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Strengthening and Improving Government

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Strengthening and Improving Government

Ontario Enhancing Government Efficiency and Responsiveness

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

The province is taking steps to strengthen and improve the way government works for the people of Ontario.

If passed, the Strengthening and Improving Government Act would respond to the needs of Ontarians by amending existing legislation that governs a variety of sectors in the province: 

  • The Highway Traffic Act would be amended to strengthen non-emergency transport services for medically stable patients who require a stretcher by ensuring proper inspection, certification and registration standards for vehicles, drivers and businesses.
  • The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act would be amended to enable the government to collect information about postsecondary students' enrolment and transfer activities to improve the evaluation and development of educational policies and programs.
  • The Commitment to the Future of Medicare Act would be amended to provide representatives of the Ontario Medical Association with immunity from legal action for acts done in good faith during negotiations with the government.
  • The Pension Benefits Act would be amended to clarify spousal entitlements to pre- and post-retirement death benefits. Additional amendments would clarify individuals' eligibility to consolidate their pension benefits.
  • The Courts of Justice Act would be amended to reflect the new federal Civil Marriage Act. This would help spouses who were married in Ontario but reside outside of Canada to get a divorce if they meet federal requirements.

Strengthening laws and regulations is part of the Ontario government's plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • Amendments to the Highway Traffic Act would impact approximately 200,000 to 500,000 estimated trips for Ontarians requiring non-emergency stretcher transportation services each year.
  • Amendments to the Courts of Justice Act would enable spouses who were married in Ontario to obtain a divorce when their own jurisdiction does not legally recognize their marriage. This could apply to same-sex couples whose home jurisdiction does not permit same-sex marriage.

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“We heard from Ontarians about the need for changes. We’re taking action through this new act to strengthen existing legislation that governs a variety of key sectors and services in Ontario.”

John Milloy

Minister of Government Services

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