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Ontario Introduces Bill 115, Putting Students First Act, 2012

On August 27, 2012, the Ontario Legislative Assembly resumed, and the government introduced Bill 115, Putting Students First Act, 2012. The government has made a number of changes to the original draft of the Bill that was first introduced on August 16, 2012. We are in the process of reviewing the proposed legislation. For background…

Putting Students First Act to be Introduced August 27, Legislature Recalled

The Ontario government announced that the Legislature has been recalled for August 27, 2012 to permit the introduction of the government’s Putting Students First Act Bill. As previously reported, the government first released a draft of the Putting Students First Act on August 16, 2012, legislation that would, if passed, impose a two-year freeze on…

Federal Budget Bill Receives Royal Assent

On June 29, 2012, Bill C-38, Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act, received Royal Assent. Bill C-38 is omnibus legislation intended to give effect to certain key initiatives outlined in the federal government’s Budget 2012. For more information about Bill C-38, see our April 27, 2012 blog post and our FTR Now, “Federal Budget 2012…

Anti-Bullying Bill Receives Royal Assent

On June 19, 2012, Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act, 2012, received Royal Assent. Section 7 (Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week) came into force upon Royal Assent. As previously reported, the remaining sections of the Bill will come into force on September 1, 2012.

Reaching Out – First Edition

Dear Friends, The Social Service Sector Practice Group is pleased to introduce its first FTR Now edition of Reaching Out. Reaching Out is our Social Service Update designed to provide you with legal updates on new and developing cases, trends and topics that are relevant to your sector and which provide you with information and…

Pooled Registered Pension Plan Act Receives Royal Assent

The federal government has announced that Bill C-25, An Act relating to pooled registered pension plans and making related amendments to other Acts, will receive Royal Assent today, June 28, 2012. As previously reported, Bill C-25 is new legislation implementing the framework for federally regulated pooled registered pension plans (“PRPPs”).

Ontario Files BPS Solvency Funding Relief, JSPP Funding Rules and Filing of Actuarial Valuations Regulation

On June 22, 2012, the Ontario government filed O. Reg 164/12 made under the Pension Benefits Act, amending Regulation 909 (General). Generally speaking, plan administrators are required to file actuarial valuations within nine months from the date of the valuation. O. Reg 164/12 provides an extension to the window for filing actuarial valuations in accordance…

Amended Ontario Budget Bill Passes Third Reading, Receives Royal Assent

On June 20, 2012, Bill 55, Strong Action for Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2012 (“Bill 55”) passed Third Reading, as amended by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (“Committee”). Among other matters, proposed amendments to interest arbitration processes under a variety of statutes were deleted from the Bill, including the Ambulance Services Collective…