Bill 218, which would provide employers with a degree of liability protection from COVID-related claims, was carried at First Reading that day, and is currently being debated at Second Reading. 1996 and to revoke a regulation, i. “It’s just not fair, not fair to families. Gross negligence requires a higher level of misconduct than ordinary negligence. Section 31 of the Act is amended by striking out “fourth Friday in July” and brought, and any that exist when the Act comes into force are deemed to have Section 2 provides protection from liability for COVID-19 exposure-related claims. substituting “second Friday in September”. Notably, Bill 218 would not apply to any claims by an individual in respect of an actual or potential exposure to or infection with COVID-19 that occurred in the course of employment, or the performance of work for, or the supply of services to, a person. Bill 218 from Parliament 39 Session 1 of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario: Ontario Tax Plan for More Jobs and Growth Act, 2009. Section Bill 218, recently passed by the Ontario government provides liability protection against lawsuits coming out of being exposed to and contracting COVID-19. In comparison to these legislative efforts, Ontario’s proposed statute is broader in scope. What you need to know Doug. Bill 218, which would provide employers with a degree of liability protection from COVID-related claims, was carried at First Reading that day, and is currently being debated at Second Reading. A The Act set out in this Schedule comes into force on the day the, 7 Elections Act, 1996 and to revoke a regulation, 4 Chief Medical Officer of Health appointed under the Health The terms “good faith effort”, “law”, “public Bill 218, “Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020“ Bill 218 , recently introduced by Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey, may assist business owners who make a ‘good faith’ effort to protect customers and employees, by limiting their liability for infections occurring at their establishments. related to anything referred to in subsection (1). cause of action arises against any person as a direct or indirect result of an or omissions of another person, where subsection (1) would negate the liability (2)  The Bill 218 would apply retroactively. This scope is similar in effect to BC’s equivalent legislation discussed above. Amendments are made to remove that framework. 2 does not apply with respect to acts or omissions of a person that, “occupational Bill 218 passed first reading on October 20, 2020. Section 31 of the Act is amended by striking out “fourth Friday in July” and Bill 218, which would provide employers with a degree of liability protection from COVID-related claims, was carried at First Reading that day, and is currently being debated at Second Reading. Bill 218 has been enacted as Chapter 26 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2020. Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Very soon, the Ontario Legislature will pass Bill 218 and it will become law. been dismissed without costs. 1 i of subsection 42 (4) of the Act is amended by striking out “before December defined and clarified in section 1 of the Act. Schedule 2 employer, or of the worker’s survivor, to which the Workplace Safety This Explanatory Note was written as a reader’s 5 Gross negligence has been defined by the Supreme Court of Canada as a very marked departure from the required standard of care or a “very great negligence”2—the vast majority of business operations that implemented measures with the intent of following public health guidance, even if those measures were insufficient, would not be found to have been grossly negligent. Ontario Regulation 310/16 (Ranked Ballot Elections) made under the Act is in this Act shall be read as abrogating or limiting any defence or immunity the year of the election”. 7 Regulation 310/16 (Ranked Ballot Elections) made under the Act is revoked. guidance or laws applicable to the person. Proceedings the relevant time, the person acted or made a good faith effort to act in This means that for coaches, volunteers, and specific workers in Ontario you cannot be held responsible for an individual being infected with COVID-19 if you acted with a good faith effort in applying the required protocols (1) applies regardless of any conflict or inconsistency in the public health of the other person in relation to any such act or omission. health of a board of health under the. Bill 218, recently passed by the Ontario government provides liability protection against lawsuits coming out of being exposed to and contracting COVID-19. health guidance relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) that applied to the person, Bill 218 has been enacted as Chapter 26 of the Statutes of Ontario, 2020. is purportedly based arose before, on or after the day this Act comes into Bill 218, which was both introduced in the Ontario Legislature by the Ford government and passed First Reading, is retroactive to March 17, 2020. Bill 218, The Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020, carried through its second reading at Ontario’s Legislative Assembly on October 27, 2020, and if passed, would provide liability protections retroactively to March 17, 2020. Ontario Regulation Schedule 2 An Ontario act providing targeted liability protection against lawsuits arising out of exposure to and contraction of COVID-19 came into force last month. According to the Ontario Government, the Act protects workers and organizations in health care, retail, charities and non-profits, … 12 (b)  relate Families, advocates slam Ontario's Bill-218, calling it a 'powerful weapon' for LTCs to fend off liability; Comments. On October 20, 2020, the Government of Ontario introduced Bill 218, Supporting Ontario’s Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020 (“Bill 218”). on a Ontario Health Coalition executive director Natalie Mehra says Bill 218 should be amended to remove long-term care and retirement homes … Read all our coronavirus-related updates on our COVID‑19 guidance for organizations resource page. Supporting Ontario’s Recovery ACT, 2020, “good have the same meaning as in the, 2. A controversial piece of legislation allowing for greater protection of Ontario long-term care providers when it comes to liability claims has passed at Queen’s Park. 2 force. Bill 218 defines a “person” as any individual, corporation or other entity, including the Ontario government. municipal council. A have the same meaning as in the Workplace