Regulations and Statutes in Force as of January 1, 2020

January 1, 2020

A number of regulations and statutes came into force as of January 1, 2020. See below for the relevant highlights for human services, sorted by Ministry:

Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services

Changes to the Child, Youth and Family Services Act (CYFSA) will:

  • Establish rules for the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information held by service providers licensed or funded under the CYFSA.
  • Establish a new statutory right for children, youth and family members to access and correct their personal information held by those service providers. For example, service providers will be required to respond to access requests within 30 days.
  • Clarify the ministry's responsibilities in collecting personal information from individuals and service providers for oversight, evaluation and planning.

The provisions will improve privacy protection, accountability and transparency and will help the ministry to better use data and measure client and program outcome.

Ministry of Education

Legislative amendments and regulations under the Ontario College of Teachers Act and the Early Childhood Educators Act will:

  • Require the Ontario College of Teachers and College of Early Childhood Educators to establish a funding program to provide therapy and counselling to individuals who allege they were victims of sexual abuse or child pornography committed by an educator in the course of the educator's practice.
  • Guide the operations of each College's funding program for therapy and counselling. These regulations will prescribe the maximum amount of funding that may be provided under the program, the period during which funding may be provided, additional purposes for which funding may be provided, and additional persons to whom funding may be paid.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Amendments to the More Homes, More Choice Act will:

  • Help increase housing supply by freezing municipal development charge rates at the time a site plan application or zoning amendment application is submitted to a municipality. The rate freeze continues for two years after an application is approved by a municipality.
  • Additional amendments also allow for deferral of municipal development charges payments specifically for institutional, rental and non-profit housing developments to:
    • Six annual installments beginning at occupancy for rental housing and institutional developments.
    • 21 annual installments for non-profit housing developments.
  • The legislation provides authority for municipalities to charge interest to cover costs associated with the deferral and the freeze with no maximum interest rate prescribed.

Amendments to Ontario's Building Code will:

  • Improve alignment with the 2015 National Construction Codes, including improvements relating to: 
    • Fire prevention and early detection and warning systems.
    • Structural sufficiency of buildings to withstand external forces and improve resilience.
    • Accessibility requirements for barrier-free access.

Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility

Three new provisions in the Information and Communication Standard have come into force:

  • All Government of Ontario and Legislative Assembly internet and intranet websites will be subject to the web content accessibility guidelines 2.0 AA, including the requirement to caption live videos and audio descriptions for pre-recorded media.
  • All printed materials that are educational or training supplementary learning resources, must meet accessibility requirements for accessible conversion ready versions.
  • Libraries of educational or training institutions must meet the accessibility requirements for digital or multimedia resources or materials.

These requirements represent the final phase to implement accessibility requirements across Ontario.

More Details

Read more in the Province's Backgrounder