On August 15, 2019, the Honourable Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks directed the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) and Stewardship Ontario (SO) to, amongst other things, develop a plan to windup the existing Blue Box Program Plan (BBPP) and the CIF as soon as practical and by no later than December 31, 2025. In light of the Minister’s direction and recognizing the operation of the CIF is a requirement of Section 6.6 of the BBPP, RPRA requested that the CIF submit recommendations regarding the windup of its operations.
The CIF Windup Plan lays out a timeline to windup the CIF in accordance with the Minister’s directives. The plan outlines key considerations used to develop the proposed windup timeline such as the need to fulfill existing contractual obligations and provide support to municipalities preparing to transition their programs.
According to the timeline in the Windup Plan, the CIF will:
- cease provision of grants as of September 30, 2021;
- continue delivery of transitional and program support services with emphasis being placed on transitional support activities up until December 31, 2023;
- cease public operations on December 31, 2023 and initiate a windup of its operations in 2024 with an expectation that such activities will be completed by no later than June 30, 2024; or,
- give consideration to extending operations by one year, subject to the availability of sufficient funds to do so.
A new governance model for the operation of the CIF is proposed to take effect upon gazetting of the new program regulation. The plan also provides for the disbursal of any remaining CIF funds up to, and upon, termination of the Fund.