Legislative and Policy Update - Week of May 31 2021

  • June 05, 2021

This week in the Legislature the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate with the stay-at-home order being lifted and the government announcing schools will not re-open in June for in person learning.  In other news, the government announced an investment in mental health services for children and youth.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of May 24 2021

  • May 28, 2021

The Legislature did not sit this week.  The government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate with the government publicly musing over reopening schools in certain regions as of May 31 and facing criticism for lack of a coherent plan. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of May 10 2021

  • May 14, 2021

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate with the government announcing an extended stay-at-home order for the province and cancelling the use of the Astra Zeneca vaccine as the first vaccine shot for individuals. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of May 3 2021

  • May 07, 2021

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate with the government announcing the creation of mobile vaccine units for small and medium sized businesses in provincial hot spots.  With daily COVID-19 cases ranging between 2800 to 3400, the government continued to announce funding for COVID-19 priorities including funding for seniors struggling with COVID-19 related cognitive impairments. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of April 5 2021

  • April 09, 2021

The Legislature did not sit this week.  The government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of government announcements this past week including the Premier’s decision to once again enact a provincial emergency and stay-at-home order.  The government announced funding this week for a manufacturing plant that produces disinfectants to help against the spread of COVID-19 and the Toronto school boards switched to remote learning. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of March 29 2021

  • April 01, 2021

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate with the government announcing a provincewide ‘emergency brake’ today, restricting in person activities.  The government announced funding this week for four hours of free legal advice for survivors of sexual assault commencing May 1, and $200M to support small business in Ontario’s tourism and hospitality industry impacted by the pandemic. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of March 22 2021

  • March 26, 2021

This week in the Legislature, the government released the 2021-2022 budget.  The province’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate and government announcements, including announcements that restaurant staff would be added to the essential workers list for the purposes of earlier access to vaccines and funding for transportation to help seniors and people with disabilities reach vaccine centres. 

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Legislative and Policy Update -Week of March 15 2021

  • March 19, 2021

The Legislature did not sit this week, as a result no new legislative matters proceeded. The government made a number of announcements to address ongoing concerns and impacts of COVID-19 including the launch of the online booking system for vaccine appointments for those over 80, investments in recruiting and training staff for long-term care homes and investments in new long-term care projects. 

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Other

OBA Submission on Bill 245, Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 (Schedules 8 & 9

  • March 12, 2021

The OBA provided a submission to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly on Bill 245, Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 (Schedules 8 & 9).

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of March 8 2021

  • March 12, 2021

This week in the Legislature, the government marked the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaration of COVID-19 as a Global Pandemic.  The province’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate and government announcements, including announcement that all Ontario residents will receive their first vaccination shot by June 20, investments in youth mental health and homelessness shelters.

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Other

OBA Submission on Bill 245, Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 (Schedule 3)

  • March 11, 2021

The OBA provided a submission to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly on Bill 245, Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 (Schedule 3).

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of March 1 2021

  • March 05, 2021

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate and the focus of government announcements including, a technical briefing on March 5, 2021 of vaccine roll outs. Notably, courts and justice system workers and youth justice workers will be included at the end of Phase 2.

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Provincial Government

Submission on the Ontario Land Tribunal Draft New Rules

  • February 26, 2021

The OBA made a submission to the Ontario Land Tribunal on their proposed Draft New Rules to harmonize the practices and procedures in a proceeding before any Tribunal within Ontario Land Tribunals.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of February 22

  • February 26, 2021

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be front and centre including an announcement of free tuition for 6000 new Personal Support Workers, and the announcement that Ontario will launch its online portal for booking COVID-19 vaccine appointments on March 15. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of February 15 2021

  • February 19, 2021

The Legislative Assembly resumed sitting this week, after rising in early December, with a continued focus on the province’s COVID-19 response.  The government announced expansion of its Main Street Relief Grant and an investment in a new COVID-19 contract tracing device for workplaces.  On the legislative front, the government introduced Bill 245, Accelerating Access to Justice Act, 2021 an omnibus bill comprised of 11 schedules.  

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of December 18

  • December 18, 2020

The 42nd Parliament of Ontario, which began its Fall Sitting on September 14 rose on December 8, 2020, concluding a Fall Session which saw 26 government Bills passed with the primary focus remaining on curbing the continued spread and impact of COVID-19.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of Week of November 30 2020

  • December 04, 2020

This week in the legislature the government remained focused on curbing the continued spread and impact of COVID-19. The government announced the creation of a Support for Learners program to provide additional financial support to parents and an investment in the tourism industry to support its ‘long-term sustainability’.  

