Legislation Tracking

Track the progress, and keep up-to-date and informed on legislative changes that might impact health and safety management planning at your workplace. Learn about emerging employer responsibilities and worker rights to ensure you are in compliance.

COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020
Royal Assent - 100%
Bill #
190
Title
COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020
Description
An Act to enact one Act and amend various Acts in respect of COVID-19 and to make other amendments.
Legislation Affected
Business Corporations Act, Business Names Act Commissioners for taking Affidavits Act, Condominium Act, Co-operative Corporations Act, Corporations Act, Corporations Information Act, Education Act, Extra-Provincial Corporations Act, Limited Partnerships Act, Metis Nation of Ontario Secretariat Act, Notaries Act, Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, Succession Law Reform Act
Status
Royal Assent
Date
2020-05-12
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act, 2020
Royal Assent - 100%
Bill #
189
Title
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support and Protection Act, 2020
Description
An Act to amend various Acts to address the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Legislation Affected
Development Charges Act, Education Act, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act, Planning Act, Police Services Act
Status
Royal Assent
Date
2020-04-14
Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020
Royal Assent - 100%
Bill #
186
Title
Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020
Description
The Bill amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to address when emergency leave is available to employees in case of infectious disease emergencies.
The amendments entitle an employee to a leave of absence without pay, starting on the prescribed date, if the employee will not be performing the duties of his or her position because of various reasons related to a designated infectious disease, including that the employee is under medical investigation, supervision or treatment; that the employee is in quarantine or isolation; that the employee is providing care or support to another individual; or that the employee is affected by travel restrictions. Restrictions on the entitlement are specified, and related amendments are made addressing the evidence of entitlement required, when the entitlement ends and the regulation-making powers.
Legislation Affected
Employment Standards Act, SARS Assistance and Recovery Strategy Act
Status
Royal Assent
Date
2020-03-19
Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020
Royal Assent - 100%
Bill #
175
Title
Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020
Description
An Act to amend and repeal various Acts respecting home care and community services.
Legislation Affected
Connecting Care Act, Excellent Care for All Act, Health Care Consent Act, Health Protection and Promotion Act, Home Care and Community Services Act, Local Health System Integration Act, Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence Act, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Act, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Appeal and Review Boards Act, Personal Health Information Protection Act, Private Hospitals Act
Status
Royal Assent
Date
2020-07-08
WSIB Coverage for Workers in Residential Care Facilities and Group Homes Act, 2020
First Reading - 20%
Bill #
194
Title
WSIB Coverage for Workers in Residential Care Facilities and Group Homes Act, 2020
Description
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 is amended to provide that an employer who operates a residential care facility or a group home is a Schedule 1 employer for the purposes of the Act.
Legislation Affected
Workplace Safety and Insurance Act
Status
First Reading
Date
2020-07-06
Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Presumption Respecting COVID-19), 2020
First Reading - 20%
Bill #
191
Title
Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Presumption Respecting COVID-19), 2020
Description
The Bill amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. New section 15.0.1 of the Act applies with respect to workers who work for a business that has been listed as an essential business in an order made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. If a worker for an essential business receives a positive test for the disease known as COVID-19, the disease is presumed to be an occupational disease that occurs due to the nature of the worker’s work, unless the contrary is shown. The presumption applies to a positive test received on or after January 25, 2020. Transitional matters are provided for.
Legislation Affected
Workplace Safety and Insurance Act
Status
First Reading
Date
2020-05-19
Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2020
Royal Assent - 100%
Bill #
141
Title
Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2020
Description
The Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2019 is enacted. The Act imposes certain requirements respecting the installation, maintenance, testing and availability of defibrillators on designated premises or public premises. The Act also requires defibrillators at such premises to be registered with the registrar within specified time periods, and for the prescribed persons to be notified of the registrations. Regulations may be made under the Act setting out details relating to the requirements under the Act.
Legislation Affected
New Act
Status
Royal Assent
Date
2020-06-18
Compassionate Care Act, 2018
In Committee - 60%
Bill #
3
Title
Compassionate Care Act, 2018
Description
The Bill enacts the Compassionate Care Act, 2018. The Act requires the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to develop a provincial framework designed to support improved access to hospice palliative care. The Minister must table a report setting out the provincial framework in the Legislative Assembly within one year after the Bill comes into force. Within five years after the report is tabled, the Minister must prepare and table a report on the state of hospice palliative care in Ontario. Each report must be published on a Government of Ontario website.
Legislation Affected
New Act
Status
In Committee
Date
2018-07-26
PTSD Awareness Day Act, 2018
