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Ontario Passes Historic Legislation During Unprecedented Times


Ontario Passes Historic Legislation During Unprecedented Times

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Ministry of Government and Consumer Services ― Trust In Real Estate Services Act, 2020

To strengthen consumer protection and promote trust in the real estate industry by modernizing the way registered real estate brokerages, brokers and salespersons do business. This includes improving the information consumers receive about what a real estate professional and brokerage must do for them, and giving them more choice in the real estate purchase and sale process.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs ― Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020

To balance the safety and security of farmers, their families and the provincial food supply, and protect the right for people to participate in lawful protests on public property. This includes escalating fines for trespassing on farm property, allowing courts to order restitution where there is theft, and protecting farmers from civil liability if a trespasser is injured.

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services ― Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2020

To promote higher quality new home construction, reduce defects and warranty claims, and have an approved dispute resolution process. The Act also protects consumers from bad actors in the marketplace and ensures prices of tickets for Ontario events are listed and charged in Canadian currency.

Ministry of the Attorney General ― Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2020

To make it easier, faster and more affordable for people in Ontario to resolve their legal issues. The Act helps build a more accessible, responsive and resilient justice system and stand up for victims of crime and law-abiding citizens. The Act also enhances Ontario's civil forfeiture laws to ensure crime does not pay and proceeds of crime are used to support victims of illegal activity.

Government House Leader's Office ― Legislative Assembly Amendment Act, 2020

To modernize outdated provisions of the Legislative Assembly Act, the law governing the practices of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. These changes include updating oaths and affirmations taken by employees of the Assembly that recognize aboriginal treaty rights, clarifying the definition of the legislative precinct, revising the process for disciplining employees of the Assembly, and allowing payments by the Assembly through electronic means.

Ministry of Transportation ― Building Transit Faster Act, 2020

To build a modern, reliable and sustainable transit system for the 21st century and get people where they need to go with the construction of the all-new Ontario Line, the Yonge North Subway Extension to Markham and Richmond Hill, the improved three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension, and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension. This represents the largest subway expansion in Canadian History.

Ministry of Health ― Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020

To build healthier communities, end hallway health care, and create a more modern home and community care sector. The Act lays the foundation for the integrated delivery of home and community care through partnerships between primary care, hospitals, home and community care, and long-term care providers, who will be enabled to better collaborate as part of Ontario Health Teams.

Treasury Board Secretariat ― Supply Act, 2020

To authorize expenditures of the government and Legislative Offices for the fiscal year 2019-20. The Actrepresents the final step in the annual process of providing the province of Ontario with the legal spending authority to finance its programs and honour its commitments.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing ― Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020

To strengthen protections for tenants and make it easier to resolve landlord and tenant disputes, while preventing unlawful evictions. The Act also helps protect and grow Ontario's community housing system to ensure it is sustainable over the long term.

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development ― Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020

To provide job security for workers while under quarantine or self-isolating, personal illness, concern by the employer that the employee may expose other individuals in the workplace to COVID-19,   and for those who need to be away from work to provide care for certain family members for a reason related to COVID-19, including school or day care closures, or due to certain travel-related restrictions. The Act makes it clear that employees are not required to show sick notes.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing ― Municipal Emergency Act, 2020

To provide municipalities with the ability to conduct council, local board and committee meetings electronically, empowering them to respond quickly when in-person meetings cannot be held. The Act also enables deliveries of goods to Ontario's businesses and consumers to not be unintentionally blocked by municipal noise by-laws when these deliveries are most urgently needed.

Ministry of Finance ― Economic and Fiscal Update Act, 2020

To provide $7 billion in additional resources for the health care system and supports for people and jobs. The Act also makes available $10 billion for people and businesses through interest and penalty relief measures and other deferrals to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets.

Ministry of Education ― Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act, 2020

To extend existing education development charge by-laws by six months to help school boards secure land for future projects during COVID-19. This also includes an amendment to provide a fair and consistent provincewide approach to addressing school suspensions and expulsions during school closures.

Government House Leader's Office ― COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020

To temporarily provide flexibility to businesses by permitting Ontario corporations to conduct virtual meetings, and to defer certain annual meetings in specified circumstances. The Act makes it possible for the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to accept copies of documents, electronic signatures, and electronic filing of documents. The Act also paves the way for identity and legal documents to be verified online.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing ― Protecting Small Business Act, 2020

To support small businesses by suspending commercial evictions for small business tenants eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance. The Act temporarily halts or reverses evictions of commercial tenants and protects them from being locked out or having their assets seized during COVID-19.

Ministry of the Solicitor General ― Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020

To allow for the extension of emergency orders continued under this act, and the amendment of some of these orders where the amendment relates to closing or regulating places including businesses or establishments, mandating compliance with public health advice, providing for labour flexibility or workplace rules, or prohibiting or regulating gatherings or organized public events.

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing ― COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020

To support progress already made in the fight against COVID-19 by getting key infrastructure projects built faster, attracting more jobs and investment, and cutting red tape to help businesses adapt to the new environment.

Private Member's Bill (MPP Robin Martin) ― Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2020

To impose requirements for the installation, maintenance, testing and availability of defibrillators on designated premises, and require defibrillators at these premises to be registered with the registrar within specified time periods.

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