Overview

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

  • Senate: April 17 – 19, April 24 – 26
  • House of Commons: April 16 – 20, April 23 – 27, April 30
  • Ontario Legislature: April 16 – 19, April 23 – 26

Six major highlights to note from the past two weeks are:

  1. The provincial Correctional Services Transformation Act, Bill 6, reached Standing Committee. To read a past post for more background, click here. The Chiefs of Ontario made a submission to the Standing Committee on Justice;
    • The Act, if passed, would repeal and replace the Ministry of Correctional Services Act. The proposed new legislation is the foundation of the province’s plan for the future of correctional services in Ontario to modernize Ontario’s correctional system including clarifying definitive rules around segregation, improving confinement conditions and reforming health-care services.
  2. The introduction of Bill 51, An Act to amend the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997 as a continuation of an ongoing effort to add some transparency to the Act to find out where the revenues are spent from the special purpose account.
  3. The re-introduction of Bill 52, An Act to establish the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions;
  4. The introduction of Bill 54, An Act to proclaim Great Lakes Day (June 7 of each year);
  5. The introduction of federal Bill C-391, Aboriginal Cultural Property Repatriation Act
    •  An Act respecting a national strategy for the repatriation of Aboriginal cultural property (includes objects of historical, social, ceremonial or cultural importance to the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.)
  6. The Upcoming Provincial June 2018 Elections.

The following excerpt is pulled from the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website that provides specific details on the election process. It may serve as useful to note the following:

  • The date of the next provincial election is confirmed as June 7, 2018. The election process starts when the Premier visits the Lieutenant Governor and advises that he or she would like to call an election.
  • The Writs of Election, which are formal legal documents, are put together by the Chief Electoral Officer and signed by the Lieutenant Governor. They are prepared for each of the electoral districts in the province as an official notice that the election process is under-way.
  • Once the Writs of Election are issued, the campaign period begins and lasts 28 days. Elections Ontario administers all aspects of voting in provincial elections. It is a non-partisan agency of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario overseen by the Chief Electoral Officer.

Essentially, the Writ of Election is going to drop on May 9, 2018, meaning that any legislation that is not passed by this date will fall off the order paper.

Quick Facts:

  • Electoral Districts:
    • Ontario is divided into 107 electoral districts, also referred to as ridings. The number of electoral districts is determined by population distribution.
  • Ontario’s Electoral System – First-Past-the-Post: 
    • In Canada, all provinces have the first-past-the-post or plurality system, meaning that the candidate winning the most votes in each electoral district is the winner, regardless if this is less than 50 per cent of the votes cast.

The next bi-weekly legislative update will be posted on May 14, 2018.

 

Provincial Legislation

Bills at First Reading

  • Bill 48, An Act to establish a framework for the licensing of supportive living accommodation
    • April 16, 2018 | Introduced
  • Bill 49, An Act to amend the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997
    • April 16, 2018 | Introduced
  • Bill 50, An Act to amend the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996 with respect to Ontario wineries
    • April 16, 2018 | Introduced, Private Member’s Bill
  • Bill 51, An Act to amend the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997
    • April 17, 2018 | Introduced
    • This is a continuation of an ongoing effort to add some transparency to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act to find out where the revenues are spent from the special purpose account. It also requires the ministry to establish an advisory committee to advise in the operation of that account and a procedure for receiving complaints from members of the public on decisions the minister makes regarding payments out of the special purpose account.
  •  Bill 52, An Act to establish the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions
    • April 17, 2018 | Introduced
    • The bill establishes the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions to coordinate the transformation of Ontario’s mental health and addiction services to ensure that every Ontarian can access the mental health and addiction supports they need when they need it and in their own communities.
  • Bill 54, An Act to proclaim Great Lakes Day
    • April 18, 2018 | Introduced
    • This bill will facilitate an increased awareness of our Great Lakes, to encourage their protection and stewardship so they remain a viable resource that is fishable, drinkable and swimmable for future generations. The bill proclaims June 7 in each year as Great Lakes Day in Ontario.
  • Bill 55, An Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 in respect of leaves of absence
    • April 18, 2018 | Introduced
  • Bill 56, An Act to amend various Acts with respect to delegated administrative authorities
    • April 18, 2018 | Introduced
  • Bill 57, An Act to require the establishment of a Transportation Systems Improvement Advisory Committee
    • April 19, 2018 | Introduced
  • Bill 58, An Act to amend the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 and the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 in relation to rescue and emergency services training for firefighters and firefighter trainees
    • April 19, 2018 | Introduced
  • Bill 59, An Act to regulate the labelling and certification of organic products
    • April 23, 2018 | Introduced
  • Bill 60, An Act to proclaim Family Caregiver Day
    • April 23, 2018 | Introduced
    • The bill proclaims the first Tuesday in April of each year as Family Caregiver Day.
  • Bill 61, An Act to amend the French Language Services Act with respect to the provision of services in French
    • April 23, 2018 | Introduced
  • Bill Pr84, An Act to revive 2297970 Ontario Inc.
    • April 24, 2018 | Introduced, Private Member’s Bill
  • Bill Pr87, An Act to revive 2258733 Ontario Inc.
    • April 24, 2018 | Introduced, Private Member’s Bill
  • Bill Pr85, An Act to revive Tencrest Realty Ltd.
    • April 24, 2018 | Introduced, Private Member’s Bill
  • Bill Pr86, An Act respecting the Luso Canadian Charitable Society.
    • April 25, 2018 | Introduced, Private Member’s Bill
  • Bill Pr88, An Act to revive James Wilson Holdings Limited.
    • April 25, 2018 | Introduced, Private Member’s Bill
  • Bill 62, An Act to enact the Non-Disclosure Provisions in Agreements Act (Wind Turbines), 2018
    • April 25, 2018 | Introduced
  • Bill 63, An Act to amend the Planning Act
    • April 26, 2018 | Introduced

