Bill 41, Protection from Coerced Debts Incurred in relation to Human Trafficking Act, 2022
The Bill amends the Consumer Reporting Act and the Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act, 2017. The Consumer Reporting Act is amended to prohibit the inclusion in consumer reports of unfavourable information about a consumer that resulted from human trafficking. The Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act, 2017 is amended to add a new Part IV, which provides for the concept of a coerced debt, that being a debt incurred under a credit facility while the debtor was subjected to human trafficking. The provisions of this new Part prohibit the collection of coerced debts and prohibit persons or entities from taking them into consideration when determining whether to provide services or products to the debtor. In the case of a dispute between a creditor and a debtor as to whether a debt is a coerced debt, either may apply to a Tribunal for a determination.
Motion to Freeze Urban Boundaries
That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should immediately address the climate and housing crises by freezing urban boundaries, updating provincial planning laws to increase density along transit corridors and the building of missing middle housing, and allowing fourplexes in neighbourhoods as of right.
Motion to Halt Plans to Open Up the Greenbelt for Development
That, in the opinion of this House, the Government should immediately halt plans to open up the Greenbelt for development, permanently protect prime farmland, and commit to building at least 1.5 million homes within existing urban boundaries.
Building More Homes on Major Streets and Transit Corridors Act, 2022
The Bill amends the Planning Act to require official plans to contain policies that authorize, in areas of settlement, midrise housing developments ranging from six to 11 stories on major streets, including along transit corridors. The Act is amended to provide that there are no appeals in respect of such policies, with the exception of appeals by the Minister, and a new section 35.1.1 requires the council of each local municipality to ensure that the by-laws it passes under section 34 give effect to such policies.
Build More Homes by Ending Exclusionary Zoning Act, 2022
The Bill amends the Planning Act to require official plans to contain policies authorizing, in areas of settlement, the use of up to four residential units in a detached house, semi-detached house or rowhouse as well as multi-unit residential buildings of up to four stories. The Act is amended to provide that there are no appeals in respect of such policies, with the exception of appeals by the Minister. A new section 35.0.1 requires the council of each local municipality to ensure that the by-laws it passes under section 34 give effect to such policies.
Paris Galt Moraine Conservation Act, 2019
This landmark environmental legislation passed second reading with all party support in 2019. If it had passed, the Act would have protected drinking water for more than 200,000 people within the Paris Galt Moraine while providing a legislative model for doing the same all across Ontario.
Reserved Parking for Electric Vehicle Charging Act, 2019
Mike Schreiner made history in December of 2019 with the passage of his private member’s Bill 123, the first Green legislation in the history of Ontario. Mike showed how we can come together with other MPP’s to get things done. He worked with PC Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby, to help move the Bill through 1st, 2nd, and 3rd readings to a final vote where the Bill was carried by the House on December 12, 2019 and received Royal Assent.
Emancipation Month Act, 2021
Emancipation Month Act, 2021 proclaims August Emancipation Month in Ontario. Mike has always known the value of working across party lines to achieve changes that improve life for all Ontarians. In collaboration with Emancipation Month Canada, Liberal Mitzie Hunter, PC Andrea Khanjin, and Laura Mae of the NDP, Bill 75 was passed and given Royal Assent on December 9, 2021.
The Emancipation Month Act will help citizens understand the important contributions made by Black communities to Ontario’s success and help build a more inclusive province where fairness, respect and dignity are enjoyed by all.
Carbon Budget Accountability Act, 2021
The Act if had passed, would have required the Premier and the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks to ensure that Ontario’s total net emissions of greenhouse gases do not exceed the specified carbon budget.
The Minister would have been required to prepare a carbon budget report each year and lay the report before the Assembly before March 31 in each year. If the Minister did not meet the report deadline, the Minister and the Premier would have been required to pay into the Consolidated Revenue Fund a penalty equal to 10 per cent of their annual salary.
The Auditor General would have been responsible for reviewing the most recently published carbon budget report before a general election and release a statement describing the results of the review.
An Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000
In an effort to curb the spread of illness, restore respect for workers, and cut down on administrative processes faced by medical professionals, if passed, Bill 200 would have removed an employer’s right to request routine sick notes for sick leaves of 3 days or less.
Bill 99, Election Finances Amendment Act (Changes for Fund-Raising Events), 2019
If passed, the Bill would have amended the Election Finances Act to provide a $100 limit on the amount that a single person may be charged to attend a fund-raising event. It does not apply in respect of an annual general meeting, policy conference or similar meeting.
Independent Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Appointment Act, 2019
If passed, the Bill would have amended the Police Services Act and the Community Safety and Policing Act, 2019 to enact a Commissioner Appointment Advisory Committee and further fair and transparent processes.
