Used Tire Program Terminated on December 31, 2018

On December 31, 2018, the Used Tires Program operated by Ontario Tire Stewardship ended, as directed by Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks.

Starting January 1, 2019, the recovery, recycling and reuse of used tires in Ontario was transitioned to the individual producer responsibility regulatory framework outlined in the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 and the Tires Regulation.

The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) is the regulator established by the Ontario government to enforce the new resource recovery requirements for tires and other designated materials. To learn more about the new regulatory framework, the wind up of the Used Tires Program and Ontario Tire Stewardship, and RPRA, visit www.rpra.ca.

Grant Thornton Appointed Ontario Tire Stewardship Liquidator

As part of the wind-up process, on March 16, 2020, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice appointed Grant Thornton Limited liquidator of Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS).

The liquidator’s activities can be monitored on its case website. A copy of the court appointment order can also be found on the website. The liquidator can be contacted at 1-855-697-5252 or rethinktires@ca.gt.com.

Minister’s Direction on Surplus Funds

On April 21, 2020, the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks issued a direction letter to OTS requiring surplus funds of the Used Tires Program be returned to stewards. OTS was directed to amend its wind-up plan to address the Minister’s direction on surplus funds and submit it to RPRA for approval. For the direction letter and more information, visit Grant Thornton Limited’s case website.

RPRA’s Consultation on the Distribution of Surplus Funds to Stewards

The liquidator submitted the proposed Surplus Funds Addendum to the Used Tires Program Wind-Up Plan to RPRA on January 12, 2021. RPRA consulted on the addendum from January 29 to February 26, 2021. To learn more about the consultation process and review consultation materials, visit RPRA’s website.