December 14, 2017

The Ontario Legislature adjourned for the winter break after a very busy fall at Queen’s Park. Read up on legislation with municipal impacts passed by the Legislature.

  • Bill 139, the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act
    • Bill 139 overhauls Ontario’s land use planning appeals system by replacing the OMB with the new Land Use Planning Appeal Tribunal.  Has Royal Assent.
  • Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act
    • Bill 142 establishes prompt payment requirements by setting out timelines for the payment of amounts payable to contractors and subcontractors.  Has Royal Assent.
  • Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act
    • Bill 148 provides exemptions for municipal employees from new “on call” provisions, and provides exemptions for volunteer firefighters from new “equal pay” provisions. Bill 148 provides an exemption for scheduling and on-call for essential public services.  Has Royal Assent.
  • Bill 160, the Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act
    • Bill 160 amends the Ambulance Act to enable new models of low-acuity patient care on scene by paramedics and to open the door for fire-medic pilot projects. Has Royal Assent.
  • Bill 174, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act
    • Bill 174 enables the creation of the Province’s new recreational cannabis retail and distribution system, and creates statutory provisions aimed at eliminating the black market, protecting youth and addressing cannabis-impaired driving. Has Royal Assent.
  • Bill 177, the Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act
    • Bill 177 will impact municipal governments by introducing Elliot Lake-related Building Code amendments, transferring responsibility for prosecuting Part III Provincial Offences cases to municipalities, and would make workplace mental stress claim provisions retroactive to 2014.

Still on the Order Paper:

  • Bill 175, the Safer Ontario Act
    • If passed, Bill 175 will create new requirements for municipal governments and police service boards without addressing AMO’s asks to improve policing affordability and efficiency. The bill has been referred to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy.