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Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (the Ministry) has launched public consultations on proposed regulatory amendments for the Emissions Performance Standards (EPS) program. The proposed changes are meant to ensure that the EPS program meets the updated benchmark under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (the Act) set by the federal government for 2023-2030 (see our earlier bulletin on the Ministry’s prior EPS consultation here) as the current EPS program only applies to 2022. This bulletin briefly summarizes key proposed changes and provides important information on stakeholder participation in the consultation. Carbon Price. The Ministry is proposing to align the EPS program and the price of excess emissions units (EEUs) with the minimum carbon price set out in the updated federal benchmark ($65 for the 2023 compliance period rising to $170 for the 2030 compliance period). Program Scope. The Ministry is proposing to add the following sectors represented by the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) to the list of covered industrial activities based on a preliminary assessment of carbon leakage and competitiveness: Fruit and vegetable preserving and specialty food manufacturing; Meat product manufacturing; Beverage manufacturing; Converted paper product manufacturing; Plastic product manufacturing; Rubber product manufacturing; Forging and stamping; Spring and wire product manufacturing; Machine shops, turned product, and screw, nut, and bolt manufacturing; Engine, turbine and power transmission equipment manufacturing; Other general-purpose machinery manufacturing; Aerospace product and parts manufacturing; Office furniture (including fixtures) manufacturing; Other miscellaneous manufacturing; and Dairy product manufacturing. Registration and Cessation of Coverage. The Ministry is proposing to allow EPS facilities that expect to emit at least 10,000 tCO2e/year within three years following a major retrofit or expansion to apply to register in the EPS program as soon as production has started to increase. The Ministry is also proposing to facilitate a pathway for…