Changing The Rules

Ontario travel registrar, Richard Smart is advising members of the Ontario travel industry that the province’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services is consulting on proposals to amend Ontario Regulation 26/05 made under the Travel Industry Act (TIA) to reduce regulatory burden and harmonize pricing provisions for all types of travel services.

If approved and implemented, the proposed regulatory amendments would:

  • Exempt businesses that offer one day tours from the requirements under TIA.
  • Modify specific registration and operating requirements to allow for flexibility for lower risk businesses.
  • Require all businesses registered under TIA to display the total price to consumers, including all fees, levies and other charges, when advertising travel services.

As well, the ministry is proposing to make a technical amendment to align the timing for claim submissions.
A plain language description of the proposed changes has been posted on the Regulatory Registry for broader public comment until Dec. 14, 2015.

For more on the proposal, click here.