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House of Bills: A Monthly Update on Ontario Bills

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.legend

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. 

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House of Bills: A Weekly Update on Ontario Bills

Below, we have compiled a list of those bills which progressed through the House during the emergency sessions of March 19 and March 25. As of now, the House stands adjourned until Tuesday, April 14. Additionally, all committee meetings have been cancelled until further notice.

Sitting dates: March 19 & 25 legend
42nd Parliament, 1st Session

Bill 181, Supply Act, 2020
Royal assent (March 19)

Bill 186, Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020
First reading (March 19)
Second reading, carried (March 19)
Third reading, carried (March 19)
Royal Assent (March 19)

Bill 187, Municipal Emergency Act, 2020
First reading (March 19)
Second reading, carried (March 19)
Third reading, carried (March 19)
Royal assent (March 19)

Bill 188, Economic and Fiscal Update Act, 2020
First Reading (March 25)
Second Reading, carried (March 25)
Third Reading, carried (March 25)
Royal Assent (March 25)

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House of Bills: A Weekly Update on Ontario Bills

After taking a few days to get our ducks in a row, we will be catching up on House of Bills posts for those sitting dates we have missed due to COVID-19 interruptions. Here is the post for the sitting week of March 9-March 12. Stay tuned for the next post which gathers all progress made to Ontario bills in the third and fourth weeks of March during the COVID-19 emergency sitting sessions.

March 9 – March 12legend
42nd Parliament, 1st Session

Bill 141, Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2020

Third Reading (March 10 & 11)

Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020

Discharge the Order of referral to Committee (from Standing Committee on Justice Policy) (March 9)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General Government (March 9)

Bill 159, Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2020

Second Reading (March 10-12)

Bill 161, Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2020

Considered by Standing Committee on Justice Policy (March 12)

Bill 171, Building Transit Faster Act, 2020

Considered by Standing Committee on Social Policy (March 10)

Bill 174, Ditch the Switch Act, 2020

Second Reading, carried (March 12)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills (March 12)

Bill 175, Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020

Second Reading, carried on division (March 9 & 10)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy (March 10)

Bill 177, Sikh Genocide Awareness Week Act, 2020

Second Reading, carried (March 12)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Justice Policy (March 12)

Bill 180, Somali Heritage Week Act, 2020

First Reading (March 10)

Bill 181, Supply Act, 2020

First Reading (March 10)
Second Reading, carried on division (March 11 & 12)
Third Reading, carried on division (March 12)

Bill 182, Franco-Ontarian Emblem Amendment Act, 2020

First Reading (March 10)
Second Reading, carried (March 12)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills (March 12)

Bill 183, Strengthening Human Rights in Ontario Act, 2020

First Reading (March 11)

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

First Reading (March 12)

Bill 185, Vision Zero Strategy Act, 2020

First Reading (March 12)

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House of Bills: A Weekly Update on Ontario Bills

March 2 – March 5legend
42nd Parliament, 1st Session

Bill 145, Trust in Real Estate Services Act, 2020
Royal Assent (March 4)

Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020
Second Reading, carried on division (March 4)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Justice Policy (March 4)

Bill 159, Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2020

Reported as amended (March 2)
First Reading, Ordered for Second Reading pursuant to Standing Order 77(b) (March 2)
Second Reading (March 5)

Bill 161, Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2020

Second Reading, carried on division (March 3 & 5)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Justice Policy (March 5)

Bill 162, Public Accountability and Lobbyist Transparency Act, 2020

Discharge the Order of referral to Committee of the Whole House (March 3)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Justice Policy (March 3)

Bill 166, Great Lakes Protection Amendment Act, 2020

Second Reading, carried (March 5)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills (March 5)

Bill 171, Building Transit Faster Act, 2020

Second Reading, carried on division (March 3)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy (March 3)

Bill 175, Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020

Second Reading (March 2-5)

Bill 178, Black Mental Health Day Act, 2020

First Reading (March 2)

Bill 179, Assessment Amendment Act (Areas in Transition), 2020

First Reading (March 3)

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House of Bills: A Weekly Update on Ontario Bills

