Proposed Changes to the Nutrient Management Regulations to Reduce Regulatory Burden for Agricultural Operations

On December 6, 2018, Todd Smith, the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and the lead minister on reducing red tape and regulatory burden, announced over 30 actions to make it easier for agri-food and other businesses to create jobs in Ontario.

As part of this effort, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) are proposing changes to burdensome regulations under the Nutrient Management Act.

At this time, OMAFRA and MECP are proposing two changes to O. Reg. 267/03 General (“the Regulation”):

  1. Streamline the regulation under the Nutrient Management Act by removing the automatic five-year expiration associated with a nutrient management strategy (NMS).
  2. Increase flexibility to deal with nutrients from non-farm grazing animals that are kept on facilities other than farms, such as game farms.

These changes would allow the Ontario government to focus on operators who are expanding or changing their operations, more effectively protecting the environment.

A detailed overview of the proposed changes can be found at: Proposed regulatory amendments to Ontario Regulation 267/03 under the Nutrient Management Act.

The full list of the actions announced on December 6th, 2018 can be found at: Proposed Changes to Create Jobs and Reduce Regulatory Burden in Specific Sectors

Reviewed 01/08/2019


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