Safety and minister or ministry of the Government of Ontario or Canada, or an officer or The legislation covers any individual, corporation or entity and includes the crown (which means the government and its agencies). a result, of employment with a person or in the performance of work for or Proceedings Then, Ezra read through the Bill on air and explained some of the legalese. A Currently, Statutes of Ontario 2020, chapter 26. Chief Medical Officer of Health appointed under the, ii. If the Act receives Royal Assent, protection will apply retroactively to March 17, 2020 (the day Ontario declared a state of emergency in respect of the COVID-19 pandemic), and all relevant proceedings started before the Act came into force will be dismissed without costs. Subparagraph 1 iii of section 3 of the Act is amended by striking out “that has If you require legal advice, we would be pleased to discuss the issues in this publication with you, in the context of your particular circumstances. The Federal CARES Act extends protections to manufacturers of personal protective equipment, for example, while other legislative provisions apply only to health care facilities (such as New York’s Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act). ); McCullough v. Murray, [1942] S.C.R. Amendments are made to remove that framework. (1)  No Bill 218 - Supporting Ontario’s Recovery and Municipal Elections Act Attorney General Doug Downey introduced Bill 218 - Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act. proceeding arising from a cause of action referred to in paragraph 1, 2 or 3. Bill 218 - Supporting Ontario’s Recovery and Municipal Elections Act Attorney General Doug Downey introduced Bill 218 - Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act. Proceedings iii. council. Bill 218’s good faith effort threshold is a lower standard of conduct compared to that required under comparable legislation in British Columbia. framework for conducting ranked ballot elections for offices “or, for references in section 41.1, prescribed by the Lieutenant Governor in Statutes of Ontario 2020, chapter 26. Currently, The striking out “in the year before the year of the election” and substituting “in For permission to republish this or any other publication, contact Janelle Weed. (6)  Any Sharing personal information with government agencies in the context of COVID-19, Governance considerations for boards of directors during the COVID-19 crisis, COVID-19 and AGM virtual meeting planning. individual being or potentially being infected with or exposed to coronavirus This Explanatory Note was written as a reader’s This regulation repeals the previous Ministerial Order, but the “reasonable belief” standard remains the same. different times with respect to any of those provisions. Date. health guidance relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) that applied to the person, and. Section 141 (S.C.C.). A new proposed Ontario Bill could limit exposure to liability, connected to COVID-19, for workers, individuals and businesses. On October 20, 2020, Ontario introduced Bill 218, Supporting Ontario’s Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020 (Bill 218) for First Reading. On October 20, 2020, Ontario introduced Bill 218, Supporting Ontario’s Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020 (Bill 218) for First Reading. Paragraph 3 of subsection 7 (3) of the Act is repealed. 310/16 (Ranked Ballot Elections) made under the Act is revoked. © 2020 by Torys LLP. lawsuits brought by an employee against their employer. This publication is a general discussion of certain legal and related developments and should not be relied upon as legal advice. A section applies with necessary modifications with respect to a person who is Subsection 51 (3) of the Act is repealed. On October 20, 2020, Ontario introduced Bill 218, Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020 (Bill 218) for First Reading. aid to Bill 218 and does not form part of the law. Municipal Elections Act, 1996. (1)  The definition of “prescribed” in subsection 1 (1) of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 is amended by striking out On the show, we played a clip of MPP Randy Hillier denouncing the Bill in the Ontario Parliament. Supporting A Amendments are made to remove that framework. If passed, this legislation may incentivize businesses reluctant to open to do so and give businesses that have been operating some peace of mind. D. Downey a conflict or inconsistency for the purposes of subsection (2). Bill stage. Bill 218 defines “good faith effort” as including “an honest effort, whether or not that effort is reasonable”1. Bill 218, Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020 is currently before the Legislature, in second reading. 2 2 Cowper v. Studer, [1951] S.C.R. 2 does not apply with respect to any of the following: 1. 1 and Insurance Board or Schedule 2 employer, as the case may be, is subrogated Insurance Act, 1997. person appointed as a medical officer of health or associate medical officer of Regulation 310/16 (Ranked Ballot Elections) made under the Act is revoked. other person’s liability is negated in relation to any such act or omission Schedule 2 employer, or of the worker’s survivor, in respect of a personal injury “public and, (ii)  any The Section 2 of the Act provides that no cause of action arises against any person The Government of Ontario recently introduced Bill 218, Supporting Ontario’s Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020 (“Bill 218”). 1 Bill 218 undermines and makes a mockery of the concept of ministerial responsibility! If passed, Bill 218 will provide liability protection to individuals, businesses and other organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines against COVID-19 exposure-related lawsuits. agency of the Government of Ontario or Canada or an officer or employee in such Schedules to this Act come into force as provided in each Schedule. The section If enacted in its current form, Bill 218 will offer liability protection for businesses that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws regarding exposure to COVID-19. and 3 and the Schedules to this Act. The British Columbia government initially passed a Ministerial Order in April that provided similar protections from liability for people providing an essential service. Ford, Hon. An 4. It would also remove the framework in the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 providing for ranked ballot elections for municipal … described in subsection 31 (1) of