February 24 – February 27
42nd Parliament, 1st Sessionlegend

Bill 141, Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2020

Considered by Standing Committee on Social Policy (Feb 24 & 25)
Reported as amended (Feb 26)

Bill 145, Trust in Real Estate Services Act, 2020

Third Reading, carried on division (Feb 26 & 27)

Bill 159, Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2020

Considered by Standing Committee on Justice Policy (Feb 27)

Bill 161, Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2020

Second Reading (Feb 27)

Bill 168, Combating Antisemitism Act, 2020

Second Reading, carried on division (Feb 27)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Justice Policy (Feb 27)

Bill 171, Building Transit Faster Act, 2020

Second Reading (Feb 24-26)

Bill 173, Ontario Day Act, 2020

First Reading (Feb 24)
Second Reading, carried (Feb 27)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills (Feb 27)

Bill 174, Ditch the Switch Act, 2020

First Reading (Feb 25)

Bill 175, Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020

First Reading (Feb 25)

Bill 176, Maternal Mental Health Act, 2020

First Reading (Feb 25)

Bill 177, Sikh Genocide Awareness Week Act, 2020

First Reading (Feb 26)

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LEGISinfo: Tips for Tracking Federal Bill Activity

As some of you may know, the Great Library has been reporting on the legislative activity of Ontario public bills in our new blog series “House of Bills”. Though we don’t cover the federal side of things, here are a few tips for using LEGISinfo to keep track of federal bills as they move through the House of Commons and the Senate.

On the home page of LEGISinfo, you’ll notice that there are a few filter options near the top of the page. For the purposes of tracking the most recent activity of bills, we will be using the “Latest Activity Date” and “Show Details” filters shown below:

By clicking on the “Latest Activity Date”, the bills with the most recent activity are pulled to the top of the page in descending order.

Now that we’ve manipulated the list to show the bills with the most recent activity first, we can use the “Show Details” filter to reveal more information concerning the activity of each bill.  Once expanded, we can now see the last stage the bill has completed under the “Last stage Complete” section and by the bar graph in the top right corner (shown below):

It’s important to note that the data contained in this section reflects the latest stage that the bill has completed, and not necessarily the stage the bill is currently being considered under. For instance, though the entry shown above for Bill C-6 only mentions the first reading, the bill is currently being considered for second reading. If you click the “View Complete Bill Details” link, you will be taken to a page that shows that Bill C-6 sat for second reading on February 24, though it has not yet completed the second reading stage.

For another tool that shows you the latest stage a bill has reached and not necessarily completed, select the “Legislative at a Glance” option located on the left-hand side of the LEGISinfo home page. “Legislation at a Glance” provides an overview of bills under consideration in either the Senate or the House of Commons

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House of Bills: A Weekly Update on Ontario Bills

After their winter break, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario is officially back in session as of February 18, 2020.  This also marks the return of the Great Library’s weekly updates of Ontario legislative activity in our House of Bills blog series.

Though the Legislature returned on February 18, our first post of the year includes activity preceding this date. This is because, if designated, committees can meet during any recess or adjournment (Click here for the calendar listing of dates on which committees or the House can meet). We have included all committee activity of this year thus far below.  

January 2 – February 20
42nd Parliament, 1st Sessionlegend

Bill 141, Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2020

Considered by Standing Committee on Social Policy (Jan 16 & 29)

Bill 145, Trust in Real Estate Services Act, 2020

Considered by Standing Committee on General Government (Jan 8, Feb 3 & Feb 19)
Reported as amended (Feb 20)

Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2020

Second Reading (Feb 18 & Feb 20)

Bill 159, Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2020

Considered by Standing Committee on Justice Policy (Jan 20-22)

Bill 161, Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2020

Second Reading (Feb 19)

Bill 162, Public Accountability and Lobbyist Transparency Act, 2020

Second Reading, Carried (Feb 20)
Ordered referred to Committee of the Whole House (Feb 20)

Bill 163, Food Day Ontario (Food Day Canada in Ontario) Act, 2020

Second Reading, Carried, (Feb 20)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General Government (Feb 20)

