Government Relations

Click on the links below to find out more information on items related to Government regulations and/or issues.

MOL Update: Joint Health & Safety Committee changes
New Provincial Bill: Protecting Employees’ Tips Act 2015
NGCOA Canada Property Tax Committee - Update December 2015
Ministry of Labour - expanded definition of employee
Gas Tax Refunds
Key Issues Facing the Golf Industry

MOL Update
Joint Health & Safety Committee Changes

Joint health and safety committees (JHSCs) and multi-workplace joint health and safety committees (MJHSCs) represent workers and employers at Ontario workplaces. An MJHSC is a single JHSC, established and maintained for more than one workplace, each of which would normally require its own JHSC. Some members of a JHSC must receive training called 'certification' to perform their duties effectively. Please note these important dates: March 1, 2016 - New JHSC training standards come into effect and April 30, 2016 - JHSC members trained under the 1996 standards and not already certified must submit confirmation of their Part 2 training by this date in order to be certified. Click here for the New Training Program Standard and New Training Provider Standard which came into effect March 1, 2016.


New Provincial Bill
Protecting Employees’ Tips Act

An Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 with respect to tips and other gratuities. Bill 12 received Royal Assent on Dec 10th, 2015 and will come into force across the province 6 months afterwards (which would be June 10, 2016). Please click here for more information including key items from the original draft to the final version.


NGCOA Canada Property Tax Committee
Update December 2015

The Joint MPAC/NGCOA Canada Property Tax Committee has agreed to important CVA (current value assessment) adjustments for the 2017-20 taxation Cycle. The new values will provide additional support to golf course owners better reflecting the realities of the current golf business climate. Click here for full details.


Ministry of Labour
expanded definition of employee

Effective immediately, the new definition of worker under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) expands coverage of the OHSA to unpaid co-op students, certain other learners and trainees participating in a work placement in Ontario. Click here for more information on this important announcement.


Gas Tax Refunds
submit your refund application

All Ontario golf courses can apply for a gas tax refund. Did you also know that you are able to apply for the refund within 4 years from the date that the tax was paid? Since the refundable tax for unleaded fuel is currently 14.7 cents/litre, the tax refund can be significant for your course. For more information, please click here. It is important to note that the refund can only be obtained through submission of the refund application.




The NAGA ON Executive Committee members include:

  • Shawn Hunter, NGCOA Canada - Southwestern Ontario Chapter (Interim President)
  • Steve Carroll, Golf Association of Ontario
  • Jeff Germond, Canadian Society of Club Managers - Ontario Branch (GM, St. Catharines Golf and Country Club)
  • Kevin Purcel, Professional Golfers Association of Ontario
  • Mark Prieur, Ontario Golf Superintendents Association (Superintendent- Trafalgar GC)
  • Scott White, Ontario Golf Superintendents Association (Superintendent- Donalda GC)

Priority asks will be on the IPM Accreditation Legislation (specifically elimination of the Public Presentations component) & reduction of Excessive Government Red Tape (for small business). For more information, please visit


IPM Accreditation
Teri Yamada, Executive Director, IPM Council of Canada

Registration renewals for the IPM Accreditation Program were due June 1, 2015. Online access to all reporting forms & the scouting database has expired and will be reset upon receipt of the completed and signed 2015 registration form and renewal fee. If you require a copy of the invoice or 2015 registration form, please contact the IPM Council of Canada at Please note that the golf course renewal of $800 + HST ($904) is payable to:

IPM Council of Canada
P.O. Box 7
Milton, ON L9T 2Y3.

The IPM Certified Agent annual registration fee is payable to the University of Guelph and should not be combined with the golf course registration fee. A new IPM Agent portal has been set up by the university where fees can be paid and continuing education credits can be recorded. For more information, please go to or call: 1-866-385-4762.

The IPM Council of Canada office will be closed for holidays July 13-24, 2015.


Key Issues Facing the Golf Industry
National / Ontario

Advocacy is an integral part of your Association’s dedication to provide our members with the business support necessary to develop initiatives and programs within an effective networking environment to enable you to operate more efficient and profitable golf facilities.

Renewing your NGCOA Canada membership is the single most cost efficient and effective way to ensure a healthy, viable golf industry.

Click here to view the current list of National Advocacy Issues.

Click here to view Ontario's Advocacy Issues.




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