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Ontario Introduces New Act to Protect Critical Facilities

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Ontario Introduces New Act to Protect Critical Facilities

New Ontario Government Modernizing Security Law

Ministry of the Solicitor General

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

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

If the legislation is passed, the new measures would replace the Public Works Protection Act (PWPA).

In 2010 Ontario asked the Honourable Roy McMurtry, a former Ontario chief justice, to review the PWPA. In his report, Mr. McMurtry recommended its repeal and replacement, and the proposed legislation responds to that recommendation.

The proposed legislation is supported by key stakeholders and includes amendments put forward by opposition parties during committee hearings.

This bill is part of the new Ontario 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 hydroelectric facilities against enemy saboteurs during the Second World War.
  • 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 replacing obsolete legislation with a more modern, transparent law. The new act achieves the important balance between protecting critical facilities and respecting the civil liberties of the people of this province.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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