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ONTARIO GOVERNMENT RELEASES FINAL BILL 6 REGULATION

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT RELEASES FINAL BILL 6 REGULATION

 

As of January 1st, 2018, Ontario municipalities are subject to O. Reg. 588/17: Asset Management Planning for Municipal Infrastructure, under the Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, 2015, S.O. 2015, c.15. Under the law, every municipality will be required to prepare a comprehensive strategic asset management policy, a plan to maintain core municipal infrastructure, a levels of service proposal, and a publicly accessible asset management plan. 

The province took into account the feedback received throughout the consultation period, and has made amendments to the original Bill 6 draft regulation. 

The following are the key dates and changes made:

  • January 1, 2018: Effective date of Regulation (there are no requirements that must be met at this time).
  • July 1, 2019: Date for municipalities to have a finalized strategic asset management policy.
  •  July 1, 2021: Date for municipalities to have an approved asset management plan for core assets (roads, bridges and culverts, water, wastewater and stormwater management) that discusses current levels of service and the cost of maintaining those services.
  • July 1, 2023: Date for municipalities to have an approved asset management plan for all municipal infrastructure assets that discusses current levels of service and the cost of maintaining those services.
  • July 1, 2024: Date for municipalities to have an approved asset management plan for all municipal infrastructure assets that builds upon the requirements set out in 2023. This includes a discussion of proposed levels of service, what activities will be required to meet proposed levels of service, and a strategy to fund the activities.

 

To access the full regulation CLICK HERE. PSD will release a briefing on O.Reg. 588, which will go into detail on the specific requirements for municipalities. In addition, on January 11th at 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST, PSD will be hosting an important briefing on the new law to discuss the purpose of the legislation, what is expected of municipalities, and how municipalities can ensure that they are compliant with the new law. In this open webinar, PSD will provide an overview of the variety of funding opportunities available to municipalities working towards bettering their asset management plans and policies. 

 

Source: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17588