In Committee - 60%
Bill #
9
Title
PTSD Awareness Day Act, 2018
Description
The Bill proclaims June 27 in each year as PTSD Awareness Day.
Legislation Affected
New Act
Status
In Committee
Date
2018-08-02
Time to Care Act (Long-Term Care Homes Amendment, Minimum Standard of Daily Care), 2018
First Reading - 20%
Bill #
13
Title
Time to Care Act (Long-Term Care Homes Amendment, Minimum Standard of Daily Care), 2018
Description
The Bill amends the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 so that a long-term care home will have to provide its residents with at least four hours a day of nursing and personal support services, averaged across the residents. The minimum hours may be increased by regulation.
Legislation Affected
Long-Term Care Homes Act
Status
First Reading
Date
2018-07-31
Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2018
First Reading - 20%
Bill #
35
Title
Human Rights Code Amendment Act, 2018
Description
The Bill amends the Human Rights Code to include immigration status, genetic characteristics, police records and social condition as prohibited grounds of discrimination. The Act currently includes race, place of origin, gender identity, family status and disability, among other things, as prohibited grounds of discrimination.
Amendments to various provisions of the Act are made including amendments to provide that every person has a right to equal treatment, without discrimination because of immigration status, genetic characteristics, police records and social condition, with respect to services, goods and facilities, the occupancy of accommodation, the right to contract, employment and membership in various types of organizations. The right to equal treatment without discrimination because of genetic characteristics includes the right to equal treatment without discrimination because a person refuses to undergo a genetic test or refuses to disclose the results of a genetic test.
Legislation Affected
Human Rights Code
Status
First Reading
Date
2018-09-26
Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act, 2019
Royal Assent - 100%
Bill #
48
Title
Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act, 2019
Description
An Act to amend various Acts in relation to education and child care.
Legislation Affected
Early Childhood Educators Act, Education Act, Ontario College of Teachers Act, Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures), Teaching Profession Act
Status
Royal Assent
Date
2019-04-03
Long-Term Care Homes Amendment Act (Preference for Veterans), 2018
In Committee - 60%
Bill #
51
Title
Long-Term Care Homes Amendment Act (Preference for Veterans), 2018
Description
The Bill amends the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 by enacting a definition of “veteran” that includes former officers and former non-commissioned members of the Canadian Forces. The Bill amends the Act to require the Minister to ensure that preference in admission to long-term care homes is given to veterans.
Legislation Affected
Long-Term Care Homes Act
Status
In Committee
Date
2018-11-15
Keeping Students Safe on School Buses Act (Highway Traffic Amendment), 2018
In Committee - 60%
Bill #
56
Title
Keeping Students Safe on School Buses Act (Highway Traffic Amendment), 2018
Description
The Bill makes it mandatory to have three-point seat belts on forward-facing seats on school buses.
Legislation Affected
Highway Traffic Act
Status
In Committee
Date
2018-11-29
Brunt and Kendall Act (Ensuring Safe Firefighter and Trainee Rescue Training), 2018
First Reading - 20%
Bill #
58
Title
Brunt and Kendall Act (Ensuring Safe Firefighter and Trainee Rescue Training), 2018
Description
The Bill makes amendments to the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 and to the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 to implement measures to provide for the safe training of firefighters and firefighter trainees in rescue and emergency services.
Legislation Affected
Fire Prevention Act, Private Career Colleges Act
Status
First Reading
Date
2018-04-19
Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act, 2019
Royal Assent - 100%
Bill #
68
Title
Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act, 2019
Description
The Bill enacts, amends or repeals various Acts and revokes various regulations.
Legislation Affected
Community Safety and Policing Act, Police Services Act, Complementary Repeals, Consequential Amendments, Special Investigations Unit Act, Coroners Act, Mandatory Blood Testing Act,
Status
Royal Assent
Date
2019-03-26
Home Care and Community Services Amendment Act (Dan’s Law), 2019
First Reading - 20%
Bill #
73
Title
Home Care and Community Services Amendment Act (Dan’s Law), 2019
Description
The Bill amends the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994 so that a person who moves to Ontario from another province or territory and who had public health insurance in the province or territory will not be subject to any waiting period for funded services under the Act that may otherwise be applicable to new Ontario residents.
Legislation Affected
Home Care and Community Services Act
Status
First Reading
Date
2019-02-25
9-1-1 Everywhere in Ontario Act, 2019
In Committee - 60%
Bill #
75
Title
9-1-1 Everywhere in Ontario Act, 2019
Description
The Bill enacts the 9-1-1 Everywhere in Ontario Act, 2019 which requires the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services to fulfil various obligations related to the provision of and infrastructure for 9-1-1 services. The Act also places certain obligations on persons or entities who operate a 9-1-1 call centre respecting the staffing, supervision and training of staff.
The Bill also amends the Ombudsman Act to establish the position of Assistant Ombudsman responsible for the oversight of 9-1-1 operations and the Assistant Ombudsman’s functions, which include assisting the Ombudsman with investigations relating to the provision of 9-1-1 services.
Legislation Affected
Ombudsman Act
Status
In Committee
Date
2019-05-09
Closing Oversight Loopholes for Home Care Clinics Act, 2019
In Committee - 60%
Bill #
102
Title
Closing Oversight Loopholes for Home Care Clinics Act, 2019
Description
The Bill amends the Health Protection and Promotion Act, the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994 and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Act.

