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Ontario issues reminder of regulations and statutes in force as of January 1

The following business-related legislation and regulation changes come into effect on January 1, 2023. 

  • Privately held business corporations are required to collect and retain certain beneficial ownership information and make it available upon request by law enforcement, tax, regulatory and other prescribed authorities.
  • Bars, restaurants and other licensed establishments are now able to create or extend temporary patios, as long as their municipality or band council has the approved extension, on a permanent basis.
  • The minimum thresholds for agricultural and horticultural societies to qualify for annual provincial grants needed to operate and ensure financial sustainability is lowered.
  • The Professional Engineers Ontario’s Professional Evaluation and Knowledge Program is mandatory for all licence holders.
  • Various amendments to the Ontario Heritage Act to streamline and focus processes for heritage protection while reducing approval delays for housing and other projects.
  • A voluntary Ultra-Low Overnight (ULO) Price Plan for electricity consumers who pay Regulated Price Plan (RPP) electricity rates
  • The use of a new hazardous waste reporting registry with streamlined reporting processes for more than 40,000 businesses and institutions regulated by the Hazardous Waste program is now required.
  • Condominium (condo) developers must use a new calculation to pay purchasers interest on their money (deposits or other payments) when terminating purchase agreements, including for condo cancellations.
  • Tarion Warranty Corporation (Tarion) is required to provide information about condo cancellations and terminated purchase agreements to the Home Construction Regulatory Authority for posting to the Ontario Builder Directory.
  • MTO enforcement officers and police are able to prohibit a driver who has violated hours of service rules from operating a commercial vehicle for a period of time.
  • Most existing exemptions to Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration (CVOR) requirements are removed and new equipment requirements are added under the Highway Traffic Act.
  • Extensions to driver licensing, vehicle registrations, accessible parking permit renewals and other vehicle products and/or carrier fees that were introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic are amended or revoked.

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Media Release


Timelines set, public invited to talk dollars and sense

for 2023 operating, capital, and water and wastewater budgets


December 20, 2022

Welland, ON –  The City of Welland’s Budget Review Committee (BRC) is underway for the deliberations of the 2023 operation, capital, and water and wastewater budgets.

Council provided staff directions for preparing the 2023 budget, which included, but were not limited to, such tasks as maintaining 2022 service levels while targeting a minimal impact on the tax rate after assessment and growth, preparing a capital budget and forecast for 2023-2032, and that all 10 years of the capital forecast be fully funded.

“We know affordability is a concern for many in our community, particularly for senior and low-income wage earners and how to make Welland affordable for current residents and our children’s generation,” said Bonnie Fokkens, councillor and budget review committee chair. “We need to consider public policy and investments that allow a diverse range of current residents and our next generation to live in Welland and raise their own families here. We are committed to ensuring that Welland remains a great place to live, raise a family, and enjoy a high quality of life for now and tomorrow.”

While deliberating the budgets, the BRC will focus on health and wellness, good governance, economic prosperity, new jobs, fiscal sustainability, and infrastructure renewal.

To engage the public, the City created a Your Budget Talks 2023 page on the City’s Engage Welland page for idea sharing, the opportunity to learn about the impacts of a municipal budget, and to view the timeline for various budget deliberations.

In addition to the online engagement, two public meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, January 24, 2023 (tax-supported and capital budgets), and Thursday, January 26, 2023 (water and wastewater operating and capital), both at 5 p.m. Should residents wish to speak at these meetings, they should contact the City Clerk, Tara Stephens, at pyrex@jryynaq.pn no later than noon on Friday, January 6, 2023, to be provided with a link to participate. Should anyone wish only to view the meeting, all Budget Review Committee meetings are live-streamed on the City of Welland’s website: www.welland.ca/Council/Livstream.asp.


For media inquiries, please contact:

Marc MacDonald

Corporate Communications Manager

905-735-1700 x2337


Focus on Finance & Economy

4 key dates for investors to mark in their 2023 calendars

Investors eager to put 2022 behind them can turn their attention to a new year of opportunity. From a tax perspective, opportunity knocks four times in 2023, giving average Canadians the chance to keep more of their tax dollars in their pockets.

All four can be used as part of a broader tax strategy that can save thousands of dollars over the long run. It can get complicated depending on your individual circumstances, so it might be best to discuss them with a qualified advisor or tax professional.

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New Masking Posters

  • New Masking Posters – Wearing a mask is one way to help protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and other RSVs. Download these free awareness posters to help spread the word.


Small Biz Safety Podcast

  • Episode 23 – Mailbag: Safety Experts Answer Your Questions – It’s time for our experts to answer your questions! Find out about the latest on masking guidance, learn how to reduce the risk of violence and harassment during stressful times, and if you regularly employ 6-19 people, find out how you can get free safety training! Also hear about safe food handling and helpful winter driving tips.


Cultivating Safety Podcast: Protecting your Farm’s Greatest Asset

  • Episode 3 – In this episode, Sheila James reviews safe practices for livestock handling including animal behaviours and strategies to prevent injury. In the second half of the show, Sara Lovell highlights some of the top noise culprits on the farm and shares guidance on how to preserve and protect your hearing.

Alexis Higginbotham
Executive Director
60 East Main Street
Welland, ON
L3B 3X4
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