Ontario’s Support Recovery and Competitiveness Act, 2021 will bring several big changes for Ontario’s Not-for-Profit sector
By: Shanon Grauer
Bill 276 received Royal Assent in the Ontario legislature on June 3, 2021 and is now known as the Support Recovery and Competitiveness Act, 2021 S.O. chapter 25. It has 28 schedules to it and affects many statutes. It was introduced by the Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. Therefore, we can assume many changes but not all are of a housekeeping nature. Four of those schedules of note from my perspective relating to health law and the long awaited Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 (Ontario) are set out below with the explanatory notes as published with the Bill:
Schedule 17 Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010
A new Part XVI is added to the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 to provide that certain provisions of the Act are temporarily suspended and that replacement provisions apply during the temporary suspension period. The replacement provisions are set out in a new Schedule 1 to the Act. The replacement provisions address, among other things, the holding of meetings of members and directors by telephonic or electronic means and voting at meetings by alternate means.
The temporary suspension period for each section of Schedule 1 is the period that begins on the day subsection 4 (1) of the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 comes into force and ends on December 31, 2021 and, if the regulations so provide for a particular section, a further prescribed period of time immediately following December 31, 2021. A new Part XVII is added to the Act to address transitional matters in connection with the application of Schedule 1.
Several housekeeping amendments are made to the Act as a consequence of certain provisions being repealed.
Schedule 18 Ontario Drug Benefit Act
The provisions of the Ontario Drug Benefit Act requiring the establishment of a Pharmacy Council and a Citizens’ Council are repealed.
Schedule 22 Opioid Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act, 2019
The Opioid Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act, 2019 is amended to reflect the addition of home and community care services to the Connecting Care Act, 2019 and the repeal of the Home Care and Community Services Act, 1994.
Schedule 25 Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991
The Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 is amended to repeal the provisions that establish and govern the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council. Related amendments are made to the Act and to various health professions Acts to repeal references to the Advisory Council.
Please refer to the actual Act via this link for more details: