September 2020
Ontario Legislature Resumes

2020-09-15 11:20:42 AM

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The Ontario Legislature resumed Monday, September 14th, after a few weeks break. There are 11 sitting weeks scheduled until the winter recess on December 10, including two constituency breaks in October (week of October 12th) and November (week of November 9th). 

In interviews, the Government House Leader, Paul Calandra, indicated that there would be a full-scale budget by November 15 which could include rent control meaures. As more information becomes available, we will assess opportunities to provide input on any budget or fiscal update that comes forward. 

In a news release, the Government outlined some of its priorities for the session within the themes of health preparedness and rebuilding the economy:

  • Investing in Ontario's health care system to ensure the province is prepared for a potential second wave of COVID-19 and for any future public health challenges;
  • Building Ontario's production capacity for personal protective equipment, ventilators and other medical gear so the province never has to rely on any other jurisdiction again for these critical supplies;
  • Protecting families and those most vulnerable and helping them get back on their feet as the province reopens;
  • Helping young people and workers receive the skills training they need to join the modern workforce and contribute to the recovery of the province;
  • Accelerating the construction of critical highway, transit and broadband infrastructure projects to create jobs and boost the local economies of communities across Ontario;
  • Providing relief to Mainstreet Ontario and small business owners so they can recover from the impact of COV ID-19 faster and get back to the work of building their business; and
  • Expanding manufacturing by creating the conditions to bring investment and jobs to the province and world-class, Ontario-made products to consumers around the world.
Question Period was dominated by return to school, economic recovery, and long-term care questions amid COVID-19 concerns.

A Government motion was brought forward to arrange proceedings on a number of private members' bills of a commemorative nature. As a result of debate, two moved forward on Monday for third reading.   A private members' bill was introduced by Green Leader, Mike Schreiner: Bill 200, Employment Standards Amendment Act (Sick Notes), 2020 which passed first reading. The Bill proposes that an employer may require an employee who takes leave under this section to provide evidence reasonable in the circumstances that the employee is entitled to the leave, but shall not require an employee to provide a certificate from a qualified health practitioner as evidence.


 


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