Proposed EHS regulatory changes – July 2020

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Alberta

Restoring Balance in Alberta’s Workplaces Act, 2020

Published – 08 Jul, 2020
Industry Sector – General Industry, Building Management and Maintenance

The Government of Alberta is proposing important changes to labor and employment law in the province.

According to the Alberta Government, the changes would notably
– provide “more clarity about rest periods and temporary layoff notices”;
– change the rules concerning rest periods and hours of work;
– allow 13 and 14-year-olds “to do more types of jobs without their employer getting a permit first”; and
– allow an “employer and union could agree to alter employment standards rules for hours of work, notice of work times, days of rest, and overtime hours under hours of work averaging arrangements”.

More information is available here and here.

British Columbia

Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2020

Published – 20 Jul, 2020
Industry Sector – General Industry, Building Management and Maintenance

The Government announced its intention to change certain rules regarding injured workers.

According to the Government of British Columbia, the changes would notably
– enable compensation for mental disorder as if the mental disorder were a personal injury arising from employment;
– remove the duty to report a worker’s death to the Board’s local representative;
– add reference to mental disorder in the Act’s one-year time limit for submitting a worker’s compensation claim; and
– increase the maximum wage rate to $100 000 for 2021.

These changes would be implemented by amending the Workers Compensation Act (CA-BC-RSBC2019,c1).

Additional information is available here.

Manitoba

Trapping of Wild Animals Regulation, amendment

Published – 21 Jun, 2020
Industry Sector – General Industry

The Government has announced its intention to allow the use of hunting licenses and permits issued using the internet and change certain trapping methods.

According to the Government of Manitoba, the changes would notably
– require trapping licence or permit issued over the internet to be printed or accessible on an electronic device that is carried at all times while carrying out any activity authorized by the licence or permit;
– make it an offence if the the permit or licence is inaccessible on an electronic device when requested by an officer;
– prohibit leghold traps and snares on land within 10 km of the Hudson Bay coastline from September 1 and November 15;
– allow a metallic chain, cable or wire to be used when securely attaching a trap or snare to a tree, grapple, heavy object or stake in the ground; and
– add certain approved devices for hunting marten, muskrat, weasel, wolf and beavers.

These changes would be implemented by amending the Trapping of Wild Animals Regulation (CA-MB-Man.Reg245/90).

Ontario

Proposal to exempt projects or activities related to land claim settlements and other agreements with Indigenous communities from the Environmental Assessment Act

Published – 08 Jul, 2020
Industry Sector – General Industry

The Government of Ontario has announced its intention to change the rules respecting land claim settlements and agreements with Indigenous communities.

According to the Ontario Government, the changes would notably exempt land claim settlements and agreements from consultation and evaluation under the Environmental Assessment Act (RSO1990,cE.18).

Interested persons are invited to make comments by August 22, 2020.

Proposed changes to environmental approvals for municipal sewage collection works

Published – 08 Jul, 2020
Industry Sector – Construction

The Government of Ontario has announced its intention to change the approval process for low-risk municipal sewage works.

According to the Ontario Government, the changes would notably
– incorporate “all existing and future approvals into one new consolidated [environmental compliance approval (ECA)] for municipal sanitary collection systems and one new consolidated ECA for stormwater management works with pre-authorizations”;
– update ECA requirements;
– require municipalities “to prepare and submit to the ministry applications for consolidated linear infrastructure ECAs that will include a description of all existing sanitary collection and stormwater works within their municipal boundaries that they own”;
– no longer require municipalities “to submit individual pipe by pipe ECAs for future alterations provided that the future alterations are built in accordance with new design criteria and all other ECA conditions”; and
– allow “developers may be able to construct works under the municipality’s consolidated linear infrastructure ECA” in certain circumstances.

Interested persons are invited to make comments by August 22, 2020.

Quebec

Clean air—Amendment

Published – 22 Jul, 2020
Industry Sector – Mining and Minerals Industry

The Government of Quebec announced its intention to modify rules respecting clean air regulations for aluminum smelters.

According to the Government of Quebec, the effects of the changes would notably be to postpone “to 1 January 2026, the date of application of emission standards for ‘side-worked prebaked anode’ type potlines in operation on 30 June 2011”.

The changes would be implemented by amending the Clean Air Regulation (RRQ,cQ-2,r4.1).

Interested persons can submit comments until September 5, 2020.

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