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: April 5, 2019

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Bill/Regulation/Review Status  Proposed Changes/Highlights  MFOA Action 
  Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018 Carried on division (April 2, 2019)  Potential changes to a number of Acts, significantly: 

Employment Standards Act, 2000

Labour Relations Act, 1995

Planning Act, 1990

 Monitoring. MFOA hosted a webinar on January 24 to provide a briefing on the impacts.
Bill 93, St. James Town Act (Residential Tenancies Amendments), 2019 First Reading Carried (April 1, 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.

 Bill 86, Respecting Property Taxpayers Act, 2019 First Reading Carried (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.
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.
 Bill 80, Archives and Recordkeeping Amendment Act, 2019  In Second Reading (February 27, 2019)
 The Bill amends the Archives and Recordkeeping Act, 2006. It adds a provision making it an offence to deprive a public body, the Archives of Ontario or the Archivist of the custody, control or use of or access to any public record of archival value. On conviction, a fine of not more than $50,000 may be imposed.  Out of MFOA's scope
Bill 78, Supporting Ontario's Community, Rural and Agricultural Newspapers Act, 2019  First Reading Carried (March 6, 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.  Monitoring
 Bill 76, United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, 2019  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  First Reading Carried (March 5, 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 74, The People's Health Care Act, 2019  Referred to Standing Committee (March 21, 2019)  If passed, Bill 74 will enact the Connecting Care Act, 2019, which would authorize the Ministry to create Ontario Health. As a corporation, Ontario health would have the authority to provide funding to Integrated Care Delivery Systems (ICDS) and Health Service Providers (HSPs). HSPs include: hospitals; long-term care homes; psychiatric facilities; community mental health and addiction services and a number of other services. ICDSs include long-term care home services, home care or community service, hospital services, and a number of other services. Monitoring 
 Bill 68, Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act, 2019  Royal Assent (March 26, 2019) Part IV, which sets out how municipalities may provide policing and the rules that apply to police service boards, now contains the following: “Municipal boards and First Nation boards that believe their funding is insufficient may apply for conciliation or arbitration of the dispute.”  Montioring


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