Health Protection and Promotion Act
A new section 11.1 is added to the Act requiring home care clinics to establish a process for reviewing complaints and requiring the operator of a home care clinic to notify the medical officer of health if a complaint is made. Also, a new section 15.1 is added to the Act requiring every person who intends to commence to operate a home care clinic to give notice to the medical officer of health.
Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994
Paragraph 8 of subsection 3 (1) of the Act is amended to update the rights of persons receiving community services with respect to persons receiving community services at a home care clinic. A new section 30.1 is added to the Act requiring the operator of a home care clinic to provide the address of the clinic to the medical officer of health. Section 31 of the Act is amended by adding a new subsection (2) which requires the operator of a home care clinic to ensure that certain information is posted in the clinic in a conspicuous and easily accessible location. A new section 62.1 is added to the Act to give medical officers of health the right and responsibility to inspect home care clinics.
Legislation Affected
Health Protection and Promotion Act, Home Care and Community Services Act, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Act
Status
In Committee
Date
2019-05-02
Mandatory Police Training Act, 2019
In Committee - 60%
Bill #
105
Title
Mandatory Police Training Act, 2019
Description
In addition to the restrictions of the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019, a person is prohibited from being appointed as, or acting as, a police officer or special constable unless the person has successfully completed the training approved by the Minister responsible for administering that Act in the use and administration of naloxone for the purpose of blocking the effects of opioids. A person is also prohibited from acting as a First Nation Officer, the Inspector General of Policing or an inspector under that Act unless the person has successfully completed that training.
Legislation Affected
New Act
Status
In Committee
Date
2019-05-16
Speaking Out About Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment Act, 2019
First Reading - 20%
Bill #
111
Title
Speaking Out About Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment Act, 2019
Description
The Bill amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The provisions of the Act protecting workers against reprisals are amended to include protections against reprisals against workers who speak out about workplace violence and workplace harassment. The amendments provide that a reprisal is any measure taken against a worker that adversely affects the worker’s employment. Examples of reprisals are provided.
Legislation Affected
Occupational Health and Safety Act
Status
First Reading
Date
2019-05-07
Respecting Injured Workers Act (Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment), 2019
First Reading - 20%
Bill #
119
Title
Respecting Injured Workers Act (Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment), 2019
Description
In calculating the amount of payments to an injured worker, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 considers the earnings that a worker is able to earn in suitable and available work. Currently, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board may decide that a worker is able to earn amounts that they are not actually earning, on the basis of suitable and available work they do not actually have. The amendments would prevent that from happening unless the worker refused employment in bad faith.
Legislation Affected
Workplace Safety and Insurance Act
Status
First Reading
Date
2019-05-27
Defibrillator Registry Act, 2019
First Reading - 20%
Bill #
140
Title
Defibrillator Registry Act, 2019
Description
The Bill enacts the Defibrillator Registry Act, 2019. The Act provides for the creation of a registry of the location of defibrillators installed in premises that are accessible to members of the public and for the appointment of a Registrar to maintain the registry. The registry is to be made available to 9-1-1 call takers and dispatchers in Ontario.
