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Ontario Introduces New Act To Protect Critical Facilities

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Ontario Introduces New Act To Protect Critical Facilities

McGuinty Government Modernizing Security Law

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Ontario's nuclear facilities, electricity generating plants, and courthouses would be better protected through new legislation introduced today.

The Security for Courts, Electricity Generating Facilities and Nuclear Facilities Act is more modern, transparent and focused on necessary security at courthouses, nuclear facilities and large electricity generating facilities. 

These new measures will replace the Public Works Protection Act (PWPA). Concerns were raised that the PWPA, which became law in 1939, was too broad. The government asked the Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, a former Ontario chief justice to review the legislation. In his report Mr. McMurtry recommended its repeal and replacement with the legislation that is being introduced today.

This is part of the McGuinty government's plan to protect families and our critical facilities -- while building a stronger, more stable economy.

Quick Facts

  • The Public Works Protection Act was enacted to help protect hydro-electric facilities against enemy saboteurs during WWII.
  • In April 2011, the government committed to respond to Mr. McMurtry's key recommendations to repeal and replace the Public Works Protection Act.

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“We are keeping our commitment to repeal and replace the Public Works Protection Act and adopt a more transparent process. This new, proposed legislation would achieve the important balance between protecting critical facilities and civil liberties.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services



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