Good Government for Ontarians
The Good Government Act, 2010, that will be introduced today, would, if passed, improve clarity, increase transparency, enhance accountability and modernize provincial laws, regulations and systems. Proposed changes include approximately 70 items of legislation from seven different ministries including:
Justices of the Peace Act
Proposed changes to the act would create a more efficient, focused and timely system to recruit and appoint justices of the peace through a vacancy-based process. The changes would move the process away from an annual, provincewide recruitment and approvals process, and allow the Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee more flexibility in tailoring its search for candidates to the specific needs of the vacant position.
Ontario Energy Board Act
A proposed amendment to the act would help the province move forward with its commitment to a green economy by removing some of the uncertainty in the act that may be discouraging Local Distribution Companies from proceeding with clean, renewable energy projects. The proposed amendment would also support the government's Open for Business initiative by improving clarity for businesses and creating new opportunities for clean energy investment in Ontario.
Alcohol and Gaming Regulation
Proposed changes to the regulation would transfer the adjudicative function under several statutes from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario to the Licence Appeal Tribunal. The government is proposing these changes to allow the AGCO to focus more on important public policy functions.
Business Corporations Act/Business Names Act/Corporations Information Act
Several proposed amendments to these and other acts would, if passed, improve service to businesses by providing greater flexibility and increase the government's ability to respond to the needs of businesses more quickly when it comes to making changes to regulations or forms.