Bill 167, Legislative Assembly Amendment Act, 2020

Second Reading, Carried (Feb 18)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly (Feb 18)

Bill 171, Building Transit Faster Act, 2020

First Reading (Feb 18)

Bill 172, Education Statute Law Amendment Act (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), 2020

First Reading (Feb 18)

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House of Bills: A Fall Recap of Ontario Bills

As of December 12 the Legislative Assembly of Ontario stands adjourned for the winter recess and does not plan to return until February 18th. As promised, we have compiled a list of those bills which have progressed through the House this fall (October 28-December 12) and have identified the latest stage they reached before the winter recess.

First Reading

Bill 134, Caribbean Heritage Month Act, 2019
Bill 135, La Francophonie Act, 2019
Bill 137, Franco-Ontarian Community Act, 2019
Bill 139, Caribbean Heritage Month Act, 2019
Bill 140, Defibrillator Registry Act, 2019
Bill 143, Health and Safety at Work Day Act, 2019
Bill 146, Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day Act, 2019
Bill 148, Doored But Not Ignored Act, 2019
Bill 149, Dyslexia Awareness Month Act, 2019
Bill 151, Smoke-Free Ontario Amendment Act (Vaping is not for Kids), 2019
Bill 155, Rent Control Act, 2019
Bill 158, Defibrillator Training and Access Act, 2019
Bill 160, Education Amendment Act (Use of Seclusion and Physical Restraints), 2019
Bill 161, Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2019
Bill 162, Public Accountability and Lobbyist Transparency Act, 2019
Bill 163, Food Day Ontario (Food Day Canada in Ontario) Act, 2019
Bill 164, Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, 2019
Bill 165, Ontario Climate Crisis Strategy for the Public Sector Act, 2019
Bill 166, Great Lakes Protection Amendment Act, 2019
Bill 167, Legislative Assembly Amendment Act, 2019
Bill 168, Combating Antisemitism Act, 2019
Bill 169, Home Warranties to Protect Families Act, 2019
Bill 170, Protecting Passenger Safety Act, 2019

Second Reading

Bill 125, Making Northern Ontario Highways Safer Act, 2019
• Lost on division
Bill 133, Buy in Canada for Mass Transit Vehicles Act, 2019
• Lost on division
Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019
• Debate

Committee Stage

Bill 112, Lupus Awareness Day Act, 2019
• Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General Government
Bill 130, Combatting Litter for the Environment and Nature Act, 2019
• Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General government
Bill 141, Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2019
• Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy
Bill 142, Highway Traffic Amendment Act (Air Brake Endorsements), 2019
• Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy
Bill 144, Northern Health Travel Grant Advisory Committee Act, 2019
• Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills
Bill 145, Trust in Real Estate Services Act, 2019
• Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General government
Bill 147, Public Safety Related to Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act, 2019
• Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General government
Bill 150, Ensuring Transparency and Integrity in Political Party Elections Act, 2019
• Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General government
Bill 152, Occupational Safety and Health Day Act, 2019
• Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy
Bill 153, Long-Term Care Homes Amendment (Till Death Do Us Part) Act, 2019
• Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy
Bill 154, Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day Act, 2019
• Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy
Bill 157, COPD Awareness Day Act, 2019
• Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy
Bill 159, Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2019
• Bill considered by Standing Committee on Social Policy

Royal assent

Bill 6, Poet Laureate of Ontario Act (In Memory of Gord Downie), 2019 (SO 2019, c 16)
Bill 116, Foundations for Promoting and Protecting Mental Health and Addictions Services Act, 2019 (SO 2019, c 17)
Bill 123, Reserved Parking for Electric Vehicle Charging Act, 2019 (SO 2019, c 18)
Bill 124, Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 (SO 2019 c 12)
Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019 (SO 2019, c 14)
Bill 136, Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019 (SO 2019, c 13)
Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019 (SO 2019, c 15)

That’s all for now, folks! Come back the end of February for the next “House of Bills: A Weekly Update on Ontario Bills” post.

