Legislation Tracking

Bill 2 – Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

First Reading 20%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
2Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, would be amended in relation to post-traumatic stress disorder affecting emergency response workers. This would create an assumption that if an emergency worker suffers a PTSD, the disorder would be presumed to be an occupational disease, unless the contray is shown~WSIAFirst Reading2014-07-07

Bill 10 – Child Care Modernization Act

Royal Assent 100%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
10Child Care Modernization Act The purposes of this Act are to foster the learning, development, health and well-being of children and to enhance their safety. It provide a framework for child care and the operation of child care and early years programs and services, and establishes licensing and compliance requirements amongst other requirements.~Child Care and Early Years Act,
~Repeal of the Day Nurseries Act
~Early Childhood Educators
~Education Act
~Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act
~Other Acts
Royal Assent2014-12-04

Bill 11 – Radon Awareness and Prevention Act

Second Reading 40%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
11 Radon Awareness and Prevention ActThia Act would require the owner of an enclosed workplace that is not a project to ensure that the radon level in the normal occupancy area of the workplace is measured by a radon measurement specialist before December 31, 2016 and as frequently thereafter as may be prescribed by the regulations.~Building CodeSecond Reading 2014-07-17

Bill 18 – Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act

Royal Assent 100%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
18 Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy ActThis bill would replace this definition of a 'worker' under the OHSA with an expanded list of individuals that would be considered workers. The new definition would include a person who performs work or supplies services for monetary compensation, secondary school, college, university, or other post secondary students on unpaid work experience program, and a person who receives training from an employer but is not an employee under the Employment Standards Act, 2000

This bill would also amendmend to the WSIA in relation to temporary employment agencies and employers who contract with those agencies.
~WSIA
~OHSA
Royal Assent2014-11-20

Bill 20 – Ryan’s Law (Ensuring Asthma Friendly Schools)

Royal Assent 100%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
20Ryan's Law (Ensuring Asthma Friendly Schools)The Bill requires that every school board establish and maintain an asthma policy, which must include, among other things, strategies to reduce risk of exposure to asthma triggers, a communication plan for the dissemination of information on asthma, regular training on recognizing asthma symptoms and managing asthma exacerbations. School principals would also be required to develop an individual plan for each pupil who has asthma.
~NewRoyal Assent2015-05-05

Bill 64 – Protecting Interns and Creating a Learning Economy Act

In Committee 60%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
64Protecting Interns and Creating a Learning Economy ActSCHEDULE 1
LEARNING THROUGH WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE ACT, 2015

Schedule 1 amends the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act to establish the Advisory Council on Work-Integrated Learning. The Council’s mandate is to advise the Minister in connection with work-integrated learning opportunities. The mandate also includes making recommendations with respect to a website for sharing information about work-integrated learning opportunities in Ontario. The Schedule requires the Council to report annually on Ontario’s progress in this area.
SCHEDULE 2
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS AMENDMENT ACT (GREATER PROTECTION FOR INTERNS AND VULNERABLE WORKERS), 2015

Under subsection 1 (2) of the Employment Standards Act, 2000, only some individuals receiving training from an employer are considered to be employees. Schedule 2 amends the Act to deem additional individuals receiving training to be employees for the purposes of specified parts of the Act. New requirements are imposed on employers with respect to certain individuals receiving training, including the requirement to provide information, the requirement to provide a day off work on a public holiday and the requirement to provide vacation without pay. The Schedule also amends the Act with respect to allegations that the Act has been or is being contravened. Information regarding such allegations may be provided to the Ministry either anonymously or through a third party.
~Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities Act
~Employment Standards Act
In Committee2015-02-19

Bill 85 – Strengthening and Improving Government Act, 2015

Royal Assent 100%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
85Strengthening and Improving Government Act, 2015This bill includes 7 schedules that would affect different ministries. Schedule 4 is related to the Ministry of Labour and includes the following proposals:
Employment Standards Act, 2000
The Act is amended to make a third party demand under section 125 remain in force for 365 days from the date the notice of the demand is served.
Occupational Health and Safety Act
The Schedule amends sections 37 and 38 of the Act and other related provisions to replace the terminology “material safety data sheet” with “safety data sheet”. If a claim for an exemption is made under subsection 40 (1) of the Act or an appeal is made of such a determination, it is determined in accordance with the process set out in the Hazardous Materials Information Review Act (Canada).
Registered Human Resources Professionals Act, 2013
Currently, the Act includes a Table setting out the designations and initials that may be used exclusively by members of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario. The Schedule repeals the Table and adds authority to make regulations prescribing the designations and initials. Related amendments are made."
Various Acts that affect multiple ministries. Related to the Ministry of Labour, Schedule 4 proposes changes to the following Acts:
~Employment Standards Act
~Occupational Health & Safety Act
~Registered Human Resources Professionals Act
Royal Assent2015-12-03

Bill 98 – Protecting Victims of Occupational Disease Act

In Committee 60%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
98Protecting Victims of Occupational Disease ActSection 43 of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 provides for payments for loss of earnings to a worker where the loss of earnings results from an injury, which includes occupational disease. The Bill addresses the situation of a worker who is no longer working at the time of contracting an occupational disease by providing for loss of earnings to be determined in this case as if the worker had still been working at the time of the diagnosis. Section 48 of the Act provides for death benefits to be paid to survivors when a worker dies due to an injury for which the worker would otherwise have been entitled to benefits under the insurance plan. The Bill amends that section to address situations where a deceased worker was no longer working at the time of the injury, including at the time of contracting an occupational disease. The amendments require the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to calculate payments in these situations based on the average earnings of a fully qualified person engaged in the deceased worker’s occupation or trade at the time of the diagnosis. The Bill also provides for previous determinations of death benefits to be reviewed based on the same criterion.~Workplace Safety and Insurance ActIn Committee2015-09-24