Bills at Second Reading

  • Bill 6, An Act to enact the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Act, 2018 and the Correctional Services and Reintegration Act, 2018
    • April 16, 2018 | Deferred Vote
  • Bill 8, An Act to amend the Consumer Reporting Act and the Technical Standards and Safety Act, 2000
    • April 16, 2018 | Resumed Debate
  • Bill 10, An Act to proclaim the month of June as Filipino Heritage Month
    • April 26, 2018 | Second Reading
  • Bill 19, An Act to amend the Building Code Act, 1992 with respect to the height of wood frame buildings
    • April 26, 2018 | Second Reading
  • Bill 31, An Act to implement Budget measures and to enact and amend various statutes
    • April 17, 2018 | Resumed Debate
  • Bill 43, An Act to amend the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 to establish a minimum standard of daily care
    • April 26, 2018 | Second Reading
  • Bill 50, An Act to amend the Alcohol and Gaming Regulation and Public Protection Act, 1996 with respect to Ontario wineries
    • April 19, 2018 | Second Reading, Private Member’s Bill
  • Bill 52, An Act to establish the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions
    • April 19, 2018 | Second Reading
  • Bill 53, An Act respecting the establishment of minimum government contract wages
    • April 24, 2018 | Second Reading

Bills at Third Reading

  • Bill 3, An Act respecting transparency of pay in employment
    • April 25, 2018 | Third Reading, Deferred Vote

Federal Legislation – House of Commons

Bills at First Reading

  • S-244, An Act respecting Kindness Week
    • April 25, 2018
  • S-247, An Act to establish International Mother Language Day
    • April 17, 2018
  • S-248, An Act respecting National Physicians’ Day
    • April 19, 2018
  • S-249, An Act respecting the development of a national strategy for the prevention of domestic violence
    • April 24, 2018

Bills at Second Reading

  • C-330, An Act to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (landlord consent)
    • April 18, 2018
  • C-391, An Act respecting a national strategy for the repatriation of Aboriginal cultural property
    • April 26, 2018
    • Aboriginal cultural property includes objects of historical, social, ceremonial or cultural importance to the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.
  • C-394, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (parenting tax credit)
    • April 24, 2018
  • C-395, An Act to amend the Federal-Provincial Fiscal Arrangements Act
    • April 16, 2018 | Private Member’s Bill
  • C-396, An Act to amend the Department of Industry Act (financial assistance)
    • April 19, 2018

Standing Committee

  • C-68, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act and other Acts in consequence
    • April 16, 2018 | Referred to the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans
  • C-210, An Act to amend An Act to amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Civil Marriage Act and the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
    • April 18, 2018 | Referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

Senate Pre-Study of Commons Bill

  • C-74, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures

Reporting Stage

  • C-65, An Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (harassment and violence), the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act and the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1
    • April 23, 2018 |Committee Reporting the Bill with Amendments
  • C-326, An Act to amend the Department of Health Act (drinking water guidelines)
    • April 18, 2018 |Committee Reporting the Bill with Amendments
  • C-374, An Act to amend the Historic Sites and Monuments Act (composition of the Board)
    • April 18, 2018 | Concurrence at Report Stage

Bills at Third Reading

  • C-354, An Act to amend the Department of Public Works and Government Services Act (use of wood)
    • April 25, 2018

Bills Awaiting Royal Assent

 

Federal Legislation – Senate

Bills at First Reading

  • S-244, An Act respecting Kindness Week
    • April 25, 2018
  • S-247, An Act to establish International Mother Language Day
    • April 17, 2018
  • S-248, An Act respecting National Physicians’ Day
    • April 19, 2018
  • S-249, An Act respecting the development of a national strategy for the prevention of domestic violence
    • April 24, 2018

Bills at Second Reading

  • C-50, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act (political financing)
    • April 25, 2018 | Second Reading
  • C-51, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act
    • April 26, 2018 | Second Reading
  • C-58, An Act to amend the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act and to make consequential amendments to other Acts
    • April 18, 2018 | Second Reading
  • S-221, An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 (Property qualifications of Senators)
    • April 19, 2018 | Second Reading

Standing Committee

  • S-240, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (trafficking in human organs)
    • April 17, 2018 | Referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights
  • S-245, An Act to declare the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project and related works to be for the general advantage of Canada
    • April 24, 2018 | Referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications

Senate Pre-Study of Commons Bill

  • C-74, An Act to implement certain provisions of the budget tabled in Parliament on February 27, 2018 and other measures

Consideration of Committee Report

  • S-203, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and other Acts (ending the captivity of whales and dolphins)
    • April 26, 2018 | Committee Report Adopted
  • S-237, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (criminal interest rate)
    • April 19, 2018 | Committee Report Adopted

Bills at Third Reading

  • C-24, An Act to amend the Salaries Act and to make a consequential amendment to the Financial Administration Act
    • April 24, 2018
  • S-234, An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Parliamentary Artist Laureate)
    • April 24, 2018
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