One to Watch – An Update on Bill 161

In February of this year, we wrote a post about the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act (Bill 161) which was introduced late in 2019. As previously stated, this act will make changes to over 20 acts impacting the courts, legal aid, legal practice and regulation. On July 8th, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act received Royal Assent. 

In February of this year, we wrote a post about the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act (Bill 161) which was introduced late in 2019. As previously stated, this act will make changes to over 20 acts impacting the courts, legal aid, legal practice and regulation. On July 8th, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act received Royal Assent. 

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At your Fingertips: Proclamations and Annotations

Four annotated volumes of the statutes of Ontario with a background of the Great Library

When conducting legislative research, it’s important to remember that just because a statute has received royal assent, that doesn’t necessarily mean that all of its sections have come into force. This is why it is so important to look through the commencement provisions of the statute in question to discern when the statute will be “fully operational” so to speak.

Unfortunately, deciphering coming into force dates isn’t always as straightforward as looking at these commencement provisions. While these provisions will sometimes neatly list the specific coming into force dates, other times they simply indicate that the statute will come into force “on a date to be determined by Proclamation”.

Proclamations are published in most jurisdiction’s official Gazettes. But luckily you don’t have to sift through piles of weekly Gazettes issues to find the proclamation you need. There are more efficient alternatives:

For Ontario, you can check the Table of Proclamations found on e-Laws, and for federal statutes you can check the coming into force dates in the Table of Public Statutes and Responsible Ministers on the Justice Laws website.

Another source which covers proclamations for all Canadian jurisdictions going back many years is the Great Library’s annotated statute volumes. We annotate our legislative volumes with coming into force information. This means we will actually pencil in the coming into force dates, along with the proclamation information, right next to the relevant provisions. Easy Peasy! Look for the volumes with the “Annotated” sticker on the spine to take advantage of this service, or alternatively, shoot us an email for coming into force information.

House of Bills: A Monthly Update on Ontario Bills

A photo of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario building – front-facing

We have created a monthly recap of the bills that moved through the Legislature in May. Details can be found below:

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Bill 141, Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2020

Third Reading, carried (May 26)

Bill 159, Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2020

Second Reading, carried on division (May 26 & 27)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General Government (May 27)

Bill 184, Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020

Second Reading, carried on division (May 26 & 27)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy (May 27)

Bill 190, COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020

First Reading (May 12)
Second Reading, carried (May 12)
Third Reading, carried (May 12)
Royal Assent (May 12)

Bill 191, Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Presumption Respecting COVID-19), 2020

First Reading (May 19)