Used Tires Program Wind-up

In November 2016, the Government of Ontario passed the Waste Free Ontario Act (WFOA, Bill 151) which began the process of reshaping the waste diversion policy framework in Ontario by repealing the Waste Diversion Act and setting the stage to transition existing stewardship plans to an Individual Producer Responsibility (IPR) model under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act (RRCEA).

On February 17th, 2017, the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (MoECC) issued direction to Ontario Tire Stewardship (OTS) to develop a wind up plan for the Used Tires Program (UTP). This plan was submitted to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) on November 30th, 2017. The RPRA is expected to approve the plan no later than March 31st, 2018, with the UTP to be fully wound-up on December 31st, 2018.

Updates, relevant documents and consultation announcements will be posted here on a regular basis. Check back frequently for news.



OTS Windup & Transition – Direction Letters From The Minister

In keeping with our commitment to provide updates and details to Program Participants and affected stakeholders related to the wind up and transition of OTS and the Used Tires Program, we would like to share copies of Environment Minister Glen Murray’s direction to OTS related to the wind up of the Used Tires Program.

OTS is committed to ensuring a seamless wind up and transition of the Used Tires Program. We will continue to provide you with updates as details become available.


December 27th, 2017

OTS Windup Plan Now Available – Register for Consultation Sessions

The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) is consulting on the proposed Used Tires Program Wind Up Plan prepared by Ontario Tire Stewardship. You can read the proposed plan and register for the in-person and webinar consultation on January 23, 2018 by visiting the RPRA website here.

The commencement of the consultation process by RPRA is an important next step in meeting the requirements of the Minister’s direction regarding the winding-up of the Used Tires Program and OTS. 

“The approval and posting of the OTS Wind Up Plan and the scheduling of the RPRA consultations on the Plan represent continued progress in complying with the Minister’s direction” said Andrew Horsman, OTS Executive Director. “While this process moves forward, OTS remains committed to delivering the same high rates of diversion under the current Used Tires Program as we have always done, and to minimizing the impacts of any tire recycling marketplace disruption on program stakeholders and consumers.” 

According to E. Patrick Shea, OTS Administrator, “The approval of a Wind Up Plan by the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) represents an important milestone for OTS and OTS will be working closely with the RPRA through the next stage of the process as RPRA consults with stakeholders.”


December 1st, 2017

Update on OTS Windup Plan

Ontario Tire Stewardship has submitted to the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA) a proposed plan for the windup and transition of the Used Tires Program, as directed by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. The Minister’s directions can be found above. While the Plan is not yet available to be posted, we expect we will be able to share it in the coming weeks and will advise as soon as this is the case.

Now that the Plan has been submitted to the RPRA, they will undertake their own review and consultations on the approach and impacts. We will share additional details on this process as soon as they are available, and will be working closely with the RPRA to provide whatever support they require of OTS. The RPRA have advised us that as details become available, information regarding these consultations will be posted on RPRA’s website at www.rpra.ca.

We look forward to working with all Stewards, Program Participants and stakeholders to ensure a seamless transition to the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact OTS at info@rethinktires.ca.



OTS Windup & Transition – Consultation Sessions

December 18th & 19th, 2017

September 25th & 26th, 2017

June 19th, 2017


* Many aspects of this document are forward-looking. These forward-looking statements and scenarios are based on certain assumptions and reflect our organization’s current expectations. As a result, forward-looking statements and scenarios are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. There is no assurance that the events described in any forward-looking scenarios or statements will materialize.



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