The Public Policy Development Branch in Emergency and Protective Services has launched public-facing project pages for the Towing Services Regulatory Review project page and Pawnbroker and Second-Hand Goods Licensing Review .
The Towing Services Regulatory Review project examines the feasibility of creating municipal regulations for tow truck services in Ottawa in order to enhance public health and safety and consumer protection. This includes a review of potential rules for tow truck operators and drivers, safety requirements for vehicles, and rules for transactions with clients. Industry and stakeholder consultations are continuing, and we are now seeking input from the public on the Engage Ottawa project page, which included a public survey which closed June 26, 2020. The City will report to the Community and Protective Services Committee later this year on our research and consultations, and provide recommendations on potential regulations for the towing industry.
The Pawnbroker and Second-Hand Goods Licensing Review project examines the potential gaps created by the expected repeal of the provincial Pawnbrokers Act and explores the modernization of existing licensing requirements for these businesses, taking into account their varying business models. Consultations with the industry is ongoing, and we’re now seeking input from the public via survey until June 29, 2020.
Have you ever used a pawn shop or shopped at a second-hand goods store? Complete the online survey and give us your feedback! Your input will help us improve Ottawa’s regulation of these businesses.
The by-law review will look at practices in other municipalities and feedback from stakeholders and the public. A report on the by-law review, including any recommendations, is anticipated to be presented to the Community and Protective Services Committee and City Council in late 2020.