Persons responsible for premises that are accessible to members of the public are required to notify the Registrar when installing a defibrillator or when removing or relocating it. The Act also sets out certain requirements related to the maintenance of the defibrillators. The Minister responsible for the administration of the Act may develop programs and services that aim to assist in identifying where to install defibrillators and in appropriately maintaining the defibrillators. The Minister is required to develop a complaints mechanism for use by members of the public respecting alleged contraventions of the Act.
Legislation Affected
New Act
Status
First Reading
Date
2019-11-18
Health and Safety at Work Day Act, 2019
First Reading - 20%
Bill #
143
Title
Health and Safety at Work Day Act, 2019
Description
The Bill proclaims April 28 in each year as Health and Safety at Work Day.
Legislation Affected
New Act
Status
First Reading
Date
2019-11-18
Occupational Safety and Health Day Act, 2019
In Committee - 60%
Bill #
152
Title
Occupational Safety and Health Day Act, 2019
Description
The Bill proclaims the first Tuesday in May in each year as Occupational Safety and Health Day.
Legislation Affected
New Act
Status
In Committee
Date
2019-11-28
Long-Term Care Homes Amendment (Till Death Do Us Part) Act, 2019
In Committee - 60%
Bill #
153
Title
Long-Term Care Homes Amendment (Till Death Do Us Part) Act, 2019
Description
The Bill amends the Residents’ Bill of Rights set out in section 3 of the Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2007 by adding the right of residents not to be separated from their spouses upon admission but to have accommodation made available for both spouses so that they may continue to live together.
Legislation Affected
Long-Term Care Homes Act
Status
In Committee
Date
2019-12-12
Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day Act, 2019
In Committee - 60%
Bill #
154
Title
Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day Act, 2019
Description
The Bill proclaims the third Friday of June in each year as Stop Cyberbullying in Ontario Day.
Legislation Affected
New Act
Status
In Committee
Date
2019-12-05
Defibrillator Training and Access Act, 2019
First Reading - 20%
Bill #
158
Title
Defibrillator Training and Access Act, 2019
Description
The Bill requires the owners of designated premises to install, make available for use, maintain and test defibrillators in their premises. Owners must also ensure that training is undertaken in accordance with prescribed guidelines.
The Bill also provides for the registration of defibrillators with a registrar designated by the Minister. The registrar is required to notify emergency service providers and others of the registration, including the specific location, of a defibrillator.
Legislation Affected
New Act
Status
First Reading
Date
2019-12-05
Education Amendment Act (Use of Seclusion and Physical Restraints), 2019
First Reading - 20%
Bill #
160
Title
Education Amendment Act (Use of Seclusion and Physical Restraints), 2019
Description
The Bill amends the Education Act to require the Minister of Education to establish policies and guidelines with respect to the use of seclusion and physical restraints in schools.
Legislation Affected
Education Act
Status
First Reading
Date
2019-12-09
Ontario Climate Crisis Strategy for the Public Sector Act, 2019
First Reading - 20%
Bill #
165
Title
Ontario Climate Crisis Strategy for the Public Sector Act, 2019
Description
The Bill enacts the Ontario Climate Crisis Strategy for the Public Sector Act, 2019, which requires the Lieutenant Governor in Council to establish the Ontario Climate Crisis Strategy for the Public Sector. The Minister responsible for the administration of the Act is also required to prepare reports with respect to energy consumption by the public sector and other related matters.
Legislation Affected
New Act
Status
First Reading
Date
2019-12-11
Education Statute Law Amendment Act (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), 2020
First Reading - 20%
Bill #
172
Title
Education Statute Law Amendment Act (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), 2020
Description
The Bill requires boards of education to develop policies and guidelines with respect to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
Teachers’ colleges and early childhood education programs shall be required to provide training with respect to FASD.
Legislation Affected
Education Act
Status
First Reading
Date
2020-02-18