Bill 109 – Employment and Labour Statute Law Amendment Act

Royal Assent 100%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
109Employment and Labour Statute Law Amendment Act"SCHEDULE 3
WORKPLACE SAFETY AND INSURANCE ACT, 1997

Section 22.1 is added to the Act and prohibits the taking of any actions against a worker with the intent of discouraging the worker from filing a claim for benefits under section 22 or influencing the worker to withdraw or abandon a claim for benefits under section 22. The Board’s powers of examination and inspection under section 135 are amended to include inspecting for contraventions of section 22.1. Under the new section 155.1, a contravention of section 22.1 is an offence.
Section 48.1 is added to the Act and provides for the determination of a deceased worker’s average earnings for the purpose of determining death benefits payable under section 48 as a result of a worker’s injury that occurred on or after January 1, 1998. "
~Fire Protection & Prevention Act
~Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act
~Workplace Safety and Insurance Act
Royal Assent2015-12-10

Bill 129 – Human Rights Code Amendment Act

First Reading 20%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
129Human Rights Code Amendment ActThe Bill amends the Human Rights Code to include genetic characteristics as a prohibited ground of discrimination. The Act currently includes race, marital status and disability, among other things, as prohibited grounds of discrimination.~Human Rights CodeFirst Reading2015-10-08

Bill 132 – Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act

Royal Assent 100%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
132Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan ActThis bill includes 6 schedules that would affect different acts. Schedule 4 is related to the OHSA and inclues the following proposals: SCHEDULE 4
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT
The Occupational Health and Safety Act is amended to include a definition of workplace sexual harassment and to add workplace sexual harassment to the definition of workplace harassment.
Various amendments are made to Part III.0.1 of the Act (Violence and Harassment) including the following:
1. Section 32.0.6 is amended to add additional requirements for programs that implement a workplace harassment policy required under the Act.
2. The new section 32.0.7 imposes certain duties on employers to protect workers from workplace harassment.
The new section 55.3 allows an inspector to order an employer to cause an investigation of workplace harassment to be conducted by a third-party person.
~OHSARoyal Assent2016-03-08

Bill 133 – Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Permanent Partial Disability Supplements)

In Committee 60%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
133Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Permanent Partial Disability Supplements)The Bill amends section 110 of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 so that any pension a worker is eligible for under the Old Age Security Act (Canada) does not reduce the worker’s permanent partial disability benefits for pre-1985 and pre-1989 injuries under the pre-1997 Act.~WSIAIn Committee2015-10-29

Bill 144 – Budget Measures Act

Royal Assent 100%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
144Budget Measures ActThis Bill includes 23 different schedules that would affect different pieces of legislation. Schedule 23
relates to the WSIA and includes the following proposal:

SCHEDULE 23
WORKPLACE SAFETY AND INSURANCE ACT, 1997

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 is amended to eliminate alternate and prescribed temporary indexing factors and to establish an indexing factor to be used for annual adjustments to amounts payable under the Act. Transitional matters are provided for.
~WSIARoyal Assent2015-12-10

Bill 147 – Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Firefighter Benefits)

First Reading 20%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
147Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Firefighter Benefits)The Bill amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 with respect to firefighters entitled to benefits under the insurance plan because of an occupational disease that may have occurred as a result of concurrent employment by one or more Schedule 1 employers and one or more Schedule 2 employers.~WSIAFirst Reading2015-11-24

Bill 163 – Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)

Royal Assent 100%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
163Supporting Ontario's First Responders Act (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)The Bill amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 and the Ministry of Labour Act with respect to posttraumatic stress disorder. The new section 14 in the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 provides that certain workers who are diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder are entitled to benefits under the Act for that disorder if certain conditions are met. The section creates a presumption that posttraumatic stress disorder in those workers arises out of and in the course of the workers’ employment, unless the contrary is shown. The Bill sets out procedural and transitional rules governing claims made under the new section. The Bill amends the Ministry of Labour Act to allow the Minister to collect information relating to the prevention of posttraumatic stress disorder in certain workplaces.~WSIA
~MOL Act
Royal Assent2016-04-07

Bill 178 – Smoke-Free Ontario Amendment Act

In Committee 60%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
178Smoke-Free Ontario Amendment ActThe Smoke-Free Ontario Act is amended to provide for prescribed products and substances, in addition to tobacco.
It is prohibited to smoke a prescribed product or substance, or hold a lighted prescribed product or substance, in enclosed workplaces, enclosed public places, and a number of other places and areas. An exception is made for research facilities. It is also prohibited to smoke a prescribed product or substance or have a lighted prescribed product or substance in a motor vehicle while another person who is less than 16 years old is present in the vehicle.
Rules with regard to enforcement, employer and proprietor responsibilities and regulation-making powers are provided for.
~Smoke Free Ontario ActIn Committee2016-04-08

Bill 180 – Workers Day of Mourning Act

In Committee 60%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
180Workers Day of Mourning ActThe Bill proclaims April 28 in each year as a Workers Day of Mourning. The Bill requires that all Canadian and Ontario flags outside the Legislative Building, Government of Ontario buildings and other buildings such as city and town halls, schools, universities, colleges and hospitals be flown at half-mast on that day.~NewIn Committee2016-04-07

Last updated: April 12, 2016