Overview

In the past two weeks, the Ontario Legislature, House of Commons, and Senate all met. The calendar was as follows:

  • Senate: October 17-19 and 24-26, 2017
  • House of Commons: October 16-20 and 23-27, 2017
  • Ontario Legislature: October 16-19 and 23-26, 2017

While all legislative changes and progress potentially impacts First Nations, there are three major highlights to note.

First, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 152, the Representative Amendment Act. This Act created two new electoral districts in Northern Ontario. For more information on this Bill, please click here.

Further, two Private Member’s Bills were introduced into the House of Commons. Bill C-369 proposed to make National Indigenous national holiday, amending the relevant laws to do so. Bill C-374, An Act to amend the Historic Sites and Monuments Act (composition of the Board) increased the size of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board, and made provisions for Indigenous representation, with specific provision for First Nations.

Provincial Legislation:

Government Bills Introduced and Read the First Time

  • Bill 167, An Act to amend the Consumer Reporting Act.
    • This Act would, if enacted, require that agencies respond to consumer inquiries within two business days.
    • This Act was introduced, passed second reading, and is now ordered referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy.
  • Bill 168, An Act to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act with respect to footwear.
    • This Act, otherwise titled the “Putting Your Best Foot Forward Act,” would prohibit employers from requiring employees to wear unsafe or inappropriate footwear for the task at hand.
    • This Act was introduced, passed second reading, and is now ordered referred to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills.
  • Bill 169, An Act to amend the Building Code Act, 1992 with respect to the height of wood frame buildings.
    • This Act would enable a building 14 stories or less to be of wood frame construction. This does not prevent the building code from putting requirements on wood frame buildings or prohibiting certain classes of buildings from being wood framed. The short title is the Ontario Forestry Revitalization Act. First Reading has Carried.
  • Bill 170, An Act to proclaim Child Abuse Prevention Month.
    • This Bill would declare the month of October to be Child Abuse Prevention Month. First Reading carried and the Bill was debated at second reading.

Bills at Second Reading

  • Bill 148, An Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and to make related amendments to other Acts.
    • Referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.
  • Bill 160, An Act to amend, repeal and enact various Acts in the interest of strengthening quality and accountability for patients
  • Bill 162, An Act to amend the Insurance Act to authorize life settlements. (PMB)
    • Referred to Committee of the Whole House
  • Bill 163, Protecting a Woman’s Right to Access Abortion Services Act
    • This act will create “safe access zones” around clinics and facilities with abortion services. There, interference or advice regarding abortion would be made illegal. It would also prohibit harassment against clinic staff or health care professionals who provide abortion services.
  • Bill 166, An Act to amend or repeal various Acts and to enact three new Acts with respect to the construction of new homes and ticket sales for events.

Bills at Third Reading

  • Third Reading of Bill 152, An Act to amend the Representation Act, 2015 and certain other Acts.
    • This Bill, which creates two new electoral ridings in Northern Ontario, passed and received royal assent. Find more information on this Act here.

Federal Legislation – House of Commons

Government Bills Introduced

  • Bill C-62, An Act to amend the Federal Public Sector Labour Relations Act and other Acts (Introduced October 17)
    • This Bill makes a number of amendments to the laws which govern federal employees, including what is defined as an essential service, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.

Private Member’s Bills Introduced and First Reading

  • Bill C-369, An Act to amend the Bills of Exchange Act, the Interpretation Act and the Canada Labour Code (National Indigenous People Day)
    • This Act would, if passed, declare that National Indigenous People Day be made a national holiday.
  • Bill C-370, An Act to continue VIA Rail Canada Inc. under the name VIA Rail Canada, to amend the Canada Transportation Act and to make consequential amendments to other Act
  • Bill C-371, An Act respecting the prevention of radicalization through foreign funding and making related amendments to the Income Tax Act
  • Bill C-372, An Act to amend the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (pension plans and group insurance plans)
  • Bill C-373, An Act respecting a federal framework on distracted driving
  • Bill C-374, An Act to amend the Historic Sites and Monuments Act (composition of the Board)
    • This Act would amend the Historic Sites and Monuments Act to increase the number of members on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, and to make provisions for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit members on the board.
  • Bill C-375, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (presentence report)
    • This Act would require that any pre-trial report would include any mental disorder for which the offender suffers.
  • Bill C-376, An Act to designate the month of April as Sikh Heritage Month
  • Bill C-377, An Act to change the name of the electoral district of Châteauguay—Lacolle
  • Bill C-378, An Act to amend the Department of Veterans Affairs Act (fairness principles)
  • Bill 379, An Act to amend the Bank Act (use of word “bank”, “banker” or “banking”)
  • Bill C-380, An Act to promote local foods

Government Bills at Second Reading

  • Bill C-55, An Act to amend the Oceans Act and the Canada Petroleum Resources Act
    • Debated at second reading
  • Bill C-57, An Act to amend the Federal Sustainable Development Act
    • Referred to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development

 

Private Member’s Bills at Second Reading

  • Bill C-344, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (community benefit)
    • Read a second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities

 

Considered at Report Stage

  • Bill C-46, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (offences relating to conveyances) and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
  • Bill C-49, An Act to amend the Canada Transportation Act and other Acts respecting transportation and to make related and consequential amendments to other Acts

 

Private Member’s Bills Defeated at Second Reading

  • C-342, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (carbon levy)
  • That Bill C-349, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other acts (criminal organization) (Defeated)
  • C-203, An Act to amend the Supreme Court Act (understanding the official languages)
  • Bill S-230, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (drug-impaired driving)

 

Royal Assent

  • Bill S-226, An Act to provide for the taking of restrictive measures in respect of foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights and to make related amendments to the Special Economic Measures Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Bill S-231, An Act to amend the Canada Evidence Act and the Criminal Code (protection of journalistic sources)

Federal Legislation – Senate

Government Bills at First Reading

  • Bill C-60, An Act to correct certain anomalies, inconsistencies and errors and to deal with other matters of a non-controversial and uncomplicated nature in the Statutes of Canada and to repeal certain Acts and provisions that have expired, lapsed or otherwise ceased to have effect, to which it desires the concurrence of the Senate.
    • This Bill makes a number of changes in wording to ensure consistent and up to date language is used in federal laws. Examples include changing “Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants” is replaced with “Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.” It also removes any references to outdated acts that no longer are in effect. All the changes

Government Bills at Second Reading

  • Bill C-23, An Act respecting the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States.
  • Bill C-25, An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and the Competition Act.

Senate Public Bills at Second Reading

  • Bill S-238, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (importation of shark fins)
  • Bill S-206, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (protection of children against standard child-rearing violence)

Second Reading

  • Bill C-25, An Act to amend the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Canada Cooperatives Act, the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, and the Competition Act.
  • Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Statistics Act
  • Bill C-309, An Act to establish Gender Equality Week
  • Bill C-337, An Act to amend the Judges Act and the Criminal Code (sexual assault)

Amendments received from House of Commons

  • Bill S-226, An Act to provide for the taking of restrictive measures in respect of foreign nationals responsible for gross violations of internationally recognized human rights and to make related amendments to the Special Economic Measures Act and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
    • Concurred to amendments
  • Bill S-214, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (cruelty-free cosmetics)
    • Committee Report debated

Passed without Amendment

  • Bill C-305, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief)

 

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