The Ministry of the Environment will make some more changes, as
announced in the Addendum to last week's provincial budget.
Drive Clean will be spun out to a fee-based Delegated
Administrative Authority. The bridge financing for household
hazardous waste disposal that hastily plugged the Ecofee hole will
be cut, and the Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act
funding announced last year has been cancelled.
"Ministry of the Environment
Proposed Drive Clean Office Transfer to a Delegated
Administrative Authority Model
The Drive Clean Office is responsible for the management and
administration of Drive Clean, Ontario's mandatory
vehicle-emissions inspection and maintenance program.
Drive Clean has been operating since 1999, and over four million
vehicles are tested annually. As it is a mature program that fully
recovers its operating costs through revenue, Drive Clean is a
proposed candidate for delivery through a Delegated Administrative
Authority (DAA) model.
As a DAA, Drive Clean would be fully funded by its own revenue,
eliminating the need for funding from the ministry.
Ministry of the Environment
The ministry has funding to manage hazardous wastes through a
new grant program under the Selected Household Hazardous Waste
Funding was allocated to support the collection and management
of some selected wastes through retail locations, such as
pharmacies. The ministry is working on options for continued
management of these wastes at a reduced cost.
Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act
As part of the 2011 Budget, the ministry announced
funding of $30 million over three years to support the Water
Opportunities and Water Conservation Act, 2010, including
community demonstration projects, municipal water sustainability
planning, and education and public awareness.
The municipal water sustainability planning support was intended
to help municipalities offset the costs of developing these plans.
However, regulation requiring municipalities to develop these plans
is not in place and funding is not expected to flow to
municipalities. Consequently, the ministry will refocus these
resources on other government priorities.
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