Elimination of industrial exceptions in Ontario may be delayed by prorogation of provincial parliament
Toronto, ON – Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty’s unexpected resignation as the leader of the provincial Liberal party and his prorogation of the provincial parliament on Oct. 15, 2012, could delay the enactment of new legislation...
Toronto, ON – Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty’s unexpected resignation as the leader of the provincial Liberal party and his prorogation of the provincial parliament on Oct. 15, 2012, could delay the enactment of new legislation regarding industrial exemptions in the province.
Ontario is the only province in Canada to have allowed industrial exemptions, which permit non-licensed persons to do the work of a professional engineer when it related to production machinery or a production process in an employer’s facilities. In other words, an industrial facility did not need to employ or retain a professional engineer for the purpose of designing or evaluating production equipment and processes in their own facility.
On October 25, 2010, the Ontario government passed new legislation known the Open For Business Act, 2010. The act, among many other things, eliminated industrial exceptions that have existed in Ontario since 1984. However, that section of the act was not to be proclaimed until October 25, 2012, a two-year delay that gave the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) licensing body an opportunity to develop associated regulations.
“Although we don’t know exactly when our legislation will be dealt with, we anticipate that the process will continue without interruption, since it does not require the legislature to be sitting,” said David Smith, Manager, Communications, Professional Engineers Ontario.
“The legislation means that the way many companies have worked with industrial machinery and equipment for decades will change,” said Simon Fridlyand of SAFE Engineering, Toronto. ” Although the prorogation of parliament in Ontario could delay the final implementation of the new law, industrial employers in the province should get ready now to adopt the new practices.” Details of what this entails will be reported in the Safety File column of the forthcoming November 2012 issue of Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine.