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Year Bill/Reg./Act Jurisdiction Status
2017 Bill 151 Provincial
Standing Committee
OHS Impact

The Bill amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 to expand the application of the section 14 entitlement to benefits. The purpose of the bill is to clarify which workers are eligible for benefits once diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Changes

Entitlement for posttraumatic stress disorder includes: 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.

Legislation Briefing

Year Bill/Reg./Act Jurisdiction Status
2017 Bill 157 Provincial
Standing Committee
OHS Impact

This Bill is now incorporated into Bill 148 which is now in force.

Changes
  • The 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.
Year Bill/Reg./Act Jurisdiction Status
2017 Bill 161 Provincial
Standing Committee
OHS Impact

The Bill enacts Nick's Law (Opioid Abuse Awareness), 2017, which requires the Government of Ontario to allocate at least 10 per cent of the Bulk Media Buy Program toward marketing campaigns that aim to raise awareness regarding the risk of prescription opioid abuse and regarding the risks associated with fentanyl abuse.

Changes

Under this act Opioid Awareness Campaigns should:

  • Address the dangers, the prevention of opioid abuse and other safety precautions.
  • The detection of early warning signs of addiction.
  • Bring greater public awareness to:
    • The dangerous effects of fentanyl abuse and the symptoms of an overdose, the dangers associated with drugs that are contaminated with fentanyl.
    • The fentanyl Patch for Patch (P4P) return policy established under the Safeguarding our Communities Act (Patch for Patch Return Policy), 2015.
    • Inform the public about where to seek help.
    • For every fiscal year, the Minister of Finance must report on the campaigns and the percentage of the Bulk Media Buy Program that was allocated toward them.
Year Bill/Reg./Act Jurisdiction Status
2017 Bill 88 Provincial
Standing Committee
OHS Impact
The Bill bans the use, reuse, import, transport or sale of asbestos in Ontario.
Changes
  • Requires the Ministry of Labour to create a Register of all provincially owned or leased buildings containing asbestos, and for that Register to be updated from time to time as work to remove asbestos from buildings listed on the Register is completed. 
  • Each owner or lessee of a provincially owned or leased building shall provide the Minister with a report within the time period specified by the regulations, stating whether the building contains asbestos.

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