirements or the current fee structure for pesticide licence applications and include:
- Amendments to O. Reg. 63/09 General under Pesticides Act, to require persons to use the Ministry’s electronic system to apply for pesticide licences, and to provide rules associated with application, renewal, and expiry of licences.
- Amendments to O. Reg. 228/07: Service of Documents under Pesticides Act to allow the Director to give pesticides licences digitally via the Ministry’s electronic system.
- A new Fees Regulation under Pesticides Act, is being proposed that will be more transparent than the recently repealed Minister’s requirement for fees. There are no changes being proposed to the current fee structure.
- A new Information Publishing Regulation under Environmental Protection Act, to enable the ministry to make certain information about pesticide licences publically available.
O. Reg. 63/09: General under Pesticides Act, R.S.O. 1990
The amendments proposed to this regulation will require applicants to use the Ministry’s electronic system to apply for and renew a licence, and will set out application, renewal, and expiry rules for licences.
O. Reg. 228/07: Service of Documents under Pesticides Act, R.S.O. 1990
The amendments proposed to this regulation will allow the Director to give pesticide licences digitally via the Ministry's electronic system. The regulation would also provide that the Director post the licence in the person’s ministry account (which is created using the Ministry’s electronic system) and send an email to the person telling them that a document has been posted to their account.
Fees Regulation under Pesticides Act, R.S.O. 1990
The proposed fees regulation would create a transparent Minister’s fee regulation. This new regulation aligns with more recent ministry fees provisions. No changes to current fees are being proposed.
Information Publishing Regulation under the Environmental Protection Act, R.S.O. 1990
The proposed information publishing regulation intends to increase the transparency of Ontario’s pesticide licensing program by requiring the Minister to make certain licence information publically available. This information could include the name of the licence holder, the licence number, the licence type, and the expiry date of the licence.