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House of Bills: A Weekly Update on Ontario Bills

December  9– December 12
42nd Parliament, 1st Session

Bill 6, Poet Laureate of Ontario Act (In Memory of Gord Downie), 2019legend

Third Reading, carried (Dec 12)
Royal Assent (Dec 12)

Bill 116, Foundations for Promoting and Protecting Mental Health and Addictions Services Act, 2019

Bill considered by Standing Committee on Social Policy, reported as amended (Dec 10)
Third Reading, carried (Dec 11)
Royal Assent (Dec 12)

Bill 123, Reserved Parking for Electric Vehicle Charging Act, 2019

Second Reading (Dec 10)
Bill considered by Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills, reported as amended (Dec 11)
Third Reading, carried (Dec 12)
Royal Assent (Dec 12)

Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019

Third Reading, carried on division (Dec 9 & 10)
Royal Assent (Dec 10)

Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019

Reported as amended by Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (Dec 9)
Third Reading, carried on division (Dec 9 & 10)
Royal Assent (Dec 10)

Bill 150, Ensuring Transparency and Integrity in Political Party Elections Act, 2019

Second Reading, carried on division (Dec 12)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on General Government (Dec 12)

Bill 153, Long-Term Care Homes Amendment (Till Death Do Us Part) Act, 2019

Second Reading, carried (Dec 12)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Justice Policy (Dec 12)

Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019

Second Reading (Dec 10 & 11)

Bill 159, Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2019

Order for Second Reading discharged pursuant to Standing Order 74(a) (Dec 11)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Justice Policy (Dec 11)
Bill considered by Standing Committee on Justice Policy (Dec 12)

Bill 160, Education Amendment Act (Use of Seclusion and Physical Restraints), 2019

First Reading (Dec 9)

Bill 161, Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 9)

Bill 162, Public Accountability and Lobbyist Transparency Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 9)

Bill 163, Food Day Ontario (Food Day Canada in Ontario) Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 10)

Bill 164, Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 10)

Bill 165, Ontario Climate Crisis Strategy for the Public Sector Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 11)

Bill 166, Great Lakes Protection Amendment Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 11)

Bill 167, Legislative Assembly Amendment Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 11)

Bill 168, Combating Antisemitism Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 11)

Bill 169, Home Warranties to Protect Families Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 12)

Bill 170, Protecting Passenger Safety Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 12)

And with that, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario stands adjourned for their two month winter break. Presently, the legislature is scheduled to resume February 18th, 2020. But the House of Bills series is still going! Be sure to come back next week for a snapshot of the latest stage those bills that have progressed through the House this Fall reached before the winter recess.

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House of Bills: A Weekly Update on Ontario Bills

December 2 – December 6
42nd Parliament, 1st Sessionlegend

Bill 116, Foundations for Promoting and Protecting Mental Health and Addictions Services Act, 2019

Second Reading, carried (Dec 3)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy (Dec 3)
Considered by Standing Committee on Social Policy (Dec 6)

Bill 123, Reserved Parking for Electric Vehicle Charging Act, 2019

Considered by Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills (Dec 4)

Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019

Considered by Standing Committee on General Government, reported as amended (Dec 3 & 4)
Third Reading (Dec 5)

Bill 136, Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 2019

Considered by Standing Committee on Justice Policy, reported as amended (Dec 3)
Third Reading, carried (Dec 4 & 5)
Royal Assent (Dec 5)

Bill 138, Plan to Build Ontario Together Act, 2019

Considered by Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (Dec 2, 4 & 5)

Bill 144, Northern Health Travel Grant Advisory Committee Act, 2019

Second Reading, carried on division (Dec 5)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills (Dec 5)

Bill 154, Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day Act, 2019

Second Reading, carried (Dec 5)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy (Dec 5)

Bill 155, Rent Control Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 2)

Bill 156, Security from Trespass and Protecting Food Safety Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 2)

Bill 157, COPD Awareness Day Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 3)
Second Reading, carried (Dec 5)
Ordered referred to Standing Committee on Social Policy (Dec 5)

Bill 158, Defibrillator Training and Access Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 5)

Bill 159, Rebuilding Consumer Confidence Act, 2019

First Reading (Dec 5)