05/06/2010

The Ontario Legislature’s Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs met to review Bill 16, the Creating the Foundation for Jobs and Growth Act, 2010.
With all party support for the amendment, the government has withdrawn proposed changes to the Schedule 10, Health Insurance Act, Subsection 30 (5). The change means that the subrogation of OHIP costs to municipalities will not be proceeding.

AMO credits the swift response of municipal governments in response to AMO’s Breaking News communication yesterday for this good news. Additional municipal resolutions on this issue are no longer required at this time. Should the government reintroduce this proposal at some point in the future, AMO will again alert municipalities to rally against this change.

AMO first alerted municipal concerns to Minister Bradley last week. The Association is appreciative of the Minister’s intervention with this issue.

In other Committee developments, the government has amended Schedule 26, Public Sector Compensation Restraint to Protect Public Services Act, 2010 to explain the treatment of public health units regarding compensation. The government has clarified that all public health units will be covered by the legislation. The exact wording is as follows:

I move that paragraph 2 of subsection 3 (3) of the Public Sector Compensation Restraint to Protect Public Services Act, 2010 as set out in Schedule 25 to the Bill, be struck out and the following substituted:

2. Local boards as defined in subsection 1 (1) of the Municipal Act, 2001.  However, this exclusion does not apply with respect to boards of health.

As of present, the Ontario Government has not provided any other direction or guidance in respect of what it means by consulting with Transfer Payment recipients and their bargaining agents.