TORONTO—The Toronto Construction Association reported in its latest newsletter that Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is proposing to reform the Notice of Project (NOP) requirement under O. Reg. 213/91 Construction Projects.
Currently, the regulation requires that an NOP be filed with the ministry if a construction project is expected to cost more than $50,000 in materials and labour. There is a higher threshold of $250,000 for projects at automotive manufacturers and assemblers. In addition to the $50,000 financial trigger, a construction project involved in one of the high-hazard activities listed in the regulation is required to submit an NOP to the ministry. The intent of the NOP is to identify potentially high-hazard construction activities for possible inspections by the ministry.
The potential reform would replace the $50,000 monetary threshold with an expanded list of hazard-based triggers.
In addition, the TCA noted that the ministry is also proposing to move various other notice requirements throughout the regulation into a single section of the regulation for easier reference.
More information on the proposal is available at the Government of Ontario’s Regulatory Registry. The deadline for comments is Sept. 10.