Ontario Legislative Updates (Updated Monthly)

MFOA's monthly e-Newsletter includes updates on proposed provincial legislation and regulation that affects Ontario's municipalities. You can view the table below including links to read the full legislation or regulation. 

Last updated: June 11, 2019

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Bill 108, More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019 Third Reading, June 04, 2019
 The Bill amends a number of Acts to implement the changes outlined in the More Homes, More Choices: Ontario’s Housing Supply Action Plan.
MFOA released an in-depth analysis and a technical documentcontaining our recommended amendments. MFOA presented our position to the Standing Committee on Justice Policy.
Bill 107, Getting Ontario Moving Act (Transportation Statute Law Amendment), 2019
Third Reading, Carried on Division, June 04, 2019
Amendments to the Highway Traffic Act, the Insurance Act, and the Metrolinx Act. This includes amendments of municipalities or persons employed by municipalities the involvement in the system of administrative penalties.
Bill 105, Mandatory Police Training Act, 2019
Ordered recommitted to Standing Committee, May 16, 2019
Amendments to the Act to prohibit individuals to police officer or special constables appointments unless the individual has completed naloxone administration training.
Bill 100, Protecting What Matters Most Act (Budget Measures), 2019
Royal Assent received, May 29, 2019
Omnibus Bill that will amend several pieces of legislation to implement the changes outlined in the 2019 Provincial Budget, released in April.
Monitoring. MFOA has released a number of documents and resources regarding impacts of the budget on municipal finance.
Bill 93. St. James Town Act (Residential Tenancies Amendments), 2019
 First Reading Carried, April 01, 2019
The Bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 to require landlords of residential complexes with 10 or more residential units to maintain an account, at a financial institution, into which the prescribed percentage of the rents of the residential complex must be deposited. The money in the account can only be used for repairs to the complex.
 Out of MFOA’s scope.
Bill 87, Fixing the Hydro Mess Act, 2019
 Royal Assent received, May 09, 2019
The Bill introduces a number of significant changes, including ending the previous government’s Fair Hydro Plan and uploading local electricity conservation programs. Global adjustments will also be removed from electricity once the Bill passes. Monitoring.
 Bill 86, Respecting Property Taxpayers Act, 2019 First Reading Carried, as of March 20, 2019
 The Bill amends the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation Act, 1997 to increase the number of taxpayer representatives on the board of directors of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation from four to seven. The total number of members on the board is increased from 13 to 16.  Monitoring.
Bill 82, Single-Use Plastics Ban Act, 2019
 First Reading Carried, March 18, 2019  The Bill amends the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act, 2016 to include a plan that identifies targets and sets out timelines for the immediate reduction and eventual elimination of the distribution and supply of single-use plastics in Ontario and the immediate elimination of certain single-use plastics Monitoring.
Bill 78, Supporting Ontario's Community, Rural and Agricultural Newspapers Act, 2019
 Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Justice Policy, March 28, 2019 The Bill amends the City of Toronto Act, 2006, the Development Charges Act, 1997, the Environmental Assessment Act, the Expropriations Act, the Municipal Act, 2001, the Ontario Heritage Act and the Planning Act where the Act or the regulations made under it require that notices be published in a newspaper having general circulation in a municipality. The amendments allow the publication to be done in a newspaper that is published at regular intervals of a month or less, rather than published at regular intervals of a week or less, as is currently the case.
Bill 76, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, 2019
 Ordered referred to Standing Committee, March 21, 2019 The Bill enacts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, 2019.
The Act requires the Government of Ontario to take all measures necessary to ensure that the laws of Ontario are consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
 Out of MFOA’s scope
 Bill 75, 9-1-1 Everywhere in Ontario Act, 2019  Ordered referred to Standing Committee, May 09, 2019  The Bill enacts the 9-1-1 Everywhere in Ontario Act, 2019 which requires the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services to fulfil various obligations related to the provision of and infrastructure for 9-1-1 Services.The Bill also amends the Ombudsman Act to establish the position of Assistant Ombudsman responsible for the oversight of 9-1-1 operations  Monitoring.
Bill 71, Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Act, 2019
 Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General Government, March 07, 2019  The Bill will allow the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to establish a Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Plan. Certain municipalities and municipal planning authorities will be required to adopt official plan amendments and prepare and pass zoning by-law amendments to comply with the Plan.  Monitoring.
Bill 69, Golden Girls Act, 2019
 Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General Government, February 28, 2019  The Bill will allow municipalities to interpret the Planning Act in a way that encourages and permits home sharing by unrelated seniors as a housing solution. Currently, the Act does not include the authority to pass a by-law that has the effect of distinguishing between persons who are related and persons who are unrelated in respect of the occupancy or use of a building or structure.  Monitoring.
 Amendments to Simplify the Rent-Geared-to-Income Calculation in Social Housing  Comments close July 01, 2019  Proposed changes to O. Reg. 298/01 and O. Reg. 367/11 under the Housing Services Act, 2011. Proposed changes would simplify rent-geared-to-income calculation by making rent calculation on 30% of Adjusted Family Net Income as determined by the tenants’ most recent income tax return information. Other proposed changes reflect the simplification of the rent calculation.  
Proposed Amendment to the Housing Services Act, 2011 to Support Community Safety
 Comments close July 01, 2019  Proposed amendments would give community housing providers the authority to refuse to re-house a household based on a previous eviction for a serious criminal offence.  
Excess Soil Management Regulatory Proposal
 Comments close June 17, 2019  "Costs may be associated with the time needed to become familiar with the requirements of the regulation. Additional cost could be incurred for time spent maintaining records, retrieving them for potential audit and registering specified information."  
 Consultation: Improving the province’s resilience to flooding  Comments close June 14, 2019  The Province is seeking feedback to identify ways to make communities more resilient to extreme spring flooding.  
Proposal to upload new subway projects to the Province if Bill 107, Getting Ontario Moving Act (Transportation Statute Law Amendment), 2019, is passed into law by the Ontario Legislature
 Comments close June 07, 2019  The Ministry of Transportation is proposing a regulation that would make Toronto's proposed Relief Line, the Yonge Subway Extension, and the Scarborough Subway Extension projects the responsibility of Metrolinx.  


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