Summary: The proposed Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018 is the second in a series of bills through Ontario’s Open for Business Action Plan to stimulate business investment, create good jobs, and make Ontario more competitive by cutting unnecessary regulations that are inefficient, inflexible or out of date. The Bill, if passed, amends a number of Acts.
The proposed Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018, if passed, would make the following legislative changes:
Schedule 1: Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs
- Remove outdated and time-consuming reporting requirements under the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Act, including ones required for loan guarantee programs.
- Amend the Agricultural Employees Protection Act (AEPA) to cover ornamental horticultural workers.
- Enable amendments under the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act to simplify delivery of programs and enhance responsiveness.
Schedule 2: Ministry of the Attorney General
- Repeal the Pawnbrokers Act.
Schedule 3: Ministry of Education
- Remove restrictions on home-based child care providers, including allowing additional children, to make it easier for parents to find affordable child care.
- Lower the age of children that authorized recreation programs can serve from 6 to 4.
Schedule 4: Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines
- Repeal the authority of the Ontario Energy Board to set rates for Unit Sub Metering Providers (USMPs)
Schedule 5: Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
- Repeal the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 by 2021, remove the toxics reduction plan in 2019 and rely on the robust and science-based Federal Chemicals Management Plan
- See "Repeal the Toxics Reduction Act, 2009 and all associated regulations by December 31, 2021" (ERO # 013-4234) and
- See "Planning and reporting changes under the toxics reduction program and Ontario Regulation 455/09" (ERO # 013-4235)
Schedules 6: Ministry of Finance
- Stop requiring a new regulation whenever businesses and non-profits merge single-employer pension plans into jointly sponsored pension plans.
Schedule 7: Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
- Reduce where operating engineers are required to supervise.
- Repeal the Wireless Services Agreements Act, 2013 and harmonize with the federal government’s national wireless code.
Schedule 8: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
- Modernize and streamline administrative requirements for the operators of long-term care homes.
Schedule 9: Ministry of Labour
- Amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) to reduce regulatory burden on businesses, including no longer requiring them to obtain approval from the Director of Employment Standards for excess hours of work and overtime averaging.
- Stop requiring employers to post the Employment Standards Act (ESA) poster in the workplace, but retain the requirement that they provide the poster to employees.
- Amend the Labour Relations Act, 1995 to explicitly deem public bodies, including municipalities, school boards, hospitals, colleges and universities, as “non-construction employers”.
Schedule 10: Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
- Introduce a new economic development tool and remove planning barriers to expedite major business investments and speed up approvals by about two years.
- See "Proposed open-for-business planning tool" (ERO # 013-4125) and
- See "New Regulation under the Planning Act for Open-for-Business Planning Tool (ERO # 013-4239)
Schedule 11: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
- Amend the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 to reduce administrative burdens.
Schedule 12: Ministry of Transportation
- Allow electronic documentation for International Registration Plans.