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Ontario Government Wraps Up Fall Sitting


Ontario Government Wraps Up Fall Sitting

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The fall sitting of the Ontario parliament wrapped up today. The province has made significant progress in a number of key areas, such as raising the minimum wage, taking action to reduce auto insurance rates and introducing legislation to help people save for a secure retirement.

Bills That Passed:

Bill 7

Better Business Climate Act, 2014

Will help reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens and practices that cost businesses time and money

Bill 8

Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, 2014

Will expand the Ontario Ombudsman's role to include municipalities, school boards and publicly funded universities

Bill 10

Child Care Modernization Act, 2014

Will help give kids the best start in life by supporting their learning, health and development

Bill 15

Fighting Fraud and Reducing Automobile Insurance Rates Act, 2014

Will help decrease insurance fraud, improve tow and storage services and lower auto insurance rates

Bill 18

Stronger Workplaces for Stronger Economy Act, 2014

Will change several employment and labour Acts to protect vulnerable workers and ensure a fair minimum wage that is tied to inflation  

Bill 21

Safeguarding Health Care Integrity Act, 2014

Will protect the current approach to making voluntary donations, improve drug safety for patients and tighten the regulations on health professionals

Bill 35

Security for Courts, Electricity Generating Facilities and Nuclear Facilities Act, 2014

Will improve court security under the Police Services Act and enable tighter security at power stations

Earlier in 2014, during the 40th Parliament, the legislature passed Bill 122, the School Boards Collective Bargaining Act, which outlines a clear plan for negotiations between the province, its school boards and teachers' unions to create a more defined process going forward  

It also passed Bill 21, the Employment Standards Amendment Act (Leaves to Help Families), which protects the job security of caregivers so they can focus their attention on providing care to their loved ones during difficult times

Bills Introduced:

Bill 31

Transportation Statute Law Amendment Act (Making Ontario's Roads Safer), 2014

Would help keep Ontario's roads among the safest in North America by reducing collisions, injuries and fatalities through tougher penalties for offences such as distracted driving

Bill 37

Invasive Species Act, 2014

Would protect the province by acting faster to contain the spread of invasive species

Bill 40

Agriculture Insurance Act (Amending the Crop Insurance Act, 1996), 2014

Would help the province's agri-food industry by allowing more types of agricultural products to be covered by production insurance

Bill 45

Making Healthier Choices Act, 2014

Would protect youth from the dangers of tobacco and the potential harms of electronic cigarettes; it also includes measures that would help families make healthier food choices by giving them caloric information when eating out

Bill 49

Ontario Immigration Act, 2014

Would help the province work with Ottawa to maximize the economic benefits of immigration for Ontario

Bill 52

Protection of Public Participation Act, 2014

Would give Ontario courts a more effective process for identifying and dealing with strategic lawsuits; the proposed law would minimize the time and resources wasted by plaintiffs, defendants and the courts on meritless claims, while allowing legitimate complaints to proceed in a timely manner

Bill 56

Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act, 2014

A first-of-its-kind mandatory provincial pension plan to build on the strengths of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and support long-term economic growth

Bill 57

Pooled Registered Pension Plans Act, 2014

Would offer employees and the self-employed a voluntary, low-cost, tax-assisted option to increase retirement savings