On June 17, the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (“MGCS”) released a white paper outlining a series of proposals to modernize privacy protection for Ontarians with respect to the private sector, which is currently governed by the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (the “PIPEDA”).
While several bills contemplate the introduction of a right to de-indexation/removal into applicable privacy legislation at both the federal and provincial levels, the Federal Court, in a recent reference (2021 FC 723 – July 8, 2021) regarding the application of the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (the “PIPEDA”), appears to be opening the door to recognizing this “right to be forgotten.”
On June 28, 2021, the Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change announced in a press release the adoption of the Regulation respecting the traceability of excavated contaminated soils (the “Regulation”), which was subsequently published in the Gazette officielle du Québec on July 7.
On May 5, 2021, the Quebec government took another step towards its goal of making public services faster, more intuitive, and powered by digital technology, as envisioned in its 2019-2023 Government Digital Transformation Strategy. To this end, the Minister for Government Digital Transformation tabled Bill 95 (“Bill 95”) amending the Act respecting the governance and management of the information resources of public bodies and government enterprises and other legislative provisions (“GMIR”). After special consultations and a clause-by-clause consideration by the Committee on Public Finance, Bill 95 was adopted on June 9, 2021, and assented to the following day.
Developments regarding Hydro-Québec’s upcoming calls for tenders to supply 780 MW of renewable energy
On July 14, 2021, the Quebec government published, in the Gazette officielle du Québec, the draft Regulation respecting a 480-megawatt block of renewable energy (“Regulation 480”) and the draft Regulation respecting a 300-megawatt block of wind energy (“Regulation 300” and, collectively with Regulation 480, the “Regulations”), as well as the Décret 906-2021 concernant les préoccupations économiques, sociales et environnementales indiquées à la Régie de l’énergie à l’égard du Plan d’approvisionnement 2020-2029 d’Hydro-Québec (Order in Council 906-2021 respecting the economic, social and environmental concerns submitted to the Régie de l’énergie with respect to Hydro-Québec’s 2020-2029 Electricity Supply Plan, the “Order in Council”).
In August 2019, several amendments to the Land Protection and Rehabilitation Regulation (“LPRR”) and the Regulation respecting contaminated soil storage and contaminated soil transfer stations (“CSSTS”) came into force to guide and further promote the reclamation of slightly contaminated soil. Several of these new provisions were then repealed and integrated, on December 31, 2020, into the new Regulation respecting the regulatory scheme applying to activities on the basis of their environmental impact (“RABEI”). The most recent version of the Guide d’intervention – Protection des sols et réhabilitation des terrains contaminés (a guide to soil protection and rehabilitation of contaminated sites, in French only), published by the Ministry of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change (“MEFCC”) and updated in May 2021, also incorporates these regulatory changes.