9 New Laws & Regulations That Will Affect Ontarians Starting On January 1, 2021
From new vaping laws to rent freezes.
2020 was one of the most radically different and weird years in human history, but 2021 has even more changes in store for Ontarians.
There are at least ninethat people in Ontario will have to abide by, and they're all in addition to the that are in effect right now.
From moose hunting and hydro rates to child care payments and vaping regulations, your life might look a little different next year because of these new rules.
But now that you've got a head start on what's ahead, you can go into the new year feeling as prepared as possible.
Rent freeze in Ontario
The Ontario government has made a few changes to how renting worked during the pandemic, including afrom March to August 2020.
But in October 2020, the province passed legislation that meant landlords couldn't increase the price of rent for most tenants in the province.
expires on December 31, 2021.
No more single-use plastics
Also in October, the federal government announced they were one step closer to regulations are set to be wrapped up by late 2021.throughout the whole country —
The ban could apply to, straws, takeout containers, and six-pack rings, but it won't apply to PPE.
An extra $1,200 for parents
When Canada revealed a new, they announced a change to the coming in 2021 that means eligible parents can get $1,200 for each child under the age of six they have.
There are four payments spread out throughout the year, and they're automatic, too — so if you're eligible and signed up for the CCB, all you need to do is check your bank account.
Money back for remote workers
Also in the package was afor people who have been working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CRA did have abefore 2020, but in 2021 they say they're going to be a lot more lenient about who applies for the $400.
Even more money for Ontario parents
Just yesterday, the province announced they were expanding thein 2021 to include high school students, too.
That means that way more families are eligible for the $200, which people can apply for starting on January 11.
Cheaper hydro for all Ontario
Unfortunately, this new regulation isn't in effect for all of 2021 — just the first month of the new year.
After the Ontario government announced a new lockdown starting on December 26, theythe lowest possible rate since so many more .
Good news for the households with multiple phones, computers, and chargers.
Reduced hours on the TTC
Far fewer people rode the TTC this year than in pre-pandemic times, andsaid they expect the same thing to happen in 2021.
That's why in their 2021 service plan, the service said they would have 303,000 fewer service hours next year, saving them $20.5 million.
But they said they'd still be increasing capacity on high-demand routes to help people stay socially distanced and.
Changes to vape packages
After consulting with Canadians, the federal government now requiresto list their ingredients and have a toxicity warning on the box.
And as of January 1, 2021, re-fillable vapes and their parts must be packaged in child-resistant containers.
This is the second change in two years for Ontario's vapers, after the province.
Huge changes to moose hunting
This one maybe doesn't affect every Ontarian, but we're sure it's a big deal to the province's hunters.
Starting on January 1, hunters will apply to get tags using a points-based allocation process, rather than the draw system that was used in the past.
Hunters get points based on how unsuccessful they've been in previous years, so this will hopefully make it a little fairer for everyone.