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of November 23 2020

  • November 27, 2020

This week in the legislature the government remained focused on curbing the continued spread of COVID-19 as Toronto and the Region of Peel were placed in a 28-day lockdown. The government announced holiday celebrations should only take place with family members and also announced the release of new technology allowing for COVID-19 rapid tests. The Auditor General released a special report this week criticizing the government for its handling of the pandemic.  

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of November 16 2020 

  • November 20, 2020

This week in the legislature the government remained focused on the continued spread of COVID-19 as it made plans for further restrictions in the hardest hit areas in the lead up to the holiday season.  The government announced the creation of a new agency to centralize government procurement of supplies and equipment to help during the pandemic and announced an investment in justice system mental health services. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of November 9, 2020

  • November 13, 2020

The Legislature did not sit this week, as a result no new legislative matters proceeded. The government made a number of announcements this week to address the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 including funding for building and renovating long-term care homes and more COVID-19 tests in the Peel Region. 

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Legislative and Policy Update Week of November 2

  • November 06, 2020

This week in the legislature the government released the province’s 2020 Budget and continued to be focused on COVID-19 related issues.  The government announced a new framework for monitoring and responding to the pandemic and faced criticism regarding a supply shortage of flu shots.

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Provincial Budget Highlights 2020

  • November 05, 2020

The 2020 Ontario Budget was released on November 5 at Queen's Park.  The Budget, originally scheduled for release in March, was postponed as the government focused its efforts on emergency management during the pandemic. 

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Legislative and Policy Update Week of October 26 2020

  • October 30, 2020

This week in the legislature the government continued to be focused on COVID-19 related issues including funding in health care, education and housing supports.  The government faced scrutiny for proposing arts and science degree granting powers for the Canada Christian College under a COVID-19 omnibus bill. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of October 19, 2020

  • October 23, 2020

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate and the focus of government announcements including, funding for mental health supports for children and youth and advising against ‘trick-or-treating’ on Hallowe’en.  

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Legislative and Policy Update- Week of October 12, 2020 

  • October 16, 2020

The Legislature did not sit this week, as a result no new legislative matters proceeded. Of interest to family lawyers, the Standing Committee on Justice Policy held public hearings on Bill 207, Moving Ontario Family Law Forward Act, 2020, at which the OBA appeared.  The government made a number of announcements this week to address ongoing concerns and impacts of COVID-19. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of October 5

  • October 09, 2020

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate and the focus of government announcements.  With COVID-19 daily cases continuing to be above 500 and a backlog in Ontario’s COVID-19 testing, the government came under fire for reluctance to put in place further restrictions on businesses and lack of preparedness for the second wave.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of September 28

  • October 02, 2020

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate and the focus of government announcements.  With COVID-19 daily cases rising to the highest level since the outbreak occurred, the government focused on rolling out its plan for the second wave. On the legislative front, of particular interest to family lawyers, the Moving Ontario Family Law Forward Act, 2020 passed second reading. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of September 21

  • September 25, 2020

This week in the Legislature, the government’s plans to address COVID-19 continued to be the focus of debate and the focus of government announcements. 

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LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY UPDATE – Week of September 14, 2020 

  • September 18, 2020

The Legislature returned this week after adjourning on July 21.  The government introduced two pieces of legislation, Bill 202, Soldier’s Aid Commission Act, 2020 and Bill 204, Helping Tenants and Small Businesses Act, 2020. The main issues this week revolved around the government’s back to school plans and the rise in COVID-19 cases. 

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of July 20th

  • July 24, 2020

The Legislature sat on Monday and Tuesday this week.  There were no new bills introduced.  The Legislature adjourned this week, for the session, and will return on September 14, 2020.

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Legislative and Policy Update - Week of July 13th

  • July 17, 2020

The Legislature sat on Monday through Wednesday this week this week.  No new bills were introduced, however the government brought motions to time allocate Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 and Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020, which were introduced last week. The motions would move the two bills to 3rd Reading next week, without committee hearings, when the legislature is scheduled to sit again on July 20th.

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LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY UPDATE – Week of July 6th 

  • July 10, 2020

On Tuesday, the government introduced Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020. The legislation allows for the government to continue the use of existing emergency powers otherwise restricted for use under a Declaration of Emergency. The current Declaration of Emergency was introduced on March 17th and has been renewed within each consecutive two week period.

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Other

OBA Submission on the new Legal Aid Services Act

  • March 10, 2020

The OBA submission raised three specific issues that it would like to see addressed with respect to the proposed Legal Aid Services Act in Bill 161: (1) Ensuring additional funding for court-ordered services currently covered directly by the Attorney General; (2) Clarifying a fair process regarding information disclosure for lawyers who represent LAO clients; and, (3) Clarifying proportional representation on the LAO Board.

