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We hope everyone continues to stay safe and healthy as we all adjust to the impacts of the evolving pandemic situation.

We announced last week that we postponed the April consultation webinars on Blue Box Program Transition Plan proposals due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To ensure meaningful consultations can still occur with all Blue Box stakeholders, we asked the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks for a 60-day extension for submitting the transition plan to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RRPA). The Minister has since granted Stewardship Ontario’s extension request in a letter received this week.

This extension allows us to:

  • Extend the stakeholder feedback deadline on transition plan proposals to July 8, 2020.
  • Submit the transition plan to RPRA no later than August 31, 2020 (rather than June 30, 2020).

The Minister still anticipates RPRA will approve the plan no later than December 31, 2020, meaning there will be no delay in the transition timelines originally set out in the Minister’s August 2019 direction letter.

We continue to assess the pandemic situation and will reschedule the consultation webinars at an appropriate time.

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