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Bill Adds Gender Identity, Gender Expression to Human Rights Code

On June 13, 2012, a Private Member Bill with three-party support passed at Third Reading, as amended by the Standing Committee on Social Policy. Bill 33, Toby’s Act (Right to be Free from Discrimination and Harassment Because of Gender Identity or Gender Expression), 2012 amends the Human Rights Code to specify that every person has…

Amended Ontario Anti-Bullying Bill Passes Third Reading

On June 5, 2012, Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act, 2012, passed at Third Reading. As previously reported, Bill 13 was extensively amended by the Standing Committee on Social Policy. With the exception of the amendments outlined in section 7 (Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week), Bill 13 will come into force on September 1, 2012….

Ontario Establishes New Class Size Limits

On June 4, 2012, the Ontario government filed a new class size regulation under the Education Act. O. Reg. 132/12 (Class Size) defines a number of terms, including: “class size” in relation to elementary and secondary schools; co-operative education class; course; cycle; instructional day; part-time; and transfer course. As outlined in the Ministry of Education’s…

Amended Ontario Anti-Bullying Bill Ordered for Third Reading

On May 30, 2012, Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act, 2012, was reported back to the House as amended by the Standing Committee on Social Policy. The proposed Committee amendments are extensive. Of particular note, Bill 13 now: contains a revised definition of “bullying”; adopts a definition of “cyber-bullying” that essentially tracks the definition proposed…

Federal Pooled Registered Pension Plan (“PRPP”) Legislation Reported Back to House

On May 28, 2012, Bill C-25, An Act relating to pooled registered pension plans and making related amendments to other Acts was reported back as amended to the House of Commons following its consideration by the Standing Committee on Finance, and the House passed a motion concurring with the report. Third reading of Bill C-25…

Implementation of Key Ontario Pension Reform Measures is Imminent

On April 30, 2012 and May 3, 2012, the Ontario Ministry of Finance issued two separate draft regulations that propose changes to the general Regulation 909 under the Ontario Pension Benefits Act (the “PBA Regulations”). Together, these two draft regulations are referred to in this FTR Now as the “Draft Regulations.” As discussed in our…

Ontario Anti-Bullying Bill Referred to Committee

On May 3, 2012, Bill 13, the Accepting Schools Act, 2011, passed at Second Reading and was ordered referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. As previously reported, Bill 13 is intended to address the issue of bullying in schools, and would, if passed, amend the Education Act to include a definition of bullying,…

Ontario Releases Proposed Grow-In Benefit Regulations

Further to the release of pension reform proposals, on Thursday, May 3, 2012 the Ontario government published additional draft amendments to General regulation 909 under the Pension Benefits Act (“Act”). As anticipated, the draft regulations prescribe additional “activating events” or circumstances that would trigger grow-in benefits for the purpose of s. 74(1), paragraph 3 of…

Stephanie Kalinowski Featured in Benefits Canada

Hicks Morley’s Stephanie Kalinowski was featured in the May 2012 edition of Benefits Canada in the “Your Say” section of the publication. In the column, Stephanie answers a question related to grow-in benefits for Ontario pension plan sponsors. She provides a brief summary of the implications that the new grow-in rule will have.