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Provincial Government

Pre-Budget Consultation Letter

  • February 11, 2020

As part of the provincial government’s pre-budget consultations, the OBA asked the government to commit to adequate and predictable funding for the legal aid system and ensure adequate funding of a comprehensive strategy that recognizes the prevalence of mental health issues for society’s most vulnerable who are served by lawyers in all areas of the legal aid system.

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Provincial Government, Legal Aid Ontario

OBA Submission Regarding the Legal Aid Ontario Modernization Project

  • October 31, 2019

The Ministry of the Attorney General, in partnership with Legal Aid Ontario is currently engaged in the Legal Aid Ontario Modernization Project (“Project”). The mandate of the Project is to develop and implement reform proposals and legislative amendments that will contribute to moving the legal aid system towards sustainability and modernized service delivery to better meet the needs of low-income Ontarians through governance and service delivery improvements.

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Provincial Government

Proposed New Regulation and Regulation Changes Under the Planning Act, 1990

  • August 06, 2019

The Municipal Law Section of the OBA provided a submission to the provincial government for consideration on the proposed new regulation and regulation changes under the Planning Act, including transition matters, related to Schedule 12 of Bill 108 – the More Homes, More Choice, Act, 2019

Municipal Law

Provincial Government

OBA Submission – Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act

  • August 06, 2019

he Municipal Law Section of the OBA provided a submission to the provincial government for consideration on the proposed regulations under the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017

Municipal Law

Other

Response to the Law Society of Ontario's Access to Justice Approach: Call for Comment

  • May 31, 2019

This submission is in response to the Law Society of Ontario's Access to Justice Committee's "Review of the Law Society's Access to Justice Approach: Call for Comment"

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Law Society of Ontario

Comments on the LSO's Options for Lawyer Licensing

  • October 31, 2018

The OBA has responded to the LSO's Dialogue on Licensing (2018) consultation paper. The submission was prepared by the OBA Special Committee on Licensing with the input of the OBA Provincial Council.

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Law Society of Ontario

Law Society of Ontario Governance Task Force Call for Comment: Options for Enhanced Governance

  • October 19, 2018

The OBA responds to the LSO's consultation on Governance, relating to the size and composition of Convocation, other considerations that will to enhance governance effectiveness, as well as the terms, term limits and terminology proposed.

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Provincial Government

OBA Pre-Budget Consultation Letter

  • February 07, 2018

The OBA provides a submission to the Minister of Finance regarding pre-budget consultations with individuals and organizations throughout the province.

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Provincial Government

OBA Submission on Inclusionary Zoning Regulation Proposal

  • February 01, 2018

The Ontario Bar Association is pleased to provide comments on regulations proposed to effect an inclusionary zoning framework, introduced into the Planning Act by Bill 7, the Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016.

Municipal Law

Provincial Government

OBA Submission on Bill 139 Transitional Regulations

  • January 21, 2018

The Ontario Bar Association has prepared recommendations respecting transitional regulations proposed under Bill 139, the Building Better Communities and Conserving Watersheds Act, 2017.

Municipal Law

Law Society of Ontario

President's Letter re Statement of Principles

  • November 24, 2017

The OBA wrote to the Law Society to reiterate the OBA’s unequivocal support for the CFRL Report and to identify failures to date in the implementation of the requirement for a Statement of Principles

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Provincial Government

Review of the Ontario Municipal Board

  • December 19, 2016

This submission was made as part of the Province’s review of the role and responsibilities of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) in land use planning matters.

Environmental Law, Municipal Law

Law Society of Ontario

Law Society of Upper Canada Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group Final Report

  • November 21, 2016

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to comment on issues raised in the Law Society of Upper Canada (“Law Society”) Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group (“Working Group”) Final Report “Working Together for Change: Strategies to Address Issues of Systemic Racism in the Legal Professions” (the “Final Report”).

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Provincial Government

Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review: Feedback on Proposed Revised Plans

  • October 31, 2016

The OBA appreciates the opportunity to make a submission on the Government’s Co-ordinated Land Us Planning Review, including the Proposed Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, 2016, the Proposed Greenbelt Plan (2016), the Proposed Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan (2016) and the Proposed Niagara Escarpment Plan (2016)

Aboriginal Law, Environmental Law, Municipal Law

Law Society of Ontario

Consultation on the Pathways Pilot Project Evaluation and Enhancements to Licensing Report

  • October 21, 2016

The Ontario Bar Association appreciates the opportunity to provide input on the Law Society of Upper Canada Professional Development and Competence Committee report to convocation dated September 22, 2016 addressing the Pathways Pilot Project Evaluation and Enhancements to Licensing.

