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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of April 8

  • April 12, 2024

Homing In at Queen’s Park: The Ford government has unveiled a new omnibus bill focused on streamlining home building and approvals in the province. The Cutting Red Tape to Build More Housing Act includes a reduction in the amount of parking developers need to build, special rules to fast-track the construction of student accommodation and a “use-it-or-lose-it” policy. The province wants to get 1.5 million new homes built by 2031.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of April 1

  • April 05, 2024

Parts of Panhandling Law Unconstitutional: An Ontario court has struck down sections of the province's panhandling law. The Fair Change legal clinic argued the law violated several charter rights, including freedom of expression and the right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of March 25

  • March 28, 2024

A First for Ontario Legislature: MPPs can now speak Indigenous languages at Queen's Park. While members were previously allowed to only speak either English or French, an amendment passed Tuesday allows them to also address the Speaker in an Indigenous language spoken in Canada. If members wish to do so, they must notify the clerk ahead of time so interpretation and translation services can be made available.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of March 18

  • March 22, 2024

Lawsuit Over Basic Income Cancellation: The province is facing a class action lawsuit for the cancellation of its basic income pilot project. Law firm Cavalluzzo LLP says the suit, brought forward by 4,000 people who took part in the project, claims damages for the sudden cancellation in 2018 by the Ford government. The suit is seeking damages up to $200 million.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of March 11

  • March 18, 2024

Action! Very Soon: Housing Minister Paul Calandra says he expects to introduce the spring housing bill “very soon.” In this case, “very soon” means after the March 26 budget. “I think there are some issues the budget will help facilitate, so we’ll do it after,” he told reporters at Queen’s Park. The Ford government introduces a new Housing Supply Action Plan every spring as it aims to boost supply to reach its goal of 1.5 million new homes by 2031.

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of March 4

  • March 08, 2024

B-Day at Queen’s Park: Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy will table the next Ontario budget on March 26. In a post on X Thursday morning, he said the budget will outline how the government is “rebuilding Ontario's economy without raising taxes and fees or putting more burden on businesses and municipalities." The OBA will have full coverage of the budget and how it impacts lawyers, as well as information about relevant policy initiatives. Stay tuned!

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Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of February 26

  • March 01, 2024

Remembering Brian Mulroney: Premier Doug Ford is remembering the late Brian Mulroney as a “mentor” and advisor”. “You wanna talk about leadership? You wanna talk about trailblazers, visionaries? That was Brian Mulroney,” Ford said of the former prime minister who passed away on Thursday at the age of 84.

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Provincial Government

Recommendations for Further Legislative Reform to Ontario’s Construction Act

  • February 28, 2024

The OBA identifies legal challenges presented by the Construction Act and suggest legislative solutions to complete the work in 2018 in creating a modern legislative framework for resolving construction payment disputes efficiently and economically.

Construction and Infrastructure Law, Environmental Law, Municipal Law

Your OBA LegUp Policy and Legislative Update Week of February 19

  • February 23, 2024

Repeal Reveal: The provincial government quietly repealed Bill 124 on Friday morning through an Order in Council, which it says was permitted through the legislation. Bill 124 capped salary increases for public sector workers. It was struck down as unconstitutional and the Court of Appeal upheld that decision. 

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