There are two core components to the Sandbox process:
At any time, innovators may reach out with questions about the Sandbox or ideas they have about a potential Sandbox trial before a written proposal is submitted.
An informal and open dialogue between innovators and OEB staff may be used to, for example, discuss the development of a written Sandbox proposal or identify regulatory requirements that may be preventing a project from moving forward. Innovators who request a meeting with OEB staff will meet within 20 days of that request.
For projects that are sufficiently developed and well-defined, proponents may not need to make use of the information service as a preliminary step, and instead can proceed with a specific request to seek relief or other forms of support. In these cases, a written proposal will generally be required in order to support staff’s understanding of the scope and features of the project.
While some projects will require relief from an existing regulatory requirement, not all projects will need an explicit regulatory exemption. In order to distinguish between these two types of projects, the OEB has conceptualized two types of support:
The more complete the information provided to staff, the more efficient and timely the process. At a minimum, a proposal must demonstrate that the eligibility requirements indicated below are met. Under either stream, proponents are encouraged to engage in early discussions with OEB staff, but such a step is not necessary.
The OEB has provided a template for written proposals that proponents may use. Those who choose not to use the template may submit proposals in the form of a letter, business case, or another format.Proposal template
The OEB has provided a template for proposals that proponents may use.