The provincial government has made a host of changes to everything from energy to wages for workers and even political fundraising. Here are some of the new laws and rules you might notice in 2019.
The Used Tires Program and Ontario Tire Stewardship will also be ending. A new framework established by the Tires Regulation will take their place and makes tire producers responsible for collecting and managing tires at the end of their useful life.
Ontario will also extend the moratorium on new or increasing permits for taking groundwater for water bottling until 2020.
As part of the government’s commitment to keep minimum wage at $14 an hour, the province has launched a tax credit for low-income individuals and families.
It will provide up to $850 in a tax credit for individuals and up to $1,700 for couples. The minimum wage will be reviewed in 2020 and will be tied to the rate of inflation.
As we hope you recall, most drivers caught on a hand-held device will now be fined up to $1,000 — more than double the current fine. Additional penalties include a three-day licence suspension and three demerit points.
For a second conviction within five years, the maximum fine rises to $2,000, plus six demerit points and a seven-day driver’s licence suspension.
More convictions within that five-year period would be an even bigger hit to the wallet at a fine up to $3,000, six demerit points and a 30-day suspension.
There’s also a new $550 penalty for refusing to take a drug or alcohol test if you register a blood alcohol concentration over 0.08 or if a drug recognition evaluator determines impairment.
Hunters and fishers can expect streamlined licensing with the creation of a single Outdoors Card and one fishing and hunting licence document. The document would have all licences a client has bought. The government says the move is to improve consistency and to “modernize” the system for anglers and hunters. This includes plans to change regulation and look at improving measures in which hunters report their harvests.
(Source: cbc.ca; Image: Flickr)