Bhutila Karpoche MPP, Parkdale–High Park

Government of Ontario

Private Member's Bills

Four-Day Work Week Act, Bill 70
Current status: Carried at first reading

The Bill enacts the Four-Day Work Week Act, 2021. The Act establishes the Four-Day Work Week Commission, which will develop recommendations on how to implement a pilot project designed to determine the effectiveness of a four-day work week in Ontario. No later than one year after receiving the report setting out these recommendations, the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development shall implement the pilot project, which will last one year. After this time, the Minister is required to prepare a report in consultation with the Commission that sets out recommendations regarding a four-day work week for Ontario workers.


Protecting Vulnerable Road Users Act, Bill 54
Current status: Carried ad first reading

The Bill amends the Highway Traffic Act. It is about the legal consequences of a collision that seriously injures or kills a pedestrian, a cyclist, a mobility device user, a roadway worker, an emergency responder outside their motor vehicle or another individual listed in the Bill.

Here are some highlights:

The driver who caused the injury or death is guilty of an offence if they caused it by breaking one of the rules of the road listed in the Bill. The listed rules include rules about unlicensed drivers, driving while intoxicated, driving while using a cell phone, speeding, careless driving, disobeying signs or lights at intersections or pedestrian crossovers, proper signalling, sharing the road, safety near emergency vehicles, safely opening car doors, and other rules.

A driver convicted of the offence is subject to the consequences for breaking the rule, and to a mandatory probation order. The order will require the driver to take a driving instruction course and perform community service. The community service must include activity related to improving driving safety and public education on driving safety. Their driver’s licence will be suspended during the probation.

The driver must also attend the sentencing hearing. Victim impact statements may be presented during the sentencing hearing.


Rent Stabilization Act, Bill 23
Current status: Lost on division at second reading

The Bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 to do the following:

   1.  Repeal and replace the rules relating to the landlord’s responsibility to maintain a residential complex under section 20 of the Act.

   2.  Create a mechanism by which tenants may apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board in circumstances in which a landlord has failed to comply with certain orders or a previously mediated settlement.

   3.  Set out new rules for rent that can be charged by a landlord to a new tenant.

   4.  Expand the circumstances in which a tenant may apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for an order determining the maximum amount of rent that the tenant may lawfully be charged.

   5.  Establish a rent registry to be maintained by the Landlord and Tenant Board and set out rules requiring that landlords file statements with the Board for inclusion in the registry, providing for consequences for failing to file the statement and governing the disclosure of information in the registry.

In addition, statutes governing the provision of legal aid services are amended to require the mandatory provision of legal representation before the Landlord Tenant Board to individuals who are directly affected by an application for a rent increase that is more than the guideline determined under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006.


Clean Trains Now Act, Bill 303
Current status: Terminated upon prorogation

The Bill amends the Metrolinx Act, 2006 to require the establishment of a committee to review the passenger transportation system between downtown Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport known as the Union Pearson Express. The Bill provides for the composition of the committee and the committee’s mandate, which is to make recommendations respecting a plan, a timeline and funding estimates to achieve certain goals for the Union Pearson Express as set out in the Bill.

The Bill establishes consultation requirements for the committee. The committee is required to report its recommendations to the Minister. The Minister is required to table the committee’s report in the Legislative Assembly and to inform the Assembly of the Minister’s proposed actions in response to the committee’s recommendations.


Day of Remembrance and Action Against Anti-Asian Racism Act, Bill 82 (previously Bill 289)
Current status: First Reading Carried

The Bill proclaims May 10 in each year as the Day of Remembrance and Action Against Anti-Asian Racism.

Learn more here.


No Time to Waste Act (Plan for Climate Action and Jobs), Bill 224
Current status: First Reading Carried

Schedule 1
Climate Crisis Health Action Plan Act, 2020

The Schedule enacts the Climate Crisis Health Action Plan Act, 2020, which requires the Minister of Health to do the following:

   1.  Develop and publish a strategic action plan that aims to ensure that Ontario’s public health and health care systems are prepared for the health risks caused by the impacts of the climate crisis.

   2.  Establish the Climate Crisis and Health Secretariat whose responsibilities include assisting the Minister with the development, revision and implementation of the strategic action plan.

   3.  Establish a science advisory board to advise the Minister with respect to climate change science and health sciences and the impacts of the climate crisis on public health.

