House of Bills: A Monthly Update on Ontario Bills

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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)

Happy Birthday, Baldwin

Happy Birthday to Robert Baldwin, drafter of The Baldwin Act!

An Act to provide, by one general law, for the erection of Municipal Corporations, and the establishment of Regulations of Police, in and for the several Counties, Cities, Towns, Townships and Villages in Upper-Canada, also referred to as the Municipal Corporations Act, 1849, a.k.a. the Baldwin Act, was Ontario’s first municipal statute. It was named after Robert Baldwin (1804-1858), who was co-premier and Attorney General at the time and at various other times lawyer and Law Society of Ontario Treasurer. The act was passed in 1849, came into force on January 1, 1850, and was described in The Municipal Manual, 11th ed, as “the Magna Charta of municipal government in Canada” (p 8).

The citation for the act is 12 Vict c 81, and it’s available electronically in the Great Library; if you need a copy, just ask.

House of Bills: A Monthly Update on Ontario Bills

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We have created a monthly recap of all bills that have moved through the legislature in April. Due to COVID-19, the legislature was only scheduled to meet on April 14, and is not scheduled to meet again until May 12. On April 14, one bill moved through the legislature.

Bill 189, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act, 2020

First Reading (April 14)
Second Reading, carried (April 14)
Third Reading, carried (April 14)
Royal Assent (April 14)

Stay tuned for more monthly recaps and any major updates on the activity of the legislature.