Legislation Tracking

Bill 26 – Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act, 2016

In Committee 60%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
26Domestic and Sexual Violence Workplace Leave, Accommodation and Training Act, 2016~The Employment Standards Act, 2000 is amended. An employee may take a leave of absence if they have experienced domestic or sexual violence. They may also take a leave of absence if their child has experienced domestic or sexual violence. They must use the leave for certain purposes, such as seeing a doctor, going to a victim services organization or meeting with a lawyer. The leave lasts for a reasonable time or for a time provided by regulations made under the Act. They are entitled to be paid for up to 10 days of leave in each calendar year. They are also entitled to reasonable accommodation with respect to their work hours and workplace.
~The Occupational Health and Safety Act is amended. An employer must ensure that every manager, supervisor and worker receives information and instruction about domestic and sexual violence in the workplace.
~Employment Standards Act ~Occupational Health and Safety ActIn Committee20/10/2016

Bill 64 – Protecting Interns and Creating a Learning Economy Act

In Committee 60%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
64Protecting Interns and Creating a Learning Economy Act~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.
~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 ActIn Committee2016-11-03

 

Building Ontario Up for Everyone Act (Budget Measures), 2016

Passed Royal Assent 2016 100%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
70Building Ontario Up for Everyone Act (Budget Measures), 2016~This bill includes 26 schedules that would affect different acts. Schedule 16 is related to the OHSA and inclues the following proposals:
Schedule 16 Occupational Health and Safety Act Amends the OHSA to give the Chief Prevention Officer the power to accredit health and safety management systems, and to give recognition to employers who use accredited health and safety management systems. The Chief Prevention Officer may also establish standards and criteria that must be met by health and safety management systems or employers in order to receive accreditation or recognition. Related amendments are also made.
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.
Total of 26 Schedules affecting 26 different Acts, including: ~ Occupational Health & Safety ActRoyal Assent2016-12-1

Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017

Passed Royal Assent 2017 100%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
127Stronger, Healthier Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017This bill includes 33 schedules that would affect different acts. Schedule 33 is related to the WSIA and includes the following:
Section 13 is amended to provide that a worker is entitled to benefits under the insurance plan for chronic or mental stress arising out of and in the course of the worker’s employment. A worker is not entitled to benefits for mental stress caused by decisions or actions of the worker’s employer relating to the worker’s employment, including a decision to change the work to be performed or the working conditions, to discipline the worker or to terminate the employment.
Section 43, which governs payments for loss of earnings is amended. New rules that provide for the method of determining amounts payable for full and partial loss of earnings are enacted, and transitional matters are provided for.
Sections 46 and 48 update the dollar amounts used to calculate compensation for a worker’s non-economic loss and death benefits
Section 51 is amended to provide that certain amounts adjusted under that section are not invalid.
Section 110, which governs the application of the pre-1997 Act in certain circumstances, is amended to provide that certain limits on the amount of a permanent partial disability supplement do not apply to the supplement as adjusted annually. The section is also amended to provide that certain reductions on amounts payable do not apply in certain circumstances.
Section 159 is amended to provide the Board with the power to establish policies concerning the interpretation and application of the Act, and concerning requirements and principles to be applied when establishing entitlement to benefits.
Total of 33 Schedules affecting 33 different Acts, including:
  • Workplace Safety & Insurance Act

Royal Assent2017-05-23

WSIA Coverage for Workers in Residential Care Facilities and Group Homes Act, 2017

In Committee 60%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
145WSIA Coverage for Workers in Residential Care Facilities and Group Homes Act, 2017The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act is amended to provide that an employer who operates a residential care facility (public or privtate) or a group home is a Schedule 1 employer.WSIA
In Committee2017-06-01

Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act

Passed Royal Assent 2016 100%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
148Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs ActSCHEDULE 3
Occupational Health and Safety Act
A new section is added to the Occupational Health and Safety Act that provides that an employer shall not require a worker to wear footwear with an elevated heel unless it is required for the worker to perform his or her work safely. An exception from this prohibition is made for employers of performers in the entertainment and advertising industry.
Total of 3 Schedules affecting multiple acts, including: Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) Royal Assent2017-11-27

Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (PTSD Benefits)

In Committee 60%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
151Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (PTSD Benefits)The Bill amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 to expand the application of the section 14 entitlement to benefits under the insurance plan for posttraumatic stress disorder to nurses, health care workers providing close assistance to first responders, and workers other than police officers who provide police services or support the work of persons who provide police services.Workplace Safety and Insurance ActIn Committee2017-09-15

Bill 157: Domestic and Sexual Violence Protection Act

In Committee 60%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
157Bill 157: Domestic and Sexual Violence Protection ActThe Bill amends the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to provide that an employee who has been employed by an employer for at least 13 consecutive weeks and who has experienced domestic or sexual violence or the threat of domestic or sexual violence is entitled to up to 10 days of paid leave and up to 15 weeks of unpaid leave. The Occupational Health and Safety Act is also amended to require employers to ensure that every supervisor and worker receives information and instruction about domestic violence in the workplace and sexual violence in the workplace.Employment Standards Act
Occupational Health and Safety Act
In Committee2017-09-28

Putting Your Best Foot Forward Act

In Committee 60%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
168Putting Your Best Foot Forward ActThe Bill amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act to prohibit employers from requiring an employee to wear footwear that is not appropriate to the protection required for the employee’s work or that does not allow the employee to safely perform his or her work.Occupational Health and Safety ActIn Committee2017-10-17

Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017

Passed Royal Assent 2017 100%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
177Stronger, Fairer Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2017This bill includes 45 different schedules affecting different acts. Schedule 30 would ammend the OHSA while schedule 45 would affect the WSIA: Schedule 30
Occupational Health and Safety Act
The Schedule amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act to do the following:
1. Provide authority for the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Labour to establish written directives for use by inspectors respecting the interpretation, administration and enforcement of the Act and its regulations.
2. Require an employer to notify a Director under the Act if a committee or a health and safety representative has identified potential structural inadequacies of a workplace as a source of danger or hazard to workers.
3. Allow for regulations to expand the circumstances in which persons are required to report an accident or other incident under section 53 of the Act and to require additional notices to be provided in the circumstances described in sections 51, 52 and 53 of the Act.
4. Increase the maximum fine under section 66 of the Act payable by a person upon conviction of an offence under the Act.
5. Amend the limitation period for bringing a prosecution under the Act or the regulations.

Schedule 45
Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997
The Schedule amend the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 as follows:
1. Section 13 of the Act is amended to provide that a worker is entitled to benefits for mental stress under subsection 13 (4) as if the mental stress were a personal injury by accident.
2. New section 13.1 sets out the transitional rules that apply for the purpose of determining entitlement to benefits under subsection 13 (4) (mental stress).
3. A reference to the Winding-up and Restructuring Act (Canada) is updated.
4. New section 173.1 provides that the Appeals Tribunal may contract with any other person for any purpose that the chair considers necessary, and the Appeals Tribunal is deemed to be a person for the purposes of the contract and is a party to the contract.
5. Section 174 of the Act is amended to provide that the chair of the Appeals Tribunal may appoint a panel of three or five members to hear and decide an appeal or other matter conferred upon the Appeals Tribunal.
Total of 45 Schedules affecting multiple acts, including: Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA)Royal Assent2017-11-14

Speaking Out About Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment Act

First Reading 20%
Bill #TitleDescriptionLegislation AffectedStatusDate
192Speaking Out About Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment ActThe 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.Occupational Health and Safety ActFirst Reading2017-12-14

 Last updated: December 15, 2017