Bill 197 – Additional background on changes proposed to specific laws

Background to July 13, 2020 Media Release. Omnibus bill 197 proposes numerous changes to multiple Ontario laws often weakening environmental protection and removing public participation rights.

Ontario’s post-COVID economic recovery bill: a big miss for a green and just recovery

In an enormous piece of legislation, tabled this week as Bill 197, the Ontario government proposes changes to over eleven laws, many of them directly affecting the health of our communities and environment. While the stated intent of the bill is a pandemic economic recovery, it largely ignores worldwide calls for a green and just recovery.

Province amends Bill 161; confirms legal clinics access to justice and poverty law mandate

Positive amendments to the Legal Aid Services Act portion of the Bill added promotion by clinics of access to justice and responsiveness to the needs of low-income and disadvantaged communities in Ontario. Amendments to the Class Proceedings Act did not correct areas of concern thus increasing the difficulty to certify any class actions in Ontario, particularly in relation to environmental claims.