Motion to Declare a Climate and Housing Affordability Emergency
That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario shall immediately declare a climate and housing affordability emergency with a commitment to address both through complementary policies, including a massive expansion of affordable, infill housing development, the creation of a “15-minute neighbourhood” framework to be utilized by communities across the province, freezing urban boundaries to reduce sprawl, and the permanent protection of our farmland, wetlands, and other key environmental features. Filed October 6, 2021.
Motion to Address the Housing Affordability Crisis
That, in the opinion of this House, the Government shall immediately implement a plan to address the housing crisis by aggressively investing in affordable rental housing and attainable home ownership opportunities including, but not limited to: building 100,000 new permanently affordable rental homes; extending financial supports to 311,000 Ontarians for housing costs; building 60,000 permanent supportive housing units accompanied by wrap around supports; creating a $100 million seed fund for co-operative housing; taking every opportunity to lease publicly owned land to nonprofits, co-ops and other housing providers for permanently affordable housing and attainable home ownership opportunities; applying inclusionary zoning to new housing projects. Filed December 1, 2021
Motion to include Mental Health services under OHIP
That, in the opinion of this House, mental health is as important as physical health, and therefore, mental health services under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan should be expanded significantly in order to ensure that everyone can access the mental health care they need, in a timely manner, without facing financial hardship. Filed February 22, 2022
Motion to establish a Select Committee on Public Appointment Processes
That, in the opinion of this House, a Select Committee should be established to develop a comprehensive plan to reform and strengthen the public appointment process in Ontario; and
That the Committee should be comprised of representatives from the Government, Official Opposition, and Independent members, with no party holding a majority; and
That, in developing its plan and recommendations, the Committee should consider: including merit-based criteria; standardizing transparency measures; making the results of Integrity Commissioner investigations public when appropriate; adding a public complaints and investigation process; and establishing goals to ensure diversity and gender parity in the selection process; and
That the Committee should present a report on its findings to the House no later than one year from its inception. Filed March 8, 2022
Motion for a Moratorium on all New Gravel Mining Approvals
That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario must impose an immediate moratorium on all new gravel mining approvals in Ontario, including interim orders and site plan amendments for mining below the water table or that increase licensed tonnages until it undertakes a broad consultation process that includes Indigenous nations, affected communities, independent experts and scientists to chart a new path forward. Filed March 22, 2022.
Motion to address the Drug Poisoning Crisis
That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should immediately begin treating the drug poisoning crisis as a health issue, not a criminal issue, that requires a comprehensive public health response that includes working with the federal government to decriminalize drug possession, shifting funding from the justice system to the healthcare system, creating health-focused crisis response teams to respond to drug poisonings, and increasing investments in flexible treatment options and harm reduction programs, including safe supply. Filed March 23, 2022
Motion to create a Bluebelt to protect important watersheds
That, in the opinion of this House, climate change and development are serious threats to Ontario’s water, which therefore should be protected by expanding the size of the Greenbelt to include a Bluebelt that protects critically important watersheds, basins and river systems such as the Paris Galt Moraine, Carruthers Creek and the Lake Simcoe watershed. Filed April 6, 2022.
Motion to create a Climate Change Plan
Mr. Schreiner — That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should act immediately to create a climate change plan that meets Ontario’s portion of Canada’s obligations under the Paris Agreement, and maximizes the province’s opportunities in the $26 trillion global clean economy. Filed October 29, 2018.
Motion to implement and fund a Retrofit Program
Mr. Schreiner — That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should implement and fund a province-wide retrofit program to enhance and improve public sector buildings, homes and businesses in order to stimulate the economy and create jobs as part of Ontario’s COVID-19 recovery plan; and
That the program shall include only home and building retrofits that improve energy performance to save money on energy bills, reduce climate pollution, address and implement public health measures such as improving indoor air quality, and/or improve accessibility for elders and people with disabilities; and shall facilitate the delivery of training programs with a focus on providing more opportunities for women and people of colour in the trades. Filed September 23, 2020.
Motion to Create Safe Workplaces during Covid-19
Mr. Schreiner — That, in the opinion of this House, the Government shall immediately protect Ontario workers by implementing a safe workplaces plan that will:
• Guarantee 10 paid sick days for all Ontario workers without requiring a certificate from a qualified health practitioner as evidence;
• Mandate increased inspections in workplaces and increased penalties for employers who are not complying with public health guidelines;
• Mandate that workplaces provide proper PPE for all staff to keep workers safe and provide space for meals and breaks that enable physical distancing in compliance with public health guidelines;
• Introduce an awareness campaign to encourage workers to report unsafe working conditions, and ensure that the reporting process is easily accessible;
• Provide immediate funding to increase rapid testing at warehouses and other workplaces where there have been continued outbreaks; and
• Outline a vaccination roll-out strategy for essential workers in high risk workplaces, starting in hotspot regions, that includes paid time off for workers to receive their COVID vaccine. Filed February 16, 2021.