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development – Notices

 

Reg. 297/13, Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training

The validity period of Working at Heights training for workers who successfully completed an approved program between February 28, 2017 and August 31, 2017 has been temporarily extended. The validity period has been extended to four years from the current three.

 

Effective date: 2020-03-27

 

Reg. 851, Industrial Establishments

- Allowing the use of alternative procedures if worker health and safety is at least as well protected.

- Allowing workers to wear personal flotation devices instead of lifejackets when appropriate.

- Allowing the use of antidotes, flushing fluids or washes instead of eyewash fountains or emergency showers, where appropriate, to prevent permanent injury to the eyes or skin.

 

Effective date: 2019-07-01

 

Reg. 490/09, Designated Substances

Occupational Health Regulatory Modernization Amendments:

- Replace the 9 separate Medical Surveillance Codes with one single consolidated and updated Medical Surveillance Code

- Replace the 16 separate Codes for Respiratory Equipment and Measuring Airborne Substances with new, updated, and consolidated respiratory protection and measuring provisions

- Permit businesses to use the “Quebec model” for calculating exposures to hazardous substances for irregular work shifts

- Add “substitution,” or substituting hazardous substances with those that are less hazardous, to the hierarchy of controls

 

Effective date: 2020-01-01

 

Reg. 833, Control of Exposure to Biological or Chemical Agents

Occupational Exposure Limit (OEL) Updates:

- Addition of listings for 7 substances in regulation: boron trichloride, calcium silicate (naturally occurring as wollastonite), hard metals (containing cobalt and tungsten carbide), simazine, acetamide, cadusafos, and folpet

- Revisions to exposure limits or listings for 19 substances currently regulated: boron tribromide, boron trifluoride, n-butyl acetate, sec-butyl acetate, tert-butyl acetate, isobutyl acetate, cyanogen, propoxur, triorthocresyl phosphate, warfarin, captafol, β-chloroprene, ethylene glycol, furfural, furfuryl alcohol, hexylene glycol, phthalic anhydride, stearates, and tungsten

- Removal of listing and OEL for 1 substance: calcium silicate (synthetic nonfibrous)

- Addition or removal of notations for 9 substances: acetylene, butane (all isomers), 2,4-D, ethane, hydrogen, liquefied petroleum gas, methyl acetylene, methyl acetylene-propadiene mixture, and propane

 

Effective date: 2020-07-01

 

Last updated: July 13, 2020