Government Relations

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

AGCO Seminars - Winter/Spring 2014
MOE-Modernization of Approvals-Pesticides Modernization
IPM - Public Meeting Survey
Property Assessments
MOL Inspections and Audits
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Alcohol Serving Times
Key Issues Facing the Golf Industry
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      AGCO Seminars
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The AGCO (Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario) have been conducting a series of FREE educational seminars across the province addressing a number of items regarding obligations, liability, capacity, etc. with relation to golf operations. Please click here for a list of the discussion items.
 
For current dates and locations, click here

      MOE-Modernization of Approvals-Pesticides Modernization
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In the Fall of 2013, the Ministry of the Environment (MoE) hosted an information session for various industry stakeholders to provide an overview of the proposed Modernization of Approvals Initiative; and to secure feedback and recommendations on certain aspects of the initiative.

The MoE is preparing to move forward with its transformation plan to create a faster and more streamlined approval service. At the centre of the Modernization of Approvals Initiative is electronic service delivery.  

Efforts to modernize the pesticides approval program will include consideration of:

  • electronic service delivery of pesticide licences and permits;
  • introduction of requirements for renewal of exterminator licences (often referred to as ‘recertification’);
  • and next steps.

Click here for a full overview of the proposed modernization initiative; roll-out is expected fall 2014.

Please contact Mike Bell, NGCOA Canada – Central Ontario Chapter regional director if you have any questions or require further information.

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     IPM - Public Meeting Survey 
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As part of the Ministry of the Environment’s (MoE) pesticide usage requirements, all Ontario golf courses have now completed their 2013 annual public meetings. Many of you continue to confirm that that the process is very time consuming, cumbersome, expensive and poorly attended.

To request changes to the public meeting requirement, NAGA Ontario will continue petitioning the MoE.   (the IPM Council of Canada is not involved in this process).

Supported industry experience is vital to this effort.  Please click here to go directly to the survey.

Completing the survey will provide NAGA Ontario with information necessary to convince the MoE that changes need to be made to the public meeting requirement.

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      Property Assessment
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MPAC and the NGCOA Canada property tax committee have worked on an acceptable framework for determining assessments for the next cycle of taxation years 2013 to 2016.  Please click here to log on to the member's only section for more detailed information.

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      MOL Inspections and Audits 
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Many members have reported being audited by the Ministry of Labour (MOL) over the past two years; and every one of those audited courses was in violation of the Employment Standards Act in one area or another.

Many of those facilities didn’t realize they were in violation of the rules until it was pointed out by an inspector. Please click here to learn more about what happens during an audit and a list of items identified, using our member experiences, as being common targets during audits.

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      Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
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Ontario’s new Accessibility Legislation, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (A.O.D.A.) is now in effect.  Under this Act, the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service applies to all businesses in Ontario that employ ONE OR MORE people! 

Is your business compliant?

The new regulation requires businesses to:

  • Establish policies, practices and procedures
  • Allow guide dogs, service animals and support persons on premises
  • Provide notice of temporary disruptions of facilities normally used by persons with disabilities
  • Provide training to staff
  • Establish a process for receiving and responding to feedback from the public

For businesses that employ 20 or more people, additional obligations apply, including the requirement of filing an Annual Accessibility Report with the Ministry.  Have you done this?

Haven't established your plan yet?

Click here to link to the governmental website (more than 20 employees).
Click here to link to the governmental website (fewer than 20 employees).

Note: both pages listed above contain links for creating an accessibility plan (with a guide and template available) as well as tools to train your staff.
 

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     Alcohol Serving Times
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NGCOA Canada members in Ontario are expressing a desire to reflect their customers’ request to serve alcohol earlier than the current 11:00 am start time. Shift workers and early morning tournaments continually request this earlier service. Additionally, many operators feel that this change would aid their LCBO required control of patrons illegally bringing their own.

You are asked to submit your views to your Regional Director, Mike Bell.

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      Key Issues Facing the Golf Industry
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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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