Ontario Introduces New Act to Protect Critical Facilities
Province to Modernize Security Law
Ontario is introducing new legislation to better protect nuclear facilities, electricity generating plants, courthouses, and individual civil liberties.
The Security for Courts, Electricity Generating Facilities and Nuclear Facilities Act, 2014, to be introduced today, is modern, transparent and focused on necessary security at courthouses, nuclear facilities and large electricity generating facilities.
The new legislation would replace the outdated Public Works Protection Act, based on recommendations made by former Chief Justice Roy McMurtry and feedback from civil liberty groups, energy providers, and policing partners.
The proposed legislation also includes amendments put forward by opposition parties during committee hearings.
Protecting critical infrastructure in a way that respects civil liberties is part of the Ontario government's plan to protect families and our important facilities while building safer, stronger communities across the province.
- The Public Works Protection Act was enacted to help protect hydroelectric facilities against enemy saboteurs during the Second World War.
- This is the third time legislation has been introduced to repeal the Public Works Protection Act.
- In April 2011, the government committed to respond to Mr. McMurtry’s key recommendations to repeal and replace the Public Works Protection Act.
- Read the McMurtry Report
“Protecting, both, individual civil liberties and our essential infrastructure is something Ontarians expect and what this bill is all about. Working with civil liberty groups, law associations, and community safety partners and experts, this is a transparent, modern and focused approach that achieves this important and necessary balance.”