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Provincial Government

Proposed Amendments to Planning Act Regulations and Proposed Transitional Regulation relating to the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (Bill 73)

  • April 15, 2016

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (the “Ministry”) on the proposed amendments to the existing regulations under the Planning Act relating to the Smart Growth for Our Communities Act, 2015 (Bill 73) and the proposed new regulation to prescribe transitional provisions for Bill 73.

Municipal Law

Law Society of Ontario

Compliance-Based Entity Regulation LSUC Task Force Consultation

  • March 31, 2016

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) is pleased to provide this submission to the Law Society of Upper Canada Task Force on Compliance-Based Entity Regulation in response to its Consultation Paper: “Promoting Better Legal Practices” (“the Consultation Paper”).

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Provincial Government

Municipal Legislation Review

  • November 12, 2015

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (“MMAH”) on the MMAH’s review of the Municipal Act (“MA”), the City of Toronto Act (“COTA”), and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (“MCIA”), which review is focused on the themes of accountability and transparency

Municipal Law

Provincial Government

Municipal Legislation Review

  • October 30, 2015

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (“MMAH”) on the MMAH’s review of the Municipal Act (“MA”), the City of Toronto Act (“COTA”), and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (“MCIA”)

Municipal Law

Provincial Government

Submission for Bill 73

  • October 29, 2015

The Ontario Bar Association (the “OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (the “Ministry”) as well as to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (the “Legislature”) on Bill 73 - An Act to amend the Development Charges Act, 1997 and the Planning Act (“Bill 73”). This document provides comments on the version of Bill 73 that at the time of writing is under debate at Second Reading before the Legislature.

Municipal Law

Provincial Government

Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review

  • May 28, 2015

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (the “Ministry”) on the consultation process and discussion document relating to the 2015 co-ordinated land use planning review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Greenbelt Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan, and the Niagara Escarpment Plan (the “Co-ordinated Review”).

Municipal Law

Provincial Government

Exploring an online Administrative Monetary Penalty System for infractions of provincial statutes and municipal by-laws in Ontario

  • May 05, 2015

The Ontario Bar Association (the “OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Ministry of the Attorney General’s consultation paper “Exploring an online Administrative Monetary Penalty System for infractions of provincial statutes and municipal by-laws in Ontario” (“the Consultation Paper”).

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Provincial Government

Bill 66 - Great Lakes Protection Act, 2015

  • April 20, 2015

The Ontario Bar Association (the “OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide a submission to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change with respect to Bill 66, Great Lakes Protection Act, 2015 (“the Bill” or “Bill 66”).

Aboriginal Law, Environmental Law, Municipal Law

Law Society of Ontario

Alternative Business Structures and the Legal Profession in Ontario

  • January 30, 2015

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) is pleased to provide this update on our consideration of the issues raised by the Law Society of Upper Canada in “Alternative Business Structures and the Legal Profession in Ontario: A Discussion Paper” (the “Discussion Paper”)

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Bill 20, Respect for Municipalities Act (City of Toronto), 2013

  • April 10, 2014

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to make this submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs pertaining to Bill 20, Respect for Municipalities Act (City of Toronto), 2013 (“Bill 20”).

Municipal Law

Bill 83 Letter from the OBA

  • March 07, 2014

Letter concerning Bill 83, Protection for Public Participation Act, 2013 which, as you are aware, was introduced by the government in June 2013.

Civil Litigation, Environmental Law, International Law and 1 more..., Municipal Law

Provincial Government

Ontario’s Land Use Planning and Appeal System

  • January 10, 2014

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Consultation Document, Fall 2013, relating to Land Use Planning and Appeal System (the “Consultation Document”).

Municipal Law

Provincial Government

Development Charges in Ontario

  • January 10, 2014

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Consultation Document, Fall 2013, relating to Development Charges in Ontario (the “DC Consultation Document”).

Municipal Law

Other

Bill 6 – Great Lakes Protection Act, 2013

  • November 22, 2013

The Ontario Bar Association (the "OBA") appreciates the opportunity to provide a submission to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills with respect to Bill 6, Great Lakes Protection Act, 2013 (the “Bill”) , introduced by the Ministry of Environment.

Aboriginal Law, Environmental Law, Municipal Law

Re: Report of the Expert Advisory Panel on Anti-SLAPP

  • February 29, 2012

As the people on the front lines of the justice system, OBA members understand the crucial importance of ensuring access to justice to protect legitimate legal rights while avoiding the chill on public participation and drain on public resources that ill-motivated law suits can exact.

Civil Litigation, Environmental Law, Municipal Law

Proposed Changes to Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Document EBR Registry 

  • February 24, 2011

The Ontario Bar Association (“OBA”) appreciates the opportunity to make a submission on the proposed changes to the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process as outlined in the December 23, 2010 letter by the Municipal Engineers' Association (“MEA”) to the Minister of Environment.

Environmental Law, Municipal Law