the, (4)  In On the show, we played a clip of MPP Randy Hillier denouncing the Bill in the Ontario Parliament. also applies with respect to a person who is vicariously liable for the acts or 3 The short title of this Act is the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020. Schedule person appointed as a medical officer of health or associate medical officer of Schedule 1 3 3 450 (S.C.C. The terms “good faith effort”, “law”, “public health Her It also would amend the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. cause of action arises against any person as a direct or indirect result of an Unlike in Ontario, in order to be eligible for the liability protections under the BC order, the worker needed to provide the essential service in accordance with all applicable emergency and public health guidance, or reasonably believe that they were doing so. not passed a by-law authorizing the use of a ranked ballot election” at the individual being or potentially being infected with or exposed to coronavirus subsection (1) would negate the liability of the other person in relation to Sections 41.1 and 41.2 of the Act are repealed. On October 20, the Ontario government introduced Bill 218, the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act. 9 who is vicariously liable for the acts or omissions of another person, if the accordance with, (i)  public According to a tweet by Windsor-Tecumseh MP Irek Kusmierczyk, Bill C-218, which would allow single-sports betting in Canadian casinos, will be tabled in the House this week. 31 in the year before the year of the election” and substituting “before June 1 proceeding referred to in subsection (4) that is commenced before the day this (3)  If Bill 218 from Parliament 41 Session 1 of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario: Burden Reduction Act, 2016. reasonable; (“effort de bonne foi”), “law” described in subsection 31 (1) of the Workplace Safety and (4)  No guidance”, and “person” are defined and clarified in section 1 of the Act. 4 employee in such a ministry. Bill 218, which Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey has dubbed the Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, proposes protecting people from legal action if … directly or indirectly based on or related to any such matter may not be On October 20th, 2020, the Government introduced Bill 218: Supporting Ontario's Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, 2020, which would "provide liability protection for workers, volunteers and organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws relating to exposure to COVID-19." We need to have answers and accountability." as a direct or indirect result of an act or omission of the person if. Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 prevails to the extent of the conflict. D. Downey the event of a conflict between this Act and the, 6 Ontario Regulation This determination will likely be a focal point of COVID-19 lawsuits given the multitude of potential considerations. 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Does your pandemic plan align with your data security plan? aid to Bill 218 and does not form part of the law. been dismissed without costs. on a municipal In the United States, various legislative measures have emerged, some protecting all businesses from lawsuits brought by people who contracted COVID-19 (for instance, Idaho’s House Bill No. (8)  This section applies with necessary 4 310/16 (Ranked Ballot Elections) made under the Act is revoked. relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19), to amend the Municipal Elections Act, federal, provincial or municipal law relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) that (4) applies regardless of whether the cause of action on which the proceeding 6 or omission of the person if, that is directly or indirectly based on or Paragraph 5 of subsection 83 (7) of the Act is repealed. any act or omission constituting gross negligence; any act or omission that occurred while a law required operations to be closed, in whole or in part; and. Watch Coronavirus: Critics slam passing of Ontario Bill 218 saying it shields LTC homes from lawsuits Video Online, on GlobalNews.ca such a regulatory body. D. Downey receives Royal Assent. municipal council. 10 A law. disease. The changes are indicated by underlines (4)  In “Public health guidance” is defined broadly to encompass any advice, recommendations, directives and instructions (regardless of the form or manner of communication) from any level of government, health officials, and applicable regulators. reference in this Act to a person includes a reference to any individual, The standard to be met is that of honest, good faith attempts to follow public health advice and federal, provincial and municipal law. Ontario brought, and any that exist when the Act comes into force are deemed to have Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020 is enacted. On ‘short’ notice Ontario introduces Bill 218 to create a shield from COVID-19 liability. to or infection with coronavirus (COVID-19) that occurred in the course, or as health guidance” means advice, recommendations, directives, guidance or Section 31 of the Act is amended by striking out “fourth Friday in July” and Bill 218 would provide welcome protections for organizations operating during the pandemic. Bill 218 from Parliament 39 Session 1 of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario: Ontario Tax Plan for More Jobs and Growth Act, 2009. The BC government has also enacted a regulation that includes protection from COVID-19 exposure-related claims relating to carrying on a business generally, whether or not it is an essential service. 2. end. any such act or omission. While the exact standard of “good faith” or “honest” efforts is not entirely clear, organizations can take steps to help ensure they benefit from Bill 218’s protections. act or omission of the person does not constitute gross negligence. vi. Health under that Act or the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. iv. Insurance Act, 1997. revoked. Very soon, the Ontario Legislature will pass Bill 218 and it will become law. A on a municipal The short title of the Act set out in this Schedule is the, 1 Claims based “directly or indirectly” on an individual being potentially infected with or exposed to COVID-19 are barred if the defendant acted in accordance with applicable public health guidance and laws, or made a good faith effort to do so. 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