The Act requires that the strategic action plan be reviewed and, if necessary, updated at least every four years.

Schedule 2
Ontario Climate Crisis Strategy for the Public Sector Act, 2020

The Schedule enacts the Ontario Climate Crisis Strategy for the Public Sector Act, 2020, which requires the Lieutenant Governor in Council to establish the Ontario Climate Crisis Strategy for the Public Sector.  The Minister responsible for the administration of the Act is also required to prepare reports with respect to energy consumption by the public sector and other related matters.

schedule 3
Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Act, 2020

The Schedule enacts the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Act, 2020, which establishes a select committee of the Legislative Assembly to be known as the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. The Select Committee’s mandate is to develop a comprehensive proposal to address climate-change related threats facing the society, environment and economy of the province of Ontario.

Learn more here.


Climate Crisis Health Action Plan Act, Bill 94 (previously Bill 193)
Current status: First Reading Carried

The Bill enacts the Climate Crisis Health Action Plan Act, 2022, which requires the Minister of Health to do the following:

   1.  Develop and publish a strategic action plan that aims to ensure that Ontario’s public health and health care systems are prepared for the health risks caused by the impacts of the climate crisis.

   2.  Establish the Climate Crisis and Health Secretariat whose responsibilities include assisting the Minister with the development, revision and implementation of the strategic action plan.

   3.  Establish a science advisory board to advise the Minister with respect to climate change science and health sciences and the impacts of the climate crisis on public health.

The Act requires that the strategic action plan be reviewed and, if necessary, updated at least every four years.

Learn more here.


Black Mental Health Day Act, Bill 87 (previously Bill 178)
Current status: First Reading Carried

The Bill proclaims the first Monday in March of each year as Black Mental Health Day to recognize the ongoing mental health impacts of anti-Black racism in public services and to raise awareness of the specific mental health needs of Black communities across Ontario.

Learn more here.


Perinatal Mental Health Act, Bill 44 (Previously Maternal Mental Health Act, Bill 176)
Current status: Lost on division at Second Reading

The Bill proclaims the first Wednesday of May in each year as Maternal Mental Health Day.

The Bill requires the Minister of Health to conduct a comprehensive review of maternal mental health in Ontario and prepare a Provincial Framework and Action Plan on the issue. The Bill requires the Minister to report to the Assembly periodically about the progress of the review and to table the Provincial Framework and Action Plan in the Assembly.

Learn more here.


Bill 131, Tibetan Heritage Month Act
Current status: PASSED!

Tibetan Canadians are proud to be part of the diverse communities of Ontario and Canada. Tibetans were some of the earliest government-sponsored non-European refugees to settle in Canada.

By proclaiming the month of July as Tibetan Heritage Month, the province of Ontario recognizes the contributions of Tibetans in all aspects of Ontario society. Tibetan Heritage Month is also an opportunity to educate future generations about the significant roles that Tibetan-Canadians have played and continue to play across Ontario.

Read the full bill here.


Ontario Food Terminal Protection Act, Bill 127
Current status: Terminated upon prorogation

The Bill amends the Planning Act. New section 47.1 of the Planning Act designates the lands on which the Ontario Food Terminal is situated and the prescribed surrounding lands as a provincially significant employment zone. The Bill provides protection for these lands to prevent development or conflicting uses on the lands in the future.

Learn more here.


Menstrual Hygiene Day Act, Bill 55 (previously Bill 120)
Current Status: Carried at first reading

On May 28th, 2019, Bhutila tabled her third bill, the Menstrual Hygiene Day Act. If passed, the bill proclaims May 28 in each year as Menstrual Hygiene Day.

You can add your name in support of the bill here.


Jennifer's Law, Bill 109
Current Status: Terminated upon prorogation

On May 2nd, 2019, Bhutila tabled her second bill, titled Jennifer's Law. If passed, the bill will amend the Retail Sales Tax Act to provide for a rebate in respect of the Ontario portion of the HST for medical supplies.


Right to Timely Mental Health and Addictions Care for Children and Youth Act, Bill 79 (previously Bill 63)
Current Status: Carried at first reading

On November 27th, 2018, Bhutila tabled her bill, the Right to Timely Mental Health and Addictions Care for Children and Youth Act, in the legislature. If passed the bill would cap wait times for children and youth seeking mental health & addiction services at 30 days.

The bill received unanimous support at second reading on February 21st, 2019 and will now go to committee.