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Ontario’s Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, the Hon. Prabmeet Sarkaria, has announced a second round of initiatives designed to reduce red tape and regulations for a variety of sectors.  The full details can be found here.

Below is information that relates to the HVACR sector in particular:

Red Tape Reduction Package:

  1.  Alternate rules for the Operating Engineers regulation:  Ontario is taking steps to implement alternate rules for businesses that use boilers or pressure vessels to produce their goods and services, as well as for operating engineers who run the facilities. Our goal is to maintain public safety while reducing the regulatory burden on businesses and individuals. These businesses would have the flexibility to apply to the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) to use alternate ways to achieve safety compliance through tools such as site-specific risk and safety management plans. Businesses have asked us for flexibility, and we are delivering. TSSA plans to implement these rules this fall. These changes will, for example, enable grocery stores and large refrigeration facilities to reduce their costs and potentially invest in greener refrigeration technologies. The changes will also enable businesses to adopt lower-carbon fuels like natural gas, renewable natural gas, or in future hydrogen, which will help in the fight against climate change. Operating engineers will have new opportunities to gain qualifications.
  2. Consultations on Working at Heights training:  The Ontario government will consult on potential amendments to recognize training on working at heights (WAH) received through Newfoundland and Labrador’s program as meeting Ontario’s requirements. Ontario is also proposing an amendment to the existing exemption from Chief Prevention Officer-approved WAH training for auto manufacturers and assemblers to ensure these employers are not required to maintain two separate training programs for their employees.   
  3. Consultations on First Aid requirements and standards:  The Ontario government will consult on modernizing workplace first aid requirements and examine transferring responsibility for first aid from the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.