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Legislative Week in Review: April 23rd - 26th, 2018

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In the House

This week we debated:

 

On Monday, the House passed second reading of Bill 8, Access to Consumer Credit Reports and Elevator Availability Act, 2018. As per the motion passed last week, the Bill went for public hearings on Wednesday, April 25. The Bill will undergo clause by clause consideration on Monday April 30.

Also on Monday, the House passed second reading of Bill 31, Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures), 2018. The Bill went for public hearings on Thursday, April 26 and will undergo clause by clause consideration on Thursday May 3.

On Wednesday, the House passed the Budget Motion. This passage signals that the House agrees with the general budgetary policy of the government. The 2017-18 budget is balanced and the 2018-19 budget makes critical investments in childcare hospitals, pharmacare, and mental health with a path back to balance by 2024-25.   

On Thursday, the House passed third reading of Bill 3, Pay Transparency Act, 2018. This makes Ontario the first province in Canada to pass legislation promoting transparency in the hiring process. The Bill requires all publicly advertised job postings to include a salary rate or range, bars employers from asking about an applicant’s previous compensation and prohibits reprisals against employees from asking about their compensation. Further, the legislation establishes a framework for employers to track and report compensation gaps based on gender and other diversity characteristics. The legislation is at the core of the government’s strategy for women’s economic empowerment. Only the Conservatives voted against this historic legislation.   

 

In Private Members’ Business:

Bill 43, Time to Care Act (Long-Term Care Homes Amendment, Minimum Standard of Daily Care), 2018, sponsored by NDP MPP Andrea Horwath passed second reading in the House. The Bill would, if passed, mandate each patient in a long-term care home receives a minimum of 4hrs a day of nursing and personal support care. Through the 2018 Budget, the government is investing $300 million over the next 3 years to increase staffing in long-term care homes. This is part of the government’s commitment to increase the hours of care each resident receives to an average of 4hrs a day.

Bill 19, Ontario Forestry Revitalization Act (14 Storey Wood Frame Buildings), 2018 sponsored by PC MPP Vic Fedeli also passed second reading in the House. The Bill would, if passed, allow buildings 14 storeys or less to be built out of wood. The government already has programs including the Mass Timber Program which promotes the use of mass timber in construction and helps reduce the effects of climate change.

Bill 10, Filipino Heritage Month Act, 2018, sponsored by Liberal MPP Mike Colle also passed second reading in the House. The Bill would, if passed, proclaim the month of June in each year as Filipino Heritage Month.

 

In Committee

Public Hearings:

Clause by Clause Consideration:



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