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Ontario Government Wraps Up Fall Session

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Ontario Government Wraps Up Fall Session

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The fall session of the Ontario parliament has wrapped up with the province moving forward in a number of areas to protect consumers, promote local food, and strengthen Ontario's diversity.

Bills That Received Royal Assent:

Bill 14

Non-profit Housing Co-operatives Statute Law Amendment Act, 2013

Enables co-ops to apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board to resolve tenure disputes, making dispute resolution simpler and faster

Bill 30

Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds), 2013

Restricts access to tanning beds for youth under 18 and prohibits marketing of tanning services targeted at youth, to protect young people from the harmful effects of UV rays

Bill 36

Local Food Act, 2013

Helps promote food that is grown, harvested and processed in Ontario

Bill 55

Stronger Protection for Ontario Consumers Act, 2013

Strengthens protection for consumers in the areas of door-to-door sales, debt settlement services, real estate transactions, and real estate fees and commissions 

Bill 60

Wireless Services Agreements Act, 2013

Helps protect wireless customers by supporting clear contracts for cell phone users

Bill 95

Financial Accountability Officer Act, 2013

Enhances fiscal transparency by establishing a Financial Accountability Officer to provide independent analysis to all MPPs about the state of the province's finances

Bill 105

Supporting Small Businesses Act, 2013

Increases the exemption for the Employer Health Tax to help small businesses

Bill 106

French Language Services Amendment Act, 2013

Helps strengthen French language services in Ontario by making the province's French Language Services Commissioner an independent Officer of the Legislative Assembly

Bill 111

Modernizing Regulation of the Legal Profession Act, 2013

Helps ensure legal services are more effective and accountable

Bill 123

The Members' Accommodation Allowances Act, 2013

Closes a loophole in the rules governing MPP housing allowances to enhance financial accountability and transparency

Bill 133

Ontario Provincial Police Collective Bargaining Amendment Act, 2013

Ensures more consistency between the Ontario Provincial Police Association's collective bargaining agreement and the Police Services Act, the framework under which municipal police services negotiate

Bills Introduced:

Bill 103

Protecting Students Act, 2013

Would amend the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996 with respect to discipline and other related matters

Bill 117

Enhancing Patient Care and Pharmacy Safety Act, 2013

Would strengthen the province's hospital drug supply system

Bill 122

School Boards Collective Bargaining Act

Would strengthen labour negotiations in the education sector

Bill 131

Youth Smoking Prevention Act, 2013

Would amend the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to prohibit the sale of promotional items together with tobacco products, and prohibit the sale of flavoured tobacco products

Bill 138

Ending Coal for Cleaner Air Act

Would eliminate coal-fired generation as a source of electricity

Bill 141

Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act

Would support long-term infrastructure planning to help build a stronger economy

Bill 143

Child Care Modernization Act

Would strengthen oversight of the province's unlicensed child care sector while increasing access to licensed child care options for families

Bill 146

Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act

Would protect Ontario's vulnerable workers

Bill 151

Strengthening and Improving Government Act, 2013

Would make a number of amendments to various bills, including the Highway Traffic Act to ensure quality service and safety for people who require the use of a stretcher during transportation in non-ambulance vehicles, and the Pension Benefits Act to clarify the interpretation of spousal entitlements to joint and survivor pensions

Bill 153

Complying With International Trade Obligations Act, 2013

Would amend the Electricity Act, 1998, to comply with a ruling by the World Trade Organization



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