The High Cost of Electricity
The Provincial government has been under tremendous pressure over the past year to rein in the high cost of electricity in Ontario. The Province has announced a number of changes to the electricity market. These changes would be in addition to the previously announced 8% rebate for residential and small business consumers. The government intends to introduce legislation that would, if passed, enable the initiatives announced. As this legislation has not yet been made available to the market, some of the details in the proposed changes are not yet known. Our interpretation of the impact on end users is based on information available at the time of writing and in discussions with government officials. To read more, click here.
What to Expect in the Upcoming Changing Workplaces Review
Recently the Minister of Labour , Minister Kevin Flynn provided a one-on-one interview with TVO.org on what to expect from the upcoming Changing Workplaces Review. The Changing Workplaces Review Report was commissioned by the Ministry of Labour to investigate the increase in precarious, vulnerable and temporary work so the province can modernize its labour and employment laws. To read more, click here.
On Line Survey From the AGCO
Starting in late fall 2017, applicants will be able to apply for a Liquor Sales Licence, Ferment on Premise Licence, Liquor Delivery Service Licence, Licence to Represent a Manufacturer, Authorization to Sell Beer and Wine in a Grocery Store, and an Authorization to Sell Beer and Cider in a Grocery Store online, through the iAGCO portal that will be available on the AGCO’s Web site www.agco.on.ca. We invite you to participate in a short survey. Our goal is to provide you with an opportunity to offer feedback on your willingness to use the online system as well as on licencing renewal periods. If you are interested in participating, please click here.
Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 (HMCA) - Menu Labelling Requirements in Ontario
Enforcement Protocol and Supporting Materials Enforcement of the HMCA is now a requirement under the Chronic Disease Prevention standard of the Ontario Public Health Standards, 2008 (OPHS). Enforcement materials to support this new requirement include a Menu Labelling Compliance Protocol, a Menu Labelling Enforcement Directive, and an Inspection Form. Please note these last two documents are meant to guide inspectors through the process and promote consistency in enforcement efforts, and are not mandated tools or procedures. Public health units may adapt these documents as needed. Attached are copies of the finalized documents to support enforcement of the HMCA that were distributed to Public Health Units.
WHMIS Legislation Has Now Been Amended to Include the GHS Standard
WHMIS is changing to adopt new international standards for classifying hazardous chemicals and providing information on labels and safety data sheets. These new international standards are part of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and are being phased in across Canada between February 2015 and December 2018. The GHS standards have been endorsed by the United Nations. They are also being implemented in many other countries including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and members of the European Union. Please click here to download a free copy of ORHMA’s Understanding WHMIS. For more information on the requirements and changes from the Ministry of Labour, please click here.
ORHMA Comments on the Review of the Travel Industry Act
The provincial government is currently consulting with the public and the travel industry to secure feedback on the Travel Industry Act to better protect consumers who book vacations or buy other travel services. ORHMA has submitted comments on this – click here to read letter to the Minister. If you are interested in this review you can read the Ministry report and send the government your feedback by email by April 14, 2017. To read more, click here.
Hydro Rate Reduction Explained
In our opinion, as with many others, the changes in the political climate have forced the Ontario government to initiate these changes and admit past energy policies have failed to consider the impact to Ontarian’s. If they could they would most likely cancel the power contracts that lead to the punishable Global Adjustment (GA) but they would be faced with stiff legal repercussions. They are stuck with past decisions. To read more, click here.