Industry Advisory - Changes to Ontario Regulation 26/05 Approved

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June 10, 2016

The Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO) wishes to inform stakeholders that Ontario Regulation 170/16 has been approved and is now available on e-Laws at the following link: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r16170

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services consulted on proposed changes to the regulations under the Travel Industry Act, 2002 (Act) in two phases during November/December 2015 and March/April 2016.

The following amendments to the Regulation come into force on July 1, 2016:

  • Exempting businesses that exclusively offer one day tours from the requirements of the Act.
  • Modifying the security deposit and working capital requirements to provide some flexibility for lower risk businesses that are closely tied to government.
  • Aligning the filing deadline for regular claims and trip completion claims at six months.

The following amendment to the Regulation comes into force on January 1, 2017:

  • All-in pricing. This provision will require registered businesses to display the total price to consumers, including all fees, levies and other charges, when advertising travel services.

An Explanatory Paper is being prepared to assist stakeholders in understanding the new rules. More information will be released in the coming weeks.

Richard Smart
Registrar, Travel Industry Act, 2002